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Further Plans for the Bathroom

As opposed to the guess I made a couple of months ago. I got so excited when I heard about the Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper collaboration with Hygge & West that it inspired a design plan for the bathroom, but I’ve tweaked it a bit since then and am happier with the new direction it’s heading in.

Before the complete collection launched, only one design was shown: Rosa, in yellow.. After everything became available last week, I ordered samples of some of my favorites and was somewhat surprised when I liked the Rosa pattern in persimmon best. The color is vivid, but it looks great in the room. The plan on the left is the original, and the one on the right is mostly the same, but with a pink bathtub to complement the blooms in the wallpaper.

Bathroom Plans with Rifle Paper Co. Hygge & West Wallpaper #makingitlovely

Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper Samples

Super cute, but that was the problem. A little too cute. I feel like it would have been a great fit in our first house, but here I feel myself pulled in a different design direction. While at the Merchandise Mart yesterday to pick up a gallon of paint, I stopped in several showrooms to look at wallpaper. After trying out some new pattern samples, here’s where I’m at with the design now.

Bathroom Plan with Black Cole & Son Wallpaper and a Black Clawfoot Tub #makingitlovely
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The paper is Summer Lily in black, white, and bronze from Cole & Son. I had the brass stool from the last house, and I’ve already added the trash can, bathmat, art, and two of those striped hand towels to this bathroom. The hooks were added semi-recently too, so the only things I would still need to change are the color of the bathtub, the light, and the wallpaper.

I painted the pedestal tub in the last house dark grey, and here I think black will be fantastic. The Hicks pendant may wait a bit because I’m going to give the old light from Eleanor’s room a try first. It isn’t bad, and it’s free. The biggest expense will be from the wallpaper, and even that will only be a few hundred dollars since we can hang it ourselves. The cost is worth it for such a big impact.

Cole & Son Summer Lily Wallpaper in the Bathroom| Making it Lovely

The bathroom could have waited (truly, it didn’t bother me much), but I feel like this is a good area to take on right now because the finish line is easily within sight. Timing though, may get tricky. The wallpaper has to be ordered, and then I’m leaving soon on a trip. When I get back, I’ll be about six months pregnant and while I hung wallpaper at five months along before, that was back when I was a spry young whippersnapper and I’m not sure if I’ll be physically up to it a month from now. Hopefully, but I only started feeling better recently and it may be a short window.

Anyway, I’m curious about how you like the wallpaper. Do you? It’s got that ugly/pretty thing going on that I tend to like, but I have a feeling a lot of you would prefer the cute Rosa pattern (or something else)!

A Guess at the Plan for the Bathroom

A guess, because the design is tentatively based on the only design we can see from the upcoming line of wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co. for Hygge & West. There are more patterns to come in May!

The bathroom on the second floor is nice, just not to my taste. There is fruit-themed wallpaper, hunter green on a mottled tan background, with a green and maroon border, and a yellow faux-finish on the claw foot tub. The bones of the room are good though, and I’ve been happy to not do much in there until inspiration came along. Inspiration came along. Last Friday, I immediately started scheming up a design plan featuring the new wallpaper line.

Rifle Paper Co. Hygge and West Wallpaper Bathroom Design #makingitlovely

  1. Dean Stockwell in ‘The Boy with Green Hair,’ Art.com
    I’ve not seen the movie, but I love this as a photograph.

  2. Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper, Hygge & West
    I could easily work with this yellow and green design, but the full line will be out May 19 with more options.

  3. My Bathroom
    Brass and antique fixtures, ahoy!

  4. Brass Bathroom Waste Basket, Target
    Yep, more brass. I picked this up a while ago, so it’s already in the room.

  5. Fleur-de-Lys Juice Glass, Anthropologie
    I moved all of the toothbrushes to the inside of the medicine cabinet, so I’m on the lookout for tumblers small enough to fit into the holders on the sink. These may be too delicate, but they are adorable.

  6. Large Hicks Pendant, Circa Lighting
    I’m dying to use one in this house, and the bathroom could be the perfect spot. I do still have the small oval and brass pendant from Eleanor’s room though, which could be a good (free) option.

  7. Row Stripe Towel, West Elm
    Stripes are always welcome.

  8. Martini Side Table in Antique Brass, West Elm
    I bought this originally for the vintage bathroom in our first house and then didn’t use it there because the room was too small. The bathroom’s a little larger in this house though, and it fits perfectly.

  9. Schoolhouse Numbered Hooks, Pottery Barn
    These are up, and you’ve seen them already because I used ‘em to announce baby number three!

  10. Pharmacy Accessories in Amber Glass, Restoration Hardware
    The sink has a built-in (unfortunately shell-shaped) spot for the soap, but I like the look of these for the room.

  11. Painted Claw Foot Tub
    I’ll choose a color for the tub from the wallpaper, like this lovely green.

Two more months! I’m so eager to get started!

The Bathroom on the Third Floor

It’s looking cute.

Bathroom with Wall Vases #makingitlovely

The black rubber-coated soap pump is the only thing that hasn’t made an appearance elsewhere on the blog, as far as I know. I think I bought it to use when I was redoing the main floor bathroom in the last house, but I ended up using a glass soap dispenser there instead. In this bathroom though? Perfect.

Black, White, and Wood Bathroom #makingitlovely

The towel is hanging from a hook that I’m reusing from the bathroom on the second floor. I have the green vintage wastecan from the half-bath that we added to the last house, and the man and woman bathroom sign vases are back, too. They aren’t always filled with fresh flowers, but let’s pretend they are.

Bathroom Details #makingitlovely

Same with the little black pitcher next to the sink. Hello, little white flowers! Hello, nice-smelling eucalyptus!

Bathroom Flowers Near the Sink #makingitlovely

The green bowl was also from that bathroom, along with the white first aid box. (The kids’ wipes are inside.)

Bathroom First Aid Kit

I removed a medicine cabinet that was mounted above the toilet. I was going to hang some art in its place (photography, probably), but I tried it out with a placeholder print and it felt too busy between the mirror and the window. Something small, or a small grouping, could be cute. That’s the kind of thing I’ll keep in mind moving forward — if I see something, great! If not, no rush.

Bathroom Wide Shot #makingitlovely

The mirror silver is nicely aged. This isn’t a bathroom that we use for getting ready, so a crystal clear image isn’t necessary.

Antique Bathroom Mirror and Brass Sconces #makingitlovely

The black and white polka dot shower curtain was in the first house. Even with a wide angle lens, it’s difficult to get a good shot, but it looks great in the space.

Bathroom, Shot from the Hall #makingitlovely

I’ve been crazy about the combination of black, white, and wood for some time now, so this bathroom is making me pretty happy. The simple palette tones down the playfulness of the polka dots too, and I love them in there. No need to take things too seriously when decorating, right?

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