Hey party people! Today is the first day of the One Room Challenge. Can you even believe it? I'm so glad you're here! I'm telling you, once you say yes to Miss Linda, the One Room Challenge is quite mind consuming. Six weeks, 20 bloggers (designers, DIY'ers, design bloggers) all give their best to make over one room and share the process with you. This is such a great group that I can't wait to click through and see what everyone is working on!
I had a very hard choice deciding which room to design in our home. Basically all the bathrooms need to be done. I believe they are original to our 1970's ranch. The two full baths are the worst. I mean bad. They are the type of spaces that require so much work that I've basically ignored them since we moved in three years ago. I'm only in the bathroom a short time--and maybe if I pretend the bathroom doesn't exist it will go away. It hasn't.
Oh, the despair! ;-)
Please don't shield your eyes from the photos that about about to grace your screen. They are real. This is real life here, folks. I love our house. Big time love it. But if all of the rooms were perfect then I wouldn't have a space for the One Room Challenge!
Let's get after it.
This is our main bath: where my two boys get clean, where I sit outside the door and wait for my toddler to say, "I'm doooooone", and the space that our guests get in and out of quickly. It's just not pretty on the eyes. Our poor guests. You also see this bathroom when you look down our hallway from the front door. So glam, I know.
The photo above is from the MLS listing when we bought the house. Really, nothing has been done since.
What I hope you can notice is how many different colors are going on, making the room feel choppy. White counters, beige/cream sink, white faucet, cream chair rail, beige tub, green walls, cream cabinets, white floors. I'd like to change that.
The whole house had a more faux Tuscan vibe when we bought it. Worked for them, not for us, and this towel bar is a great example. The bathroom had one towel bar. I have two little boys and let me tell you, they don't share a towel bar. ;-) And when we have guests, it's always a trick as to where to keep their towels. Must fix this.
I went through a phase where I considered painting the vanity red or deep blue. That was at least a year ago and the samples are still up. This is what happens when you're busy working on other people's homes. At least that's what I'll tell myself.
I've already removed the light, and this picture gives you a better idea of previous wall color. The green is perfectly lovely on its own, but the feeling in the room is almost country, and doesn't fit with the more modern vibe of the rest of our home.
Here's my plan...
When I first began working on our home, I fell in love with this photograph from QuercusDesign. I love the beach-y colors and have loosely based our home around my inspiration. I plan to carry these colors right into the bathroom!
I recently used a new-to-me color in a client's dining room, called Lead Gray by Benjamin Moore, and I love it so much that I'm planning to use it in the bathroom. It's not black, it's not navy, it's slightly in between. If I could hug a wall color, I would. So I must find a place for it in our home.
I'm really excited about this challenge. Trust me when I say that the room will look totally different when it's all said and done. Thanks so much for reading today! I can't wait to see what the others are doing! I hope you click through the list of participants. I know I'll be so inspired.
Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love. Email me at email@example.com for more information on my local & e-design services.