When we bought our house, there were some updates we wanted to make so it would feel more like our home. It mostly came down to paint, lighting, and window treatments, but the bathrooms needed a little work. They were technically “finished” but we love interiors (so much that we’re launching Anecdote in a few weeks) and plan on staying here for at least 5 years. Having a home that reflects our style is something that was important to both of us.
Margot’s bathroom was my project. Conor didn’t really have an interest in her bathroom and I was so excited to take it on. I knew I wanted to to replace the wallpaper, floors, mirror, and sink. The wallpaper just wasn’t doing it for me, the floors felt kind of modern/industrial (the same tile was in our basement, and I covered that up, too). I don’t care for vessel sinks and the height made no sense for a toddler (too high), and the mirror was cracked/peeling. The modern toilets weren’t what we would have chosen, and I was so lucky to partner with Kohler, so we changed those for something more traditional and donated the old ones. The shower tile, custom vanity, and countertops were lovely so we kept those. The tile in the shower (white subway with a thin black border) inspired the black and white wallpaper since I needed something that worked with the black tile.
In the search for floral wallpaper, I fell in love with this black and white floral pattern, but it was impossible to find. Tessa at Inside Stores was so great to work with and special ordered it for me (it’s just over $100 per roll and I needed 3 rolls total). Just email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in purchasing and tell them you’d like the watelet wallpaper in my bathroom.
I decided to add sconces because I couldn’t find a light I liked enough to install over the mirror and prefer the look and feel of a sconce. Adding them meant losing the towel bar, so I added a towel hook on the back of the door, and still might add a ring or basket for hand towels. Since we have a half bath downstairs, guests don’t really use this bathroom, so I’m not too worried about towels.
I’ve gotten a few questions about mixing metals, and I suppose there is a right and wrong way to do it, but ultimately, you have to do what you love. We mixed brass and polished nickel in both bathrooms. All the fixtures and mirror are polished nickel, I added a touch of brass with the sconces. This is a matter of personal preference, but I don’t care for gold (shiny, yellow gold) fixtures. I do love brass though. These Circa Lighting sconces are perfect for a bathroom since the shades are glass, so there’s no risk of damaging them, and they’re so beautiful in person.
Once the room was complete, it felt like something was missing. I’ve always loved Le Papier Studio, and silhouettes of Margot and Buddy felt like the answer. They’re so, so sweet, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
The towels, tissue box cover, and shower curtain were the final finishing touches, and arrived a few weeks ago. The monograms were probably a little over the top but whatever. I love them. And yes, we love our Tubby Todd products.
There’s an open “closet/shelf” across from the vanity, so I added these baskets and keep extra towels and bath toys in there.
Bancroft Toilet Paper Holder
Marble Hex Floor
Kohler Compass Sink
Memoirs Stately Toilet
Glenbury Toilet Seat
Beach House Baskets
I’ve received a few questions about our contractor and wallpaper installer. Finding a good contractor is difficult. We ended up hiring someone else to fix a few things that were left unfinished, and the process took a lot longer than it should have. That seems to be the nature of that business and I am so happy with how it turned out, but I wouldn’t recommend the people we hired. The wallpaper installer was ok but not great. Our handyman (he did some repairs and has done work for us) is wonderful but so, so busy and not looking for any new projects right now. I would recommend searching for someone in your area online.
Kohler products, wallpaper, and silhouettes were gifted. I love and recommend all of them.