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Before & After: Designing Out the Danger in a 1950s Bathroom
Eek! Nadya’s bathroom not only had some structural issues, but it was also lined with asbestos. In the midst of another renovation, Nadya had to tackle the issue on a budget. From Nadya: Our small post-war house in Brisbane, Australia was built in 1959, and like many similar houses of the era, had an asbestos-lined bathroom. As you can see, it was dingy and awful, and water from the shower was seeping into the wall. The nasty stuff had to go!
Oct 6, 2016
A Plan (and a Flowchart) for Clearing Out Your Bath and Beauty Products
Your bathroom may possibly be the only division of your small space with four walls and a door, so it’s not totally surprising that a lot of clutter ends up settling inside the bathroom to hide. Couple that with the fact that your bath and beauty kit is likely the last thing that gets refreshed (Do you know when your mascara expires? Do you?), and you’re looking at a bonafide problem area. Today, we clean it out for good.
Oct 5, 2016
Before & After: A New Look for a “Sunburn-Striped” Bathroom
There were some great things that happened, design-wise, in the 70s, but this bathroom was not one of them. Molly and Jonathan had a few projects in mind when they purchased their Ditmas Park one-bedroom, but they knew that the “sunburn-colored” stripes in their bathroom needed to be the first thing to go. The problems with the bathroom went beyond the cosmetic.
Oct 2, 2016
Before & After: A Bathroom Shapes Up With Shiplap
Amanda’s cramped main bathroom was in desperate need of two things: light and space. After patiently waiting for two years, she got to work and created a bright & stylish space. From Amanda: We bought our 1925 Sears Kit home in December of 2014 and have slowly been renovating room by room. We started with the rooms that were deemed “unlivable” by us and let the rest stay as they were. Our upstairs bathroom was one of the rooms we learned to live with for almost two years.
Sep 30, 2016
Look We Love: Copper in the Bathroom
Copper, the metal of the moment, has finally made its way to the bathroom, and the results are lovely. Take a look at these spaces where copper fixtures and sinks —and even exposed pipes—add just the right amount of shine, and maybe get a little inspiration for your own bathroom. The bathroom pictured up top and above is both from an Autralian house spotted on Inside Out. Here, copper fixtures add warmth to a super-modern space.
Sep 27, 2016
Before & After: A Small Bathroom Lightens Up
When Nole and her family moved into their home, their sole bathroom was dark, cramped and falling apart. After overhauling the main fixtures and lightning everything up, they have a much happier spot! From Nole: This is the only full bathroom in our home. When my husband and I first toured our home, we immediately identified the bathroom as needing a total gut renovation.
Sep 22, 2016
Before & After: A Small & Basic Bathroom Blossoms Into a Black & White Beauty
Erin wanted to pack a lot of style into her small bathroom. With her eye on function and organization, she upgraded, replaced and customized her way to a space that really makes a statement. From Erin: The old bathroom was basic and old. Because I had a small space to work with, I wanted to make a statement in my bathroom. I removed the old cast-iron tub and opted for floor-to-ceiling oversized subway tile to draw the eye up and brighten the windowless space.
Sep 20, 2016
Create the Look: Warm Industrial Bathroom Shopping Guide
With an emphasis on neutral colors and natural materials, the warm industrial bathroom feels sophisticated. To make sure the space is more cozy than cold, choose warm gray tones, add some rough-hewn wood accents, and mix in personal touches, such as art. Finish the room with one—or all 12!—of the hand-picked accessories that follow. 1. Pipework Toilet Paper Holder, $78 from Anthropologie 2. Gray Cement Bath Set, priced from $15 from Zara Home 3.
Sep 10, 2016
Ways to Use Bathroom Tile You Won’t Stop Thinking About
In my line of work, I look at lots and lots of bathrooms, but still I find myself continuously amazed by the creative ways in which interior designers use tile. Whether as an accent or as a full wall treatment, tile can really transform the look of a bathroom, and nowhere is that more evident than in these 11 spaces, where unusual applications of tile create interiors that are both beautiful and unique. In this bathroom from Inside Out, fish scale tile make for a striking accent in the shower.
Sep 8, 2016
What Living in a School Bus is Really Like (Yes, We Asked About the Bathroom!)
Anyone else love looking through the spaces of people who have chosen an unusual home? From tiny houses to school buses, as much as I love peeping their style, I have a lot of questions. Like how do people lock something like a school bus? How do they shower? Most importantly, how do they go to the bathroom?
