Without a doubt, the most popular post I have ever done on this blog has been our condo before + after. I’m so grateful for all of your comments, emails, texts & tweets! Can you believe the one year anniversary of our move is in two weeks?! Though we finally feel settled, I have learned that it’s never really done (also, I am a psycho). There are always tweaks to be made and ways to make it better. If you’ve ever built a house or nested at all, you know that things you hope to have in your budget (art!, rugs!, a new coffee table!) get replaced by things that really matter (supporting beams!, toilets!, a back door!). With the new year came a new found energy for putting some finishing touches on our place. So, it’s with great excitement that I share what is the last of the rooms that needed some major love—the powder room.


Powder Room Before

Powder Room Before

As you can see, it’s teeny tiny and hard to photograph.


Progress One


This room, believe it or not, was one of our biggest challenges. We quickly found out that the ugly black water pipe behind the sink (not shown) was shared with my neighbor, so we couldn’t move it. Instead, we built a little mini wall to hide it and it disappears with the dark blue paint.

We chose an open basin sink, a look I love, but I didn’t realize it would cost around $1000 to straighten out and switch the pipes to brass! So, we grabbed a can of gold spray paint and called it a day (thanks, Bill!). With the dark wall, you don’t even see the pipes and we still have the look we wanted.

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The toilet position drives me nuts because it would have made so much more sense to turn it the other way, but below this room is a concrete garage, so again, not worth the price of jack hammering it up and risk unforeseen costs. If having the door hit the toilet on my way out is my only problem, I think I’ll survive.

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Powder Room After Final-3

I had big dreams to wallpaper this room, but since we aren’t sure how long we’ll stay, I compromised with a patterned rug that mimicks what wallpaper would bring to the space. I’m saving the expense for our next remodel ;).

Sconces (Restoration Hardware) // Sink (Signature Hardware) // Faucet (Kingston Brass) // Mirror (Restoration Hardware, similar) // Rug (Lulu & Georgia) // Turkish Hand Towels (Scents and Feel) // Paint (Benjamin Moore Old Navy) // Soap (Savon de Marseille in Rose)

Powder Room After Final-4

Sink and Flowers

Overall, we are extremely pleased with the outcome. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Brass Table (Joss & Main, similar) //  Lamp (vintage, from my mom’s attic, thanks mom!) // Art Print (Minted) // Candle (Diptyque Limited Edition in Rose, similar)


  1. Gorgeous! I love the color – making small spaces dark and rich makes them feel like a jewel box. But I especially love that little table. So sweet. 🙂

  2. Sandra Zaninovich

    A tribute to your exquisite taste, as always. Now you just need to invite me over, I need to see this paragon in the flesh.

  3. Yes you do need to come over!! We’ve been in a year! Perhaps our next dinner date should be in my neighborhood 😉 And THANK YOU! x

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