6.18.2015

Small Bath Makeover and A Major Scare


After our vacation, I flew back into Southern California.  Staying at Debbie's beautiful home, I had the luxury of waking up early and perusing some of her design books.

"Decorating In Detail" is great...I think I will purchase it.
Water damage in Mary's (a Newport Beach client) small bath gave us the impetus for a makeover.  We wanted a fresh coastal look without breaking the bank.

Phillip Jeffries Japanese Weave in Raffia grass cloth (a timeless classic) was used on the walls.  Side sconces (more flattering than over head lighting) and a tall, iron riveted mirror from Restoration Hardware (for a little drama) were added.




I recommended a freestanding console and Mary found a similar one from Lowe's for a good price! 
The industrial shelf from Restoration Hardware adds an architectural element on the far wall.  And it's high enough so that guys don't bump into it (if you know what I mean).

We are going to do a few updates to Mary's living room, but while I was there, I styled her bookcases using what she has.  No before photos but it looked like it was used more for storage than display (sorry, Mary :)  
We could use a few more books.  Learn more about book case styling HERE.

Then, I went to Los Angeles to see our daughter, Alexandra and to pick up Chief to take him back to San Francisco with me.  

Yesterday, on our way north, we stopped to have coffee with Gail a former client and friend met through this blog (she has such a positive outlook).  After a relaxed visit, sitting outside in the breezy shade of a Starbucks (both of us commenting on how blessed we felt), we left for the parking lot.  

On the short walk, Chief started to vomit and then he flipped over hard on his back gasping for air. A stranger said to try to clear his throat and when I did I saw that his gums and tongue were blue.  Gail, searched her phone for an emergency vet.  I asked her to take us to them and as I picked up Chief he felt like dead weight.  In the car I said, "I think he is dying, Gail."  I couldn't feel his strong little heart beat in his chest. 

At the hospital, they quickly took him from me to put him on oxygen.  I wasn't sure we would see him again.  They thought it might be anaphylactic shock from a bee sting although Gail and I didn't see any bees and they couldn't find a stinger.  
An Xray showed no blockages.  More tests.  More time.  So, they treated it as a bee sting anyway.   And he started to recover.  

The doctor said he had been very close to death.  I am so appreciative to Gail for her speedy action.  

They kept Chief for observation and as Gail and I parted, she left me with another sweetly positive statement, "Well, I think this ordeal brought us closer together as friends."

I know that this is way more than I usually write.  Sometimes I wonder why I write this blog.  Yesterday, the answer was clear.  I would have never met Gail if not for this blog.  

I write to connect with people like you.  People like you and I, who have a crazy interest in making our homes pretty and comfortable.  We love our families and friends and our pets.  This is a beautiful way to live life.

PS.  Chief is exhausted but better today and we are about to get in the car for our journey home.  Thanks for being here.


74 comments:

  1. im in tears mary ann. I am so glad that chief is ok! I completely 'get' wondering about continuing to blog...I wonder that same thing myself but please know that i'm so happy that you do.

    xo,
    nancy

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  2. I am so relieved that Chief is doing better. I can relate my schnauzer Montana was having a great evening and I let her out for the night as we were coming back in she fell over I thought she was gone. It was a fainting spell who knew pups fainted? Good luck with his allergy issue, he is so beautiful. He is lucky to have you. The bathroom looks great and love the book recommendations. Take care.

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  3. My dog Gracie was allergic to bees. I had a similar experience. I am sure you have asked the vet already, but you can get some pills to carry with you to administer if he gets stung again. Glad he is OK>

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  4. Oh Mary Ann - I'm verklempt :) Thank goodness Chief made it through that!!! Good thing he has a loving Mama who got him to the dr. in time. So scary! I was just contemplating both the state of my little blog, and missing my big pup sticking his enormous head into my face while I garden, while I was outside weeding this morning. So glad I took a break and tuned into CCH. The side affects of blogging (meeting wonderful people like you!) are why I keep going even when it doesn't fit into life very neatly. So glad you blog!!!! Kisses to Chief.

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  5. My heart breaks for chief. I am so happy he is getting better! I love that cute little face.

    Kathy

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  6. Very happy Chief is getting better!

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    1. Thanks Kathy and Gina...he is curled up with me now in SF.

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  7. I'm so glad Chief is okay! Thank goodness for blogging and the great friends we have made. P.S. The bathroom looks great!