Sep 2, 2016
Before & After: Fitting a Tub (and Fresh Tile) into a (Terrifyingly Outdated) Tiny Bathroom
We featured Josef’s stylish Prague apartment a few weeks ago. Now we get to see how Daniele worked his magic on this tiny and outdated space. From Daniele: Josef gave me full creative freedom when renovating his apartment’s bathroom. The bathroom was old and dark. He wanted to fit in a bathtub, possibly his only request for this project. Given the small size of the bathroom I thought it was a bad idea, but he insisted so we did it.
Aug 30, 2016
No Excuses: Easy Ideas for a More Beautiful Bathroom on the Cheap
Short on cash? Can’t afford to remodel? That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great looking bathroom. Try one of these DIYs that will have your space looking like a million bucks. Have an ugly wall-mounted sink? Try adding these DIY gold sink legs, as shown on the blog Lovely Indeed to get the look of a pedestal sink on a budget. DIY cedar bath mat, as seen on Home Free, for a spa-like feel on a budget. DIY pineapple bathmat as seen on Dream Green DIY.
Aug 29, 2016
A Husband and Wife’s “Happy Medium” Small Space Bathroom Renovation
Project by: Stephanie Hatten of SH Interiors Location: Westlake Village, California Stephanie took a very small, very dated space and created a bright and charming oasis. She successfully combined the tastes of the two owners and expanded the room by smartly borrowing space from surrounding areas. From Stephanie: This Before & After project was a complete remodel of a dated, very small bathroom to create a true master suite complete with soaking tub.
Aug 29, 2016
Before & After: A New Look For a Master Bath
New home, new projects! Kristina knew that upgrading her out of date bathroom was the first thing she wanted to tackle in her new home. Three months later she now has the bathroom of her dreams. From Kristina: As soon my husband and I moved into the Ravine House, we started on our massive upstairs renovation, which included our master bathroom. It was in desperate need of a revamp!
Aug 29, 2016
Before & After: A Dated Bathroom Goes Mid-Century
This bathroom looks like my childhood, and while that may be heartwarming for me, Tanya was not that wild about the dated look of her space. After saving up and getting down and dirty and doing a lot of work themselves, Tanya and her husband have a stylish and timeless bathroom in their forever home. From Tanya: Technically, the “before” photo I submitted is the before-before, because I gave it a temporary spruce while my Hubby and I planned and saved for this renovation.
Aug 27, 2016
Small Space Savers: Our Favorite Wall Mounted Bathroom Faucets
Wall mounted faucets might be a little more expensive to install than their deck-mounted cousins, but there are also certain benefits to having fixtures separate from the actual sink. There’s more room for toothbrushes and your products — which is a serious bonus in small bathrooms — and cleaning is easier when there aren’t fixtures to maneuver a sponge around. Here are twelve of our favorites to consider, in a range of styles: SHOP WALL MOUNTED BATHROOM FAUCETS: 1.
Aug 19, 2016
The Power of Color: A Shade That Makes Dated Bathrooms Look More Modern
Whether you have a tile color you can’t stand, falling apart cabinetry, a terrifying toilet or blemished walls, using this color in this sheen is a simple way to cover a lot of flaws. Because of its sophisticated vibes, it ups the modern style of a dated bathroom without having to do any major remodeling. As you’ll see in the two first case studies below, matte black works best with white (or, walls and fixtures that once used to be white).
Aug 14, 2016
Before & After: A Big Change for a Little Bathroom
When we moved into our little 1950’s fixer-upper 2 years ago (you might remember previous progress reports on the kitchen and living room), I thought there was no way I could possibly wash in that grimy, cramped and dysfunctional bathroom. It had no shower, the loudest toilet flush on the planet and extremely temperamental hot water. But we ran out of cash and so it turned out I could live with it. For a really long time.
Aug 12, 2016
Before & After: A Funky Family Bathroom
Lesley took a pretty major bathroom problem and turned it into a wonderful design opportunity. She set about putting the “do” back “mildew” (sorry) and ended up with a gorgeous new bathroom! From Lesley: This is a small family bathroom in our 1950s ranch home. It was pretty dated when we moved in but functional…until the floor started rotting and growing mildew, that is.
