One recurring question we're always asked in regards to artwork is, "Where did you find that!?". The answer is as follows: Flea markets! Our absolute favorite thing to find at an antique fair is artist portfolios. A sketchbook full of figure studies, messy watercolors, pencil line drawings, I mean I'll take anything, as long as I didn't do it myself. (Side note: I lit'rally cannot appreciate artwork I've created myself. Anyone else have this problem?) Found portfolio pieces are quite often imperfect with a dot here or a wrinkle in the paper there but it adds to the character and reminds me I didn't pay arms and/or legs for it. And once in a frame, it looks totally unique. ANYWAYS, for those not into dumpster diving portfolios or not necessarily confident in your art choosing abilities, we compiled some of our favorite non-flea but generally affordable art pieces, specifically within the watercolor family. Because who doesn't love a good, colorful, abstract watercolor.
Hey friends! We have a seriously satisfying before and after for you today. This farmhouse style dining room was once a discombobulated living room/ play room. Our super sweet and bubbly client, Dawn, has a lovely home filled with personality but her dining room just wasn't cutting it. She wanted a space in which she could happily entertain, serve, dine and lounge comfortably with friends and family around a big table and a fire. We were all for this idea! Who doesn't love a big, open dining room? (They currently have a sun-filled family room and a few other noted areas in which their "living" takes place, just in case you're worried about where their living room went.) Dawn gave us a totally blank slate and she did everything we suggested! We love how clean and fresh it turned out.
Our goal was to make this space truly feel like an intentional dining room and not like we slapped a big @$$ table in a living room. Yes, that is totally what we did. But there are other small details that help the transformation. The built-in shelving was restyled to feel more open and house serverware and glassware, sconces hung on the wall center the table, and a rug large enough to fit under all the chairs fills the length of the space and grounds the dining portion of the room. Thanks to Dawn for using us and being all around really fun to work with. This was a Rehab Box! We love when our Box clients live nearby so we can style, photoshoot, and share the end results. Most of the time, we don't get to see the finished product, but it's an extra bonus when the transformation is this striking. How do I get one of these fine Rehab Boxes, you ask? Check em' out here! Enjoy!
We've all had one. The shower grout is moldy and the tile is rotting out of the wall, the vanity is ugly, the floor has collected years of gunk that has since been smashed into each nook and cranny, the fixtures are the cheapest whatever from Home Depot, the colors are bad. I could go on and on, but what we really want to discuss today is how to make your moldy hot mess of a rental bathroom less nasty. How do you fix up a bathroom that isn't really yours but you have to live with for the next year or two or more? We'll tell you AND show you.
This was our bathroom after they came to fix the leaky faucet and found themselves tearing out the shower tile and removing the cast iron tub only to find rotted out studs, HGTV style. It was 3.5 days without a shower but it was SO worth it, many thanks to dry shampoo. We lucked out that the tile chosen was kind of decent! Once our tile was brand-y new, we realized what a dump the rest of the space was. We had moved into our apartment with the bathroom floors previously painted very poorly. (Side note: we don't really suggest painting tile. You will find all kinds of tips and tricks on Pinterest and while it's an immediate transformation, it will last literally 1 second until you walk on it with shoes and think if you had only sanded a little harder or primed just one more coat. But in the end, paint and tile just aren't meant to be.) So we took a weekend, scrubbed the place down, painted a darker color over the already painted floors, replaced the towel rod and tp holder, and painted the walls, ceiling, and heater white. The walls were already white and needed to remain so in order to draw less attention to the messy corners, probably from the previously existing 97 coats of paint.
The white was WHITE. And the space, although much cleaner feeling, still felt cold and bare. So, I styled the bajeebies out of it. Here are our tips for bringing your bathroom from bad to, hey actually it looks pretty good.
1. Warm accents. Introduce some unexpected accents with wood, baskets, and displayed linens. The warmth of the unusual bathroom textures immediately helps create a more inviting space.
2. Creative shower curtain. I wasn't thrilled with the shower curtain selection out there. (Although, Anthro and Urban have some great options, I didn't want to shell out $100.) So, we hung a blanket from Home Goods. I loved the tassels and the subtle stripe pattern. Option 2 was going to be a simple white curtain with DIY'd colored tassels on the edges. Option 3 was going to be two shower curtains pulled back like window panels. You could potato stamp your own pattern, dip dye, hang a tablecloth, or whatever floats.
3. Plants / dried botanicals. There are still great options if you don't have enough natural light for anything living. Fresh Eucalyptus quickly dries with no effort and still smells amazing. A bunch of Craspedia (the yellow balls) dries perfectly and adds some bonus color. Some plants will even grow without any light (the ZZ plant or Jade) or the above airplant is easily moved to a window every once and a while.
4. Nice things. Seriously. A nice set of soap and lotion on a tray, quality soft, clean towels, a lovely candle. They will balance out the fact that your mirror is busted, your vanity hideous and the caulk around your sink is going gray. And your guests will appreciate the effort.
5. Hang art. Have a little extra wall space? Hang something colorful! It distracts!
6. Freestanding furniture / rug. It's all the rage these days. A little stool in the corner, a small ottoman, or a floating cabinet if you have the space, feels different and unique and will make your bathroom feel like an extension of your bedroom. We now have a Persian rug and I admire it every time I walk in!
7. Clean it up in there. This may upset your practical side. But it's just a fact that the fewer mouth guards, small bottles, razors, and a million other little things on the counter, the more happy you are with your space! So get organized, make room for your every days things in the drawers or cabinets, and you'll thank us... I think.
So that concludes our post on tips and tricks for disguising your crappy rental bathroom. I do want to point out that we did not replace any fixtures or lighting, nor did we frame out the mirror, which could have easily been a project for another weekend. But in the end, we didn't want to spend another dime on something we can't take with us when we leave. Did we miss anything??? Let us know in the comments!
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New York is sunny today therefore I am HAPPY! And also on that note, the ladies of Rehabitat are feeling very fortunate to get to work with such amazing clients who trust our vision and style for their space. A lovely young family from a cute New Jersey town reached out to us for help with their very long and skinny family room. And let me tell you, this room had good bones!!! The walls were already a fresh shade of white with LOTS of windows, including a window seat and a super cool sliding barn door. They needed a floor plan appropriate for the oblong space with room for play, storage for toys, and lots of seating for lounging with family and friends. Their vintage modern-boho style got us excited to give them a fresh, clean look. We were sad to say bye to this Box for sure. Thank you for using Rehabitat, Heidi! You don't need to live anywhere near us to get a Rehab Box! If you want to read more about what they include and how one can be yours, click HERE.
Happy Monday, dear readers! We hope you had a cozy weekend by the fire, eating junk and watching rubbish. Were you ALSO lounging in your living room, wishing you had some spectacular ottomans on which to rest your feet? Us too! What a coincidence! Ottomans have a special place in our heart for reasons such as the following: they are awesome. The perfect multitasking piece of furniture, balancing feet, bums, trays, books, or nothing at all and just looking pretty. They fill that awkward empty corner, add some coziness where a chair won't squeeze, sit nicely under a console or at the end of a bed and always complete a room. Are they a designer's secret? Probably not anymore (thanks internet!), but we'll share our favorites anyways. Enjoy browsing!