When we last left off, I had introduced you to our tiny half master bathroom complete with bad wallpaper and all the periwinkle blue tile you could ever dream of.
I was inspired by this Laduree box and I became obsessed with the black, green and gold pallette before I decided to add a lot more white to the mix. In fact the mix is more like TONS of white with black, green and antique brass as accents.
Here are each of the elements we are planning on and how we chose them.
1. WALL TILE – White beveled subway tile halfway up the wall, with gray grout. Similar to this image from Sticky Bee but possibily with a thicker grout space.
How we picked it: We were planning on subway tile and then I spotted the beveled version in a hotel bathroom in NYC and I was smitten. The dark grout is a cool industrial look and I think it will be easier to keep clean.
2. FLOOR TILE: Circulos Black encaustic tile from Cement Tile Shop
How we picked it: I was planning something basic, like a white hex with black in it somewhere–something like one of these–when Pablo (yes, Pablo!) asked about the bathroom below (that I had pinned from Marcus Design) and we both fell in love.
3. THE VANITY – We’re going to paint our current vanity black and we’ll get new hardware and a new faucet.
How we picked it: Well, we already have it. And there aren’t a lot of vanities that are less than 18″ deep (that’s the space we’re working with) and I’d rather work with what we have then go custom to the tune of cha-ching cha-ching.
4. THE FAUCET – I’m still on the hunt for the right inexpensive antique brass one. This shinier one from Kohler is a placeholder for now.
5. THE KNOBS – New pulls from Anthropologie for the vanity. (They’ll be turned vertically.)
How we picked them: Duh. They’re brass and they’re green!
6. THE MEDICINE CABINET – Rivet Medicine Cabinet in Antiqued Brass from Restoration Hardware
How we picked it: I had almost given up on finding a medicine cabinet that I liked when I found this baby. I felt like I had looked at Restoration Hardware a million times but seeing this amazing one in the home of Erika Bearman in ELLE Decor made me take another look. I liked Erika’s but the Rivet had me at hello.
7. THE LIGHTING – Vintage Barn Sconce from Restoration Hardware
How we picked it: I really thought I wanted some long skinny brass sconces to go on either side of the mirror (something like this) but since the space is so narrow, I just didn’t want to worry about having them fit so I decided to install a light above the mirror. Problem is, all of the double or triple bathroom lights I found were just so “bathroom light-ish”. Do you know what I mean? I guess I just wanted something more original and since the subway tile and dark grout was so industrial looking, I figured I’d stick with that look and add this cool gooseneck with just a touch of antiquey brass. I picked the color because I didn’t want the medicine cabinet and the light to be too matchy matchy. Coordinating? Yes. Matchy matchy? No thank you. (Look how cool a gooseneck looks in this bathroom.)
How we picked it: I really, really thought about using wallpaper above the tile on the top half of the wall–and I still might. But for now I think we’ll just paint that white and add some art. I love how these mimic the feel of an amazing banana leaf print wallpaper at a fraction of the cost.
It’ll look similar to this but we’ll probably use some black frames.
How we picked them: Green. Brass. Done.
10. THE PRETTY ACCENT – And just for fun, I’m planning on adding one of those malachite bowls from Hillary Thomas that I’ve always wanted.
How we picked it: It’s malachite, the love of my life.
I’m still on the fence about the towel /towel bar and the toilet paper holder. I think I like the Pearson style in brass from Pottery Barn and they’re priced pretty well so I might just get those. I was thinking of getting a towel ring instead but then I remembered I don’t like towel rings because I feel like the towels get all bunched up and they never dry. Anyone else feel the same? Or…do you like how Reichel from Copy Cat Chic used West Elm’s turkish hand towel with Urban Outfitters brass hex towel ring? Cause I do! I’m just not sure it’s for me.
Anywhoooo, let’s get back to my design.
Are you ready to see how it looks all together?
Through the magic of Polyvore, I give you…..my bathroom.
I’m so glad I made this on Polyvore because it really gives me a good idea of what it will look like when it’s all together. It’s definitely very bright and white–which I like–but it’s good to know that going in. I’ve started buying the elements needed and I’m building my crew slowly so hopefully we can get started in a few weeks. Wish me luck!
Sue at Home