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  8. Glad your doggie is ok. How frightening! Please don't stop writing your blog. I love it and your taste. I've gotten lots of good decorating ideas from you....very inspiring. And I'd seriously love to move to Newport Beach after seeing your adorable home there. Sigh. Probably will never happen.

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    1. Thanks, Rene and Evelyn..blessed to have you both!

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  9. So very glad the Chief is okay. I can't imagine how scary that must have been.

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  10. I am so glad to hear Chief is doing better. Great job on getting him the care he needed!

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  11. Love your blog.

    Glad Chief is a part of it.

    Yes, tears were shed.


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  12. So glad Chef is OK.
    Great friends are made through the Blog world!

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  13. Wow, so sorry about Chief's medical emergency. My dog is also severely allergic to bee and wasp stings. The vet told me it's the second sting that will cause them to have a severe reaction. The first sting of their lives provides the antibody and then when they are stung later for the second time, their bodies OVER react big time putting them into anaphylaxis. My dog, being a terrier too, decided to catch a wasp in her mouth last summer and fortunately I was standing there to witness the event. Immediately thereafter, she vomited and then her gums and tongue went gray and she was having great difficulty breathing. I rushed her to the vet and they got her turned around but like you I did not think we would make it there in time to save her life. I now have prednisone and Children's Benadryl to dose her with before we race to the vet the next time there is a sting. It is super scary and I never let my dog go outside alone so that I can watch what is going on. I have bees and wasps all over my backyard right now with everything in bloom. I have even removed plants to help minimize the number of bees in the yard. All I can suggest is to keep a very watchful eye on Chief. The vet also told me that each subsequent sting will come with a more severe reaction. Best wishes. Jill

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    1. Jill, thanks so much for your first hand knowledge and advice!!! I will keep an eye on Chief. Best wishes for your sweet terrier.

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  14. Omgosh, that is so scary and I am so sorry it happened, but grateful Chief got help in time. I bet you will be very glad to get your fur baby home so he can feel comforted and rest up. Hope he continues to recover and that it never happens again. YOU are so right about why we write blogs, it is to connect with like minded people and that is the best part of blogging. xo Kathysue

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  15. My dear friend, I can honestly say that yesterday was one of the scariest days of my life! Watching your darling little boy "Chief" going through such a traumatic event and feeling so helpless was just awful. I am just grateful that I could be there to help and get him the care that he needed quickly. I don't know what we would have done if he had gotten any worse. When we left Chief, he did look so much better and just knowing that he got to go home with you last evening was such a great relief. At least if it happens again, you'll be armed with the knowledge of what to do...EpiPen to the rescue! But lets hope and pray that won't ever be needed.

    On a happier note, it was so much fun catching up with you yesterday, even though our fun time had a bad ending. So that means we will just have to do it again on your next visit down south.

    Hope you had a good trip back and I'm sure you and Chief are happy to be home!!!
    Huge hug!!! Gail

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  16. Mary Ann I am so happy that Chief is okay, that was such a scare I am just so glad you were able to act quickly and get him help.
    It is really great to feel like we have met friends either virtually or not through blogging. Sometimes when I feel like quitting, it is what keeps me going

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Closer by Michael Clinton

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  17. So happy Chief is on the mend. My heart melted just looking at that adorable face. Kids & pets eh!! they sure cause us some heart stopping moments don't they. Glad your friend was there to help you through this awful experience.

    Barb

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  18. Mary Ann, I can imagine how frightened you must have been. Chief is so sweet and adorable. Seeing you two together I know how much you adore him. So glad to read he's doing better.

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  19. So sorry about your scare with Chief. Being a dog lover and always having at least three, I've been in similar situations. Actually, my heart was in my throat just reading about the incident. I'm so glad he's okay now.

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  20. OMG I would have freaked out if that had happened to Bailey. So glad Chief is okay. What a scare. Love the bath makeover.

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  21. Chief's ordeal is your worst nightmare! So happy he got immediate attention and is getting back to normal. I think your story might help other folks that could have this happen but no idea how to handle it. Must have been agony to go through and difficult to write. Glad you both are on the mend.

