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The Bathroom (Before)

The bathroom on the main floor is right off the kitchen. I have my direction for the kitchen refresh, and I have my inspiration for the bathroom, but I realized that I never showed you the full ‘before’ of the room. Let’s do that, shall we?

The Bathroom (Before)

The Bathroom (Before)

The wide-angle lens is skewing the proportions a bit, but the room doesn’t look too terrible. Until you look to this direction.

The Bathroom (Before)

Yikes. I thought the rolling cart would be so cute in the space! The bathroom is small (5’x7′), but there’s just enough room for a little something-something in that corner. Unfortunately, that cart is not it.

Moving on.

The Bathroom (Before)

I’ve already picked up a new shower curtain (black and white polka dots), and I think this little bronze stool will go in that corner to replace the cart. We don’t actually need the storage (there’s a medicine cabinet, and everything else is stored upstairs near the other bathroom), so I’m just looking for something that will be pretty. Is it weird to have a stool/side table in the corner though, and then functional step stools under the sink just a couple of feet away? The kids need those to reach the sink, so they have to stay.

*edit* I forgot to mention that the potty no longer needs to be there. Eleanor has moved on (“I’m a big girl! That’s too small for me!”), and August isn’t ready for it yet. So that frees up a little more space in that corner.

Black and White Bathroom Inspiration

I’ve been wanting to do something different with the bathroom on the main floor. The only thing stopping me is that I have no idea what I want to do with the space. I was looking at my Pinterest bathroom board today though, and I realized that I do have a look I’m pretty consistently drawn to. Behold.

Black Bathtub, White Subway Tiles

Black and White Bathroom, Plus Orange

Black and White Bathrom with Red Cross

images: 1, 2, 3

Oh man, do I love that sink (I almost went with it when I was working on our laundry room). I think our bathroom could get the same look if I painted our pedestal tub black (it’s currently forest green), kept our existing white wall-mounted sink, and put a black seat on the toilet. White paint for the walls, a new shower curtain… a plan is starting to come together.

Orla Kiely for Method

Kitty in the Sink

That picture of my kitty, Violet, in the sink is from early 2008. I went back through my photos to see how long we’ve been refilling the same old Method soap bottle, and it turns out it’s been four years now. They don’t even offer this shape anymore, but I’ve never found a soap dispenser that I like better and this one has held up, so we’ve kept it. I’m working with Method though, and they sent a couple of bottles from the new Orla Kiely line… and I think I may have found a replacement.

Orla Kiely Method Hand Soap

Cute, right? (Although I’m still holding on to the old bottle too! Ha.)

Orla Kiely for Method

There are four Orla patterns in the new limited edition line, and each has a signature scent (primrose, vanilla chai, bay leaf, and pear ginger). They became available online and in Target stores last month.

p.s. I really ought to update the bathroom, eh? It’s the only room in the house we haven’t done anything to, beyond hanging a shower curtain!

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