Plans for the Powder Room

I’m so excited to finally begin work on our first floor bathroom this month! We ripped out the flooring and toilet last Summer, and have been hiking up the stairs every time we need to use the facilities. Yes, even through potty training. It’s been a joy.

The good news about waiting a year to begin working on a space is that I get a year to plan, replan, and plan again! I’ve been through so many design options for this space, I’ve lost count! But I finally settled on three looks that I really dig. I’d love for you all to weight in on which option is your favorite!

When we sold our home last May, the first thing I bought for our next house was this vintage yellow sink. I just knew it would work, even though we hadn’t found a home to move into yet! Thankfully we have a nice little powder room in our new home that perfectly suits a small sink like this. All of my design plans center around the yellow sink. It’s a non-negotiable. ;)



OPTION ONE: Funky Traditional

I love an eclectic interior, so this design appeals to me because of how it would blend together elements from traditional and modern design camps. That light and faucet? So deliciously modern. But the sink and mirror definitely harken back to the earlier decades of the 20th century. The tone-on-tone wallpaper, vertical shiplap, and checkered flooring would feel at home in any space, but combined, it feels so funky fresh!

What do you think? A bit too much for such a small space? Or, go big or go home?

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OPTION TWO: Mid Century Minimal

I was really gravitating towards doing a mosaic tile in here because there isn’t much square footage to deal with, and I love the grand impact a mosaic tile has been known to make in mid century time-capsule bathrooms. When I found this pebble tile that reminded me of miniature fieldstone, I was all about it. After making the mock-up seen at the top of this post, I was really digging the early minimal vibes that such a wall and floor treatment could bring to my tiny powder room. Pair it with a wood-tone torch sconce and a snazzy chrome faucet, and this mid century look feels completely updated!

Do you think you’ll go crazy if I put this tile in so much of the room? Or do you think it will make a simple and significant statement?

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OPTION THREE: Modern Classic

As I’ve revamped each room of our home, I’ve attempted to keep baseline elements of classic design. The lighting I selected for the kitchen, the moulding details, and the medium wood tones throughout the home felt a bit like an anchor that kept things from going a bit too trendy or modern. The sconces in this powder room design tie in with the chrome elements I have throughout the house, and recalls the subway tile I put in my kitchen. In general, this design feels sophisticatedly restrained, allowing the yellow sink to take center stage. But the tumbling block floor tile still reinforce the fun vibes introduced by the sink.

Does this space feel too cold for you, or just the right restraint? Perhaps I’ll regret using ubiquitous subway tile yet again?

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We’re beginning clearing out the powder room tomorrow and having a plumber prep the space for drywall work and tiling. I can’t wait to get things underway in here! Tune in to my Instagram stories to check in on the progress for our powder room renovation.


Plans for the Patio Makeover

patio plans

As much as I’d like to take a break from house projects after finishing up the study makeover, Summer is prime time for home renovations in Ohio, so I’m trucking along! Next up will be work on our patio and powder room.

Obviously we want to fix up our patio in time to enjoy it this summer and fall, so I’m hoping we can get this project done in the next two weeks! Here’s what our patio looks like right now (above). The wood needs stripped, refinished, and restained, and the traditional lattice privacy fence is going bye bye.

top left image: Musta Ovi / top right image: The Brick House

Slatwood Privacy Fence

In place of the existing lattice, I plan to put up slat wood lattice strips for fencing, much like the image above. Then I’ll plant something that can climb the lattice and add the magic of greenery to this space. Right now I’m undecided about how I should finish the lattice strips. I have stacks and stacks of pressure treated lattice strips waiting in my garage to be finished, but I can’t decide if I want a natural wood look, white washed, or a pickled type of finish. Our house is currently a putty gray color, but we plan to have it painted white next year, so I want the color of the patio to go with the future look of our siding, not the current look.

Climbing Greenery

I’m also pretty unsure about what kind of climbing plant to use on the privacy fence. Also, do I plant some in pots on the patio to climb up the inside of the patio, or do I just plant it in the ground on the outside of the patio fence? I know I’d like to see it in the seating area, but it will need to be a plant that is easily controlled. So far I’m considering clematis, hops, wisteria, and honeysuckle. Clematis seems to be the top contender, but in general I’m concerned about using a flowering plant because of not wanting bees hanging out with us on the patio. (I’ll plant flowers in the front of our house to help out the bees, but I’m not looking to do that where we will be dining with our children.)


