Our kitchen/mudroom/loft renovation is 99% complete and we’re living in each of the spaces in their current state, but we’re still waiting for some big finishing touches like light fixtures and wallpaper that are keeping me from photographing each space in its entirety. That said the first room that’s completely finished is our powder room so that’s what you’re going to see today!
I am so in love with how this little space came together. If you recall from the before pictures, our old powder room was a very narrow space that stuck out into the middle of our kitchen and obstructed foot traffic and the view from the front door looking in at the rest of the house. We moved it roughly to where there had previously been a hall closet and it’s now not only a better size and location but allowed us to completely open up the rest of the combined kitchen and family room. Here’s the view of the door to the backyard with the walk-in pantry on the left and the powder room on the right.
The lighting within the powder room is just a single recessed light and an overhead fan, but I chose this polished nickel flush mount for the hallway and it is the perfect finishing touch in an otherwise simple space.
There are so many decisions to be made over the course of a renovation and I deliberated for a long time about things like doorknobs and kitchen hardware. We have original white porcelain doorknobs in all the bedrooms upstairs so I decided on white porcelain knobs on a polished nickel rosette as a nice compromise between old and new. Our builder custom ordered the white/polished nickel combination through Ring’s End in Darien, but you can order them with other metal rosette options online here.
And now onto the fun stuff! This is the view to the left of the doorway when you walk in. I wanted to go bold with wallpaper, but I’ll admit I got tired of the bright green peel and stick wallpaper I did in our last house pretty quickly and wanted to make sure whatever I chose for this house was something I’d want to live with for many years to come. This Quadrille zig zag wallpaper in navy has a more organic, almost zebra stripe look that’s both classic and playful. We have another Quadrille wallpaper in Teddy’s nursery and you can place non-trade orders for their products here and here.
And to the right of the doorway is the toilet. My dad hung the same beadboard that we used in Teddy’s nursery before the wallpaper went up and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing colorful wallpaper on top of crisp white beadboard. We were fortunate to work with Kohler throughout our powder room and kitchen and their team totally took the guesswork out of everything we needed (not sure I would have focused on picking out a toilet lever in addition to the toilet, for instance). The trim is painted Behr Ultra Pure White in high gloss — we have this color throughout our entire house with the satin finish on the walls, high gloss on doors and trim, and flat finish on ceilings.
I wanted to keep our fixtures on the traditional side of things and love the faucet and levers we picked. All the hardware is in Kohler’s vibrant polished nickel finish and I like that it’s a little warmer than standard chrome.
We needed a 24″ vanity to fit along this wall and I loved the simplicity of this one from Kohler. We’d had a pedestal sink in the house we rented before moving here and the lack of storage drove me crazy, so my primary focus was finding a petite vanity that wasn’t short on storage. This one has two doors and a drawer underneath it that’s great for keeping extra soaps and toilet paper out of sight. This sink fit right on top of the vanity base and we topped it off with these knobs and this drawer pull at the bottom to match the faucet.
I was excited to order appliqué monogram hand towels and fell in love with the designs in this Etsy shop. The owner Leslie was a delight to work with (she sent proofs and tweaked the font of the “B” because I’m a little obsessive when it comes to monograms) and the quality of the towels is insane (I paid a little more for the “premium” towels and they are truly luxurious). She’s temporarily closed her shop for the summer but her work is worth the wait if you can hold off until the fall! The towel bar is this style from Pottery Barn.
And a gratuitous shot of our toilet paper holder because I’m always searching for more photos before I place an order without seeing something in person! It’s the same style as the towel bar above and then we have this seagrass wastebasket.
For some reason I had this vision of these three prints hung above the toilet in our powder room and I couldn’t wait to see it come to fruition (does that ever happen to you with decorating stuff?). The prints are of matchbooks from three different restaurants on Nantucket — the Summer House where we had our wedding reception, Millie’s which catered our welcome party (and has employed all of my siblings and some of my cousins in summers past!), and the Chanticleer where we had our rehearsal dinner. They were in the kitchen in our rental house before this and seeing them here makes me so happy!
I would put an appliqué monogram on everything I own so this appliqué monogrammed tissue box cover is one of my favorite little details in here!
This window is straight ahead when you walk in the doorway (sink on your left, toilet on your right) and is actually salvaged from our old pre-renovation powder room! We were so grateful that our builder was willing to work with us on recycling as many windows as we could and I love having a little natural light in here (it’s pretty high off the ground so no one can see in from the outside or else I might add a matching shade like we did in Teddy’s room).
And that’s that! I tried to link everything throughout the post but let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
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