This blog post highlights my favourite powder rooms of 2013. Some of which I worked on with Taylor Made Designs and some I did myself. I hope that this post shows you how much fun a powder room can be and why it's the perfect space to add a fun punch to your home.
Probably my favourite powder room to do was the one in this Edwardian Detached home in the Humewood-Cedarvale area of Toronto. The orange/coral chevron wall paper from Kravet adds the perfect pop to an extremely small space. You can basically wash your hands in the sink while you sit on the toilet!
St Clair West Family Home
The white deer head above the toilet adds the modern rustic pop while complimenting the wonky paper. The chalkboard sign with "Fred's" name on it adds an extra personalized touch while an old silver painted mirror was a hand me down that fit perfectly with the charm of this historic home.
My second favourite is this powder room that I designed with Stephen Taylor of Taylor Made Designs for a family cottage in Muskoka. The brand new tongue and groove wall paneling was fresh and white and a big window made the space feel bright and modern. So we found an old wooden chest of drawers and had it converted into a vanity with custom marble top and antique looking faucet. The vanity coupled with the wood window mirror bring that "cottagey" feel while having all the comforts of a fresh modern bathroom. I also love the old games/checkers board we found and hung as art above the toilet! If I could live year round in a cottage like this my life would be complete! :)
Another favourite of mine is this fun and flirty powder room Stephen and I did in a midtown Toronto condo this spring. The space had low ceilings, poor lighting and not much going for it so we found this super cool cheetah themed wall paper in soft aqua and covered the walls. The room went from drab to fab instantly. We then took a nightstand we found at some design shop and had it retro-fitted to place a basin sink on top. We changed out the old boring hardware with sparkly glass knobs and added a curvy mirror with feminine flair. Now it's the perfect place to slip away and powder your nose!
This punchy powder room is right off the main entrance hall of a hip, elegant downtown condo. The wallpaper we chose has a little sparkle and lots of texture. We mirrored the pattern of the wallpaper in the floor tile. Adding wainscoting maintains elegance while also allowing your eye to rest from the wild pattern above .The chartreuse coloured mirror brings the monochromatic space to life.
The Boathouse powder Room!
This one makes the cut because it's just so cool to have a powder room in a boathouse! Talk about serious convenience Again it's a tiny tiny gem that is super function for guests or even little kids who just can't make it up to the main cottage in time to do their business.
King West Condo
Finally, this bathroom is the last on my list. It's less about the pop of colour or furniture than it is about the pop of sleek sexy style! With a little help from Phillipe Stark (who designed this building in the King West area of Toronto), this one stop bathroom is the best it gets when you have to share your only bathroom with guests. With only one bathroom in this downtown condo it served a dual purpose. Entertaining could have been a nightmare but a clever medicine cabinet stores away personal items and the clean white tiled walls keep it looking clean even when you don't have time to tidy up for your guests. The dark grey porcelain tile on the floor also helps to hide the dirt!
That's it for 2013! ... I can't wait to see what powder rooms 2014 has in store for me!