Encouragement From A Favorite Designer

Back in the 1990’s, I faithfully watched Christopher Lowell’s TV show,  Interior Motives, which was all about how anyone could create a spectacular and comfortable home with just a few guidelines. Christopher had an uncanny way of making his audiences believe they could be creative too. In fact, during every show he always said, “You can do it!” Like hoards of his followers, I believed him. He was always full of enthusiasm, humor and ideas galore. I couldn’t wait to tune in.

He’s still designing, but not on TV anymore and I miss him, but he’s left me with a wonderful legacy of  hope, enthusiasm and can-do spirit. In fact, it was renewed a few years ago when Christopher came to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL to speak and sign his new book, The Hassle-free Host. I was thrilled to actually see him in person, have him autograph his book for me and pose with me for a photo for my scrapbook.

Christopher & Coco

Christopher & Coco

Right now, I’m in the middle of designing a master bathroom and Mr. Lowell’s face keeps appearing in my mind. I think it’s due to his flair for the dramatic. This bathroom is definitely going to be dramatic; I’m using interesting textures and lighting, which were Christopher’s specialty. New wooden vanity cabinetry with dark granite counters and undermount rectangular sinks in white with Etruscan gold faucets. New seamless-glass shower walls in a vertical rectangular porcelain tile with tiny (random design) stone mosaic tiles in a niche with colors ranging from white to crème to beige to black and continuing in a border around the shower. The mosaic pattern will be echoed in a frame around the full size vanity mirror and also in a half-wall hiding the white toilet. A palladium arched window, opposite the door will have modified 6 1/2′ Corinthian columns on either side with up-lights shining on the vaulted ceiling. A window seat between the columns and below the window will create a reading nook with filtered light from the Austrian gathered sheers I plan to sew for that space. The ceiling will be tin tiles in a gold finish with an Etruscan gold and crystal chandelier in the center and the floor will be ceramic tile laid on the diagonal.

Tomorrow, I’ll select the vanity wood-color and granite. Luckily, I have a wonderful contractor who has a vision of what I want and is creative in his own right. Who knows what else we’ll come up with. And when it’s all done, you may never hear from me again! Just kidding. I’m getting excited. I’ve been living with Christopher Lowell’s mantra, “You can do it” all these years. Now I’m going to add, “Just do it!”

What do you think?

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10 responses to “Encouragement From A Favorite Designer

  1. Pat Gordon

    Hi Coco,
    Wow! Great description of your dramatic and beautiful bathroom to be. Please post pictures upon completion.
    Take care, Pat

  2. Renee

    Hi Coco! This is so you! Having fun with what you do while being creative is such a wonderful way to live life. I will never ever forget your French Maid standing on the landing of your staircase! Can hardly wait to see pix! Renée

    • Renee, I still have my French maid, Olivia. I don’t know why though. All she does is stand around! Ha! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comment. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my latest project.

  3. Robert Warms

    Sounds like your going all out with the materials…………don’t forget to post “Homes and Gardens” magazine for a picture exclusive!!
    See you tomorrow!!
    Bob

    • Oh, Bob, you’re funny. However, my contracting company is definitely good enough for Homes and Gardens! Thanks for faithfully reading my blog and for leaving comments often. You’re a gem.

  4. Christopher Lowell was excellent as a tv host/designer. We all got excited and I have been to one of his lectures, several years ago right here in Melbourne. Who knew that one tv program started a whole trend and tv stations about home decor. He doesn’t get enough credit for his innovations. Can I come visit your bathroom? Sounds wonderful.

  5. Christopher Lowell’s dramatic and inspiring designs were just the start to a new wave of shows. On HGTV, we now have Rehab Addict with Nicole Curtis, The Property Brothers with Drew and Jonathan, Divine Design with Candice Olson, Design on a Dime, House Hunters, Colors Splash and the list goes on. For years I have been an avid watcher of these programs, and have learned a lot about interior design; function, color, texture, harmony, drama, focal points and other subtleties of good design. From your vivid remodeling description, it looks like, You can do it! This is now a mantra we can all share. We are all anxious to see your completed project. Happy decorating!

    • Thank you vonvalkyrie. I watch or watched all those shows too. I agree they taught us a lot of really helpful hints and rules of thumb. My finished project will be a huge improvement over the water damaged bath that it is now and hopefully, it will be really beautiful.
      Thanks so much for your comment. We share great memories.

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Encouragement From A Favorite Designer

Back in the 1990’s, I faithfully watched Christopher Lowell’s TV show,  Interior Motives, which was all about how anyone could create a spectacular and comfortable home with just a few guidelines. Christopher had an uncanny way of making his audiences believe they could be creative too. In fact, during every show he always said, “You can do it!” Like hoards of his followers, I believed him. He was always full of enthusiasm, humor and ideas galore. I couldn’t wait to tune in.

He’s still designing, but not on TV anymore and I miss him, but he’s left me with a wonderful legacy of  hope, enthusiasm and can-do spirit. In fact, it was renewed a few years ago when Christopher came to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL to speak and sign his new book, The Hassle-free Host. I was thrilled to actually see him in person, have him autograph his book for me and pose with me for a photo for my scrapbook.

Christopher Lowell & Coco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right now, I’m in the middle of designing a master bathroom and Mr. Lowell’s encouraging face keeps appearing in my mind. I think it’s due to absorbing his flair for the dramatic. This bathroom is definitely going to be dramatic; I’m using interesting textures and lighting, which were Christopher’s specialty. New wooden vanity cabinetry with dark granite counters and undermount rectangular white sinks with Etruscan gold faucets. New seamless-glass shower walls in a vertical rectangular porcelain tile with tiny (random design) stone mosaic tiles in a niche with colors ranging from white to crème to beige to black and continuing in a border around the shower. The mosaic pattern will be echoed in a frame around the full size vanity mirror and also in a half-wall hiding the white toilet. A palladium arched window, opposite the door will have modified 6 1/2′ Corinthian columns on either side with up-lights shining on the vaulted ceiling. A window seat between the columns and below the window will create a reading nook with filtered light from the Austrian gathered sheers I plan to sew for that space. The ceiling will be tin tiles in a gold finish with an Etruscan gold and crystal chandelier in the center, and the floor will be ceramic tile laid on the diagonal.

Tomorrow, I’ll select the vanity wood-color and granite. Luckily, I have a wonderful contractor who has a vision of what I want and is creative in his own right. Who knows what else we’ll come up with. And when it’s all done, you may never hear from me again! Just kidding. I’m getting excited. I’ve been living with Christopher Lowell’s mantra, “You can do it” all these years. Now I’m going to add, “Just do it!”

What do you think?

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