Isn’t it the worst, feeling like you’re behind before you even start? That’s exactly how I’ve felt all week long… Last #oneroomchallenge I posted on Wednesday nights at midnight (-ish). This season my goal is to post one day sooner each week, working from Saturday up to Wednesday, but we’ll see how it goes. FYI- I’m participant no. 213 this week
In case you were busy…
I’m not doing any major demolition in my redesign, which means the floor plan of our bathroom is remaining the same. Actually, I think our only demo is to replace the base molding- wah WAHhhh. However, I’m still expecting MAJOR impact when this room is complete.
The Noah’s Ark artwork is the inspiration for my design, but how was I going to modernize it? I decided to start with the shower curtain, as a large design component, as well as the first thing you see when you walk into the bathroom. I could browse Society6 ALL DAY LONG (as my toddler would say). Why must I only have one bath in my home?! I started my search for blue and gold. I was feeling the feline vibe for a while, then I was crushing on the blue ombre designs, then b-lined to golden rod yellows, but then zoned in on ombre blue designs. As much as I loved these beautiful curtains, each time I walked into our bathroom and saw the existing blue patterned curtained, it just reinforced that not only do the colors need to be more subtle, but the design as well. I almost think “basic” or “simple” are the best ways to describe what I was envisioning. I realized that the shower curtain doesn’t have to be a showstopper, but should really be an accent to the design, almost blending with the light grey walls. That was a huge change of thought!
I went to Target to buy the light blue scallop curtain, but it was discontinued. In true design fashion, instead of trying to find something similar, I went totally opposite. (BTW, I remember Sarah Richardson doing the same thing on an episode of “Sarah’s House” on HGTV- Love her!) A subtle white and gold geometric curtain caught my eye, but I didn’t buy it. I went online at home, and found a similar curtain online, but a larger scale which I prefer. (It’s the curtain in the top, left corner of the image above.) FINALLY, my first design decision!
If you’re on Instagram, you know that DIY hand-painted walls are becoming quite popular right now. I’ve been aching to get in on this. I thought my workspace makeover was going to be my chance, but instead saved it for this bathroom. I visited the etsy shop for @kensatodesigns for some ideas, and really fell in love with her wall decals. The little girl inside of me really wants the monochromatic rainbows. It even goes with the Noah’s Ark concept, but I have a feeling it’s not going to be my hubby’s fave…. I narrowed it down to the raindrops and the lightning-rain cloud combo. I was really torn, but remembering my goal of simplicity my hubby and I decided on the raindrops last night, at about 11:15pm.
I didn’t have the brainpower to blog last night after putting the kids to bed, but I refused to go to sleep until I finished this mood board. Do you like it? As I mentioned last week, my boy’s bathroom is also the guest bathroom so I wanted to find a balance between a playfulness and sophistication. My color palette is extracted from the Noah’s Ark artwork: The blue-gray elephant and dolphins, the white polar bears, and the gold feathers of the peacock up on top. I think the grey raindrop are playful is design and mature in color selection. The metallic gold shower curtain is subtle, but still makes a modern design statement, don’t you think? I love that contrast from the traditional artwork- it just takes it to another level. Their bathroom will feel light and bright, modern and playful. Splish splash!!
Right?! I’m still missing the finishing touches, but you can see the direction I’m headed. (FYI- I included the bath in both of my wall elevations for a better overview of the design.) Can our tiny dud of a bathroom really become this little jewel? As the only lady in the house, I think I’ll feel chic in there and proud when guests come over. Most importantly, I think my family is going to have fun looking at the animals in Noah’s Ark when they brush their teeth, and counting the raindrops on the walls during bath time. Toddler S loves to count!
Like most of us, I love the gold and bronze accents that are on trend right now. But, I enjoy mixing metal finishes in a room for a more classic, or long-lasting design. My current fixtures are primarily brushed nickel, and I’m trying to reuse what I already have, unless it really needs to be retired. For example, the toilet paper holder (Bleh). With that said, I’m going to mix in gold accents with the shower curtain, and a metallic painted dado rail around the room. So, there you have it: Modern Metallics & Noah’s Ark, a bathroom for little boys and a designer mommy!
Week 3 forecast: We took a family trip to The Home Depot last weekend and started researching vanity tops, but I think this week need to tear off the band-aid and started sanding the vanity base- Eeek.
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