bathroom hooks and stools

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I got a question from a very important reader, my mom, about my post, How to Fix a Boring Builder Grade Bath.  One of the updates I mentioned was to take down your towel bar and replace it with hooks.  She had the guest bath towel bar down within minutes!  

Here was the question she had.  There are a ton of hooks out there, what hooks should she use?  I came up with some options and sent them over.  I wanted to share my suggestions and a few more in case you find yourself looking for some good bathroom hooks.  We have No. 6 in our master just outside the shower, it's huge.  I think the bunny hook would be great in a kid's bath.

She had another question.  My mom also removed the towel bar over her master tub, and as I did, she's wanting to replace it with art and use a stool next to the tub to hold the towel and other items.  The question was, what type of stool should she be looking for?  

I love the look of a stool next to the tub.  It adds another layer to the bathroom and makes it much more interesting.  I also pull ours up to the vanity so I can sit while putting on my makeup.  You can find a ton of photos with this look in bathrooms with stand alone tubs.   

But, I wanted to show you a couple of examples of tubs other than stand alone.  Proof that it also looks great with other tubs styles as well.

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You definitely need to consider your bathroom size when looking for a stool.  I love the look of a wooden stool in a mostly white bathroom.  The contrast is so pretty and really warms it up.  If you already have a lot going in your bathroom, maybe a white glazed garden stool would blend a little better.  Here are some I've rounded up, including the small side table (No. 1) that I use in my bathroom.
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And to finish off the rest of your space, here are some accessories that would look great in any bathroom.  Water scenes are right at home in a bathroom.  For those of us who have black thumbs, here are some pretty faux plant options.  And, you can never go wrong with beautiful towels!

Beautiful bathrooms for everyone!

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home tour page updated

Friday, March 10, 2017

I was looking through my Home Tour page for our current house and realized some of the photos were now outdated as I've since switched things up.  Well, it's now updated with some new photos!  If you haven't yet checked out the Home Tour, I'd love to have you over :)

The old entry shot used to look like this:

And the updated shot:

I know, you're looking at the two with a weird face asking yourself what in the world is different :D In the new shot of the entry the old chandelier has been swapped out for the new one that I battled with.  I also added some new lamps to our entry table after one of them fell and broke several months back.  I couldn't replace the broken one since they were no longer available, but I'm seeing that as a blessing in disguise because I'm completely in love with these affordable glass and brass lamps I found instead.  As I'm writing this post, the lamp bases are on sale for $36!

On top of my stack of DIY wrapped books I added in these amazing wooden prayer beads that I WON on an Instagram giveaway from Sugar boo & Co.  I was bouncing up and down when it arrived.  It's just the most beautiful thing ever!

The living room tour is also updated.  Here's an older shot into the room from the entry:

Updated photos include the new pillows, table lamp, different rug, swapped ceiling fan, and the metal chairs in the kitchen nook that have been changed for quite some time now.

I also included some photos of the opposite side of the room so you can get a better feel for the room's layout.

I hope to be adding even more photos to the Home Tour page in the next week or two once I get Izzy's little bedroom refresh completed.  Should have that done after Spring Break.  Ugh.  Spring Break.  I almost forgot about it this year.  I have zero plans for how to entertain the kids during the break.  It's been so rainy and gloomy here in Houston lately.  I'm praying for some sun next week so at the very least I can get the kids outside.  Do you guys have any fun plans?  I'd love to hear them so I can live vicariously through you :)

ENTRY INFO: barn light // DIY bench (similar here) // rug - Homegoods (similar here) // hooks - Rub n' Buffed in gold (similar here) // decorative prayer beads // lamps // DIY paper wrapped books // buffet table - family piece


LIVING ROOM INFO: chairs // sofa // coffee table  // accordion table // rug // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mud cloth pillows on gray chairs // indigo pillow // indigo lumbar // DIY lacquer tray // DIY sunburst mirror // 3 round mirrors - Pier 1, no longer avail (similar here) // ceiling fan // metal kitchen chairs



how to fix a boring builder grade bathroom

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I was on Pinterest yesterday and kept seeing all of these amazing bathrooms.  They are breathtaking.  And, I'm sure they all had a breathtaking budget.  It got me thinking about our builder basic bathrooms.  I may not have mind blowing bathrooms with all of the latest and greatest, but I was still able to transform the builder basic into something I absolutely love.  Best part?  It didn't take much money at all.


