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After finally getting her Interior Design degree from the Corcoran, Joyce Frank decided to spread her wings creatively launching J A Frank Design LLC, where she does set dressing, display, property staging and photo styling. Her passion is architecture and she enjoys traveling both domestically and international to see historic and modern buildings. Joyce also works on designing jewelry, mosaics and painted furniture. Joyce will highlight historic homes, interior design, seasonal decorations, antiquing, and design for Miss A.

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The Craigslist Bathroom


Craigslist Bathroom FInal Photo

This is the way I like to be “Green”. . . Recently I had my bathroom renovated. First, I did my measuring and research. My design was finalized using Kohler products and a black and cream check tile pattern. I knew I would be paying a small fortune for the contractor, so I thought, How can I save money in other ways? Craigslist!. . . .purchasing “used”, but really new items for aJamaican-Shores-3-piece-mosaic fraction of the cost!

Everyday for about two weeks I searched “Kohler” on Craigslist. . . .My Kohler Stately Pedestal Sink (regularly $500+) was purchased for $200 from a couple in Springfield who decided not to add an additional bath in their basement. I was open to any faucet with a brushed nickel finish. I purchased a Kohler Forte faucet from a lady in Vienna, whose husband had purchased it on-line and could not use it because it was a “widespread” and did not want to pay the return shipping charge. Exactly what I was looking for . . . as the sink was “widespread”, which in my opinion, is much more elegant. A “widespread” faucet, generally 8” wide, has three separate holes for a spout, and the hot and cold water handles. A “centerspread”, generally 4” wide, is one piece containing all three elements.

I really wanted an elongated rectangle or oval medicine cabinet above the sink to create a nice focal point. Kohler had a great rectangular mirror on-line for $400+. . .that was way out of my price range. I saw a less expensive oval design at Lowes for $109, I ended up purchasing the oval mirror for $40 from a couple in Reston who lost the receipt and box and could not return it. I splurged with my wall mount, three light vanity fixture from Restoration Hardware on-line (at least it was on sale) and topped it off with black chandelier shades.

For the floor of this small bathroom, I designed a smaller-scale diamond pattern. I started searching for granite and marble on Craigslist. I found a stone showroom that was selling off older stock. I was able to pick up Galaxy Black Granite one foot tiles for $3/sq. ft. I really wanted Absolute Black Granite, but when it is on the floor, contrasting against the Crema Marfil Marble tiles ($6/sq. ft., Home Depot), you can’t tell the difference.

I finished the bathroom with a mosaic I made from discontinued glass tile and marble samples ($free) from Ann Sacks Tile in Georgetown and beach stones from a past vacation to Jamaica (also free!).

While wandering around on Craigslist, I also came across two black Bourdonnais Bookcases that I had my eye on from the Ballard Design catalog ($699/each, plus shipping). They were spec’ed for a restaurant that went out of business. I had to borrow a Jeep and a man and drive to Annapolis, but I purchased them both for $350!

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