Thursday, June 12, 2014

Powder Bath Plans

I have plans!

I "decorated" the powder bathroom downstairs when we first moved in. Basically, I just went out and bought some accessories to feel like one space in the house was done. It was when we have moved in, but didn't own the house yet (it took longer than we expected to close so we had to move in before purchasing) and I was feeling overwhelmed with decorating but not fully owning the house yet. Anyway, now that we have been here for a year (crazy!), I am feeling a little more accomplished and ready to make some bigger decor decisions. I still feel like I have so much to do in this house, but I guess I really don't. It's come so far, but I will always have projects and things changing, because that's who I am.

Anyway, I wanted to spruce up the powder room downstairs and make it a little funkier. 

Right now, the walls are still gray from when we first moved in, and there's a jar pendant from west elm. I have told this story a hundred times ad nauseum, but the sink was created by a craftsman from concrete and pieces of glass found in the yard before the house was built. I think it's a cool, unique addition, and I don't want to replace it. The sink rests on a wooden shelf/countertop, which I think balances the cool concrete really nicely. BUT- I do want to girly it up a little and make a little crazy in there, per my usual. :)

I had mentioned last week that I bought the Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper sample from Hygge and West.  I still love and adore it, and I think I've come up with a better solution for using it. As you may know if you read my blog a lot, I like to CHANGE things up quite often. Paint colors, furniture, accessories -- nothing is safe. So, the idea of using wallpaper might be a little nuts for me, but I think I am going to paint all the walls in there black, then only use the wallpaper on the back wall that the toilet is on. Toilet accent wall. Hah. the ceilings are really tall, so it will be impactful, then the pattern will reflect in the mirror to bounce off of. And since this paper is pricey, I'll only have to get one roll, and only one wall will have to be papered, so it will be much more cost effective for my mind-changing self.

Here's the paper:

I think it's so cute! It's got gold, peach and other neutrals, which are super fresh feeling to me (my bedroom is lots of peaches and golds so maybe there's a trend...), plus the playful, hand painted feel of the paper is just killer. And the pineapples are weird, and I like weird things.

I also love this version:

I just think it's fun to go dark and dramatic in powder rooms, because you don't have to be in there much so you might as well kick it up a few notches. 

Anyway! For the sink-wall, I ordered two of these sconces from Etsy (from triple7recycled):

to flank either side of the mirror. Going to have to get them hardwired in, and am planning to use these gold dipped bulbs:

For the mirror, I have not made a decision.

I want to use something round, but it has to be fairly small to have enough room for the lights. I found this one from Pottery Barn Kids that I like:

Something about the leather belt strap balances out some of the femininity of the wallpaper with the concrete sink and wood to me?! This is the one I like best, I think. 

I also found just a plan beveled glass mirror on overstock that I like:

thoughts? Which one should I get? The more I stare at them, the more I'm thinking just the simple beveled one from overstock.

I want to do a neutral-y rug in there. I found this pretty one on Pinterest:

its so cool! and weird! I love it.

The black/peach parts will coincide nicely with the wallpaper, if only I could find this rug to buy (and it not be $500). 

lastly, I'll top it all off with some of my favorite soap:

I'm a sucker for a good label.

Yes! Now I just have to order the wallpaper and mirror...and find a rug! Wish me luck...


  1. Just tried to comment & got an error message, so not sure it went through. Anyway, I was just saying that I love your plans & that wallpaper has the best mix of classic & quirky. ;)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

    1. oh, thank you! I Think so too. Thanks for the support! It's kind of a lot to plan at once. I just bought a round beveled plain mirror instead of the PB one :)

  2. I am disappointed that you don't do your own stencil, but I am sure after doing it all week, it doesn't sound like much fun on the weekend. I wondered how long it would take you to go bold and dark with your paint choices, is there good light in there? Round beveled plain mirror for the win! Good luck on everything! I am glad that you are feeling more comfortable in your nest, to decorate! Have a great weekend...Alison

    1. thanks! i know - i thought about doing my own stencil, but honestly, powder bathrooms are literally the worst thing to stencil. so small and tight with lots of bad angles... doing it on my "off" time just isn't worth it to me! i would rather pay someone else to hang a little wallpaper, then be able to change it when i am tired of it, rather than spend hours and hours stenciling a small space, and get tired of it! i got the small beveled mirror already, woo!

  3. This is going to be crazy good! Hurry up & get it done. I want to see it finished.

  4. oh no! and here i want you to come do my powder room!! yikes!! love the wallpaper. can't wait to see it in!

    1. haha, it's okay! i'll still do them for work, just not pleasure ;)

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  8. The wallpaper looks great!! I like the dark one.
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  9. Your plan is cool and I love classic vignette. There are more samples on instagram font