Easy Seasonal Bathroom Makeover

One of the easiest rooms in the house to redecorate is the bathroom!  Bathrooms are generally a very manageable size where small changes can make big impact.  If you’re reading this post, I”m going to assume that you are like me and you don’t decorate a room and leave it that way for years.  I barely leave my room the same for months, let alone years.

So here are a few great tips that will help you keep your rooms fresh and flexible for future decorating.

#1 This is probably one of the most important rules for working on a room for the first time. When choosing a paint color for the walls, ALWAYS choose a somewhat neutral color that will coordinate with a good variety of other colors.  Now you don’t need to settle for just white or boring beige.  There are other rich colors that can still work well in many color schemes.  The cool thing about a neutral color is that the decor around it can change with the seasons or your creative whim.

When we moved into this house several years ago, I chose a buttery yellow for the bathroom with white paint on the cabinet which made it bright and airy.  It’s also a great neutral for any season as you’ll see from this redecorating project.

#2 When decorating a bath, remember that changing the shower curtain can be like painting a wall.  The shower curtain takes up a good amount of space in the room, so it acts like a focal wall.   The good thing is that there are no fumes or messy cleanup, just hang up one curtain as you take down the other one.

This week I moved from Summer to Fall decor and here’s the before and after of the shower curtains.

#3 The awesome part about seasonal decorating is that you can find amazing bargains at the end of the season that can be used in coming years.  I try to buy at least one new small piece at the end of each season.  Usually these can be found for 50-75% off or more!  Plus, you can always combine your seasonal decor with other versatile items that you have around the house.  Cool, huh?

This candle arrangement (below) was made from a gorgeous elongated platter that my friend, Linda gave me for my birthday in July, candles I had bought for Christmas, ribbon I had around the house and berry garland that I bought on clearance last Fall at the end of the season.

For the transformation from Summer to Autumn I just made a few simple changes:

Changed the towels from blue and celery green to sage green, wine and tan.

Changed the magazine in the basket from a summer to a fall theme.

Changed the knick knacks on the shelf.

On the small wall next to the mirror I changed out a trio of summer photos in a pastel painted weathered wood frame to a trio of Autumn photos in a black frame.

I also hung an Autumn wreath from the light fixture over the mirror.  Check out your fixture to see if you can drape a ribbon over the top to hang a wreath too.  The reflection off the mirror makes it look twice as deep.

After these simple changes, here’s the before and after. (be sure to click to enlarge)

And here’s a little bit more of a close-up.  What’s your favorite tip for seasonal decorating?

And just for fun, I’m linking to:

METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY

Dreaming of Some Updates

From MyHomeIdeas.com

So we’ve been in our home for over 5 years and we did  quite a bit of updating before we moved in so many of our projects are done.  However, I always have a few ideas on the back burner that I hope to do one day.  To help inspire me, one of the email newsletters that I enjoy getting is from MyHomeIdeas.com.

The photo above is similar to what I’d like to do in our dining room.  We have a nice sized window that looks out to the pool and back yard and two narrow walls on either side of the window.  I’d love to put in floor to ceiling bookcases on either side and a window seat in the center.  It would make for handy additional seating for the dining room table plus great storage and decorating potential.

Creative Pebble Flooring from http://www.stratastones.net

At some point we’ll also need to redo the Master Bath shower area.  There’s a low spot at the back of the shower that doesn’t drain well and the step down is a little dangerous anyway (especially as we get older).  I really like this pebble flooring.  This design is very interesting.  I’m not sure I’d do it this way, but I’d love to incorporate the pebbles into the floor or shower in some way when we get around to re-doing it.   Has anyone used this kind of pebble flooring?  Do you like it?  Is it slippery?

What other projects do you have on the horizon?

I’d love to hear about them.


I LOVE this Bathroom!!!

I happened to be at the house of an old friend the other day and besides the rest of her home that’s totally cottage-style inside and out, I had a chance to visit the master bathroom, and happened to have my camera with me. (don’t ask)

I just had to take these pics. Her home definitely belongs in Cottage Living, especially for the fact that this house started out as a typical tract home, smack in the middle of the Phoenix metro area and they have transformed it into this beautiful cottage style home with brick patios and gardens and all. It’s gorgeous and comfy and feels like you’re in the country. That’s the dream I have for our home some day, but we have lots of work to do on the yard.