22 March 2017

Shared Bathroom Design | Week 4

          Normally Week 4 would mean the grand finale of the $100 Room Challenge, but we have a bonus week this month! I could probably hustle and get it done, but I'm thankful for the extra time and the details I can wrap up.

          This beach print, which inspired the design of the shared bathroom, arrived in the mail yesterday. I wasn't sure what to expect for a print this large, and it is better than I hoped for. It was taken last summer when we vacationed in Florida. I should mention that we are not traditional beach people. This was our first family beach experience, unless you count the two times Natalie played in the chilly ocean outside of San Francisco when she was two. She doesn't count that, and neither do the other two, since they were not yet born. The kids loved Florida, naturally, so we will do the sunny-ocean-sand-castle experience again, but probably not this particular neck of the woods. It lacked charm and felt very much like a plastic family vacation destination. But we made some great memories that week!

          With Snapfish, and an offer of 70% off, I paid a silly $11.99 for a 20x30 print. I did receive a warning that choosing to print this large might result in a blurry image. I ignored the warning and forged ahead, figuring it was worth the risk for that price. And what I love about this picture is the layers of color and a sweet family moment happening in the middle of all the color. I'm not looking for a crisp image up-close. It was worth the risk, and it turned out just fine.

          I front-loaded this post with pretty pictures because the rest won't be pretty. This is real life. One of my girls is that brand of creative and intelligent that manifests as hopelessly messy, bordering on hoarder. I love her to bits, no matter what. The process of decluttering and deep cleaning her bathroom inspired her to tackle the rest of her bedroom and closet; a totally unplanned bonus of this project.

          We now have shelves above the toilet, all painted and already full of a mess of bathroom stuff waiting to be organized. Rather than buying new wood for the shelves, we disassembled an old DIY project that was no longer is use, and cut the boards to the right size. I used the same gray Annie Sloan paint from the cabinets.

          While Ella is messy, Natalie has passive aggressive tendencies - not sure where she inherited that trait. This is her way of reminding me that we still need to hang those hooks, because where is she supposed to put her towels? Right there, in a pile, one on top of the other.

          I pulled some decor out of storage to see if anything would work. Jasper is always there to bounce ideas off and he has exquisite eclectic sensibilities.

          These adorable Anthropologie plates were a gift from my niece, and my girls are fighting over which side of the bathroom they will land.

          The crocheted basket was one of my favorite projects from a while ago, and the colors work perfectly in there, minus the yarn and hooks. Just pulling that basket out inspired me to start another project - maybe another basket.

          So that's where we are after four weeks, with one bonus week left. Just a flurry of small details to tie up. Be sure to check out the other rooms; that's where I'm headed!

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  1. Your girls sound delightful! I can relate to the messy hoarder :) But hey, you ARE getting stuff done and I'm sure they'll appreciate it forever!

  2. it's awsome what we can find in storage sometimes!!! Can't wait to see the final result!

  3. I love the print! The colors in it are so pretty and I love that it is different than your normal staged family photo! The anthropology plates are so pretty too!

  4. love the plates - i would fight for them too :)

  5. The picture looks great!! I love your color scheme!

  6. love that photo! Such great colors to base a room on. And those Anthro plates, I would be fighting over them too!

  7. What a great photo to use in your decor! I know what you mean about vacations. We are the type who try to not repeat vacations. We like to see as many different places and give the kids as many different experiences as we can. Cities, mountains, quiet little towns, and the beach. this year it is Hawaii and we are giddy with excitement! I can't wait to see your room reveal!

  8. I cannot believe that big of a photo cost so little! I cannot wait to see this whole room come together next week!!!


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