As promised, today we are revealing the guesthouse bathroom and hallway, and sharing last week’s secret reason why our daughter’s books and toys are in our bedroom instead of hers. So I assume you want the secret first? Alllllright…you ready?
She sleeps in the laundry. Just kidding!
OK, it’s really a tiny room which we plan to convert into laundry once we move to the main house on our property. I mean, at 750 square feet, there’s not much room for a luxury suite like she had at our previous home. But she doesn’t mind:)
Since we plan on converting this room into laundry later on, we went ahead and tiled the floor during guesthouse remodel, added a rug, and set up the crib and changing station, along with some clothes racks. We decided that’s the perfect amount of clutter in a room 7 x 8 feet…which is why we brought the toys and books into our bedroom.
We are not the only ones without a proper nursery these days. Have you heard about nursery nooks? I believe the insane housing market, especially in major metropolitan cities, may be responsible for the trend. When there are no spare bedrooms to expand into, what do you do?
Some clean out a closet, hang a curtain, and move baby in.
Others come up with a more elaborate setup.
Regardless of the style, it appears more parents are choosing to just fit babies into their life without a full on themed nursery. Some of these nooks are so cool – we are in good company!
There is a small hallway between the tiny bedroom and equally tiny bathroom. It’s too bad we didn’t take a “before” photo during remodel, but the grimy built-in cabinet there matched our old knotty pine kitchen with unevenly tiled countertop. The existing built-in is a cabinet we pulled from the main house office.
I must admit I was a bit unsure how to utilize this storage because of the glass doors, but after hiding the “ugly” necessities in baskets, it looks styled and yet holds all of our towels and bath items.
The bottom cabinets are for bedding and random drawer stuff. We kept the pretty golden knobs – they’re super heavy which is a sign of high quality brass. The countertop is for books, bills, and anything we want to keep out of our toddlers’ reach (what’s the obsession with phone chargers??). I chose to skip using a rug in here because we already have one in every room, including the bath.
Speaking of bathrooms, this is another one I regret not snapping a photo of. But guys, take my word for it when I say it was GROSS. Like the downtown public bathroom kind of gross. So we tore everything out and started fresh. I’m thrilled with how this little bathroom turned out!
First up is the tile. Yes, it’s just a white subway that Pinterest is overflowing with, but can I tell you how classy the basket weave pattern is in real life? I know the brick pattern is timeless and hi-end designs occasionally incorporate it, but in average kitchens and bathrooms it looses the WOW factor. I also tend to approach chevron and herringbone patterns with caution. Europeans used it mostly on flooring ages ago and it’s still stunning, however, those patterns in kitchen backsplashes, wood accent walls, fireplace facades, showers, and ceiling treatments look forced and scream “recent remodel!”
The basket weave, on the other hand, is cool. Sort of like the chic cousin of the brick pattern. The basket weave is easy on the eyes and looks like it’s not trying too hard, you know what I mean? Liz from It’s Great to Be Home turned me onto it during her bathroom update. We took the tile partially up the walls and brought it to the ceiling in the shower. This added height and depth to the room because the eye is tricked to ignore the line where the floor meets the walls. We did the same basket weave pattern on the floor except I shifted it so each row pattern is halfway off. This created a subtle occasional line in the pattern, and although the effect doesn’t gain momentum in this room, I imagine it would highlight the length of a bigger space beautifully.
The shower curtain is custom made from an outdoor fabric, an idea I came up with while searching for extra long curtains. Normally, you see curtains with tubs, but I wanted to try this look with a shower to keep costs down and skip dealing with the water spots on glass doors. Plus, I think it’s really stylish – both boho and elegant. Since then, I keep stumbling on similar designs online and predict this may be the next bathroom trend.
But enough on the shower – there are other stars in this room! I cannot decide which I love more: the oversized round mirror, the brass sconces, or the floating vanity. They all work together so seamlessly! The mirror shape compliments the otherwise straight lines of the room, the sconces bring in a bit of industrial edge, and the floating black vanity grounds the space (haha, not literally). Heart eyes especially over how the glam brass plays against the raw plywood countertop. The sconces will be available in our S+C shop soon, so stay tuned if you want to get your hands on this gold!
The vanity and sink situation gave us quite a headache. Since we were constrained by space, I was set on a floating vanity to keep the room as visually light as possible. The cabinet needed to be just deep enough for a small sink, but wide enough to fill the entire wall to maximize storage. Well, that was no easy task, my friends, and we ended up stretching our creativity to the limit during installation (more on that later). However, the end result is absolute perfection AND provides serious storage.
We will spill the details on vanity installation, sources, and how we maximized the storage space next week. In the meantime, feel free to pin our images for small space bathroom solutions!
NOW I’M CURIOUS ABOUT YOU…
What is your favorite element from the bathroom reveal? Let me know in the comments below – I love to read them! Personally, I’m leaning toward the brass sconces:)