Unique Hardware in My Mint Bathroom

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About 5 years ago, I came home on a Friday night from a stressful work trip that lasted 3 weeks.  I walked into my condo at the time, which had a gorgeous view of Maryland from the 19th floor, and, as I opened the door, a single thought materialized right before me:  if I didn’t know who lived here, I wouldn’t be interested in knowing this person at all.

The walls were white– the same color they were when I moved in.  The furniture was beige and/or black, and while each piece was well-made and lovely, everything was focused on functionality and  nothing, or next to nothing, was visually stimulating.  I had a few Eiffel towers scattered about, which I accumulated from various places and people since high school–when I first went to Paris and developed a profound fondness for it (the Mona Lisa poster I got from the Louvre on that trip and framed has hung in every home I’ve lived in since).  Nothing in that condo stood out or called to me, nothing reflected who I was as a person, or, alternatively and even more frightening, the decor perfectly reflected who I was at the time: working 8-14 hours a day, molding my personality and interests to do well at work, and with very little drive to do anything else.

The next day, I went to Ikea and replaced everything in my home.   Witnessing a single women in Ikea attempting to redecorate 3 rooms on one trip is like filing for divorce on December 26th: something very unpleasant occurred the day before and massive action was required, immediately.   After Ikea, I hired someone to paint one wall in the condo orange, one red, and one hot pink (also, to put all that Ikea stuff together).  Did I go overboard? As my 2 year old says, “Goodness No!”

There’s the theory that how you do one thing is how you do everything.  And then there’s that theory (and handy self-reflection tool) that every single thing in your home, down to the towels in your closet, is a reflection of who you are and, even more interesting, your subconscious landscape.  One way to play with this is to make a list using lots of adjectives of everything you love about your house and everything you dislike, down to the minute details.   Start each bullet point with “I love my home because” or “I dislike my home because” and then, when your all finished, replace “my home” with “myself” and see if anything resonates.

Now, onto the show.

I promised to reveal our mint buddy bath last week, so here it is.  The floor is marble, the shower is done with glass subway tiles, and, the hardware (think, make like a peacock!) is from Silk and Burlap.

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On both of the showers in our home, we included recessed shower shelves for shampoo and soaps (during the design process, my husband actually measured the large-size Aveda shampoo and conditioner bottles I use to make sure they fit).  Small details, such as this, although functional, are also more streamlined aesthetically.  Shower caddies are clunky, they rust, and are never the size you need to fit everything.  (Sidenote: I just went into the bathroom and noticed a shower caddy hanging in the shower–and also in the picture.  Sigh.)  I also love that this bathroom is not rectangular, but instead has a slightly recessed wall that the changing table fits against seamlessly.  Now, there’s never a diaper smell in Judah’s room, and the whole changing process just feels more contained and sanitary in the bathroom.  This was a happy accident, rather than a clever design feature, but an idea I will definitely be repeating in the future.


Finally, this last feature of our condo gets tons of compliments.  The unique hardware we also got from Silk and Burlap and glamorizes the plain white built-in in the spare bedroom.  The knobs come in bright pastel colors and have a “new vintage” look with a brass number on each.  My eyes dart straight for these darling knobs each time I walk in the spare bedroom.



So, go ahead, make like a peacock and go for the wow factor:  revisit your own hardware in the bathroom or other places in your home.


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January 30, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Marilyn - Beautiful bathroom. Love the colors and numbers on the knobs so cool.

January 30, 2014 - 2:46 pm

barbara loraine - Love the idea of your baby changing area in the bathroom! That makes SO much sense.

January 30, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Kungphoo - Wow!!! I am in love with your bathroom! First off, I never thought too much into how your home can be a reflection on you and who you are as a person, but I must completely agree. The place you live should definitely be full of life and energy! I love everything about your bathroom from the color to the colorful knobs and everything in between. You guys did a great job!

January 30, 2014 - 3:35 pm

mike - nice job on the bathroom. much better than all white

January 30, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Daja at The Provision Room - Hardware makes such a huge difference!!!

Love those colorful knobs!!!

January 30, 2014 - 9:42 pm

David W. Murphy - Great story and love the new look!

January 30, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Jim Striegel - I think that idea of the baby changing station in the bath is brilliant!

January 30, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Jeff Brand - Nice transformation. I really like the subway tiles and choice of color too.

January 31, 2014 - 12:32 am

Jennifer Steck - I just finished renovations in my house. When I first bought it, I couldn’t afford to do what I wanted and it’s taken about fifteen years to get it right where I want it. Your rooms are so inviting and peaceful. Gorgeous!

January 31, 2014 - 1:18 am

Yvonne Brown - It is nice to add hardware to liven up furniture and cost effective too!

January 31, 2014 - 2:35 am

Veronica - What a beautiful and refreshing bathroom. I love your use of materials….very classic. I love the knobs, and best of all the changing table exactly where the “action” happens. I encourage my clients to really evaluate their surroundings and creating the space they would love to come home to….whether doing it DIY or hiring a pro. Great post my dear!

January 31, 2014 - 2:38 am

Richard Harer - Thats a huge expensive bathroom to have! i love it. thanks for giving an idea. im gonna make my own bathroom when i got a new house.

January 31, 2014 - 3:00 am

Dov Shapira - Looks like you’re having fun in the bathroom
Great results

January 31, 2014 - 3:10 am

Carolyn Ridenour - Very nice Jess!

January 31, 2014 - 3:39 am

Jennifer Clay - I am loving the blue! I want to redo my bathroom soon, I may just do blue.

January 31, 2014 - 4:07 am

Meli - I love the spare bedroom and the peacock. I was one of those white or off white people until just a few years ago. Now, it’s color for me. What a wonderful change I must say!!

January 31, 2014 - 6:37 am

Daniele Holmberg - How very exciting! I love the colors you selected and I am sure it felt so good to change everything up. We are in the process of selecting colors to paint our home and we are going to pick out a new carpet.

January 31, 2014 - 11:33 am

Denise Patton - Very striking and modern with some lovely unique and personal finishing touches. xxx

January 31, 2014 - 3:55 pm

luzivone - All your images show a very consistent design intent!

January 31, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Ashley - Love the turquoise glass tiles! And the idea of a changing table in the bathroom instead of nursery… I have the Ubbi diaper pail and am constantly changing the bag just bc. I can’t stand being bowled over when I open and close it! Your ceilings look uber-tall in this bathroom- 12 feet?

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