Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Home Tour: Powder Room.

Yikes.  It's been a while (thanks for your frequent reminders, mom and Ellen).  But let's ignore that and focus instead on the fact that I am finally getting around to showing you our powder room.  Who doesn't love a good before and after?

Basically, the before was a massive snooze-fest.  Complete with a bad brass and chrome faucet, a claw-like light fixture, pale yellow walls, two toilet paper holders (why?), and a toilet and sink that were undersized.  Needless to say, this room didn't do anything for us and needed some major help.   

     

And here's the after!  Bye bye snooze fest, hello gorgeous (if I do say so myself). 


Absolutely nothing from the old powder room stayed.  I'm all for re-using what we could, but in here, there was nothing worth even working with.  I knew right off the bat I wanted to do some bold wallpaper in this room.  If you can't be bold in the powder room, where can you?    


And for some detail shots . . .

My mom bought this vintage mirror and it was exactly what I was looking for.  She was sweet enough to let me have it for the space.  I love the detailing on the frame and the contrast the dark frame provides in the space. 


The light fixture proved to be more difficult than I thought it should have been.  Probably because I kept envisioning sconces in the space (that wouldn't fit) or a chandelier (which would require us to re-wire).  I also wanted to add a touch of brass in this room via the light, but wanted to keep it simple.  At the end of the day (and lots of searching), this fixture fit the bill. 


I struggled with what to put on the walls for two reasons:  (1) I didn't want anything to compete with the wallpaper; and (2) I was scared to put a hole in the beautiful paper.  I'm happy with my choice to go with simple black frame (that works with the mirror), which has a large white mat to provide some separation between the picture and the wallpaper (and only required 1 tiny hole).  Win, win, win!  The picture itself is one we took of a street in Paris right by one of the hotels we stayed in.    


As a bonus, here's a before shot of the hall that leads to the laundry room and garage with the powder room off of it (the door on the right). 


And here's the after.   You can't tell from the photos, but the wood floor and the handrail were all stained a darker, richer color.  And we replace the ceramic tile in the powder room with some fun black and white mosaic tile.  We still need to paint the laundry room, but that's a subject for a different post.


Oh!  And we added the chandelier in the hallway.  I mean, why not?  Since we didn't want to redo the electrical to put it in the powder room, we did the next best thing . . . we put it right outside the door.  It's actually perfect there.  I love the way it totally glams up the hallway.  Some things just work out.  (In case anyone's curious, the wall color is Benjamin Moore Silver Chain.)


If it's something that would be helpful, I will do a post with the sources.  So what do you think?  Much better, right?        

17 comments:

  1. Your powder room is GORGEOUS! Love all of the details, but the wallpaper is to die for! I wish we had a powder room to go drastic in, but we have 3 full bath's instead! Adore the chandelier as well - it's perfect in the hallway!

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  2. Hi! Love the wallpaper, would you share the pattern name and who makes it please? Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful! I love all of your upgrades and that wallpaper is gorgeous!

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  4. So beautiful Emily! The wallpaper is such a darling pattern and looks great with that stark black vintage mirror. Good for you for going bold in your bathroom! We want more!! :)

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  5. oh YAY! youre back emily! \

    LOVE LOVE the powder room esp the wallpaper - and LOVE the teaser pics too!

    cant wait to see the rest!

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  6. ooh, love the wallpaper! And the light fixture and the chandelier and the laundry room floor. Glad you are posting again :-)

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  7. I want to see the living room! Mom

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  8. Beautiful Emily! I love the wallpaper.

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  9. That bathroom is *divine*! So worth the wait (c; I can't get over that stunning wallpaper, it's so gorgeous! This just makes me want to see the rest of the house!

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  10. FINALLY!!!!! Love this little room...that wallpaper has been a fave of mine for awhile. Please show us more!!!!!!!!!!!!! What do you have, a busy, important job or something?!

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  11. Love this wallpaper! Love this transformation and that chandy is so perfect for the hallway!

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  12. Ooh la la what a great transformation! The wallpaper is amazing, and i like the finishing details on the base of the sink and toilet. on a side note love the tile you did in the laundry - what a difference!

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  13. Love, love everything! My mom and I sometimes swap things found at the flea markets, so I smiled when I read that she let you have the mirror! :) The wallpaper is stunning and so perfect for that space. We missed you in blogland. :)

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  14. Amazing post!love the wallpaper! So beautifull...

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  15. Looks gorgeous! Love the chandelier. How fun that they gave you the blue prints, too! So sweet :) I'd get those in black and white and get them framed! I'm obsessed with floor plans :) Wallpaper in the powder bath is stunning, too!

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  16. Love love love this space. I've been a reader since you guys first for into the new space. I've love seeing your home come together and this powder room is just as awesome as the rest. I love the wallpaper!

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  17. Gorgeous powder room and I love the wallpaper! I`m glad I found your blog... I`m going to stay here for a while and read some old posts:)

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