Take down the towel rod over your tub and/or toilet.  Like, immediately.  This is my number one because it drives me insane :D

In regards to the tub towel rod, I know there are absolutely instances where this won't apply, but most of us don't have time for regular relaxing soaks in the tub.  When we do, grabbing a dusty towel that has been hanging on that towel rod for several weeks isn't the best way to finish it.  Replace your towel rod with some art and leave a fresh clean towel near the tub or, if you have room, on a pretty stool or vanity seat.  You'll always appreciate looking at art work over a dusty towel and rod.

For the towel rod over the toilet.  Gross.  Enough said.  Take it down and add a pretty shelf or some art instead.  Add a hook on a different wall if you can. 

In our guest bathroom, I was out of walls, and the door near the shower was too tall to place an over-the-door hook.  So, I found a small hook with a narrow back and placed it in the less than inch wide piece of wall between the door trim and the shower tile.  There's also this clever hook that slips over your door hinge if you have no wall space.


Add or update cabinet hardware.  I know this one isn't news, but that's because it makes such a difference!  But, what might be news is adding detail to the false drawer fronts.  Those need love too!  You can add regular knobs or pulls, or you can add a faux keyhole like I did in our master bathroom.  It's more of a subtle addition, but I love how it makes the vanity look a little more special.


Frame out your builder grade mirror.  This is an affordable and easy upgrade and drastically changes the feel of the room.  I simply glued 1x2's that I stained (notched out to accommodate mirror clips) to our master mirrors using mirror adhesive.  I did a similar version in the remaining bathrooms.


Add interest to the walls with moulding, wallpaper, or both!  For our secondary bathrooms, I did my own DIY shiplap.  Minimal cost for a huge transformation.  If the ship has sailed for you with shiplap, think about board and batten, or other types of wainscoting.


A super quick update is to swap out hand towels and soap dispensers.  Freshen up the look by adding a turkish hand towel and dark glass soap dispensers.


Move your shower curtain up higher.  This may require a longer curtain, or you could DIY by using window curtains like I did in Izzy's bathroom, or a sheet like I did in our guest bathroom.  Moving it up makes the room so feel much taller.  It's the same concept as hanging your window curtains higher.


If you have a separate tub, do you have a window above it?  Treat it like any other window in your home and give it drapes, and/or blinds.  Bathrooms can have a hard and cold look sometimes, this instantly softens and warms it up.


This was actually going to be only seven, but when I started uploading my photos I noticed something else important in all of them.  The addition of green life.  Flowers, cut leaf stems, and even faux succulents.  There's a reason all of the professional shots of homes you see in your favorite magazines have flowers or greenery in them.  They give a space life and make it feel good.  Be on the look out for some in all the photos below.

If I haven't convinced you of some of these builder grade bathroom fixes, here are some before and afters of our bathrooms using all of these tips.  Click on the room title to be taken to their individual posts for more photos and info.

Master // Towel rod replaced by art, and blinds and drapes added to window, trimmed mirror, and hardware added to vanity:

Izzy's bath // Shiplap added to walls, towel bar removed (replaced by hook), art + shelf above toilet, hardware added to cabinets, trimmed out mirror, new shower curtain (but still hung high): 

Sam's bath // Shiplap added to walls, towel bar removed (replaced by hook on opposite wall, art above toilet, hardware added to cabinets, trimmed out mirror, higher hanging shower curtain:

Guest bath // Shiplap added to walls, towel bar removed (replaced by hooks on opposite wall, art above toilet, hardware added to cabinets, trimmed out mirror, higher hanging shower curtain:

Powder room // Terry cloth hand towel (look how dingy it is!!!!!!) replaced with turkish hand towel, and boring soap dispenser replaced with modern brown dispenser (psst... this is actually plastic incase the kids drop it).



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