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!

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