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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Mini Makeover: 10 Easy Ways to Perk Up Your Bathroom


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Renovating a bathroom can be one of the most expensive home projects you might embark on. But there are plenty of inexpensive and labor un-intensive ways to give your bathroom a zshush and make it new to you. Here are 10 of the easiest ones.


1) Swap out your shower curtain. While you’re at it, give that liner a wash or demote it to paint tarp and get a new one.


2) Throw down a new bath mat. You can opt for one that’s made to be a bath mat, or chose a small area rug like a flat-weave or Oriental carpet.


3) Mount some better storage. One thing that bums me out are shampoo bottles, cosmetics and other toiletries that don’t have a proper place to be put away. Adding a new shelf or cabinet can help you keep this potential clutter organized and handy.


4) Upgrade your accessories. “Toilet brush” and “sexy” are not usually words you hear in the same sentence. But there are plenty of well-designed utilitarian bathroom accessories like wastebaskets, toilet paper roll holders, soap dispensers and more on the market today.


5) Hang a new mirror. Something as simple as a new shape or frame color can switch up the look of your bathroom. You can even do some mirror swaps from around the house; perhaps the one over your dresser is ready for a new spot, and vice-versa.


6) Stick it to the window. Add texture and privacy to your bathroom window with adhesive film, like this one from Emma Jeffs.


7) Toss your dirties into something fresh. Adding a hamper with a fun pattern, texture or color (or all three) might even make you want to do laundry.


8) Make sure everything has space to hang. Lately I’ve found I don’t have enough room for the luxury of multiple towel bars. Hooks are a space-saving option.


9) House that soap in something different. Don’t limit yourself to what the shops declare is a proper soap dish. Raid your kitchen pantry or display shelves for a saucer, small plate or other china that will fit a bar.


10) Don’t shy away from a little bling. Why not add some glamour to your bathroom? You and your toothbrush deserve it.

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Bathrooms With Big Personality


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When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, a lot of people get caught up in worries about resale value issues and thus wind up with something quite blah. The truth is that a lot of trends come and go, and a perfectly plain and popular standard overmount sink that’s the only option available one year can be passé just a few years later when undermount sinks are all the rage; that polished nickel you loved so much and seemed like a no-brainer may fall out of fashion like brass did after the 1980s (brass is back, by the way). No matter how exquisite you found your ever-popular granite pick, the next year marble and Caesarstone could come in and kick it right out of Elle Decor forever.

Depressing, right? Nah. When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, if you’re not planning on moving within five years, go ahead and do what you love.

Go mad with marble:

photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

Avant-garde design goddess Kelly Wearstler designed this gorgeous bathroom for her daughter. The walls and floor are covered in an eye-popping inlaid marble pattern.

photo by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest

In interior designer David Kleinberg’s own apartment he went for striped marble, down the floor, and up the vanity, backsplash, shower stall and wall.

My calculator exploded when I tried to add up how much the marble in those two bathrooms cost, but they are beautiful inspiration.

Add unique lighting:

Photos by Sean Fennessy, production–Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

In a playful nod to Magritte, these bowler hats dangle over a freestanding bathtub with modern lines.

Warm up neutrals with lots of texture:

photo by Noah Webb

Coastal Modern master Tim Clarke warmed up a neutral-colored bathroom with pebbled shower walls. They lend an outdoor shower feel to this spacious shower stall.

Add unique artwork and accent pieces:

In addition to the brightly colored patterned tile, the homeowner’s patina style dressing table, lady in bright yellow portrait and lucite stool add loads of personality to this delightful bathroom. I would never want to leave it!

Paint a vintage clawfoot tub an unexpected color:

photo by James Merrell for Living Etc.

I also love the way they’ve added this unique schoolhouse map as art. It’s something that is easy to switch out if you’re tired of the bathroom.

What would you do if money/resale/reality in general were no object in your bathroom?



Friday, June 12th, 2009

Flickr Faves on Fridays


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Last night I found myself marking “add to faves” on almost every single one of laurasmera’s pictures. I’m a HUGE fan of clawfoot tubs, especially black and white, and this bathroom knocked me out. At first I was not digging the green tile floors, but they are growing on me:


Here is another clawfoot in a much more minimal bathroom (from laurasmera as well):


Speaking of clawfoot tubs, I have been failing miserably to enlist many members in a clawfoot tub Flickr group. If you have any clawfoot tub pictures, please add them to the group pool!

Thanks to laurasmera for adding so many great shots to Fresh New Spaces.


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