The powder room is just to the left of the main entryway and front hallway.
A small room can take a punch of colour – and apricot was my inspiration.
As you can see my hallway has a yellow striped wallpaper on the top half of the wall with Benjamin Moore White Down painted on the bottom half. The living room has touches of apricot red in the floral fabric on my chairs.
I wanted to have a touch of this colour showing as you sat in the living room and looked toward the front hall .
I did not take before pictures – as I began this makeover long before I thought about showing it on a blog post! However I can tell you it was a basic powder room, with builders off white paint on the walls and a pedestal sink and standard oval unframed mirror – very average and somewhat boring. The bones were good however – the room has a small round porthole window – very beach like – but other than that everything needed a good facelift.
The first decision I made was to install bead board and chair railing on the bottom half of the wall giving it that old country feel. I then chose a bold and colourful wallpaper on the top half – a Farrow & Ball paper in the colour of apricot red with a leaf pattern.
I replaced the pedestal sink with a wooden wash stand – added a marble top and a washbowl sink – all purchased for a very reasonable price at Home Depot. The faucet adds a very modern tone to what is a very old fashion country look. I love to mix old with new, contemporary with antique.
My house has a very beach cottage feel – you will notice the sea shell – I found that on the beach in Cape Code when I was very young and on holiday with my family – some things are worth keeping over the years.
Finding the mirror – the right size for a very small space proved to be difficult – I finally went to my neighbourhood framing shop and had them make a mirror made to measure -as you can see I chose a very simple metal modern look – mixing the old with the new – and matching the faucet somewhat.
I would like to replace the knobs on the washstand with glass knobs – I know that Restoration Hardware has just what I might be looking for – that is still to be accomplished.
In the past couple of years I along with my siblings have acquired a few things from the home of my mom and dad as they moved into a retirement home. The picture to the right of the washstand of sheep being herded by a modern day shepherd is from my mother – I love this piece – the size and shape of the picture, the gold antique frame – it is very meaningful to me. A home should incorporate things that have meaning – and memories – that is what makes a house a home.
This small round mirror is also from my mother – she found this frame at a garage sale and had a mirror put in it – I learned many decorating tricks from her – it is perfect for this space and not only helps to bring more light into the small room – but matches the round window perfectly.
All of my towel bars are from Restoration Hardware – very good quality – and a great look.
A small room can take a punch of colour – I am never afraid to use it- I love it – and reds/pinks/apricots and yellows are such happy colours – cheerful on a grey day – and full of life on a sunny day. Beautiful!