An Elegant Powder Room
When we first moved from Washington, DC in October to our suburban Atlanta home in Neely Farm, the first thing I knew as a designer that I wanted to do in my own home was renovate my front, formal rooms - the powder room being one of them. Painted stripes adorned the walls as well as a builder grade cabinet that had been painted for a quick update, your standard frameless mirror attached with clips, and an outdated light & faucet. Although it may be the smallest room in the house, that didn’t mean it wasn’t without its challenges. The existing hardwoods were good shape, but the walls were not. Workers stripped down old wallpaper that had been painted over and pasted to unprimed drywall (both are no no’s for wallpaper by the way – it makes it very difficult to remove later), and they were then able to smooth out the walls to put up one of my favorite things in the new house - the beautiful blue and cream medallion wallpaper. The baseboards and crown molding were painted and beefed up to proportions more appropriate for the room, and the oft forgotten ceiling was painted the same calming blue as the medallions in the wallpaper. The canvas was finally set and the plumbing fixtures were installed along with the gorgeous distressed white dresser that we had retrofitted to allow for the new Taj Mahal quartzite, vessel sink, and wall-mounted faucet. The old light fixture is a thing of the past and two slender bronze sconces now frame the arched mirror that reflects the elegant wallpaper. I feel that my finished powder room is a perfect example of classic and timeless design choices that can sit gracefully in the present as well as many years down the road.