So I’ve recently decided to join up as a guest participant in the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge, hosted by Lisa of Calling it Home and House Beautiful as their media partner! I’ve always watched from the virtual periphery as legions of talented designers (including both the featured and guest participants) embarked on this six week-long adventure, twice a year, working their unique magic in a single room of their choice. Since my husband, Brian, and I are in the midst of an endless remodel of our property – having initially renovated both the interior and exterior of our A-frame ourselves, and subsequently adding on a rather substantial addition which we are currently in the throes of doing the finish work on – I figured it would be fun to enlist in this collective design challenge and document the transformation, from beginning to end, of one of the rooms in the addition. We’re currently working on several areas in the downstairs, simultaneously, but for the One Room Challenge, we will be focusing on the teeny tiny powder room on that level.
At a whopping five by five feet in dimension, this little half-bathroom truly deserves to be bold and beautiful! Personally, I adore striking, statement-making bathrooms and have always envisioned this powder bath to be a jewel-box of sorts, fusing elements of the traditional and global with an eclectic and glamorous touch. Sounds slightly insane, perhaps, but that’s how I like my interiors. To be a bit unconventional and surprising in terms of their aesthetic overlaps.
So here is the space in question, in all of its crude and basic glory, with absolutely nothing to boast of other than unpainted drywall, sub-flooring, and its electrical and plumbing rough-ins:
This is what needs to happen in here over the course of the next several weeks:
- install cement board and marble floor tiles
- prime and paint walls, as well as decide upon and execute finished wall treatment
- source and install customized cabinet as vanity
- install baseboard, trim, door and marble threshold
- install cultured marble slab atop vanity
- install sink, faucet, toilet and tie up any and all plumbing issues
- source and install mirror
- source and install two wall sconces and flush mount ceiling light
- source and install towel rod and toilet paper holder/rod
I’m sure I’m missing something, and it’s possible that other considerations will arise as the project progresses, but that is the gist of the work involved. Admittedly, this is such a tiny room that I don’t foresee any serious and/or unexpectedly difficult issues emerging, and am just really looking forward to seeing this space unravel into something special!
Here’s a quickly thrown-together mood board which illustrates a bit of the “look and feel” I’ve long envisioned for this powder room. I actually don’t ever create concept boards when designing rooms in my own home (the ideas have usually been marinating for eternity in my decor-obsessed brain…haha!), but for the sake of documenting this process properly, I’ll show you what I have in mind:
So let me break this down a bit…
- Gray and White Cultured Marble Slab from Home Depot. For the vanity top. Already ordered, not yet delivered.
- I’m looking for two, dramatic wall sconces which incorporate both metal and chunky wooden beads. And I intend to customize these elusive and impossible to find lights with additional beading in striking hues to add a bit of global intrigue.
- (see 2. above)
- The floor will be tiled in classic black and white marble, in a traditional harlequin pattern. Tile from Home Depot has already been ordered, delivered and is ready to go.
- Seeking an ornate, gilded mirror of baroque or neoclassical persuasion. This particular example came from 1stdibs and is apparently worth more than the GDP of several countries on this planet.
- The Queen of Spain wallpaper from Schumacher has long been a favorite of mine because I absolutely adore its graphic, high-contrast motif. My plan is to actually paint or block-print a bold pattern myself on the walls, so I am merely including this beloved wallpaper as a source of visual inspiration.
- Been scouring my local Craigslist (where I found this beauty) for an art deco, waterfall style cabinet to customize into the vanity for the sink. Fingers crossed it’ll be the one!
And the projected basic layout of the 5′ x 5′ room:
As for the particular sink (it’s a black vessel sink featuring concentric tribal etchings around the circumference…it’s really unique!) and faucet (gilded and bamboo-like) that we’ll be using, both were sourced YEARS ago for this very purpose. And are currently packed away, somewhere deep in the recesses of the twenty foot shipping container/eyesore which is parked in our driveway as we finish all of the construction work on our property. But we’ll be unearthing them soon enough! And also, we have to source a toilet with a small footprint, as well as a flush mount ceiling fixture. Preferably sooner than later.
That’s pretty much the lowdown of what the plan is for this space…stay tuned for more next week! And be sure to check out the other participants on the official One Room Challenge page!