Whew! And that’s wrap on the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge! Who knew that 18 square feet of space could take so long (or so much work!) to complete!
But here I am today to reveal Home Glow’s little jewel box of a “John” …
My “Ain’t No Plain Jane Powder Room.”
A quick introduction if you’re new to Home Glow Design and Home Glow’s Saturday Blog —
I’m a New Hampshire designer helping home owners decorate their Forever Homes with the quality, comfort, and character that will stand the test of time! I love gorgeous colors and patterns, and I’m a sucker for architecturally/historically-inspired fresh classic design.
The “No Plain Jane Powder Room” is Home Glow’s 3rd ORC for my 1790 farmhouse in central New Hampshire.
My two previous “historically-inspired” spaces were:
The “Ain’t No Plain Jane Powder Room” is directly off the above foyer.
My Spring 2019 ORC was inspired by my great love for Jane Austen (who would have been around 20 when my house was built) and a super funky fabric by Root Cellar Designs that I found and then had customized according to the colors I wanted and put on wallpaper.
The wallpaper is called “Poltergeist” and shows a literary Regency-era lady shaking hands with her former/younger self.
Not unlike two of my favorite Austen biography-inspired films!
A young Jane Austen, as portrayed by Anne Hathaway, and a 35+ year-old Austen as created by Olivia Williams. From 2 of my all-time favorite Austen biography-inspired films, BECOMING JANE and MISS AUSTEN REGRETS (especially the latter).
Root Cellar Designs now offers Home Glow’s Poltergeist Sky Blue color way in both fabric and wallpaper.
A couple of “before” pics!
These are really earl stages “in-progress” shots, because I — of course! — forgot to take pics until after a few things had already been ripped out.
The bathroom had NO HEAT and had to be completely gutted in order to ensure the toilet water wouldn’t freeze during the winter.
If you want to catch up on all the how-tos of this tiny toilet space, check out the previous weeks’ posts.
Week 1: THE JANE AUSTEN INSPIRATION
(This is a must-read if you’re thinking of using this timeless, anti-trendy tile.)
Week 3: WHEN WHITE TRIM WON’T DO
And now, on to the rest of the eye candy!
This space is so tiny, the only shot we could get that also showed the green tile was of the toilet wall!
Ok, I’ve been HOARDING that gorgeous tiger maple Chippendale mirror for 2 years, just waiting to make over this room. I bought it at an auction, which is one of my favorite ways to acquire decor with soul (at a great price).
Balance is sooooooo key in good design. Just as there can only be one diva on the opera stage, and the rest of the cast plays supporting roles, the same goes with decorating — some items have to take a back seat. With that scroll-y mirror and, of course, the show-stopping wallpaper, I wanted my sconces to be understated. This is a farmhouse, after all, not a showplace.
I wanted them not to be too traditional, but not too modern either.
#FreshClassic, as I like to say.
These sconces by Urban Electric, one of my favorite lighting brands, beautifully fit the bill.
As with my She-Shed, I mixed my finishes. In this small space, I was able to mix bronze, nickel, and antique brass. I think it worked pretty well!
While I have a few trade-only sources for beautiful custom monogrammed linens, I have to be honest that I didn’t think about a hand towel until about 1 week before photography. I found this wonderful Etsy seller who makes the most adorable monogrammed items for the home. I chose the fun Scallop Circle Applique design.
The candle is sugared birch scent (the white birch is the state tree of New Hampshire!) and smells awesome.
In the above pic, you can see how my lighting differed from on other days — and the fact that it wasn’t done by a professional. 😉
A vintage original oil painting. The Handsome Husband’s requirements are that all art pieces must have some personal meaning, so I sold him on this one by calling it “Mr. Darcy’s Algae Pond.”
If you know the 1994 BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice as well as we do (There is no other worth watching, IMO. Sadly, my HH can quote it. It’s more a testament to his selflessness than his love for Jane Austen.), then you know what I mean.
This dive was done by a stunt double. “We didn’t want our leading man to catch Weil’s disease, which can be caught from rat urine in water,” said Director Simon Langton. If you really noticed how much algae was growing on that pond, you’d understand why.
Anywho! It looks nice in our powder room! And now it has *meaning.*
And let’s not forget the jewelry!
All of the door knobs in our house are mismatched. Some are old, some are bad 1980s faux brass. Almost all have been half painted over by careless painters. I decided it was time to take action!
We have so many eras in this house — Federal, Victorian, Edwardian, and bad mid-20th c. onward. The staircase in the foyer is definitely early 20th c., so that’s the look I went for with these crystal knobs!
Lastly, the sink I looked so long and hard for with a more shallow depth, clean lines, and vintage style. And that amazing green zellige tile on the floor!
If you’re considering zellige tile, you really should read this post and learn from my experience.
So there you have it! It’s all about the mix — a mix of design eras, a mix of finishes, and a little quirk thrown in!
I hope you enjoyed Home Glow Design’s “No Plain Jane Powder Room!” Head back over to the ORC to check out the 20 Featured Designers and the other 200+ Guest Bloggers. There’s some major talent out there and no end to inspiration!
I’ll be back on my regular schedule next Saturday with my usual post. I have an exciting announcement very soon, a Design/Drink Lover’s Destination Weekend, and the beginning of my “Remodeling a Remuddle” 1790 kitchen renovation series. Please sign up in the right-hand side bar to receive Home Glow’s regular Saturday Blog posts so you don’t miss a thing!
‘Til next Saturday!