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Modern Slatwood Dining Nook

Continuing with the slat wood look, I’m also super interested in using lattice strips to make a cozy dining nook at one end of the patio, much like this inspiration image above. It would be a sort of a pergola, but the slats would be made of lattice strips and would be positioned much tighter together than a traditional pergola. I would like the slats to be far enough apart to still allow light and climbing greenery to show through, but it should also provide shade for our dining area.

I’m also considering adding outdoor curtains to the dining area to give it more separation from the lounge part of the patio, and to add one more barrier to the road noise behind our backyard. Our backyard has a busy road behind it, so road noise is an issue. One day we want to plant a tall, dense, hedgerow, but one thing at a time! At least our patio is on the side of the house so the road noisy isn’t too obnoxious.

patio plans

If you’ve been following me for some time on Instagram stories, you’ll know how much I love doing a Photoshop mock-up before beginning any project! It’s a skill I’ve developed through the years beginning when I was earning my interior design degree in college, and it’s proven to be quite useful in imagining each of my home projects!

I’m planning to keep this outdoor space pretty neutral, as it is visible from both our kitchen and our living room windows. I don’t want it to add color and chaos to the kitchen and living room, and besides, I want something that will compliment all of the beauty of the outdoors, rather than competing with it.

patio plans

I’m working with one of my favorite furniture brands, Article, for most of the furnishings for the patio, but I’ve also purchased some additional items to fill out the space, such as a propane fire pit, an articulating patio umbrella, outdoor rug, and lighting. I’ll link everything at the end of this post.

Fencing Color Options

The last decision I’m faced with before beginning work this weekend is the color for the fencing. What do you guys think? Should I go for dark and dramatic with a boldly contrasting wall, medium-wood tone that adds richness and warmth, a white-washed look that allows for some wood warmth to show through, or white paint for a crisp and fresh backdrop?

stain options

Let me know what you think about color options! We begin work on Saturday, and I couldn’t be more excited! Can’t wait to share the results.

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Study Makeover Update

study makeover

Whew! Is Spring really truly here? And Summer right around the corner? It’s about time I finish up some of these indoor projects so I can move on to our deck makeover. The past three weeks we’ve been hitting the study makeover hard. Quite a few things have changed since my original post about the plans for this space, so I wanted to share an update with you all. In fact, most of it has changed! Yikes!

I committed to a color for the room, and I’m really happy with how it’s looking so far! We’ve only began painting some trim, and I could resist swiping the wall with some of the color. (You can see it below inside the bookshelf and also around the window trim.) The color is a nice muted green/gray from Benjamin Moore called Oil Cloth. It’ll be nice to have another space in our home with color on the wall! So much of our home is white.

study makeover

So far I have the IKEA Billy Bookcase built-ins almost completed, and tomorrow I hope to add the batten paneling strips so I can paint the room over the weekend. I’ll be sharing all of the DIY details for this space on A Beautiful Mess when it’s complete. Right now I’m just chomping at the bit to have it done so I can style the space and finally use it! So many of our books are still boxed up, and it’s frustrating at times to not be able to find a book. It will also be nice to not have this be our guests first view when they enter our home! It’s the front room at our house, and our entryway has been a mess for over a year now.

study makeover

My furniture selections for this space have also evolved. My new friend Susie and I swapped some home items with each other recently, and I got this amazing set of nested tables out of the deal. They’re perfect for this small space! That led me to swapping out the rug for something that wouldn’t compete with the marble of the table, and then to get a more subtle and classic style of sofa from Article to bring a bit of a classic/timeless vibe back into the room.

Choosing a color for my dream chair (The Womb Chair from Rove Concepts) has been tricky, but I think that with a white linen slipcover over the sofa from Comfort Works, I might like a light gray color for the womb chair. It would keep things more neutral in a room where lots of color will be on the bookshelf wall. (There will be no turning book spines into the wall! ha!) Any thoughts?

study makeover

study makeover

I’m still figuring out some of the details on what will make it into the room and what won’t, but here are the big contenders! I’ve linked them up for you below. Hopefully I’ll be ready to share the room in a couple of weeks! A little more serenity in our home, and a lot more books, would be really nice right about now.

  1. Burrard Sofa from Article
  2. Cowhide Rug from Amazon
  3. Shag Pillow from Lulu & Georgia
  4. Pendula Lamp from Article
  5. Stoneware Vases from West Elm
  6. Womb Chair from Rove Concepts
  7. Moon Floor Lamp from Article
  8. Walnut Desk from Lulu & Georgia
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