Aug 10, 2016
Before & After: Vintage Tile Is Spared in a Modern Bathroom Makeover
When Alyssa and her husband moved in to their Echo Park home seven years ago, they were happy to see a lot of the original details from the 1940s bungalow intact, like this blue tile in the bathroom. Though the tile was charming, the rest of the bathroom was dark and gloomy. Alyssa was able to give the space a whole new modern look with a just few small changes—and keep the charming vintage tile!
Aug 8, 2016
Before & After: A Drab Master Bath Turned Modern Retreat
Amanda and Mike’s master bathroom was anything but masterful. When they decided to renovate it, they completely gutted the space from floor to ceiling, moved the toilet so they could fit a luxurious, giant shower and updated the fixtures and surfaces to include elements like marble tiles. The result is a bright modern retreat.
Aug 5, 2016
Vintage Goodness: 7 Bathrooms Where Colorful Fixtures Actually Look Really Great
In the 1940s and 50s, bathrooms with colorful plumbing fixtures — sinks, toilets, and tubs in shades of blue, green, yellow, and even pink — were all the rage. Then, mysteriously, the tide of fashion turned, and people have been ripping out those candy-colored fixtures ever since.
Aug 1, 2016
Before & After: A Not So Pretty in Pink Bathroom Gets a Makeover
Amy’s bathroom was suffering from over-matching-syndrome. It was basically the bathroom equivalent of having your dress match your purse, shoes, scrunchie, lipstick and phone case. With some lucky finds and a lot of work Amy was able to create a calm and cool bathroom, with just the right amount of color. From Amy: My home is a 100 years old, and while the main floor and bedrooms had been recently renovated, the main bathroom hadn’t been touched in decades and was… pink.
Jul 27, 2016
Before & After: A Truly Tiny Bathroom Realizes Its Potential
This might be possibly the tiniest full bathroom I have ever seen. You can’t even stand up in the tub! But where you and I might see only a small, cramped, and rather dreary space, blogger Emily Murray, of The Pink House, only saw potential. Isn’t this beautiful? Could you ever have imagined that that sad little bathroom could look this good?
Jul 13, 2016
Calling All Renters: Easy & Reversible Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom (This Weekend!)
Rental bathrooms are notoriously plagued by ugly (or just plain dated) design decisions. The good news is, there are some simple, reversible ways to cover up what you hate most about this room and add your own style to the space. Introducing color and pattern where you can, and choosing attractive storage lets you put your own touch on a temporary home. It may sound obvious, but in a small rental bathroom, the shower curtain is the first thing you should switch out.
Jul 8, 2016
Before & After: A Truly Amazing Tile Turnaround
It’s kind of hard to believe that this is the same bathroom and even harder to believe that this was a DIY project without any major renovating. Lauren’s paint game is truly next level. From Lauren: I am so excited to share this DIY labor of love. We moved into our house in upstate New York seven months ago. After spending all our money on the bones, we had pocket change left for changes and renovations. Luckily, I was happy with almost everything, except the first floor bath.
Jul 8, 2016
Before & After: A Tiny Townhouse Bathroom Gets an Uptown Makeover
Risa’s bathroom update is such an impressive mix of super sensible (shout out to dark grout!) and totally gorgeous (those fixtures!) in a small space. From Risa: Our small townhouse bathroom (in Philadelphia) was the color of mucus. The kind you see when you have the flu. This bathroom was kind of like having the flu. It made you sick and achy all over just looking at it. No amount of elbow grease could get this thing looking clean.
Jun 21, 2016
Before & After: Bye Bye to ’80s Builder Grade Tile
When Alexia purchased her first house, she got all of the freedom and joy that come with homeownership as well as some very ’80s bathroom tile. With a trip to IKEA, some lucky finds and some smartly shopped tile, Alexia was able to create a soothing space on a budget. From Alexia: My house is from the early 1980s, the bathroom was carpeted when I moved in (I stripped and sanded) and the ‘before’ tiles were the original builders décor.
May 30, 2016
Before & After: A New York Apartment Dream Come True
This Before & After is all about the pursuit of a beautiful dream. When they bought their co-op in Manhattan, Laura and Peter had a dream, the same dream that animates the hopes of millions of New Yorkers: an in-unit washer and dryer. In pursuit of their dream, they intentionally bought in a building that allowed retrofits of washer and dryer connections.
May 26, 2016
How to Choose the Right Grout for Tile Jobs
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! So you’re well under way on your bathroom renovation, but it’s time to choose a grout. While this step may seem unimportant in comparison to the bigger pieces of the renovation, the material and color of the grout can have a huge impact on your bathroom’s design and function.
