In the whirlwind of parenthood, where moments of solitude are as rare as a full night’s sleep, writing about decor becomes a cherished escape. Amidst nap times and moments of self-play, let me bring you an update on a room that you’ve seen once before—the half bath. It has transformed from a basic builder-grade space into a sanctuary. And after months of potty training, I’ve fully put my time into this room. Perched on this stool, reading books to my first born–this little room has been a place where we’ve spent quite a bit of quality time.
A Ceiling of Whimsy: The Magic of Wallpaper
The ceiling, the often-forgotten fourth wall. We (well, Billy) took matters into our own hands and put up a beautiful black and white floral wallpaper. I can’t help but smile at the whimsy it added to the space. It is like a secret garden blossoming above. The best part: this affordable trick required less than one roll of wallpaper. The beauty of little spaces!
Practicality Meets Charm: The Corner Cabinet
Enter the charming corner cabinet, the perfect piece for extra storage. It added warmth with its beautiful wood tones and became our little treasure chest tucked. The papered back and shelves match the ceiling–it’s a touch that brings a sense of intentionality to the room. As guests reach for a hair tie or a spray of dry shampoo, it feels nice to appreciate the pop of pattern.
It’s stocked with things both I and guests might need –a hair tie, bobby pin, hair spray, dry shampoo or an extra roll of toilet paper. This practical addition combines functionality and charm. A little freestanding piece can make a space feel complete.
Going Bold: Picking Black Paint
I love embracing bold colors in small spaces. We painted the bathroom black soon after we moved in and I still love it. The juxtaposition of darkness against the crisp lines and fixtures creates a striking contrast. Often it is in the unexpected choices that take the room to the next level.
Reflection and Whimsey
The swan mirror brings a touch whimsy to the space. The golden frame adds a hint of glamour, reflecting the light and casting a warm glow. Its gentle curves complement the curve of the vanity. It adds a touch of enchantment and a sense of grandeur. As I catch a glimpse of myself in its reflective surface, I can’t help but feel a surge of joy in the transformation of this once humble half bath.
Styling and photographing a space is no easy feat, and ours is far from perfect. Most days the towels are askew, and the shelves get cluttered rather than curated. But it’s in the imperfect moments, the little quirks and unexpected surprises, that a space becomes a reflection of who we are. So in this phase of life especially there is space for imperfection, of not-quite-done, of evolution and experimentation. Delight in the moment. They are fleeting.
- Mirror: Anthropologie (old)
- Wallpaper: House of Hackney
- Cabinet: thrifted
- Sink: Thrifted
- Shelf brackets: World Market