So all the Spring cleaning has me thinking about my house, what it looks like, what needs to be rearranged, improved, moved around …
A few months ago, I saw a friend's powder room and loved the idea she had incorporated in her windowless room. She had put a 'curtain' on the wall above the toilet. It added softness to the walls in that otherwise nothing-but-functional room. However, this is the room your guests see when the need strikes and I, personally, think it should look nice and inviting in a strange sort of way. I had hung some prints in my own powder room, some sepias and black & whites, nice hand towel, candles, bamboo plant … but I felt it still lacked something.
(I took this photo AFTER I hung that shelf up high a couple of days ago … originally, there was nothing above that photo of benches but a 9-foot ceiling! Which, I must say, is something to keep in mind … the height of your ceilings, that is. If our ceilings were lower, I would've have thought differently about incorporating this idea.) And can I just comment on the photo of the benches? Ken brought it home one day before we moved into this house and said, "I think this would look nice in our downstairs bathroom." I thought it was funny! Think about it … you sit on benches, you sit on …. OK, sorry, I thought it was a bit humorous.
The walls in the powder room are a 'café-au-lait' color –neutral, but warm and acceptable. I have chosen to use mostly black and white in there along with other neutral tones, except for the occasional splash of red in the candle holder, or the towels. So in thinking of softening the corners a bit and lifting the eye to the 9-foot ceilings in this tiny room, I remembered the curtain idea. This involved placing this shelf ultra-high and hanging the curtain from it. You can't see it, but there are five pegs on the backdrop of that shelf. AND … a nod to Memories here: this shelf used to be painted white and hang in Emily's room. NEVER underestimate the power of a used piece!! ALWAYS think outside the box because you will undoubtedly find a use for an object you thought had none left.
I went to JoAnn's Fabrics yesterday and as soon as I walked in, I knew that I had been missing something great! They have EVERYTHING in there! And they were having a great sale, too!! Black and white was on my mind for my powder room and toile just seemed to fit the bill … I found some gorgeous Waverly for 40% off!! I brought a length home and set to work. Mmmm … Toile! That might just be my Facebook status tomorrow!
I cut five 24-inch lengths of black grosgrain ribbon to tie on to the five pegs of my shelf, pinned them to the top panel to create a tied, tabbed top, stitched the bottom hem and the top …
… and that's it, folks! Two straight stitches and I have a revived powder room …
I hope to find an antique wrought iron door knob or a crystal one to use as a 'curtain tie-back', but in the meantime, I've tied a bit of ribbon and hooked it on a small nail behind.
See that lonely white pitcher on the top of the shelf? My goal is to fill that shelf with whiteware … vases, pitchers, cups … For now, that poor lonely pitcher must endure alone, knowing that it is inspiring future additions to join it!
Less than $20, Waverly fabric and two straight stitches later, I have a cozy powder room! I'm lovin' it!!