the downstairs bathroom has been quite an eyesore ever since we moved in almost two years ago. i wasn't sure what i wanted to do to it, so it was put on the back burner for a while. after completing the 'One Room Challenge' this spring, i realized removing the bead board panelling wasn't something i was up to doing again.
i also wasn't up for a major renovation with our wedding reception party looming. simple, but effective tweaks were my goal. a few small changes really made a huge difference, take a look...
when i saw this wallpaper, i HAD to use it. this small bathroom was the perfect spot...
the original vanity was a hot mess and blocked part of the doorway. this sleek version from ikea fits perfectly in the small space and makes the room feel much bigger.
i've been collecting animal heads anytime i go into @homegoods, and have acquired several. since they're metal, they take spray paint like a charm. a coat of metallic gold instantly ups their glam factor.
i had my seamstress make this shower curtain. i fell in love with the saffron and white palette, and the horizontal stripes of course!
when deciding on art for the room, i grabbed this vintage piece that belonged to mark's father. the black mat ties into the wallpaper and really pops on the wall. i love having something that means so much to mark in the room, plus it's unique.
i found this awesome sconce from #triple7recycled on etsy. swoon... i needed a smaller scale mirror to fit above the panelling, but still allow you to see yourself. while browsing @westelm, i saw this new introduction. i loved there was no frame to visually clutter the wallpaper. remember, clean and simple was my goal. while my installer was hanging the paper, i rushed to my local west elm and picked it up in time for him to hang it for me :)
i couldn't be more pleased with the end result. the space seems so much brighter too. a total transformation in less than a week, love it! design swell. live well.
i love elephants, such a gentle animal in such a large body. those big floppy ears and adorable trunks! i can't explain it, but they make me smile. i guess it's like my cow obsession, but that's a story for another day. today i'm sharing some ways to incorporate elephants into your home decor.
while there's no shortage of juvenile products out there, i'd rather focus on the chic...
wouldn't this eames elephant be precious in a nursery or playroom? i personally love the ice gray version, but other colors are available at dwr.com.
these artsy elephants are made from vintage wallpapers, check out the other patterns and animals from romp.
as soon as i saw this, i knew i had to have it. i just picked up this print from parima creative studio on etsy. there are two other patterns to choose from, or you can purchase as a set.
i'm crazy about these vintage elephant consoles. take a look at this beauty from ruthie sommers' pool house. the pop of red is amazing against the pale blue walls.
these are great for their intended purpose of garden stools, but look how great they look when used as side tables. a little of the unexpected instantly adds designer flair.
small elephant heads mounted to the wall make great hooks. i just picked up a silver pair by broyhill at homegoods; they're getting a makeover with gold spray paint.
scope out etsy, ebay and local antique shops for brass figurines. remember to group them in ODD numbers!
and of course, there's fabric!
so there you go, a little round up of options on incorporating elephants into your space. but i'll leave you with this stunning cartier ring i found on 1stdibs. i hate to even ask what this thing costs, but i like it! design swell. live well.
design is a way of life.