May 26, 2016
Reno Reveal: A Major DIY Bathroom Redo (Done Just in the Nick of Time!)
Phew. This project was a squeaker. Ashley found out she was pregnant after the renovation was planned and wound up photographing the final space at about thirty-seven weeks. I think she’s pretty happy she didn’t bring her new baby daughter home while the paint was still drying. Take a look at the finished space!
May 25, 2016
Design Decisions: The Pros and Cons of Built-In Versus Freestanding Bathtubs
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! There’s just something about soaking in a huge, luxurious tub to melt away all the stress of the day. When remodeling, the question is what kind of tub should you get: built-in or freestanding?
May 24, 2016
How To Buy the Correct Faucet for Your Bathroom Fixtures
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! Changing out the faucet on your bathroom sink can be a pricey project. Fortunately, not every bathroom faucet is created equal. There are so many shapes, sizes, finishes -and price ranges to choose from. So where do you start?
May 24, 2016
Inside A “Wes Anderson Meets Worst Nightmare” Bathroom Renovation
Name Location Years lived in Room Room Size Ashley and her husband moved from Denver to a small town in Illinois a couple of years ago, buying an old 19th Century home in the process. It came with a real doozy of an upstairs bathroom. Since the couple is pretty hands-on (Ashley does a lot of DIY projects here at Apartment Therapy) they planned to tackle the space themselves.
May 23, 2016
Before & After: A “Clean and Modern” Bathroom for $2,000
Patience truly is a virtue, as demonstrated by Megan’s two phase bathroom remodel. By keeping one eye on savings and one eye on design, she was able to create a tastefully modern space that didn’t break the bank. From Megan: When we moved into our 1960s home seven years ago, the bathroom was an eyesore. The blue tile and wallpaper were original to the home and they needed to go! The problem was that we didn’t have a budget to completely remodel the space.
May 15, 2016
7 Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades That Will Up Your Home’s Value
Potential buyers can be thrown off by the littlest things (just consult any episode of House Hunters). Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home now, you can make small improvements while you’re still living there without dedicating a lot of time or money to the cause. These 7 bathroom projects take only a weekend and a few hundred bucks, at most, but they’ll pay off in the long run when you decide to sell in a few months or a few years.
May 11, 2016
Before & After: Two Beautiful Bathroom Updates
Closet space is certainly useful and often a desired selling point when searching for a home, but with an opportunity to trade that for a luxurious master bathroom, Ryan and Joanna opted for the latter. Immediately after moving into their new home, Ryan and Joanna jumped into a major renovation project—turning two relatively small and generic bathrooms into two beautiful custom spaces, losing a closet and a back door in the process.
May 5, 2016
Before & After: Updating a Family Kitchen
After buying a home that had been in her family for years, Katie knew there were changes to be made. Her open space updates took her space out of the ’80s. From Katie: My husband and I bought a 1980s ranch home from my grandparents. The home has been in our family for 20+ years. We knew that every room needed to be touched but that idea excited us because it has given us the ability to make our house exactly how we want it! The biggest project to date has been a brand new kitchen.
May 4, 2016
Before & After: New Life for a Crumbling Clinton Hill Bathroom
While not lacking in a certain crumbly charm, the bathroom in Colin and Orli’s Crown Heights co-op was definitely not a place where you would want to take a bath. Five different layers of floor tiles, installed on top of each other over the years, made for an unsettling drop when stepping into the tub. The subway tile walls were starting to look far too much like an actual subway for comfort, and thanks to many decades of water damage, the whole thing was falling apart.
Apr 5, 2016
Shop the Rest of Your Home to Save a Sad Bathroom
No time or extra funds to spend on decorating your plain bathroom? You are not stuck with a sad space. You can shop the rest of your space to decorate a boring bathroom—create a more cheery room without leaving the house or spending any money. Peruse this “shopping list” of items you may already have at home to transform any bathroom into a brighter, bolder space.
Mar 16, 2016
9 Easy & Creative Bathroom Mirror Ideas You Need to See Before Your Friends Do
Bathrooms have this bizarre disposition to be judged. Besides the whole peeking-in-the-medicine-cabinet trope, I guess we’re likely to evaluate people’s bathrooms because it’s the one place where we, as guests, get a chance to linger alone and really contemplate the personal style of the person who’s invited us over. For that reason, if you’re out to impress, the bathroom is one of the first rooms you need to work on.
