Monday, April 29, 2013

If You Were the Designer....

 


Dr. Will and I have a question for you: If you were the designer, what would you do to this powder room?
 
First, a little backstory.
 
As many of you know, my goal is to send Dr. Will over the moon with the renovation project,
but I seem to be going in the wrong direction.
 
Case in point: The powder room.
 
I knew that Will wanted something traditional and formal. But I went right ahead, thinking that I could sway him with an updated farmhouse look. After the mirror was installed, it was clear that the light fixture needed to be moved or (possibly) changed.
 
However, Dr. Will was disappointed with the mirror and console.
 
He'd expected something blingy. Not Amish.
 
"The powder room doesn't go with the other stuff," he said.
 
 
 
"It's too plain," he said.
 
 
 
I tried to distract him with the beauty of the faucets.
 


"Raising the light fixture will help," I added.
"No, it won't," Will said.

 
I opened a Horchow catalog and pointed to a mirror that I thought he'd like.
"Is this what you had in mind?" I asked.
"Yeah," he said.
 



Okay. I can totally do this. Down with the Amish and up with Marie Antoinette.

The mirror has been ordered. The cute, round mirror will be used elsewhere.
However, I'd really love to keep the console. Even if I have to paint it. 



 
 

 
Will and I would love to know what you would do with this powder room.
 
Would you please complete this sentence:

"If I were decorating this powder room, I would ________________."
 

44 comments:

  1. put a gag in my husbands mouth and live happily ever after ;-)

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  2. Replace the console with one more fitting for the style of the house. Sorry hon, I have to agree with Dr Will on this one.

    Are we still friends? Sure hope so!!!

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    1. Yes! I'm so glad you commented!! I wouldn't have posted this if I hadn't wanted honest opinions. So thank you!

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  3. Leave the sink and mirror as is. Take down the light fixture. Replace with an overhead - chandelier (not crystal) or semi-flush pendant (depending on ceiling height). Wallpaper and/or rug in front of sink. You could even make a skirt to go from leg-to-leg on the sink base (but don't cover up the wood!). The skirt can be formal (not gathered). Get the rough vs smooth, rustic vs glamour going!

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    1. Yeah, that fixture is going upstairs. We have to re-do a bathroom that flooded, so the console and round mirror could work there, and Will wouldn't have to see it. I'm going to look on AtticMag for a picture of your powder room.

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  4. Yep, that sink/vanity is just too casual for what your husband is looking for...I would look for something a little fancier!

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    1. True. I don't think he will ever be happy with it. However, Bandwidth says he'll take the sink.

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  5. I would paint the console either black or white, paint the ceiling either black or brown and down about 12" on the wall and put crown moulding around the end of the paint line (the 12" down). Then I would either wallpaper the walls or paint them in a coordinating color - tan if the the ceiling is brown. I would also put a very tailored either patterned fabric skirt (if not papering) with some contrast covered buttons or some detail on the skirt. If the ceiling is black, you could have a fabric w/a touch of black in it and paint the walls whatever color you pull out of the fabric.

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  6. Hi! I hoped you'd stop by. I would love to do an overhead. It would need to be flush-mounted, as the door swings inward, and it will be 8' tall. 9' tall ceiling. The other ceiling fixture is a combination fan/light. My contractor measured and said I didn't have room for a small chandy (crazy ceiling in there). Good overall reminder about contrasts.

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    1. When we added a chandelier to Madison's MBath, DH changed the fan/light switch to a 3-way, purchased at Home Depot or Lowe's - he can't remember. The new light was wired to the hot leg that was going to the existing light/fan combo. I don't actually understand all that, but it's safe and it works. lol

      If my original suggestion is a no go, why not just paint the mirror and sink console? Add skirt to console. Small rug to room. Maybe wallpaper.

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    2. I love Madison's bath. I'll ask about the 3-way switch. My electricians are super nice and may have some ideas about adding a light above the vanity, in the ceiling. I think those bare pipes will work okay with the round mirror, but total weirdness will erupt if I try to mix them with Will's mirror. lol Thanks for your ideas.

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  7. Forget Amish! Get me some silver! And pink roses. Black and white photos of family or sights in black frames; add a chandy with lots of crystals. Ditch the console, get one of those bowed front beauties. I live in a Lancaster County farmhouse and still would love to have a little Marie to add our master bedroom and bath.

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  8. you could also use lighted sconces instead of the 1 fixture over the mirror

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    1. Yeah, the fixture is coming down for sure.

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  9. Get a pretty chest with a sink either sitting on top or under mounted.

