Bye-Bye Baby…. Hello Aqua

Yesterday I gave you an inside look at the renovation of my parent’s guest bathroom.  Remember the baby blue tile, wallpaper and all-around cry for help?  If not go back to the last post.  We did a major overhaul and it turned out fabulously.  Dad got his spark of modern gray and Mom got her traditional touches, plus some extras.  Check out the After pictures below:


The buttery wall color kept the space warm and inviting but mixes well with any palette.  The metallic detail of the framed mirrors gives a taste of glamour to the space and echoes the chrome fixtures and hardware.  The artwork, found at HomeGoods, was the perfect touch of geometry and color.


The Santa Cecilia Light granite countertops created a perfect marriage of all the room’s tones with its specks of brown, gold, black, ivory and grey.  The granite was continued from the sinks to the back counter and a standing pantry cabinet was installed for storage and to add a vertical element to the narrow space.


I didn’t want to go overboard with the chrome so I chose oil-rubbed bronze accessories and added some greenery for freshness.  Also, Dad demanded that there be a clock in his bathroom, what is he timing anyway?


To eliminate having too much stuff on the walls we opted for 2 ring hooks next to the sinks for face and hand towels, then 1 double towel rod outside the shower.  They all do double duty.

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We continued the aqua in the Nate Berkus rugs from Target, the window valance (yes I know it needs to be ironed) and the artwork.  Coordinating gray and aqua towels were purchased that can be mixed and matched, all from Calvin Klein (my favorite).

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The faux plants and wicker hamper and waste basket add a hint of nature and tranquility.  Speaking of peaceful, the new shower head from Delta will relieve any unnecessary stress.

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All in all, my parents were overwhelmed and super-pleased.  They deserve a lovely space and they got it.  I wish them many more comforting showers and personal moments in the New Year, lol.


Bye-Bye Baby

The force of the 1960s was strong in my parents’ guest bathroom.  Baby blue square tiles on every wall and matching laminate countertops, retro lighting and coordinating wallpaper.  This wash room was way washed out over the years and past due for a redo.

The perks of the bathroom was that it was broken up into two rooms: a room with 2 sinks and ample cabinetry; and a separate lavatory with toilet and shower.  The perfect arrangement for multiple guests or kids.  Plenty space and privacy.

We knew the layout was staying the same but we needed to create a modern update but still keep the room consistent with the traditional nature of the rest of the home.  Since this is the bathroom my dad mainly uses, we let him be the main design influence.  He really pushed for a sleek design, which we provided in just the right amounts.  Key things he wanted:

  • Long, rectangular floor tile
  • Granite or quartz countertops
  • Taller counter height for ease on the back
  • Gray, yet warm colors
  • Better use of storage

Check out some Construction pics of the new sub-floor, backer board and drywall that were installed.

Then the lovely Marsh cabinets were installed along with the Lowe’s silver tile for the floor, laid in a contemporary brick patter.  The shower surround was a combo of glass/marble mosaic and faux marble which brought the cool gray hues and warmer earth tones together.

To find out how the space turned out, wait for the next post.  The force of change really made a difference in this bathroom.


Wallpaper Lives

Every night on HGTV House Hunters there is a couple searching for their perfect home with overzealous expectations and far-reaching budgets complaining about brass bathroom fixtures or ugly carpet.  Even more than that, they are always protesting wallpaper like “who still uses wallpaper?”  Why does everyone have such disdain for this decorating staple nowadays?  I guess because most unassuming citizens have not looked past their grandmom’s inundation of florals and vines, seashells and country-kitchen rooster patterned wallpapers.  The world of wallpaper has come a long way….thank God…. and you should be her for this moment!

My client, Lady E, was also a little concerned when I suggested wallpaper for her small cornhusk green powder room.  I suggested that a medium-sized print with a small repeat (the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again) would liven up the small space but not overwhelm it.  We found the perfect chose at a local design hot spot, Dero’s Interiors.  The paper has a slight metallic sheen to it which catches light and creates interest for the eye.

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The rich chocolate color allowed the white and chrome fixtures to pop, as well as the baby blue colored accessories we found at HomeGoods.Dec 14 2014 016 USEDec 14 2014 020 USE

Every room of the house needs a little bit of nature so we added a faux succulent plant and a canvas of the beach, one of the client’s favorite retreats.Dec 14 2014 021 USE

Everyone loves a pedestal sink until they remember the downfall…. no storage.  So we found a handy cabinet at Home Depot that added space for towels, toilet paper and decorative accessories like candles which she loved.Dec 14 2014 022 USE

So take a chance with wallpaper.  If you are still uneasy, start off with a small or lightly used space like a bathroom or dining room.  These are the rooms you can always kick it up a notch and experiment.  Take home a few samples and see what a difference wallpaper can make.