Mar 2, 2016
Perfect Bathrooms That Play With Pattern Like a Pro
Combining multiple patterns makes for interesting and layered spaces, and one of the more fun parts of pulling together a room — once you’re comfortable with doing it. It’s creative work in part, but there are also some guidelines to make it easier for us non-professionals. These bathrooms can teach us all the art of mixing it up.
Feb 26, 2016
A Bolder Bathroom: Wild Wall Art Ideas
Tired of looking at your bathroom’s blank or beige walls? You might need some art! And there have been some spectacular ideas to borrow for your own home from the homes we’ve toured here on Apartment Therapy. Above: A DIY mosaic mural on a wall adds whimsy, color and excitement to a bathroom. Art all over: Elizabeth’s bathroom features a black-and-white faux-finish on the floor, writing on the wall (literally) and cut-out, pasted-on clouds on the ceiling.
Feb 13, 2016
Spa-Like Details from Real Bathrooms (That You Should Totally Steal)
The calming, tranquil bathroom of your dreams is likely not as far as you think. You can hint at a spa-like look at home with just a few do-able details. “Do-able,” in this case, means three things: inexpensive, small, and easy to find at your local big-box bath store. Let these real homes show you how it’s done. Any footstool or tiny ottoman-like object will do. Add a pretty candle and some nice-smelling soaps.
Feb 4, 2016
5 Ways You’re Ruining Your Towels Without Realizing It
Are you hanging up your towels after every use and giving them a good wash at the end of the week? Well stop it! As well-intentioned as your bath linen routine might be, you could be sabotaging your towel’s inalienable rights to life, longevity and fluffiness. Here are five ways you’re ruining your towels without realizing it… You don’t use bleach in the laundry, but you’re still seeing white specks all over your colored towels?
Jan 26, 2016
The Final Week Begins: Knock Out the Big, Bad Bathroom Clean Up
We’re heading into our final few Cure assignments, but before we dive in, take a minute or two and think about the past few weeks. Reflect on how much you’ve gotten done and how your space has improved. Resist the temptation to focus on what didn’t get done yet (even though we all seem to automatically go to the “should’ve” first) or what might be coming next.
Jan 22, 2016
Before & After: A Marine Inspired Bathroom Update
This family bathroom was original to the 1925 house – in which I grew up – and was basically unchanged except for an extremely rudimentary shower addition my grandfather had put in about 25 years ago.
Dec 29, 2015
Before & After: An Out-of-Date, Awkward Bathroom Gets A Refresh
While I’ll never say no to drama, sometimes a subtle, relaxing makeover is in order. Jordan and Anton took their awkwardly laid out bathroom and turned it into a timeless retreat (plus storage!). Check it out… Thank you, Jordan and Anton!
Dec 22, 2015
Before & After: A Bathroom Retains its Vintage Charm
Our home was built in 1919. The bathroom had undergone multiple “updates” which included a huge clawfoot tub. When we moved in, the bathroom renovation was not our first priority but after about a week of living in a house with one bathroom with only 10 inches between the toilet and bathtub, it became our priority.
Dec 4, 2015
Before & After: Megan & Sam’s Bathroom Gut Job
When Megan and Sam bought their New Orleans Victorian two years ago, they decided to tackle a complete bathroom renovation on their own. Thankfully, Sam has a lot of construction and renovation work under his belt, so the job was familiar terrain. Here’s what Megan had to say about the project: After ripping out all the ugly brown and beige tile on the floor and walls (and one trip to the hospital for stitches–always wear work gloves!
Nov 29, 2015
7 Style Secrets from Rental Bathrooms that You Can’t Spot as Rentals
If you feel confined by your rental home’s boring bathroom, these seven small but beautiful spaces will delight you with their versatile design ideas. Though all of them are located inside of a rental home, you can’t tell because of their bold commitment to style. If you can do any sort of painting in your rental, you might find inspiration in Kristen’s home above. It took her a long time, but she added a gorgeous, bold pattern to her downstairs bathroom thanks to stencils!
Nov 16, 2015
Before & After: A “Demoralizing” Bathroom Gets an Upgrade
My husband and I bought our house 7 years ago, in the city of Laval, a suburb north of Montreal. The layout of the bathroom was typical of the houses in the neighborhood. Since the first day I set foot in it, I did not like anything about that room. The shower was so narrow that we had difficulty washing our feet. The bathroom was as demoralizing as a rainy day. I demolished everything, including the ugly shell-shaped soap dish and the strange podium around the bath.
