It has felt inappropriate to make this post during war. While it is isn't America's war, it is a war against democracy. A war waged once again against the Jewish people. A war without reason. My heart is with the Ukrainian people. If you are so moved, an option for humanitarian help can be found here -
Powder Room Reveal
It began whit a major plumbing leak beneath our then 3/4 bathroom. We had to gut the entire space and have major repairs completed. You can read about that here. It has truly been an adventure. Due to water damage, we lost quite a bit of space in the room, leaving us with only a 1/2 bath option. Working within that footprint, we came up with a traditional design plan. We used an antique vanity, paired with a blue and white porcelain bowl sink, also a stunning Italian antique mirror. We are thrilled with the end result. Classic in it's design, it relates seamless with style of our cottage.
The walls are mostly original tongue and groove pine. We covered the floor in simple 4x4 tumbled travertine for a classic finish to work with the antique mirror and traditional blue and white porcelain bowl sink. We ran a white LED track light down the center of the narrow, long room. The track lights allow us to light the art, as well as storage cabinets to provide task lighting. They also add a bit of drama, washing the shutters doors with light.
I dry brushed the rod of a 1980's buffet lamp with green, then covered the barrel shade in a mint and cream cotton damask. I trimmed it with a thin gray gimp to finish it off. It further adds a traditional element to the small room. It was a good place to introduce pattern and interest.
The vanity was a Craig's List find. Estimated age is around 1930s, same as the original cottage. We thought it fun to bring in a period piece to scheme. It has plenty of storage for the powder room, is a great height and is an unusual element. It's long thin legs give a little elegance to a necessary space. It's traditional English style compliments our English style cottage.
The art is actually custom wallpaper, purchased from Photo Wall . I am very happy with the product, it is a thick vinyl and was easy to use. Photo Wall has many papers to choose from. You are allowed to create a size you need, also crop any image to your specifications. I used "Landscape with Cattle", cropping the portion I found interesting, then sizing it to my exact measurements to fit the end of the room. We built a frame, covered it with canvas and applied the paper with Mod Podge product, as we have done previously. The idea worked very well.
Along the left side of the powder room, Mr. GDC built storage above the recently installed return air vent. The storage ranges from shallow to deep, as deemed by plumbing lines running to the second floor bathroom through the wall. I chose shutters as cabinet doors to repeat the shutter doors original to the cottage. Another element repeated are the small glass knobs chosen to dress the shutter doors. Repeating these elements helps to tie spaces together and make the room feel original.
The powder room is at the end of a short hall between Mr. GDC's home office and our keeping room. If you look to the lower left of the entry door you can see the HVAC grill for the new return air vent. It was a necessity. Building the storage above was a good use of the space. It created much needed storage for cleaning supplies and paper goods.
It took a long time to complete the room. I think that might have been better because it evolved slowly. The function of the space works well with the addition of much needed storage. Our design concept was to create a room that felt less like a typical bathroom and instead a classic, traditional space with a lot of personality . We feel we accomplished our goal by using the antique vanity, the bowl sink, and antique mirror to pair with original tongue and groove pine walls.
Bathrooms are necessities, they don't have to be boring. The small little space is now functional, packed with interesting elements, and personality, while reflecting our personal style.
Until next time, wishing you all the best -
Wow soooo pretty! love the art work!!!!ReplyDelete
Too excited to hear that from you. Thank you very much!Delete
I love what you have accomplished! To have such an abundance of storage space is so worth what you had to do . Love your art, the vessel sink, the vanity! Everything is just perfect. I totally agree with you about what is happening in Ukraine and indeed, various places all over the world and in our own country. Yesterday I was picking sticks up out of my yard after a storm the night before. I was thinking how blessed I am that I have the freedom and ability to do this. I have a home where so many don't. I have a yard , flowers blooming and even trees that drop their limbs for me to pick up! So blessed!ReplyDelete
Thank you Claire. You are correct we are very blessed. Appreciate you following my little blog.Delete