Monday, August 3, 2009

One Year Ago Today: The Powder Room


When we were building the house, the very first thing I had to select was plumbing. And, according to my builder and the lady at the plumbing store, there was no going back. No wishy-washyness. I settled on a Kohler sink. It didn't work with my color scheme, but I was mad about the little animals etched into the basin.


Time passed. I picked out slate for the floor and walls (1/2 slate, 1/2 paint).

A faux finisher silver-leafed the ceiling.


The space was really tight, but my cabinet maker created a cute, little cabinet, which was painted about 4 colors, starting with the slate blue of the sink, then getting progressively lighter, with touch of silver. The granite was a remnant that I dug out of a stack.


The faucet is Kohler--very simple. I love watching the water flow down. Several people at RMS had worried that the water splashed out, but it's just my bad photography that made it look this way.


Since the room was already full of drama, it didn't need "decorating." I only hung a picture, added a hand towel, and placed 2 topiaries on the counter. But first, I had to rescue the topiaries, because my husband had put them in his truck and was headed to the dump.

(from August 4, 2008, Designs by Gollum)

27 comments:

  1. men...


    looks wonderful, i love the natural look of the garden moving indoors.

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  2. I saw that sink when we were picking out our power room accessories. It's very pretty.

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  3. A powder room should always be decorated like a little jewel box. A lot of pizazz for such a little space.

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  4. Gollum, I just love your bathroom... It pops with color and design. And your little bowl sink is just to die for... Great job!!!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  5. This room is gorgeous! I love it all, and I absolutely understand why you HAD to have that sink. And the silver leaf on the ceiling is genius! This one is going in my inspiration file for sure. Kathy

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  6. Bea-ti-ful!!! Everything is just beautiful. I love your attention to details. It makes such a difference.
    Rhonda

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  7. I am jumping up and down, I remember when you first posted this bathroom on RMS. This is beautiful and I love the wall tile.
    So pretty and your home as always is stunning..

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  8. It certainly is the ultimate "guest" bathroom. I love that the faucet comes out of the wall. I have been thinking of doing something with my ceiling in our powderroom, but was afraid it might make it feel smaller. Now, how did those topiaries get in the back of the truck? Gorgeous!

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  9. Goregeous & elegant! TTFN ~ Marydon

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  10. You have an awesome house! I totally love the fixtures and style for this powder room. Lovely! Mumzie :)

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  11. What a beautiful job you've done on the powder room. It is very unique. I love the basin and the color scheme.

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  12. What a beautiful powder room! I love the way it came together for you!

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  13. What a beautiful room thanks for sharing...Pat H

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  14. That is a very luxurious powder room, just beautiful!

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  15. I have always loved your powder room, from when I first saw it on RMS. YOu are an amazing woman: cook, writer, decorator, you do it all SO well! Hugs, Pinky

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  16. Gollum, I remember this room oh so well.. I obsessed for days, that turned into weeks, that sooned turned into months over your topiaries... I think this is the first time I've read about the vanity and it's transformation.. it is still the most beautiful powder room I've ever seen...
    hugs ~lynne~

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  17. Hi Gollum, I remember your room bathroom from RMS, too. I drooled over your faucet and sink and tile selection then, and I still am today. ~ Robyn

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  18. Evening, Dear Gollum! Oh, I love your little powder room. It's so elegant and the sink is gorgeous! The faucets are gorgeous! The granite is gorgeous! The tiles are gorgeous! I think it's all gorgeous! :)
    Oh, I finished reading one of your books while on my trip and have almost finished with another one! I love your writing! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Hi Michael, You had me at that vessel sink. I remember when I first saw this on RMS, I wondered how anyone who called herself FI could have this much style. Thanks for allowing us to get to know the woman with the creative spirit and amazing style who designed this powder room. Still one of my favorite rooms in your home.
    Hope all is well with you and that you aren't tearing your hair out facing down that deadline!
    Carol

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  20. I love your powder room! It all came together so nicely, and you did good! It's always stressful, trying to coordinate things, but you really did a great job.

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  21. Beautiful....and men...what is it about men and the dump....the two just go together....as always, I love your home, so lovely.

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  22. I say, that sink was a "requirement"! Excellently done! Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful week.

    Charla

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  23. So very attractive.
    It's a joy to get to see the interiors of homes. I never tire of this.
    You did a fantastic job.
    Blessings to you from Kansas,
    d

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  24. For me it is still so much fun to look at other people's homes. All of the baths have something special and unique about them. Gollum, YOU just have an amazing way with design.

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  25. Bad photography? AS IF!

    Gorgeous!

    Justine :o )

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  26. Wow! Nioe! I wished my 1/2 bath looked that good.

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