Thursday, March 7, 2013

Buckle Up

The day after tomorrow is a very big day for us. We start the downstairs of our house. It's built in at the moment, but not fitted out. It's been a very handy space for the past couple of years. It's housed our temporary laundry, temporary study, weights room, play/making room and storage area.
Hopefully, within a couple of months time, it will be a permanent two bedrooms, downstairs living room, study, laundry and bathroom.
I've been workshopping ideas for the bathroom. It's not without its difficulties. The room is small, narrow, dark (or 'grim' as our architect described it), and we're working with a limited budget.
It's my personal belief that these hindrances can actually encourage more creativity and in the end you can turn out a top notch room - we'll see, I won't talk it up too much.
I've just been filing a whole bunch of bathrooms I like the look of, and from there I'll see what elements of those I can work into ours.
I seem to be attracted to dark cabinetry. Really love this one below, especially the marble bench tops.

I've popped this one in the file because, unlike our other bathrooms, I'm putting a major focus on storage, and bench space. Storage and benchspace. It's like rhythm and melody.

The next two are super pretty. I love the mirrored cupboards below.
Love the colour on these cupboards too and the style of them....and the bench tops and sconce lights....and that little blue footed bowl with the flowers in it.
I'm thinking that subway tiles will make an appearance.
Beautiful. Although, having just said our bathroom is small, narrow and dark, I think we can all safely assume the end product will look nothing like this.
My, I love this colour, but probably not for the bathroom. You've got to love a good pedestal sink, they're so pretty, but user-friendly they are not (I know this because they are in our other bathrooms).
I love the different compartments here, the dark floor with the light cabentry, the wallpaper on the walls and the space. It'll be difficult to replicate much of this in our bathroom.
Beautiful light, chair, floor, and probably cabinet?
This is a perfect example of 'pretty' with only the tiniest regard for practicality.
So, I'm nowhere near a firm plan, but the fun is in the research and the possibilities.


  1. Oh you hve a job ahead of you this time !
    I saw a decorating show that was making live- able spaces from British basements, DARK, way dark, so they put the lighting in a recess around the edge of the ceiling and had other secondary lighting from lamps etc, it looked wonderful and not dingy at all.
    I think the program was called double your house for half the TV, last night.

  2. Hi, what happened to your shop at Woolloongabba Antique Centre?

  3. Eeeeek! Did something happen to Era??

  4. Unfortunately, due to there being only the 24 hours in a day, we decided it was the end of Era. We had so much fun though. You can view my friend's blog at

  5. It was the most wonderful little space - thanks for creating.