Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Room Challenge Project Reveal // Guest Bath Redux


 A mere six weeks ago, our guest bathroom bore the band-aid paint job of a hasty, make-do-till-we-can-do-it-right make-over. Today, it is a peaceful, modern retreat nearly fit for a master en suite. Friends, today I'm happily sharing my results for the One Room Challenge, a six-week, semi-annual makeover event that takes the blogosphere by storm. This round, I threw my hat into the ring as a linking participant and while it certainly was every bit the race-to-the-finish line challenge it was always intended to be, the community spirit of this event has admittingly been one of the best blogging related experiences I've had yet. So before I pull back the curtain on my own effort, please let me extend a warm word of thanks to Linda of Calling it Home for hosting and encouraging design minded bloggers like myself to join in amongst the core group of heavyweight designers who shared their reveals yesterday. What a thrill to be sitting here, typing up this post with yet another room finally completed at Holtwood House.  


Over the last three years, our home has slowly transitioned away from dated mid-century finishes and bad 1980's upgrades, to a more modern California ranch-style, with desert and coastal influences.  In the early days following our move, we took the the guest bathroom and upgraded it a bit with some paint and accessories. It was never meant to be a forever solution, but the whimsical striped pattern we had painted on the walls served us well for the last couple of years while we focused on other areas of the house. The One Room Challenge upgrade I'm revealing today brings our plan full circle. We inexpensively remade this space with V-groove paneled walls, concrete counters, paint, hardware, artwork and accessories.



We achieved our objective of 'desert, modern, luxe' through a creamy and earthy mix of color and texture. The clay-like tone of the concrete countertop really drove the direction for some of the more earthier elements like the cactus pottery, Nate Berkus bath rug, curtain trim and the tweed upholstery on the stool. The creamy undertones of Benjamin Moore's White Dove on the paneling and walls brightened up the space and made it feel fresh, while blending nicely with the older tile we have yet to replace. Our hope is that the mix of hardware and fixture metals will also whether design trends as far as these things go. I'll probably always be partial to the warmth of brass, but the coolness of chrome always feels new and modern.


One of the most refreshing changes in this space has everything to do with the panels draped on the sides of the tub. The old shower doors were aged, mismatched and dirty. We were so concerned about exposing the dated square tile behind the tub, that we had kept them there, thinking we'd eventually replace them when we installed new tile. Problem solved - doors were removed and the tile was not as hopeless as we always assumed it was. It's not the subway tile I had my heart set on, but it's in good condition and cleaned up just fine. We hung the paneling high and gave the narrow room some much needed height. 





I think all of the different elements play together cohesively, but there are a couple of individual details that I wanted to highlight. The little vanity stool was a Home Goods find made over with some multi-toned tweed fabric fished out of the discount bin at my local upholstery shop. In person, the undertones read gray-green and compliment my favorite vanity color nicely. I sprayed an inexpensive chrome robe hook from Home Depot gold to match the cabinet hardware. I opted not to install a towel rack in the room, but the hook now offers a place for visiting guests to hang a towel if needed. I skipped the spray paint and applied gold leaf to our two factory-grade IKEA mirrors and then roughed them up a bit with a scouring pad to help give them a bit of a patina. I love the dichotomy of 'aged' metal against the pristine paneling.


So before I close this chapter on the One Room Challenge Guest Bath Redux, one more quick look back on where it all began:


A big thank you again to Linda and to all of you who took time to drop me a note throughout these last 6 weeks. What an adventure. I also can not forget to thank my Pops who spent quite a bit of time helping me panel and paint and of course The Mister, who always indulges me in all my design imaginations. 

You can read about my plan and weekly progress here:




 Please be sure to pop on over to Calling it Home and congratulate all of the talented, hardworking participants linking up today with their big reveals.  

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29 comments

aquahaus said...

Erin! It's so fantastic. When I come stay, I'll feel like I'm at the Parker when I use this room. The devil is in the details, and yours are flawless. Congrats love!

erin williamson said...