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  22. Oh Mary Ann! I am so glad Chief is going to be ok. What a huge scare! My thoughts are with you as he recovers. You all did a wonderful job reacting during such a stressful time. What a great friend you have found! :)

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  23. What a scare, Mary Ann! Thank goodness for your friend and her assistance in getting you and Chief to a vet right away. I can't imagine how scary that would be. I have two doggies and I would be extremely panicked if anything like that were to happen to one of them. I'm so glad Chief is doing well. Did they give you any advice as to what to do if he is stung again? People who have that sort of reaction must carry an EpiPen with them. Is that an option for dogs?
    Claudia

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    1. Yes, Claudia...I am so afraid of needles but they showed me how to give him two emergency shots if it happens again.

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  24. How scary! I am so happy to read that he is doing better now. You were smart to act so quickly! Also a great reminder about blogging. Sometimes life can get so crazy busy but when you realize how many people you connect with through the blog, you realize how worth it blogging really can be!
    Shelley

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  25. Omg...so glad Chief is okay, and hope he continues to recover. I'm glad you blog...you take me to such wonderful places...and you have such great decorating Ideas! ;)

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  26. Thanks everyone. We have syringes of Benadryl for the future...and a prescription for a junior EpiPen...but it is so annoying and you have to buy them in a pack of two for $560 (after major vet bills). So dumb that you can only buy a package of two...seems illegal. I will check into this. Check is snuggling next to us and seems relaxed :) May be the Benadryl.

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  27. Oh my goodness Mary Ann how scary!!! I'm just imaging how it would be to see Chief like that and thank goodness for Gail. What a blessing to have her there with you... I'm so relieved Chief is doing better. Bless his heart he looks so precious in that photo. I bet it was so scary for him too.

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    1. Yes, Leslie...I am not sure Chief would be with us if not for Gail. Thank you.

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  28. Mary Anne, you must have been so scared! Poor little Chief...I'm so glad that he is O.K.!!

    Just think of the wonderful people you would have missed meeting if you didn't blog! Soon I will be seeing Adrienne from The Rich Life on a Budget when she and her husband come to San Diego for a visit. I starting reading her blog 5 years ago. The following year I met Adrienne when my husband and I were in Sonoma, and then again 2 years later again in San Francisco.

    Great bath redo! Love the grasscloth.

    Linda

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  29. Mary Ann,

    Trips to emergency rooms or hospitals with loved ones, like Chief, take a toll on everyone, no matter what the outcome. I am so glad for both of you that Chief was in good hands and that all is well. It must give you comfort to know that in the future, should you need it, you are ready with your new EpiPen and Bendadryl pens.

    As you occasionally question why you blog, please know that yours is my favorite decorating blog, and I look forward to every post. I love your style, am amazed by how you've transformed your SF apt (and new life there!), and hope to both work with you and meet you in person when next I'm in SF.

    I am so glad that you share your talent and life, and that all is well with you and Chief.

    My best, Ann

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  30. OMG poor little Chief!! So happy he is OK, can imagine how scary that was though, think he deserves a nice steak dinner!!! I love the bathroom makeover too......so happy you DO blog, you are like a ray of sunshine:)

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  31. Don't stop posting. You're so relatable, informative, inspiring. :) Glad your little buddy is okay...

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  32. Love your small bath makeover as I have a small bath that needs some help!

    Sweet Chief -- so happy that he is recovering! How scary!

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  33. Wow! I'm so happy to hear Chief is okay! And, thank God for Gail and the fact that she had an emergency vet number on hand. I am always in awe of the people I meet through blogging - such a supportive and thoughtful network.

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  34. I'm so glad your pup is OK...shoot, how scary! Love the new make over...grass cloth wallpaper is one of my favorites!

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  35. Love your blog and your designs and more importantly, LIKE you for who you seem to be: Classic, down-to-earth and nice! Probably first and last time commenting but know you have a devoted reader in NE Ohio!

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  36. I'm more than pleased that Chief recovered. We love our dogs so I know just how you felt. Bless, bless.

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  37. Dear Mary Ann,
    I hope you can see the outpouring of love for you Mary Ann! And all from your blog followers who love what you bring to us through your posts. That is why you do it! We are all so blessed that you are willing to share your beautiful design style and adventures. I've gotten tired of so many blogs that I used to follow, but never yours. I still get excited to see CCH in my "In" box.

    I love the bathroom makeover, great job as usual. And Debbie's chair is just the look I want for my upstairs redo!

    Have a great weekend. ❤️❤️

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  38. OMG I did not know about this is he okay?

