Our Bathroom Renovation: The Inspiration

I can’t believe it has been two years since I published this post full of bathroom renovation inspiration! I was at the tail end of my pregnancy with Alice (aka full nesting mode) and just feeling like I couldn’t bathe my kids in our existing bathroom for even one more day. Well, we finally, finally renovated our bathroom a few months ago with the help of Home Depot, Wayfair, and Sherwin Williams, and Apartment Therapy posted a little before and after last week! I’m planning to share the full before and after here tomorrow (including some photos that I’m seriously mortified to share in public, they’re so awful), but first, I thought we might revisit our overall classic small bathroom inspiration and share the sources for the things that we did eventually use in our bathroom, so you can see how they all came together in tomorrow’s post!

Classic Small Bathroom Inspiration

Photo Sources, from top to bottom: Brittany Ambridge via Domino from Ali Cayne’s Home Tour, unknown (if you know the source, please let me know!), Rue, and Riesco & Lapres via Desire to Inspire

Our main goal in this renovation was to restore the bathroom design to something that is more respectful to the age of our home – a 1920s row house. As much as I love some of the more modern bathroom designs out there, it just didn’t feel right for our home and our historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. For us, a 1920s-inspired design meant a combination of subway tile around the tub/shower area and mosaic tile on the floor, and a pedestal sink. Beyond that, we needed to maximize storage as much as possible, since this is the only full bathroom in our home and a space that all four of us use on a daily basis. The bathroom is super teeny tiny – only about 36 square feet total – so we chose a classic color palette of white, light gray, and black to make everything feel open and bright, with natural wood tones and brass finishes to warm up the space. And because I can’t resist, here’s just a little sneak peek of the final space…

Oh So Beautiful Paper Classic Small Bathroom Reveal / Photo Credit: Laura Metzler Photography

Photo by Laura Metzler Photography

When I started sourcing fixtures and accessories, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Wayfair carried pretty much everything we could possibly want to include in our new bathroom. I reached out to them to see if they would be interested in partnering with us for the before and after, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they said yes! Everything that we ordered from Wayfair arrived so quickly and they were an absolute dream to work with. I spent hours browsing Wayfair looking for bathroom fixtures and accessories, so I thought I’d make it easier for all of you by rounding them up in one place!

Beautiful and Classic Small Bathroom Fixtures and Accessories

01. Kingston Polished Brass Manhattan Double Handle Widespread Faucet / 02. Kohler Devonshire Vibrant Polished Brass Shower and Tub Faucet / 03. Kohler Memoirs Stately 24″ Pedestal Sink with 8″ Widespread Faucet Holes / 04. Umbra Kera Tumbler and Soap Pump / 05. Kohler Highline Toilet / 06. Square Metal Storage Box / 07. Ferm Living Half Moon Laundry Basket / 08. Silver and Gold Stripe Fouta Hand Towels / 09. Black and White Hotel Bath Towels / 10. Soraya Marble Serving Tray / 11. Surya Zahra Classic Iris Rug / 12. Birch Lane Barnett Jars

I can’t wait to share the full Before & After photos with all of you tomorrow – and get into some of the nitty gritty of our renovation! In the meantime, feel free to pop over to the Apartment Therapy post for a bit more of a preview. And if you have any questions, ask them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them in tomorrow’s post!

This post was created in partnership with Wayfair. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Seven Pretty Ring Dishes

I’m absolutely obsessed with pretty ring dishes. I can’t stop myself from buying one whenever I see a new beautiful dish! Of course, I don’t just use ring dishes to hold jewelry. Some help organize paperclips and vintage stamps on my desk, one holds loose change by the front door, while others frequently hold small components of a DIY project on the kitchen table. I just love seeing these little ceramic dishes around the house – and here are a few of my favorites!

Seven Pretty Ring Dishes / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Love the sweet gold polka dots against a peach background from Up In the Air Somewhere

2. A cat ring dish! From Catbird, naturally

3. I’m completely obsessed with these bold black and white eyelash ring dishes by BDB NY (available for purchase here)

4. Unique colorblocked hexagon ring dishes from Quiet Clementine

5. A fun black and white splatter pattern from Paper and Clay

6. Two of my favorite colors: lavender and peach, with the most delicate gold line down the middle, from Redraven

7. I would happily buy just about anything from Suite One Studios, but I’m completely powerless when it comes to her ring dishes! Dark navy with gold splatters? Iridescent glaze? A deep emerald green or rose pink with gold rims? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

What to Grow in a Cocktail Garden

It’s fall and we’re all pruning our gardens back in preparation for winter – but this is also the time to be thinking about spring seeds and plantings! For my latest guide on eBay I’m talking about the essential elements of a cocktail garden, from herbs to citrus to berries. And the best part is that you don’t need a huge amount of space to grow a cocktail garden! Just a few containers on a patio or balcony and a kitchen window and you’ll be all set. You can find the full guide over on eBay right here – plan now to enjoy delicious cocktails in the spring and summer!

What to Grow in a Cocktail Garden / Oh So Beautiful Paper for eBay

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Quick Pick: Parabo Press

Have you all heard about Parabo Press? It’s a brand new app and photo printing service inspired by small batch printing processes – and it just launched yesterday! Like most parents these days, most of my photos of my kids live on my phone, so I’m always on the hunt for new ways to print those photos and display them at home – or even give them to family as gifts!

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press is from the team behind Photojojo, which joined forces with photo printing service Zoomin in 2014. Parabo Press printing processes are optimized for the photos on our phones – no DSLR required! Although of course they will work with DSLR photos, too, but it’s awesome to be able to format and print right from your phone. Parabo offers art book-quality photobooks, small prints in geometric shapes, square photo prints, and accordion photobooks.

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’m most excited about the Parabo Press larger art prints, including huge 3′ x 4′ black and white engineering prints, risograph prints, and full color newsprints. At price points of $20-$30 the art prints are ridiculously affordable! The risograph prints might be my favorite of the bunch. Risograph prints are printed on Xerox-esque machines that originated in Japan in the 1980s and have a screenprint-like effect. The risograph prints are available in neon pink, neon orange, teal, and blue. It would be amazing to print a favorite photo of my girls in one of those bright colors! And my mind is absolutely spinning thinking of all the party and wedding possibilities, from cocktail menus to seating charts!

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

In addition to prints and photobooks, Parabo Press offers fresh and modern display accessories and hardware for hanging the prints on the wall – no framing required! I’m loving the custom wood rails, mylar tape, and pon pins that allow you to pin photos on a wall or cork board without putting a hole in the photo! Genius!

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Parabo Press Photo Printing Service / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Inspired By: Pom Poms!

I’m having a MAJOR pom pom moment these days. It’s not like pom poms ever go out of style – especially when it comes to curtains and blankets – but I really just want to put pom poms on all. the. things. Baskets? Yes! Shoes? Yes! Here are a few current pom pom favorites!

Inspired by: Pom Poms! / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Blabla mobile

2. Eliza Gran Studio baskets

3. Moroccan pom pom blanket

4. Proud Mary pom pom throw (and pillow!)

5. ASOS sandals

6. LEIF Striped Pom Pom Pillow