When we bought the little house next door to ours for my mom to live in, the bathroom had no redeeming qualities except it functioned. We wanted to rehab it in a hurry, so we hit the local hardware store and bought a pedestal sink, toilet and tile for the floor and shower. The changes were modest and inexpensive, but they really upgraded the look of the bathroom. To give the blah space more personality, I filled the main wall with this cheerful oversized botanical print. The shower curtain was a custom creation from Nell Hill’s.
My remedy for a stressful day is to take a long soak in a hot bath. So when we renovated our own cottage, I knew I needed to put a little more time and budget into making the master bathroom more spacious and inviting, my own little spa. My big splurge was turning a beautiful sideboard into a vanity.
Another fast and easy way to add charm to a tiny bathroom is to get creative in how you store your stuff. I raided my china closet to create this attractive yet functional display. A silver tray holds a glass compote filled with my jewelry. A mug collects my makeup brushes. The space around holds treasures that make me smile, like a photo of Dan.
This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at www.nellhills.com