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Neutrals Plus Pink for the Downstairs Bathroom

I usually keep a few plain white towels on a Thonet chair next to the sink in our downstairs bathroom, but I loved the stack of coral towels that the stylist swapped them out for during our shoot last week. She also hung one of my own pink towels (number three, below) on the wall to cover an outlet. Think it’s safe to do that for real life? Wet hands + kids + electricity… it doesn’t sound like the smartest idea. Would it be overkill to use a weatherproof outlet cover (they’re ugly, but it wouldn’t be seen), or would we just rely on the gfci outlet to do its job? Either way, I’m planning on picking up a few new towels for the bathroom to bring back in some more color.

Pink and Coral Towels for the Bathroom

  1. Fouta Bath Towels (Juice), Serena & Lily

  2. Fouta Color Block Towels (Coral/Melon), Serena & Lily

  3. Honeycomb Tassel Hammam Hand Towel (Rose Bisque), West Elm
    These look great, but they are very thin.

  4. Threshold Textured Floral Bath Towels (Coral Island), Target

  5. Woven Ombré Towels (Coral), Anthropologie

  6. Channel Pink Towels, CB2

  7. Threshold Textured Damask Hand Towel (Pink), Target

A reminder: This is what our bathroom looked like when we moved in. Perfectly neutral and vintagey and lovely.

Bathroom, First Floor

Bathroom, First Floor

The room doesn’t need much, but while I’m at it, I figured I’d make a few other changes too. The extra-long silk shower curtain there now has seen better days and it’s time for a replacement, along with a new bath mat. Everything but the towels will be neutral, but I’m not against bringing in a little texture or pattern.

Bathroom with Neutral Accessories

  1. Painterly Stripe Shower Curtain, Schoolhouse Electric

  2. Vintage-Washed Belgian Linen Shower Curtain, Restoration Hardware
    Comes in tons of colors, including many neutral shades.

  3. Iron Shower Curtain Rings, Anthropologie

  4. Black and White Apothecary Bath Accessories (Wastebasket), Pottery Barn

  5. Black and White Apothecary Bath Accessories (Soap Pump), Pottery Barn

  6. Antique Thonet Chair

  7. B&W Wall Hook, Anthropologie

  8. Ella Hook (Antique Brass Finish), Pottery Barn

  9. Fringed Hand-Loomed Rug (Taupe), Pottery Barn

  10. Cotton Woven Bath Rug, Restoration Hardware
    Again, many colors (including plenty of neutral options) are available.

Which combination of shower curtain, rug, and towels would you go for?

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!

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