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My Favorite Round Mirrors

Round mirrors are having a bit of a moment. They work beautifully over a dresser in the bedroom, in combination with a great console in the entry, or in lieu of art anywhere throughout the home. They function equally well as an unexpected element in bathrooms of all shapes and styles, from masters to kids’ bathrooms to powder rooms.

Homey Oh My

Homey Oh My

Vanessa Francis Design

Vanessa Francis Design

Anne Sage

Anne Sage via West Elm

RH Round Mirror Convex

Restoration Hardware

Auhaus Architecture

Auhaus Architecture

House of Jade

House of Jade

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Sarah Sherman Samuel

I’ve “rounded” up some of my favorites in a wide variety of styles and price points. I would particularly love to incorporate the brass pendant mirror from RH Modern into a master bathroom design.

Round Mirrors

  1. Anthr0pologie Helios Mirror
  2. RH Iron and Rope Mirror
  3. Worlds Away Porthole Mirror
  4. RH Lombard Prism Mirror
  5. Anthropologie Hoop Mirror
  6. Urban Outfitters Industrial Wall Mirror
  7. RH Palazzo Mirror
  8. West Elm Upholstered Mirror
  9. Jute Rope Mirror
  10. Leather Hanging Mirror
  11. CB2 Victor Leather Mirror (A good inexpensive option)
  12. CB2 Tork Mirror (Possibly in the Anne Sage photo above)
  13. RH Convex Large Mirror (Shown Above)
  14. Jamie Young Jute Sunburst Mirror
  15. RH Modern Pendant Mirror
  16. CB 2 Umbra Mirror (Good price for the size!)
Hanging Planter Roundup

Hanging Planter Roundup

Hanging Planter Roundup

Since moving into our house five years ago, I’ve become a little bit of a plant lady.  I started collecting vintage planters, so I needed plants to put in them. Then I wanted a fiddle leaf fig, which now commands an entire corner of our living room (it’s huge!). The plants started outgrowing their planters, so I transplanted them and repotted the smaller plants with new plants. Now I have quite the collection, but I don’t have a hanging planter anywhere in the house. With all of these great options out there, I think it’s about time to expand my indoor garden to the ceiling.

  1. Structured Hanging Planter
  2. Macrame Flower Pot Holder
  3. Hanging Planter with Light Blue Thread
  4. Large Copper Planter
  5. Cove Hanging Planter
  6. Crystal Cut Hanging Planter
  7. Small Concrete Planter
  8. Jungalow Hanging Planter
  9. Magical Thinking Crescent Hanging Planter

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Before and After Bathroom on a Budget

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover: It’s Finished!

We successfully completed about 95% of our guest bathroom makeover last week before we had guests arrive to spend the week-end. The plan was  to give this room a cosmetic face lift and keep the budget under $2000. You can read more about the project in these posts:

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 1
Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 2
Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 3
Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 4

This is what the bathroom looked like before we bought the house and then right before we started the project.

Before and After Bathroom on a Budget

We didn’t do much to it except add some color with towels and a shower curtain. We briefly considered a major renovation, but in the end, we decided we would rather spend that money on our master bathroom.

I had originally planned to paint the pinky-beige wall tile but decided against it, so the plan evolved from there. My original selections still worked, but I needed to find a paint color that would coordinate with the tile and make it, hopefully, disappear. The best choice for the walls ended up being Benjamin Moore Alphano Beige 989, and I selected a shade three shades darker for the vanity Ticonderoga Taupe 992.

Keegan and I demoed everything that wasn’t staying – countertop, medicine cabinet, toilet, hardware. And, we had a spirited debate about those horrible shower doors. I was dying to rip them right off, but he didn’t agree. The next morning, he told me I could go ahead if I wanted to, and so I disassembled them and got them out to the curb right just as the Bagster was being hauled away. It was so satisfying to see them gone even though we were left with a little damage to the shower liner that needs addressing.

This is a bad phone photo I took after they were removed and I cleaned up the tub.

You can see the paint swatches on the wall above the tile. After I painted the walls and trim the lighter shade in an eggshell finish and got a base coat on the vanity, it was time to install the floor. I chose a peel and stick vinyl from Home Depot that resembles Carrera marble. It was my first time installing this type of product, and I thought it was really easy. The whole thing took about 4 hours, and it made the biggest difference to the space by far. I do not miss the hideous stained peach vinyl at all!

If you look back through the vanity, you can see the hideous wallpaper/paneling that was originally used in this room. It was all over the house in various patterns and textures.

After the flooring, it was time to bring everything else back into the space. We ran into a little snag with the faucet and had to call a plumber who also set the toilet for us.  It was well worth the extra expense to have a professional handle the plumbing.