Nov 16, 2015
How To Get Your Bathroom Ready for Houseguests
Whether you have one shared bathroom in your place or a half a dozen, when you’re hosting for the holidays you want to get those spaces ready for houseguests as soon as possible. We’ve put together a totally doable, slow-paced two-week plan that will have you clean, ready and–most importantly–relaxed. The time frames are just a guideline, of course. You can get these five steps done in any order and on any timeline before your guests arrive.
Nov 12, 2015
Before & After: A ’50s Bathroom Gets a Sleek Update
My husband, Jake, and I recently purchased our first home. It’s a 1950s ranch and we have lots of fun projects we need to tackle to bring it up to this decade. The first thing we took on was our smaller bathroom. We were able to salvage the tile in the tub and the toilet but almost everything else had to go. We (mostly Jake) did all the work ourselves including demo, putting in new drywall, electrical work and plumbing. Our final budget was around $1200 for all materials.
Nov 11, 2015
A No-Fail, 3-Part Formula for a Non-Boring Bathroom
There is absolutely no need for your bathroom to be blah. Grab these three things (you probably already have them around the house) and make this room stand out! Real furniture puts the “room” in “bathroom.” Borrow a dining or sitting chair from another room, or snatch one up just for the bath. The upholstered chair and pillow in this London bathroom from Houzz turns a utilitarian room into a miniature oasis. Big, small–it doesn’t matter.
Nov 8, 2015
The Ten Minute Bathroom Clutter Cleanout
Storage space in the bathroom is always at a premium, and if you’re like most people, your bathroom is probably full of things you don’t really use. The good news is that cleaning all that stuff out doesn’t have to be time-consuming or involve a lot of agonizing decisions. Just take ten minutes and follow this handy guide. Here are a few things that have no place in your bathroom: 1. Towels that have seen better days.
Sep 8, 2015
The Secret Design Weapon Your Boring Bathroom Needs
For many of us, bathrooms are a blank slate. And sometimes a blank, boring slate. While color and pattern are great tools for adding interest, they’re not the only way to create a little excitement in a bathroom. This design element is often used in living rooms and bedrooms but in a bathroom it’s the design secret weapon you didn’t know your bathroom needed.
Aug 31, 2015
Before & After: Modern Updates for a Tiny Brooklyn Bathroom
When one couple bought their Clinton Hill co-op in 2014, the space’s one bathroom was old, a little bit dated, and really, really small. Their renovation didn’t change the space’s footprint any, but smart, modern choices mean that their new bathroom has a spacious feel that belies its small size. The transformation of the couple’s entire apartment is documented in a separate Apartment Therapy post, which you can find here.
Aug 28, 2015
Before & After: A Powder Room Wins the Race
Deirdre’s powder room needed a punch of color and a little style upgrade. This Charleston resident decided to go with a horse racing theme and a jewel-toned wallpaper that, when paired with the glossy beadboard, makes the space. From Maggie: Leland galCandy Shop Vintage Thank you Maggie & Deirdre!
Aug 27, 2015
Before & After: From Too-Big Vanity to Airy Powder Room for $300
There used to be a dance you’d have to do to use Erica’s tiny powder room: Squeeze in past the oversized vanity, do a little spin, and shut the door. With just $300, she transformed the space into something more stylish and more functional: From Erica: To start, bright white board and batten was added to the lower four feet of wall, above the faux chunky baseboard, and a light gray paint above. The old linoleum was replaced with lovely white hexagon tile and a light gray grout.
Aug 16, 2015
Before & After: A Beige Bathroom Goes Bold for $100
Jenny is the owner and designer behind Penny Jark Interiors. The home that she shares with her husband has a small bathroom that as the “before” photo shows, wasn’t exactly bursting with boldness. Then Jenny brought her style to the space. From Jenny: When working with clients I often come to an understanding of what aesthetic they prefer. However when it comes to my own dwelling I go back on forth on style, colors and the overall feeling I’d like in the space.
Jul 10, 2015
Are Clawfoot Tubs Impractical?
Q: My husband and I are planning our guest bathroom renovation and we are at an impasse as to what type of bathtub to choose. I’m all-in on a clawfoot tub. He is not. My argument is based mainly on aesthetics, his on functionality.
