The bathroom was beautifully renovated by a previous owner and further accessorized by a subsequent owner, so there are a variety of built-in design elements. For example, contemporary faux bois floor tile and mint green square glass mosaic tile co-exist with polished chrome towel racks from Restoration Hardware's Asbury Collection. I like a mix of styles, but I need to careful not to rock the boat too much in one direction or it could seem as though I'm trying to ram a modern aesthetic down the throat of a traditional space.
Here's my master plan for the bathroom-- with a few decorative accents thrown in to convey the personality of the space (if you don't have natural light for plants in your bathroom, how about these candles disguised as succulents!):
- Running Horses by Kevin Russ, Society6 - $16 - $25
- Porcelain Wall Socket and Chrome Tipped Bulb - $2 and $3 ea., respectively
- Asbury Wall Hook, Restoration Hardware - $21 (*sale price)
- White Oak Veneer
- Glass Mosaic Tile - Mint
- 3-unit Componobili, via MoMA Store - $169
- Succulent Candles, via Joss and Main - no longer available (see similar option.)
- Turkish Bath Sheets - Azure, Restoration Hardware - $49 (*sale price)
- Malin + Goetz Bath Products
- Cachi Square Tray, Aire del Sur
- Horn Vase with Metal Rim, via One Kings Lane - no longer available (see similar option.)
- Victoria Lidded Storage Baskets, World Market - $39.99 - $59.99
- Senegalese Woven Hamper, Brookfarm General Store - $145 (similar option via West Elm for $99)
- Woven African Striped Hamper - Acqua, Connected Fair Trade - $150 (similar option via Land of Nod for $45)
- Senegalese Storage Baskets - Blue, Serena & Lily - $68 - $148
1. The light fixtures over the sink are permanently damaged.
2. The wall-mounted sinks are beautiful, but don't provide enough surface area for two people + one dog.
What kind of bath products does a dog need, you might ask? You'd be surprised-- he's got about as much stuff as Ryan and I put together (granted, we are a relatively low maintenance couple.) Since we often use the toilet as a grooming pedestal, I'm toying with adding a floating shelf above it. But for human grooming, we really need a surface that's easily reachable from the sink. The trick is to find something tall enough to reach without bending over, but narrow enough to fit comfortably between the two sinks. At first, I was swooing over CB2's TPS mint file cabinet, but both the dimensions and color are just a tiny bit off. Lucky for me, I think a 3-unit Componibili will be just about perfect (albeit pricey). And in addition to providing extra surface area, a Componibili would provide covered storage. Which brings me problem #3...
3. Lack of easily accessible covered storage
The previous owner who renovated the space did something pretty nifty to maximize storage in a small bathroom. A bump-out behind the sinks contains small cubby-like storage on either side of the unit. It's great for stashing extra rolls of toilet paper, contact lenses or small cosmetics. But the cubbies are trickier for larger or irregularly-sized toiletries. And although the master bath is not really a public space, I don't love to have unattractive, infrequently used yet necessary products (like this) on display 24/7. The Componibili will help stash toilettries, but since the master bath does double-duty as a laundry room, we also added a simple Ikea Expedit unit next to the washer/dryer to provide extra storage.
4. All towel bars, no hooks.
Don't get me wrong-- I love a good towel bar. But what to do when your towel is sopping wet? A hook reigns supreme in those situations. Lucky for me, Restoration Hardware is holding a bed + bath sale! Although the Asbury Collection may not be what I would have picked out, it makes sense to keep the hardware consistent throughout. Swapping it all out for a more contemporary line of hardware is most definitely not in the budget.
5. No toilet paper holder
Okay, here I have a dilemma. The Asbury Collection includes a toilet paper holder. But it's $50...and that's the sale price. What to do? I don't know if I can bring myself to pay that much money for a toilet paper holder. Maybe we can continue to use the cubbies for toilet paper storage?