Here is what the bathroom looks like now. We have some minor items to address, but it’s fully functional and looks so much better than it did before. My favorite changes are the new floor and the new sink and faucet.

Anthropologie Style Bathroom Update on a Budget

I did make some changes to my original plan in order to stay on budget. I selected a cultured marble sink and countertop from Lowe’s because I liked it better than the quartz when I saw them together in person. The knobs on the linen closet are from World Market instead of Anthropologie, and the toilet is a one-piece model from American Standard that we got at Lowe’s. When I saw it on the shelf at the same price as the one I planned to order online, I couldn’t resist the idea of not having to clean around the traps anymore.

The towels, rug and soap dispenser are all from Target. I did struggle to decide on which accent color to bring in, but I really love the pops of orange and yellow.

I wish it were possible to get a photo without the light on so that you could see it better, but this room is pitch black without it. The photos are a little blurry from the lack of light, but they’re fairly accurate in terms of color.

Vanity with Mother of Pearl Knobs from Anthropologie

I was able to visit Anthropologie in person twice on my trip to the East Coast – in Montreal and Baltimore – and fell in love with these brass and mother of pearl knobs. I ordered two more for the linen cabinet, but I preferred the look of the dark bronze on the lighter paint color instead.

Glass Knobs from World Market

A final before and after comparison…

Anthropologie Style Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

Overall, this was a fun project and well worth the time and effort. Even with the $287 for the plumber, we came in right on budget at around $1750. The space is much more pleasant to use, and I no longer cringe when we have guests ask to use the restroom. I still have some little things to do like figure out how to reattach a portion of the shower liner and replace the shelves inside the medicine cabinet, but for now, I’m pretty happy with the results.

Anthropologie Shower curtain with color scheme

Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover Part 4: Design & Budget

It took me a little bit longer than I thought it would, but I finally came up with a specific budget and plan for the Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover. I decided to go with the Anthropologie shower curtain because its color scheme connects well with the adjacent hallway and dining room and because my mother weighed in and said she thought it was the better choice.

Anthropologie Shower curtain with color scheme

I went with warm metals for the finishes, but mixed it up by including oil rubbed bronze, antiqued brass and gold. At first, I selected a chrome faucet that I really liked but it just looked too bright and shiny next to everything else. One of the benefits of making a concept board like this is that you can instantly see if one of your choices doesn’t look exactly right.

Anthropologie Inspired Bathroom Concept

In order to stay under budget, all of my selections are a mix of medium to low. I almost cheaped out on the faucet. There were some really pretty options on Faucets Direct for under $100, but I took the advice I always give my clients and stuck with a reputable brand. I chose the Devonshire from Kohler, which is a solid standby. When something has moving parts and you’re touching it multiple times a day, you want it to hold up.

I did consider spending more on the light fixture because I recently fell in love with the Pittock Double Sconce from Rejuvenation and wanted to mount it horizontally, but I couldn’t justify the cost in this room. Maybe in our master someday. I like the warm gold tone of this one from Minka Lavery as well as the frosted shades that point upward instead of straight down, which creates shadows on the face. Plus, it takes three 100 W bulbs, which I can put on a dimmer.

I debated more of a vintage style medicine cabinet, but I wanted it to be streamlined and simple with as much reflective surface as possible. I’ve used this cabinet from Kohler in client’s homes, and it’s great because it’s mirrored on the inside with glass shelves. Plus, it’s very well priced in comparison to Nutone or Robern. The tissue holder and towel ring were budget finds at Ballard Designs. The wall hooks and cabinet hardware are from Anthropolgie, and the decorative towels are from World Market. The flooring is peel and stick vinyl tile from Lowes – cheap and easy to install.

I found the brass and glass shelf/towel rack at Bellacor. I was originally looking for a train rack style shelf and couldn’t find any I liked that weren’t chrome or had a towel bar as opposed to hooks. I like this shelf option because it’s 22″ wide, so two towels can hang folded side by side, and the glass shelves are nice for holding toiletries for guests. With twelve different finish options, this was a great find for future projects, and I’m interested to see what the quality is like in person.

Here’s how the budget breaks down…

Guest Bathroom Budget

You can see the sink faucet is the single most expensive item, and the toilet comes in a close second. Like I mentioned above, this makes total sense because they are mechanical and are used often. I included $100 for Accessories like bath mats and extra towels and another $150 for paint and supplies. With tax and shipping costs, I should end up right around $2000.

This project will be on hold for the next month as I’m traveling back to Pennsylvania, but when I get back in July, I plan for this bathroom to be my first big accomplishment of the summer.