I mentioned a bit ago that I was almost done giving one of our bathrooms a makeover. Well, I am still “almost” done, but after this weekend, I should be showing you the finished product! For now, I thought it’d be fun to show you my inspiration…
It all started in Carillon Beach, Florida.
My older sister & her husband had their destination wedding there a couple years ago. It’s a private, gated beach community and we had rented a 12-person home RIGHT on the beach…
All the houses are named, and ours was called “Permanent Vacation.” Seriously, we all wanted to make it our permanent vacation.
But, the best we could do was plan to come back for another vacation two years later, and that’s how we came back to Carillon this past June.
My fiancé and I had only been living in our new house for a month at that point, so we still had some major redecorating to do there, including the upstairs bathroom:
That’s a hand-painted ivy stencil border on the walls you can see, folks. The other walls were white with gold sponge painting. Just fabulous. But really not our style…
With that in mind, you can see why it was so easy to be inspired by all the gorgeous beach houses in Florida! A lot of them were really fun colors and beautifully landscaped on the outside.
On the inside, I could imagine their wide-open floor plans full of fun and quirky beach accents, pictures, and colors, just like the house we were in. I loved this octopus triptych so much.
One day, I was literally standing at the sink in one of the beach house bathrooms, looking into a seashell encrusted mirror at the bright seafoam green walls and thought, I have to have this! At home, we’re quite close to Lake Michigan, so I figured, why not make our bathroom have a beach theme?
Lake Michigan, Gulf of Mexico—practically the same thing.
I started out on Pinterest (duh) looking for inspiration. A few months back, I had been inspired by the palette of colors in these Anthropologie bowls.
I know. Bathrooms, bowls—I find inspiration in strange places.
But for some reason, this year I have been loving the rich jade green shades, so when I picked up a paint sample for what I thought I should want (a lighter, quasi seafoam green), I wasn’t surprised when it just didn’t look quite right.
On a whim, I didn’t even buy a new sample, I just found the paint chip closest to the color I had been obsessed with for months and bought the paint.
Luckily, it was perfect! I loved it so much on the walls, I considered painting the entire bathroom green. To which Matt shook his head and said, “Uhhhh…I think that might be too much…”
Okay, I conceded. Probably true. I didn’t want it to look like the Hulk puked all over our nice new bathroom.
Then the fun part—decorations. We don’t have money to get a new vanity (though the current one seems a foot shorter than normal, what’s with that?); and no new toilet, shower, tile, etc. They are all in fairly decent shape, anyway. So I decided to go all out with the decorations, to take away from some of my not-so-favorite parts of the bathroom.
I again started with Pinterest, and found a barrage of beachy bathroom-inspired images to waste time looking at research.
Over the next weekend, we hit up some garage sales, and at one of them I was lucky enough to come across a huge chunk of coral for $3! I was pretty stoked.
For the rest of my needs, I visited Hobby Lobby and—oh lucky day—pretty much EVERYthing I picked up was 50% off. Spectacular. I kind of went crazy, but I found a ton of great items and can’t wait to see them in place.
Is it weird if I decide to hang out in the bathroom all the time, once this is done?
Watch for the “after” post of our new bathroom this weekend!
Where do you get inspiration? Do you have any “themed” rooms?
I am usually not a theme person, but I guess the inspiration just struck me so hard that I had to do it. Plus, I think themes in small doses aren’t so bad…especially if they make you feel like you’re on vacation. 🙂