Love love love it all! So fresh and clean, love the art. Everything looks finished but not cluttered. Bravo!

Liz Jordan said...

Wonderful as usual! I love the splash of blue :) pun totally intended.

Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook said...

Wow you nailed it! The transformation looks amazing! I'm really loving all the details. Great job!

Marie said...

Wow, love it! Can you share your sources for the artwork?

Traci Hutton said...

Looks amazing and the desert theme is refreshing! It looks crazy high end...well done!!

Emily Davis said...

Looks really, really great! Awesome work!!

Denise Greenwood said...

What a beautiful space! Great job :)

Jennifer BNHblog said...

So lux! I love that you have redone this space twice now. It's inspiring to see other people tweak their designs to get it right. Beautiful space!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

Hubba hubba! I love the simplicity! It is so pretty and that water art is awesome!

Trissta said...

Looks awesome! Definitely fits the desert modern you were looking for. :)

Much Love,
Trissta

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I love it so much!! It is amazing...love the grey and gold...and the art is fabulous. I just love, love your photos. Beautiful Erin! You are so talented.

Sherry Calamia said...

Love the transformation! Awesome!

SHERRY HART said...

Oh yeah sister...you rocked this space! I love the transformation. The mirrors, the styling...all of it is perfect. Awesome job!

Christine Dovey said...

I'm sooooo in love with your artwork selections, pendant lights and mirrors. The bathroom has such a cool vibe and I love how you've mixed metals and finishes!!! Great, great job!!!

Tricia said...

I seriously love this bathroom! Every aspect is done to a T! Love the feel of the room and you are inspiring me to get rid of my builder's grade mirror and find some cool ones - those mirrors completely transformed your space. And all those other amazing details as well!
Tricia // Suburban Bitches

jackie jade said...

it turned out so amazing! great job and i'm so jealous :)

sarah sofia knepp said...

Erin, WOW is what comes out first! I love the mix of grey, blue, and white. And your 'desert, modern, luxe' is just that! Don't you just love living in a ranch?! Now if I could only have your guest bath in my house that would be perfect, ha! Bravo on a job well done! So fun being in ORC with you!

Tiffany said...

Love your styling, the pulls, the mirrors, the art. Just gorgeous!

Darci Towns said...

Erin this is absolutely gorgeous! Every detail is so thought out and comes together so well! And the art selections? Perfection! Congrats on a beautifully finished room :)

alison giese Interiors said...

It looks so great, Erin! I LOVE the paneling, and am trying to think of a place I could do the same in our house! The gilding on the ikea mirrors really takes them to next-level, too.
I liked what you had before, but LOVE what you've done now!
Congrats!!
ag

Jen (House of Ruby Jean) said...

Erin, it all looks amazing! I love it so much, great job!

Alana in Canada said...

Who knew cocrete could look so upscale? The whole room is simply gorgeous.

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Wow wow wow!! I just looked at my husband and said "we're doing a concrete counter top in the bathroom redo!" This is just.gorgeous. What an amazing transformation, and it looks like you did exactly what you described you wanted. Great great job.

Angela, blue i style said...

I just love what you did in this space. You definitely captured the luxe feel, and I love the desert elements. Your bathroom looks like it belongs in a super luxurious hotel now!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!! I love, love, love the round mirrors - they look expensive and the water/pool print is awesome! Where did you get that? Jessica from thecreativewe.com

Shelia Dowd said...

I love the art work! The room looks so welcoming! Love it!!!
Shelia
www.houseofhighlands.com

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Aww, you are so sweet and thank you for jumping in. It has been great watching you transform this space. What a difference. I love the walls, hardware, mirrors...it is all so good. Great job.

kate@willowinteriors said...

I'm finally getting to all these gorgeous rooms and holy cow yours is not disappointing! Your bathroom is amazing. The first time i saw the paneled walls i knew this room was going to be killer, but I adore those mirrors, the cement counter and your artwork! I also love that you've mixed all the metals! Well done!

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