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Thursday, October 8, 2015

One Room Challenge- Old Palm Beach Bathroom

It’s time for another round of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge the premise is to transform a room in your home within six weeks. Linda hosts the challenge twice a year. Last fall I made over the Family Room and in the spring I concentrated on the Living, Dining and Entry Spaces.  On both occasions there were times in the process that I wanted to give up. The pressure is immense. But the payoff is that you are motivated to complete a space. Given that I often drag my heels when decorating my own home the process does work well for me.

This go around I will be concentrating my efforts on the Fashionista’s bathroom. It is located on the second floor of Storybook Cottage.

This is a good example of the look she likes.

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The Fashionista favors the Hollywood Regency Style with a heavy dose of old Palm Beach.

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She also is wild about flamingoes.

To da loos: The flamingo bathroom:

The challenge is to combine these three forms of inspiration without the bathroom morphing into a tacky decorating episode of “The Golden Girls.”

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Here are the “BEFORE” shots of the bathroom space.

The room is tiny. It measures a little under 5’ x 7’ and the ceilings are 8’ tall.

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Right now the focal point is the oversized wall cabinet. I can’t tell you the number of times I have cracked my skull on the corner of this thing. It also blocks much of the light to the right side of the room where the shower is located. It needs to come down along with the brassy enclosed glass shower doors. Both elements just completely close off the room and make it appear that much smaller.

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The vanity is not to bad. It definitely needs a fresh coat of paint and possibly some new cabinet knobs. The 30 year old linoleum is original to the house and will be replaced with tile.

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Previous homeowners tried their hand at DIY such as framing the mirror. Alas, the frame didn’t quite cover the mirror so that will be coming down as will the jungle wallpaper border.

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A brighter color palette and new light fixture will help curb the currently gloomy lighting situation.

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In addition, all of the towel bars will also be replaced with something a bit less “Rusted 80’s”.

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Here is the inspiration board we have come up with. It will be the first time I have ever tried my hand at wallpapering a space. To give myself even more of a challenge a budget has been set at just $500.

Palm Beach Bathroom:

Let the games begin!



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love your inspiration. This looks like so much fun and will be fabulous when done.

Linda said...

I'm sure whatever you do will look pretty. :)
That's basically the size of both of the 2 bathrooms in our tiny house, if that. ;)

Lisa said...

It's going to be beautiful! I'm really loving that wallpaper!

GSGreatEscaper said...

I'll be so excited to see what you come up with, especially how you handle the cabinet. When did these protruding monsters replace the old wonderful set in cabinets of mid-century and why? I've got two I want to murder....

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You are a brave, busy woman! I can't wait to see this project come together as I too love flamingoes!!

Karena Albert said...

Laura it is going to be stunning! I too have been looking for a great bamboo mirror, if I see a deal though I'll let you know!

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Christine Dovey said...

Oh how I love a palm print!!!! Love the design direction and excited to see this take shape!

Domicile 37 said...

OOOOoooh, Nice! I love what I am seeing!

Cherie said...

I did a palm print and wicker bathroom 2 houses ago, it was bright and glorious! I shoulda had that flamingo print, though, to add a wonderful contrast color! Have fun with this, Fashionista will love it!

mollie's mom said...

I love the inspiration and cannot wait to see the finished bathroom. I used that Flamingo print in my downstairs powder room that I finished a few months ago. I love it!! I'm doing a bathroom as well. Tiny spaces and being a contortionist will be the name of our game!!!

Jill Cooper said...

I can't wait to see the after pictures! Good luck - I know you can do it!

The Boston Lady said...

Haha! Our current rental has the exact lovely towel bars! I'm sure this will turn out wonderfully. I have to say I agree with The Fashionista's taste and look forward to the end result! Ann

Lorrie said...

It's going to be a great looking room! I'm eager to see you accomplish your vision here.

Silvana Joanne said...

This room will look great for sure! I can't wait to see the end result!

Prettypracticalhome said...

I love the plan! I'm curious to see how you like wallpapering a bathroom. I'd like to try it but I'm scared! The design is just beautiful and can't wait to see this come together!

Katie Mansfield said...

How fun this will be. I can't wait to see this as it progresses.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I'm so impressed with your focus and resolve! I've seen you decorate so I know you can do this! Your daughter is one lucky girl! (I'd be trying to convince my daughters that what they REALLY wanted was what I really wanted lol)Good luck! xoKathleen

Lana L. said...

Oooh...I can't wait to see how it turns out. I love the palm look too - reminds me of the Beverly Hills Hotel!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It should be fun! My daughter loves flamingo too. She just found a pair of full sheets at Macy's with a such a print. I look forward to seeing it. xoxo Su

Jane said...

It'll look fabulous when you finish! How could you go wrong with flamingos and palm trees, says Florida Jane!


I can't wait to see it finished, it's going to look gorgeous, you are so talented! I love that Florida look and the pink flamingos.

Bonnie said...

Can't wait to see the finished redo. I still marvel at your energy.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This is going to be very interesting. I love how daring your daughter is.