Jul 10, 2015
Before & After: Bathroom Gets a Touch of Farmhouse for $109
Carrie’s small bathroom was lacking style, with a basic vanity and overpoweringly avocado walls. For little more than $100, she brightened the space with a farmhouse twist: The fresh white paint and rustic wood touches really make the small space feel welcoming. Carrie added a plank wall on the left using plywood, and gave the vanity a distressed look with chalk paint.
Jul 5, 2015
Reversible Decor: 15 Temporary Wallpapers for the Bathroom
Want to glam up your rental bathroom and get your security deposit back when you move out? Need to primp your powder room without it devolving into a Lucy and Ethel, Paperhangers debacle? Temporary wallpaper is the product for you. The closest removable wallpaper to the gorgeous orange number above that I could find is Scallop Hills in Mandarin by The Lovely Wall.
Jun 29, 2015
Before & After: Builder Basic to Rustic Bath for Under $400
Lauren and her husband spent their home budget on upgrading the things they couldn’t DIY. So after they moved in, they went to work on personalizing the builder basic areas, like this bathroom—for under $400. Lauren painted the vanity an airy gray, added labels to the drawers to combat clutter, and framed out that moulding-less window. The frameless mirror got replaced with a matching pair found on clearance. She didn’t stop there.
Jun 10, 2015
Before & After: Bland Bathroom Gets Some Modern Style
Gaëtan is a talented architect now living in Montreal with his girlfriend Violaine and their son Hubert. After renovating their kitchen, he took on redesigning the bathroom! From dated to modern, the space is now sophisticated and fresh. The palette is monochromatic; Everything is white, except for the floor which is in a soft beige tone. To cut costs, Gaetan chose to go with white wall tiles from Home Depot, and decided to splurge on the sink and fixtures instead.
May 14, 2015
Design Duel: Shower Curtain Open or Closed?
Whether he knows it or not, my husband and I have been in a long-standing (mostly unspoken) standoff about whether the shower curtain should remain open or closed when no one is showering. A typical morning in our household: he showers and leaves the curtain open. I come in 5 minutes later to brush my teeth and close it. He comes in 5 minutes later to brush his teeth and opens it. And on and on… So, who’s right?
May 9, 2015
Before & After: A Classic Refresh for a Brooklyn Bathroom
The bathroom in Amy’s Brooklyn Heights condo wasn’t terrible or falling apart. But after living there for a while, she started to notice how the finishes picked by the previous owner weren’t in line with the style of the rest of her home, and the vanity cabinet and countertop extension were making the narrow bathroom feel unnecessarily cramped. So she decided to swap out a few fixtures, and replace the tile, to make her bathroom feel bigger and give it a classic, timeless feel.
May 8, 2015
Before & After: Back to Black & White Bathroom for $200
Since they’ll eventually sell this house, Kelley didn’t want to spend too much money in updating the place. So when this bathroom was feeling a little bit country, she set a short budget, and made the existing vintage tile shine: From Kelley: We live in a small cape cod house built in 1951. We love it, but can’t stay here forever because the layout and size doesn’t really allow for a family in the future.
May 7, 2015
Before & After: Dad’s Collection Turned Patterned Penny Tile Floor
Amanda’s late father collected over 10,000 pennies in his lifetime. She turned those cents into a gorgeous patterned floor inspired by Paris. From Amanda: Ever since visiting Parisian cafes, we’ve always had a thing for hex or penny-tiled floors. It just so happens that my late father left a collection of over 10,000 actual pennies. Four years ago, I started packing my carry-on full of them each time flew across the country to visit my Mom.
Apr 23, 2015
Before & After: A Manhattan Bath Gets a Fresh New Look
When planning their kitchen overhaul, Manhattan homeowners Pallavi and Keyur had originally decided to leave their bathroom — which was original to the house and a little the worse for wear — as it was. But as the project progressed, they realized it was important to them that the style of their bathroom match up to the updated look they were pursuing in the rest of the apartment, and that by leaving all the fixture footprints in place, they could save money on the remodel.
Apr 5, 2015
Windowless Bathrooms: 9 That Aren’t Bad at All (And Why!)
Windowless bathrooms have the potential to be very dark and dreary places. Without natural light pouring in, they can turn into caves you don’t want to spend a lot of time in. But they don’t have to be unpleasant. There are some things you can do — design-wise — to make your bathroom lovely despite the lack of a view. Here are nine windowless bathrooms doing it right — inspiration for your own home!
Mar 30, 2015