June 13, 2011

It’s the little things…

I recently had the opportunity to remodel small powder bath and what a difference changing a few design elements can make. Unfortunately, I do not have a pre-remodel photo but imagine a icky laminate counter top, peach-hued porcelain mirror and red walls. After 15 years, it was time for an update.

There are three areas in a house that should garner the most attention: Kitchen, Master Bath and Powder Bath. These areas add the most to resale value and where small design details can have the greatest impact.

Bathroom remodel-after: 

Photography by: Brio Photography

Sources and Selections: 

Paint: Behr: Creek Bend

I’ve been obsessed with gray for about 4 years nows and this color is really hitting the market in all areas of design. Warm or cool gray, you cannot go wrong.

Countertop: Minas Black Soapstone from Dorado Soapstone

Soapstone is an amazing natural solid surface and although it has been used in homes in the northeast for centuries and your highschool chemistry lab, it is just now gaining home installation popularity in this area of the country.

Backsplash: Slate, 1 x 2 mix from Stone Solutions

Always a classic and timeless choice. The client has this type of slate mosaic in other parts of the house. It just made sense to carry it though out the home and into the powder bath.

New mirror and custom-made frame:

If you have an odd size space where a conventional store-bought mirror will not fit or is uninspiring, turn to custom. This is an easy and relatively inexpensive solution. You can purchase a custom frame from Michaels, Hobby Lobby or JoAnne Fabrics and have a glass company fit the frame with a mirror. It will give your space that extra added thought out detail.



Antique botanical etching by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann, Hamburg, Germany


Antique etching “Digging for Bees” published by Thomas McLean, London, England

Hand towels:

When selecting new hand towels or linens, I like to pull colors from a detail in the room that has the most colors, like the bathroom tile. If in doubt use a contrasting color, like the cream accents found in the backsplash.

A project for me big or small deserves equal attention and this powder bath proves that even the smallest room in the house can be a showpiece!

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