The Powder Room – Part 1 Before

Oh, Jeeze Louise! I can barely look at these before photographs of our powder room. (Quick! Someone get me an Ativan!)

The bathroom had one major flaw. Picture this – you are hosting a dinner party complete with fine wines, fancy cheeses and the glow of candlelight making me look all young… when a guest excuses themselves to use the bathroom. A normal situation, right? Sure, if your powder room is around the corner or down the hall. No big deal!

Yeah… not when the bathroom is right behind you. 3 steps, 4 max. It was so awkward. How can the dinner party go on?!? You know exactly what is happening behind that closed door. And they know, that you know, exactly what is happening behind that closed door. I mean, it was just way too close for comfort. Not.very.elegant.

Here was the entrance to the bathroom, just steps away from the dining room. The floor was raised – so you even had to walk up a step – which somehow made it even nastier.

I just loved all that pink – it made me feel extra young and extra girly! How about that tile, huh? A marble look with a Greek influence! That vinyl floor. 1988 meets 447 BCE. No words.

Not quite Beyoncé’s toilet…..

Let me show you the shower. The shower had great water pressure actually and a light inside that either never turned on or we never turned it on. The shower was opposite the pedestal sink.

Opposite the (not Beyoncé’s) toilet was this little hovel under the stairs that housed… toilet paper and garbage bags! When this photograph was taken it was also our “kitchen counter” – we were washing our dishes in the pedestal sink because we were renovating our kitchen around the same time (Quick! I need another Ativan!) Apparently I was doing some of my makeup in this room as well – why I have no idea

The mirror had a paint effect applied that looked like toothpaste splatters. Each time I cleaned the mirror it would flake off.

And just so the boys don’t feel left out – look a blue ceiling! Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. The boys also liked the boob light. And girls too. I’m totally pro LGBTQA. Do you see the patches on the wall, near the ceiling? Those are from when we insulated the walls. More on that in a later post. Or I am going to need another Ativan and my doctor says I can only have 2 a day. The celling was also lowered, like a false ceiling.

One of the many practises ingrained in you as a student in design school is to look at a space objectively, separating your personal aesthetic from your client’s aesthetic. One of your roles is to help your client achieve the look and feel they want – utilizing the Elements and Principles of Design to make it all come together. Even if the space is not your aesthetic – all will be…right. The Elements and Principles of Design will make it so.

In saying this, at one point in time someone may have been happy with the look and feel of this bathroom and it functioned for them. Seriously. I mean it.

Screw it! Out with the old and in with the new! The décor was out of date! The heavy wall tile is out of balance with the light vinyl flooring! It functioned terribly! They should have hired a professional Interior Decorator!

Stayed tuned for the demo.

This Weekend.

Yours in Décor,

Emily

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

  • Avril
    Reply

    How does something like that even happen? Jeepers… well…. I can’t wait for the reveal!

  • OurHighHopes
    Reply

    Hey Avril,

    If I had a dollar for every time I asked “How does something like that even happen?” about our home – I would have enough money to buy a toilet exactly like Beyoncé’s!!!

    Yours in Décor,
    Emily

  • Lina
    Reply

    Emily I have seen your washroom and now can’t remember how it looks. But I do know it does not look like that!!!!

    • OurHighHopes
      Reply

      Hi Lina,

      Well then – I guess you REALLY need to either…

      1) Look at the after photographs now posted
      or
      2) Visit! and use the bathroom.

      Yours in Décor,
      Emily

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  • Val
    Reply

    Wow where did anyone find that pink tile, amazingly awful. Must have been amusing listening to visitors comments “oh interesting bathroom” or the standard “that looks nice” …looking forward to the renovation.
    Val

    • OurHighHopes
      Reply

      Hey Val,

      They probably drank some bad tequila when they decided on that pink tile. You’ve gotta drink the good stuff to make wise design choices.

      Yours in Décor,
      Emily

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