February 3, 2010

Powder Room Redo: Chapter 1

by Shelly

Our new wonderful home is a classic Williamsburg style home. I’m a true believer in decorating a home somewhat along the lines of what style home it is. For example, if you have a Hamptons beach cottage, I think its silly looking to decorate the interior in Hollywood Regency style. I don’t mind touches of a look you really like, but I do feel the homes’ insides should somewhat reflect the outside.

With that being said, our new home was an abomination when we moved in! The previous owners LOVED Tuscan style…and not good Tuscan style…gaudy, old lady, over done Tuscan. It was bad! We’ve painted and replaced lighting in many of the rooms, but since we’re not rolling over in cash…well its going to be an on going process for a while to come.

Our powder room is BEGGING us to help it. Here take a look…

The vanity area complete with a new vanity, lighting and oil rubbed bronze fixtures just not in the style I would go with. I would LOVE something like this…

 
from 219northcliffwood.com
Since the hubby will not allow me to rip the vanity out anytime soon, I’m thinking of possibly painting it white to match the kitchen that’s white in the room next door. But the dark looks nice with the travertine tiles. Ah decisions, decisions. 
Then did you see that wonderful lighting?!!! Yuck. Again, not umm my taste AT ALL! So that’s definitely going. But since this is going to be a mini redo I think the old lady wallpaper will come down first and a coat of BM Lenox Tan will go up in its place. I would love to have polished nickle hardware in here but since the oil rubbed fixtures are brand new..they’re going to stay. So here are some lighting choices I’m considering replacing the old ones with.
 
The Sutton sconce looks a lot like my inspiration picture. I like the touch of modern they would lend the room. Since the fixtures are so traditional, I think these would give a nice contrast.
 

Soho Sconce $189 @ Shades of Light.com

Cone Shade Wall Lamp-Double Joint in Bronze $272 @ Shades of Light
The last light is a bit different for a bath. I got the idea via Urban Grace blog a while back. She wrote about her love for designer Rita Konig’s bathroom she did for Domino Magazine. I like how unique it looks in a bathroom.
Rita Konig for Domino Magazine
 So what do you think? Which lighting choice do you like best for the room? Oh and to help you gain a greater sense of what I’m working with, here are more pics of the rest of the room.
 
lovely shower umm drapery panel..don’t you think?

 Tumbled travertine tiles are pretty AND expensive I know, but I hate the diamond pattern they used. Oh and why oh why would you spend the money in bath and put in expensive tile work and leave the old too small bathtub? I’m perplexed. FYI the bath is VERY short and small. Since I regularly use this room to bath our little one…my back aches hunching over this thing.
To be continued…..

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