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  10. I like the new mirror choice. What about finding a pretty chest that can be converted into a sink? Something with curves and pretty legs. Perhaps a crystal light fixture that hugs the ceiling and casts a bit of sparkle around the room....or sconces aside the mirror......or both. '-) Add an elegant needlepoint rug to the floor. ~ Sarah

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    1. When we were remodeling the ex-funeral home, I looked and looked for pretty chests...it's a challenge in my town (just ask Allison at Allison Shops/AtticMag. I took her and a friend shopping one day). I might have better luck finding an online picture and getting Jimmy, my cabinet man, to come up with something. I am kicking myself for trying to pull off a farmhouse/urban/industrial look, knowing it prolly wouldn't go over. You're right, a bit of sparkle will help all the way around.

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  11. Oh wow, this is a dilema. I HATE to even say this but the mirror he likes seems BIG for the area. To me anyway. I don't know, I am kinda shaking my head. I would need to think about this, trying to combine what both of you want. XO, Pinky

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    1. So true, Pinky. The mirror is 5 inches wider and 12 inches taller than the present vanity. The mirror is curvy, so the width might not jump out, but I just don't know about the height. Could look top heavy.

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  12. I would keep the sink and put a skirt made out of a nice fabric -- or maybe burlap-- on it. I think that would be hot!

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  13. I like the simplicity of the console as it will allow the new fancy-schmancy mirror to be the centre of attention. Do you have room to put a glass shelf under the mirror and above the taps so you can put a little vase of flowers and some perfume bottles (kind of like the same sort of things that are in the first photo you show of the mirror). Have you considered a wallpaper behind the mirrored wall? Not sure what would work, but it might really make that wall be a statement.

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  14. You're right! If the dimensions work, the mirror would be a focal point. I haven't thought about wallpaper. Tile or stone is an option, but I haven't taken the time to visit the store. Thank you for your great ideas!

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  15. I like the round mirrors better, and I love the wallpaper idea on one wall. You can add Fanciness with that! That's all I can offer, I know nothing about decorating yet and think your house is gorgeous :) Good luck making everyone happy!!
    ~April

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  16. Oh dear...what a dilemma! Marie definitely needs a proper dress to balance her coiffure. Maybe a fancy skirt around the sink if you can't find a chest? Keep Calm and Decorate On :)

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  17. How about something glamourous, like a mirrored vanity? Silverleaf the walls and ceiling and use sconces which look French and Art Deco-ish.

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  18. For what it is worth Michael, here is my two cents. Though pretty as the new mirror is, I feel it may be a tad too ornate for the existing Farmhouse basin and the plain console that you on contemplating pairing it with. With that said; if proposing to keep the latter, then painting it out to match the sink may give the illusion of it having more substantial bottom weight and eliminate its rustic look.

    Good luck on your decision making and I am sure whatever your choice it will be as beautiful as the rest of your home. -Brenda-

    P.S: I have seen some amazing Ikea Hacks where wood decals or additional trim have added some bling to an otherwise plain unit so that and some paint may be another solution to contemplate for the existing mirror and vanity.



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  19. Proportions are off. Wall paper would help a lot ... map of old Paris perhaps would make the setup you have work save for lighting which is off proportion... at least to my eye.

    Not sure a giant mirror would be helpful... perhaps overwhelming.

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  20. I would keep everything but the light fixture. I would skirt the sink and wallpaper the room.!

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  21. The current elements are nice, but I agree with Dr. Will. They are not formal enough for that gorgeous chandelier in your entry. I would put a gold or silver framed mirror over the sink. The sink needs to be encased in a more elegant piece, stained and not painted, closed and not open. A simple, but elegant wallpaper would finish the room perfectly.

    See Tina's bathrooms here: http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/mid-week-random-musings-store-loot-and.html

    I would not use a pedestal sink or open vanity; you need storage space.

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  22. I like the round mirror, but it's too small. The new mirror is much more formal than the sink stand. I would get a sizable Bombay chest for the sink. Every bathroom needs "private storage" for things your guests may need, but would be embarrassed to ask for. Also, I would use single light sconces on the sides of the mirror. Something like this: http://www.lightingshowplace.com/savoy-house-9-4246-1-11-polished-chrome-single-light-interior-wall-sconce-from-the-niva-collection/f1020522

    I agree with Deana, wall paper would help tremendously, especially with the white mirror.

    I do like "a quiet life"'s post about the gag! :D

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  23. I like the round mirror, but it's too small. The new mirror is much more formal than the sink stand. I would get a sizable Bombay chest for the sink. Every bathroom needs "private storage" for things your guests may need, but would be embarrassed to ask for. Also, I would use single light sconces on the sides of the mirror. Something like this: http://www.lightingshowplace.com/savoy-house-9-4246-1-11-polished-chrome-single-light-interior-wall-sconce-from-the-niva-collection/f1020522

    I agree with Deana, wall paper would help tremendously, especially with the white mirror.

