Pinning together a bathroom
A year into ownership of our beloved 100-year-old Farmhouse, and our first and biggest dream for the home is coming true. The loft bathroom upstairs was charming with its clawfoot tub, but with carpet on the floor and no built-in shower, it was functionally limited. So with grand plans to renovate it one day, we hauled up an old desk and side table for me to use as temporary storage, and I made it my makeshift getting-ready room, bumping my head more than once on the low, sloped ceiling.
Now that is all about to change, and it doesn’t feel quite real. Getting the opportunity to design a room from scratch is an enchanting prospect for Johnny and I! it’s the thrill of a Pin becoming reality, and all our favorite features being realized in one room.
Being the visual learners we are, we’ve been researching images online and choosing our finishes based on what jumps out at us and makes sense with our aesthetic. Here are some of the details we are wild about on Pinterest right now:
Black and white
Somewhere along the line, Johnny and I got tired of color. We love the clean look of our living room’s black doors and white walls, and our crisp white shiplap walls in the guest bedroom just put us over the top. Color for us loses its novelty too easily, and so we are finding ourselves being drawn to just the most basic of hues.
What better way to bring to life a vintage farmhouse bathroom than to introduce some honeycomb tile to the shower floor! It adds character, dimension and visual interest without being overwhelming.
Ceramic tile flooring that looks like wood
Traditional laminate or tile flooring just doesn’t appeal to us - we love us some hardwood floors! That they make ceramic tile floors with a realistic hardwood appearance might be my favorite flooring fact of all time.
Put a dormer on it!
Need more space? Just pop out the roof! A girl has her getting-ready needs, and crouching in the corner just wasn’t going to cut it. Dormers look adorable from the outside, add considerable size to the appearance of the house, and help avoid those functional pitfalls that come along with sloped ceilings in a space being used as something other than an attic.
Any makeup-loving girl will understand this one - the number one thing I asked Johnny for in our bathroom was LOTS of light. Natural, artificial, from the ceiling, from the wall, just as much as was possible for him to bring in. Dimly-lit bathrooms have led to too many makeup disasters, unseen until they are suddenly illuminated by decent lighting. With two skylights going in on the roof, hopefully bad bathroom lighting will be a problem of the past.
Furthering the case that natural light is essential, a window between two mirrors is beautiful way to intersperse the getting-ready space with natural light.
This classic furniture style speaks to me of the kind of nuance and detailing that makes a bathroom look more farmhouse and less penthouse.
Miscellaneous "life hacks"
While we’re at it, why not incorporate every little “why didn’t I think of that” finish while we have the chance! As electric toothbrush users, we love the idea of hiding the charger out of sight with an in-cupboard outlet. And I think every girl will understand why dedicated blowdryer storage should be a mandatory addition.