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  39. I'm a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason. Sometimes you never know how you touch the life/lives of another/others - and you obviously do! I'm so glad for you that Gail has come into your life and that Chief is doing better. Poor little guy - that was an awful scare!

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  40. Thank goodness, Chief is on the mend! How frightening! Some friends & I just talked the other day about how "everything happens for a reason" & it was so wonderful that Gail was with you to help you through this scary time. I am the volunteer director for a large medical center in Orange County, Ca & our pet therapy teams share their tips & stories - I am sure the vet already told you that you should always carry an epi pen from now on so if this happens with Chief again, you will have an antidote to administer right away. I LOVE your posts & since we have a Boston too, I always love reading about Chief. I know he will be showered with love & attention, but please be kind to yourself too, Mary Ann! What a shock this was for you. Please take care & be sure & give us updates on Chief!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy…I have to go TODAY to get the epi-pen. I'd love to see a photo of your Boston. You can email it to me at madamepickett@gmail.com.

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  41. So glad little Chief is doing better. What a scare...and I can relate as I'm very allergic to penicillin. I ended up in emergency after taking the antibiotic Keflex (which unbeknown to me was related to penicillin). LOL, I was in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand...my husband called the front desk and they whisked me away by limo to emergency...got the same treatment Chief did. Scary!!!!

    I love your blog and enjoy not only your design posts, but your more "personal" writings too. Please continue on Mary Ann...not only do you have a great friend in Gail, but you have lots of us who follow along...even if we don't comment enough :)

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    1. that is so scary, Sheila! Thanks for your kind comment and for following along with me. I feel your support :) like a hug.

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  42. Oh, thank heavens for the good outcome! As an animal lover (especially dogs), I know what an ordeal like this puts one through.
    Mary Ann, your blog is sweet and informative, just what I would imagine you to be.

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  43. Thank you for your wonderful posts and the beautiful blog you've created. Please know how much your friend in Utah appreciates the work you do to share your life, your profession and your talent. I send best wishes to Chief and high hopes for a full recovery. He is such an adorable little dog.

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    1. I love Utah, Susie...beautiful place. Thank you.

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  44. Thank you for sharing your story, Mary Ann. So happy little Chief is recovering! Always fun to see your projects and love the posts with Chief. What a relief!

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  45. Good news that your dog is feeling better. I also love what you did for the bathroom! Great ideas as always and please continue to write this blog! I love visiting your site regularly! XOXOXOXO

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  46. Sweet boy! So scary. Emergency vets are the worst place to be, but you are so thankful for them when you need them. Glad you acted fast and saved this sweet life.

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  47. So happy that sweet Chief is better - such a scary story…On a bright note, the bathroom makeover is wonderful…adore the wallpaper, and you know we love your bookcase decorating…always the best!

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  48. Mary Ann, I started reading your blog before I knew you had a Boston. Learning you had one as well made me like it even more. I have a two year old female that I am nuts over. I am glad Chief is doing better. I cannot imagine how frightened you were. Jamie

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  49. I was away on vacation and came back to read the "news" so sorry to hear that "our" Chief had a terrible horrible no good bad day. Do hope all is well.

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  50. What a scare. I'm so glad he's doing better.

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  51. Oh. My. Gosh. You must have been terrified - so, so glad that Chief is ok. Hope had an allergic reaction to a vaccine last year so I know how super scary that can be - are these Bostons just super sensitive??

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  52. So glad Chief is on the mend. What a scare! I have been so blessed to meet so many friends through my blog. Enjoy your week.

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  53. Oh no! Poor little Chief. Hope he’s fully recovered and back to his sweet and cheerful self. Bella and Pippa send their best wishes . . . woof woof!

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  54. OMG....That is a horrible story. I am so glad that the outcome was not what you thought. Especially since it took you a while to get a new puppy in the first place....Geez. Thank goodness for Gail and the kindness of people......:)

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  55. Mary Ann,
    What a scare! I'm so happy to hear he's feeling much better!
    xo
    annie

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  56. So happy you all were with him to respond quickly, I never think about a dog getting stung by a bee. Your story will enlighten us all to watch for this with our own pets. Yes I wonder the samle thing about bloogging.. then I read your story like this and am Thankful for the connections too!
    Happy thoughts!
    xo,
    Gail
    P.S I love the brackets you used for bathroom shelves!

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