I recently had a very special client with a vision for re-designing 2 bedrooms in her home; one was to be an actual bedroom, the other a TV room/lounge area. Her wish was to create spaces that felt sort of ‘cottage-y’ – pretty & fresh, with a Cape Cod vibe. She holds very special memories of summers there as a child, and wanted to re-create that aesthetic in her home.
After the project of the rooms was underway (yep, they will be ‘Mused’ upon, stay tuned), she decided that the Main bathroom down the hall from these rooms needed some love too to ‘fit’ with the new look.
This home is almost brand spankin’ new, it certainly wasn’t going to undergo any renovations or major changes to make this happen, it just needed a new attitude.
Clearly, in order to achieve that beachy, coastal vibe, we needed to lighten things up.
The wall color was changed to Para Riviere Simon 2729-04 – a barely there gray blue.
Instead of using a standard shower curtain, I had window panels hemmed instead. This is such a simple way to add huge style to a bathroom – hang the tension rod as high as possible, and have the panels hemmed to sit just above the floor. Another tension rod right behind the first holds your curtain liner (I prefer fabric liners, they’re prettier, and machine washable). For this particular installation, the panels were chosen for their casual breezy feel - white cotton tie top panels. The same panel was repeated on the window.
So all that soft pretty wall color and fabric definitely had us on the way to Cape Cod ambience.
Accessories and other va-voom was all we needed to finish the trip.
I was inspired by Patti’s Beach Memory Jar at Crafting Life; I put this photo vase together for the countertop.
The picture used is of my clients’ childhood cottage, so lots of special going on there for her.
The area over the toilet was really the only space to add some more decor, and artwork wasn’t going to cut it….so, crates it was. The Mister & I built these using 1”x5” cedar boards. Using the overall measurement of the space, we created 3 crates that would completely fill this area.
Construction of the crates was intentionally pretty basic – butt joints, rough edges left on the cuts, etc. I didn’t sand the boards either; all these things contributing to the feel of authentic old crates that had been used & worn over time.
And here they are in place – with an assortment of simple accessories to complete the charm….dried beach dahlias in tiny bubble vases, mason jars filled with candles & bath salts, some driftwood, and a few starfish & shells.
Pretty super-fantastic, right?
And finally, here’s the whole room…TAH-DAH.
Most importantly, my client loves it….but IMHO it turned out crazy amazing.
It feels fresh, casual, and beachy without any predictable beachy kitsch in sight. A colossal transformation with non-colossal changes or expense. You could totally do this. And pretend you’re in Cape Cod every day. Ok well, I would if it were mine.
If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, contact me to help you create the extraordinary.
Fall in love with your home again.