Basket Envy Turned Inspiration

Basket Envy Turned Inspiration

Kristen Lubbe
Mar 15, 2010

We've always found that decorating the bathroom is the hardest part for us. There's minimal space for items and art work — we're also renters, so we can't paint or do any renovation. We're stuck with what we've got for now and we've been looking for inspiration on how to spruce it up a bit.

A few weeks ago we spotted the House Tour: Hunter's First Home: An Exercise in DIY. I was immediately attracted because our color palettes are much the same and we're soon to be first time home owners! I came across the bathroom and pretty much loved everything about it. Look at that medicine cabinet with no door and obviously, I especially loved the baskets.

We already have a painting and two small mirrors in our bathroom, so the space above the toilet has been taunting me for quite some time. As soon as I saw Hunter's baskets above his toilet, I knew that I wanted to try it. And believe me, it wasn't as easy as I initially thought it would be.

I searched on the internet, paid Lowe's, IKEA and Target a visit with no luck. I couldn't seem to find similar baskets to the ones in the photo — most likely because Hunter was lucky enough to find his in a Thrift Store! Finally, I went back to Target for something entirely different and found the baskets that are now hanging in my bathroom. They are a bit smaller than the ones Hunter found — but I like them. Who really needs 80 hand towels and wash clothes, we're fine with our handful!

We removed the handles from the baskets and used the slots to hang the baskets with nails. We usually have six wash clothes in the top basket and four hand towels in the bottom. We do actually use them, so after they've been washed we just replace it in the basket. We're slowly realizing that not only is it a unique and interesting element in the bathroom, but it also saved room in our very small linen closet that's located right outside of the bathroom.

What inspirations have you gained from House Tours?

Images: 1&4 Eric Cantrelle of Xdesign, Inc., 2&3 Kristen Lubbe

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