My sister and her husband just bought their first house!! Woo to the quadruple hoo! We were together for Mother’s Day and she mentioned that the new guest bathroom was in dire need of a makeover and more storage. She asked me if I had any ideas?!?! Can you believe she would even have to ask?! I certainly could not. Ideas? I have plenty.
The new house is on the beach and she likes a crisp feeling, but more cottage crisp than modern crisp. She would like to use this bathroom to get ready in the morning, while her husband readies himself in the master bathroom. The bathroom has a pedestal sink, with (obviously) no storage underneath. And there is no room to add more furniture, except for shelving above the toilet. She was nervous it might be difficult to find above-the-toilet-storage that didn’t look like it was intended for a college student. “Pish posh, applesauce,” I said, “we can do it!”
I had the best time making a mood board for her because “cottage crisp” is not my usual style and it was fun to try something new. I promised to try again if I missed the mark. But until she says those words, I present to you, a cottage crisp guest bathroom:
First and foremost, the shower curtain, bath mat and towels dictate the color theme and will serve as my serene backdrop. I chose a blue towel to offset the mint and add a matching, yet different color. I contemplated a bolder color, but wasn’t sure that was “cottage crisp.”
This shelving can be mounted to the wall over the toilet and won’t look at all like college. Mission accomplished! She can fill these baskets with make-up and other necessities (toilet paper) and place them on the shelf. The pretty green, glass jars can also be filled with q-tips, cotton balls and the like and also be placed on the shelf. Both will provide great contrast and colors through the glass door of the cabinet, while still looking crisp and pulled together. The white bowls are meant to be a serving platter, but would look great on the open shelf and can serve as a catch-all for hair ties, bobby pins and the like. “And the like” is apparently my favorite catch-all term for those bathroom products we need not mention (cough) zit cream (cough).
The bamboo bath accessories will be scattered throughout the bathroom. The waste basket will go on the floor near the sink. The soap holder will go on the shelf in the shower. The tray will go on the back of the toilet along with the lotion pump, toothbrush holder and the tree-like ring holder.
The art prints are the finishing touch and are my vision of cottage crisp.
And you? Have you ever designed a room for a sibling? Do you think this is “cottage crisp?” And would you define “cottage crisp” as having bolder accent colors or is monochromatic the way to go?
Until next time!