As I’ve said before, our house needs very little in terms of renovations. Our largest renovation projects would be the kitchen and the backyard. And even then, the renovations aren’t essential…they’d just make me enjoy our house even more than I already do! ðŸ™‚ So the projects we’ve been slowly doing at the house are small tweaks to increase functionality and aesthetic.
One of the spaces that I’ve spent a bit of time working to improve is our main floor powder room. It was a white box that I knew could get even whiter.
Here’s what the space looked like when we moved in:
The bathroom was white and bright, but the light fixture was broken, the mirror was small, and the towel ring wasn’t my aesthetic.
We didn’t want to put too much money and effort into a massive renovation (like installing a custom vanity), but I knew we could do a few things to make it nicer. So we did!
One of the best things I did was to repaint the walls. They weren’t in the best shape, so I patched up a lot of holes, smoothed out a few gouges, and gave the whole room a fresh coat of white paint (leftover Benjamin Moore Simply White). The new paint job – like so many people often say – made a world of difference to this room. Magic!
Beyond the painting, I polished the window hardware (more magic!), hung a round mirror, and installed a modern light.
Seeing the before and progress photos makes me grin. A few tweaks has made a huge difference in the function and aesthetic of this space.
That said, the room transformation isn’t quite complete. The towel bar and toilet roll holder will arrive next month, and we have to decide on art. I’ll be happy to share more photos when all the pieces are in place.
Today’s trivia was inspired by this photo:
designed by Alyssa Rosenheck via 25:40 Love and Co
Side note: I could move into just about every space Alyssa Rosenheck has designed. So much beauty in her spaces!
Okay. So what’s today’s trivia all about? It’s all about the Windsor chair! With a Windsor chair, the seat is made of solid wood, and the back and leg spindles are separate. The legs are slotted into holes at the bottom of the seat.
As with other classic items, many variations have been – and continue to be – produced.
Longford arm chair
To learn more about the Windsor chair, check out this Apartment Therapy article.
Round mirrors haven’t ever gone away in the design world, but I haven’t written about them in a long while, so I thought I’d revisit this stylish accessory today.
via The Design Chaser
via Tiffany Leigh Design
via The Stables
via Vanessa Francis
via Kristina Lynne
via Homey Oh My
via Rambling Reno
Here are five round mirrors to consider if you’re in the market for one.
mirror, Wayfair, $149.99 CAD
mirror, Ikea, $99 CAD
mirror, CB2, $299 CAD
mirror, Umbra, $130 CAD
mirror, West Elm, $392.55 CAD
The Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon, Portugal is a small hotel with plenty of style. The tiled bathrooms, wood plank flooring, and linens look to be of the highest quality. I grabbed a photo of a dining space for today’s hotel to home inspiration. It’s definitely an easy-to-recreate space.
via Santa Clara 1728
Here’s the look I created inspired by the Santa Clara:
tablecloth, chair, dish set, glasses, lavender centrepiece, cutlery set, napkins
I haven’t taken us to South America in my Hotel to Home series yet, have I? I honestly can’t remember, but my hotel searches rarely take me there. Maybe I’ll make more of an effort to explore the south in 2017.
Today we are heading to the hip Hotel Pulitzer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This hotel is glam, chic, sleek, and inviting. While I do think the bathroom design is beautiful, I’ve opted to rework one of its bedrooms.
Hotel Pulitzer, Buenos Aires
Ikea curtains, West Elm headboard, white dresser, Etsy art, Etsy art, CB2 leather butterfly chair, CB2 desk lamp, plant