    I do like "a quiet life"'s post about the gag! :D

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  24. I'd get a different sink and light fixture. I think that powder rooms should be gorgeous (and blingy.) And I'd wallpaper it in something dramatic and beautiful. The present sink does look Amishy (I grew up with an Amish cleaning woman/babysitter). I just had my powder room repapered in navy and gold. The mirror is drop-dead beautiful...it's gold and my fixtures are brass (brass is back, thank Gawd). The light fixture is gold and crystal and is in proportion to the sink and wall. I had the floor tile removed and replaced with white marble. I also had a thick crown molding installed and painted in bright white to match the substantial baseboard. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, VA

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  25. Michael, I love the mirror. I have the same mirror and enjoy it, so I'm glad you're keeping it. I also love the sink, but if he wants something more formal, I would do it. After all, this is his bathroom.

    How about a pedestal sink? I have a pedestal sink with an antique mirror over it, and I like it a lot. I'm thinking I got ours from Renovation Supply Catalog years ago, and I got an oval sink and bought a fluted pedestal. I still like it. There is also a squarish Kohler sink that I have in our bead board bathroom, and it is handsome. But the other looks a little more formal. It goes with our antique mirror.

    I guess you really can't skirt the current sink in a chinoiserie print or an ikat, can you? I cringe when I say that because I love the style of the sink for a country house. Will would probably not like that because the skirt might get wet when you wash your hands. Hmmm...

    What does he want? Would he settle for plaid?

    What about a pedestal sink, plaid wallpaper, lights on either side of the mirror, and that same mirror? I love that color so you could also do this sans the wallpaper. I am a big wallpaper fan.

    You could do something like that. Or not. LOL

    I wish I could show you our powder room with the plaid, but the light is broken, my camera is missing, and I took all the art out of there.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  26. OH sheesh, I feel your pain.

    I love this look - but, painfully and truthfully agree with Will, too..........ugh........I think with that glorious new mirror you have ordered if you get side sconces - something Frenchie and gilded with crystals - and possibly an old or reproduction commode cabinet and have a bowl sink may work.

    Don't be discouraged, it's all coming together nicely - hang in there. And I think it is respectful of you to honor your hubs ideas and wishes, too. He will like it so much more if he has some say-so, too. Your home is so beautiful, it's going to be incredible when completed. I may have to come for a visit!

    Hugs.

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  27. I love it but the longer mirror would fill the space in better, so if I were designing this room I would get the new mirror and wallpaper the bath! Small baths are GREAT spaces to put a great wallpaper pattern.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. Hey Michael! I never chime in on these sorts of things, but since you asked - and since I love these renovation posts SO much, I thought I'd do it. So ... here you go! If I were designing this room I would: consider painting the room a darker color. There is something so glamourous and sophisticated about a dark powder room. I like the earth tones that you're choosing for the house, so perhaps moving in that same direction, choose a chocolate brown, or warm sort of dusty gray. I'd remove the three light fixture above the mirror in favor of sconces on either side. While the mirror you just bought from Horchow may not fit with sconces, I believe that a smaller mirror with the sconces is not only a flattering light for guests, but a little more intimate and will give you an opportunity to pull in something similar to the gorgeous chandeliers in the foyer and dining room. Who doesn't love a little bling in the bathroom. The other thing is making the base of the fixutre the standout. I think you could do it with what you have by adding some gorgeous fabric in a very tailored skirt. Something with a large inverted pleat perhaps? That'll give you a pop of color, hidden storage of tp and the like, and cover up the plumbing. It'll also cost a lot less than a whole new cabinet. So, yeah, a darker color on the wall, something rich and moody, a more narrow mirror with sconces on the side, and a sophisticated, tailored skirt around the base of that sink. Something you could attach with velcro so that you don't mar the surface of the wood, and when and if you get in the mood to paint it or change it you can switch it up.
    Do you hate me now? I hope not! I absolutely love this house - you know that!!
    xoxo,
    A

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  29. Love your ideas, Artie! Rich and moody would look great, and a narrow mirror. I have two old ones that will work (traditional, focal-pointish), I'm pretty sure. And I'm totally open to repainting, if Bandwidth will help. lol Thanks for stopping by!!
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  30. I would paint the wall to make the vanity and mirror pop.

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  31. I love the mirror that Dr. Will picked out, too, but I like the idea of a fabric skirt for the vanity, unless you go for a fancy schmancy vanity. Darker walls would help pop that pretty mirror and sconces for the sides would be beautiful. Good luck in choosing.

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