This time, other members of her family are here, and my son is in town, as well. It is such a treat!
I had plans to redo this post I originally wrote five and a half years ago. That was when we had just finished Mary’s Jewel box powder room.
The powder room was part of the extensive renovation that Mary and her husband did back in 2015-16.
Off the kitchen, there’s a powder room that was pretty sad back in 2015.
Clearly, it needed some updating. On the wall is a little foreshadowing with the two wallpaper samples.
Mary had a vision of a fantastic jewel box powder room.
She wanted it to be smokey and enigmatic and shared this showstopper image with me.
We couldn’t do it exactly like this because of the wonky wall to the left. So, the wall was the first piece of business to address. The contractor added a lovely curve. (the staircase is behind the curve.)
We knew that we had to have the black wainscoting.
Next, came the wallpaper.
I ordered samples of the Romo paper shown in the inspiration bathroom above. However, it left both of us feeling it wasn’t quite the right look.
We tried the green colorway, and it too fell short.
We both felt that there should be more black. So, I looked for some more inspiration photos.
We loved this Chinoiserie wallpaper with black and gold accents.
I also picked up a mess of other wallpaper samples. (Two of them are in the first shot of the old powder room)
Several of the wallpapers were lovely.
This is a cool wallpaper from Thibaut, but we think it’s too busy for the powder room.
Above and below from Cole and Son.
All very nice but not quite right.
But, after several weeks, Mary decided that she had fallen in love with Nina Campbell’s Birdcage Walk Wallpaper.
Then, we had to decide the rest of the room.
Mary wanted to keep the sconces which I felt was fine.
And, Mary had already purchased this beautiful crystal pendant from Currey & Co.
I’ve never done a console sink before and was excited about that because I love them, and so does Mary.
I sent several images over that she also liked.
This is a sleek one from Waterworks.
The console sink Mary liked the best for the powder room is by Kohler; however, it was too large by one inch!
So, we did the always fabulous Memoirs pedestal sink and toilet.
We chose a beautiful cinnabar red for the ceiling from Benjamin Moore, which picks up the same shade in the paper, and selected the perfect black for the wainscoting. It’s Benjamin Moore Black Panther, one of the shades of black in the Laurel Home Essential Paint Collection.
The funny thing about the cinnabar red ceiling color was originally; it would be the under paint for a gold-leaf ceiling.
However, we liked the earthy red so much that we decided to forego the gold leaf.
These sconces came with the home. But, since these are a little grannyish, we selected new shades in an art deco style. Please see The Granny Decor Mistakes You Might Be Making.
I suggested a new glass shade from Rejuvenation, and they have a large selection of plain and art glass shades.
I couldn’t find any shades like that at this time, but there are numerous art deco art glass shades and fixtures on Chairish.
So, I’m redoing this post because I wasn’t too happy with the photos I took back in 2016. So, I thought I would try again with a better camera.
Above is an image of the renovated powder room from 2016.
And, yes, this is the SAME powder room!
Above and below are images I took today. (11.23.2021)
Above and below are images of the powder room from 2016.
See, very grainy.
Above is a new image taken today. While they’re not perfect, I think they’re a lot better.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed being in this small jewel box powder room, and it is a sublime experience.
The rest are all new images of the powder room.
Looking back at a shot of the door painted in Benjamin Moore Black Panther.
Please click on any image for more information about items in the jewel box powder room
Below are two more inspiration black or almost black powder rooms. Black or a deep rich color is great for a powder room or small bathroom. It’s a great place to experiment with something dramatic.
via Mad About The House – it’s actually an ad from Corian Dupont.
This one is not quite black, but I seriously love it!
Please have a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Big PS: Because this is a huge shopping week, in case you haven’t been bombarded enough. haha
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Second, the new edition of Laurel’s Rolodex (#8) was just released over the weekend.
The Etsy Guide has also been updated, and there are well over 200 sources in it now. We did remove a few shops that are gone, or their product line was virtually nil. There are one or two shops that we left in, hoping that they’ll return.
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