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The Big Move Part V Progress Not Perfection

It’s time for Part FIVE!!! I know how patiently you’ve all been waiting for this new installment of The Big Move.  It’s been a challenging week including a meltdown that turned a Phase two project into a Phase NOW situation.

The Big Move Artful Kitchens
Joe & Glo enjoying some local flavor after filming The Big Move Part V


It’s July in FLA and we just had to address the AC situation so as not to lose our dearly beloved labor force (Bob).  The result of the first service call yielded a $99 bill and no relief from the heat.  Granted the AC unit, we’ve discovered, looks like THIS!  

Some mighty powerful rust! Yes, the one on the right is ours.

We need a new 2 1/2 ton unit and were quoted $6,500.  Next up, the second service call.  For this one, we called a smaller company who we have worked with in the past and guess what?  He’s actually got the current unit working for the time being.  In fact, it’s been cooling for about 5 days and counting so Bob is cool for now and we’ll see what number two’s estimate is.   I have high hopes since this AC guy is apparently a miracle worker.  I digress.  This week I promised a peek into what exactly is going on in the bedroom and master bathroom, which, to be sure, is a mini master.  Check out the tricks, tips and snarky commentary by editor Joe and see what we are doing to make small work in a big way.



As promised, here are the products we’re using as mentioned in The Big Move Part V:


Brizo Euro Square Hydrati 2 in 1 showerhead Artful Kitchens
Brizo 86201-PN – Hydrati Two-In-One Shower – Chrome


In the spirit of full disclosure, this showerhead was gifted to me by the lovely peeps at Brizo faucet a few years back.  It’s our style, works great and we love it so it’s moving with us.  The center portion pops out for hand held function.   It comes in chrome (above) and polished nickel.  Brizo is a part of Delta Faucets offering some really cutting edge design options but I actually love what Delta offers in their main line and it’s what we chose for the shower and sink faucets.




Vero faucet Delta single hole Artful Kitchens The Big Move
Delta 553LF Vero Single Handle Bathroom Faucet, Chrome

We went with a single hole/handle model as it is what will work with our furniture vanity which is pre drilled and looks like this.

Alexa 30" vanity by Adornus The Big Move Artful Kitchens
Alexa 30″ vanity by Adornus


It comes with matching mirror and is a high gloss white finish which will look great with the shiny shower tiles.  Furniture vanities can be a great solution if they work with your space as you have the counter top and sink already done and included in the total price of your vanity.  The shower also will have the matching Vero design. I love the Vero styling because it incorporates square clean lines as well as the softness of the circle. I want it all!

Delta's Vero shower valve in chrome The Big Move Artful Kitchens
Delta T14053 Vero Monitor 14 Series Valve Trim Only, Chrome


We didn’t want to sacrifice any precious space for a shower bench but a girl’s gotta shave her legs, right?  I plan to get this cute shower stool. I love the fact that you can move it.

Dahlia Gloss Resin Bath Stool
Dahlia Gloss Resin Bath Stool


So now for the toilet.  As Joe so accurately pointed out, we did not, in fact, end up with a skirted toilet.  I thought that’s what we ordered but it wasn’t.  I’m okay with this and truthfully just thrilled to have a Toto toilet.  It is, however, a compact model just perfect for small spaces with a tank that measures just 14 1/2″.  Incidentally, we also had an outlet put in right next to the bowl for a future Washlet and if you don’t know what that is you should and you can read all about it here.

TOTO CST244EF01 Entrada Elongated Toilet, Cotton

Since storage is at a premium we’re going to include this mirrored medicine cabinet over the toilet. 


15" by 26" Aluminum Single door mirrored medicine cabinet The Big Move Artful Kitchens
KOHLER K-CB-CLC1526FS Single Door 15-Inch by 26-Inch by 5-Inch Aluminum Cabinet

Last but certainly not least is the light.  I thought this lovely fixture was just the right style and size to illuminate this artful mini master bath. 




The Bedroom


The barn door was an excellent solution for two doors that didn’t get along very well!  So there you have it!  Please feel free to comment.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog for more tips tricks and some upcoming behind the scenes revelations of this Artful Kitchen designer. xoxo








Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.


Linda Merrill

You guys are so cute! This is going to look great my friend!!! xxooL

Linda Watson

Dea Gloria,
I sent you and email and hope that it is a current e address for you. Love the update and think the barn door was a stunning idea.

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