6 Quick Ways to Renew Your Bathroom

December 1, 2017 John 0

Many homeowners like their bathrooms to have a bright, spa-like atmosphere. Unfortunately, it’s easy to go too far and end up with a cold, clinical appearance. These six design tips will add energy and warmth […]

9 Big Ways With Small Bathrooms

November 12, 2017 John 0

Laura Gaskill, Houzz Really small bathrooms can be incredibly challenging to design. When there is hardly room for a toilet and sink, let alone a shower (a tub being totally out of the question), the […]

How to Personalize Your Bathroom with a DIY Shower Curtain

September 2, 2017 John 0

Fussy cut floral chinoiserie print neutral taupe orchid wasabi DIY shower curtain for bathroom makeover The Decor Guru

It’s funny how history repeats itself. Maybe I’m putting out some good decor karma out there. Or maybe I’m existing in a parallel universe. Or maybe I need to stop thinking so much and get my Zen on. Whooooossaaaahhh.

A few apartments ago, while searching for inspiration for my bathroom makeover, I came across a fabulous chinoiserie fabric. It was kismet: the pattern, a floral Asian print, was to die for and the colors were just what I needed in my funky mint green bathroom.

Four years later, I’m living in a different apartment in a somewhat opposite situation: wondering how I could add personality into my bland, beige bathroom. (I never knew how much I’d love white walls until I moved here. Beige just isn’t becoming.)

Again, I was searching, came across this lovely Asian floral print, and knew it was destiny. But this time around, I stepped up my game when making the shower curtain. Continue reading to check it out.

Like most textile decor items, I’ve found it far more rewarding to go the DIY route so you can choose your own fabrics. Doing this provides makes it so much easier to personalize your home the way you want it, from colors to prints to texture.

When I DIY’ed my first shower curtain years ago, I was a more of a sewing novice. Because the fabric was not as wide as a shower curtain should be (about 70″), I sewed the printed fabric onto a bedsheet to make it wider.

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With my current bathroom, the fabric was again not wide enough. However, I accepted the challenge and went with a fussy-cut. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty impressed with myself. There’s probably an easier, more professional way to bind together a fussy cut fabric, but this is how I went about it. From a distance, you barely see the seam anyhow.

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The second version of my DIY shower curtain also features a different top. Instead of adding faux grommets, I sewed buttonholes for the shower rings. Because the curtain is fabric and not waterproof, I have a cheapo plastic curtain attached to the same rings behind it.

I really dig how it softens the room. I didn’t want too bold of a change in here, and this is just right: soft with hints of color.

Fussy cut floral chinoiserie print neutral taupe orchid wasabi DIY shower curtain for bathroom makeover The Decor GuruNow I’m sewing a sink skirt in osnaburg (faux linen) to add more softness to the room. I’m debating if I should add more length to the curtain with the osnaburg? What do you think?

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Fixing Up Your Bathroom To Sell Your House

August 24, 2017 John 0

Everybody from your real estate agent to your mother-in-law has probably been telling you that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses — but the only problem is that your bathroom isn’t exactly a showpiece in its current state. Even though you understand how important the bathroom is to selling, you aren’t sure what to change. If you decide to take on a bathroom remodel, what are your options? What works best? To make your property as attractive as possible in the minds of buyers, here’s where to focus your efforts:

  1. Fix What’s Broken. Whether it’s a lack of bathroom storage space or a faulty showerhead, when something in the bathroom isn’t in proper working order, that’s a turnoff to potential buyers. You’ve been using the bathroom, so consider what doesn’t work well. Could new bathroom vanities make the room more functional, adding space to store cosmetics and other supplies? Could little shower updates like a new showerhead or new caulking make enough of a difference to make the bathroom impressive? Do you need a new toilet or to replace chipped tile? Start your remodeling project by thinking about what people want to see in sinks, showers, tiling and so on. Then, at the very least, make your bathroom one where everything is fixed.
  2. Out with the Old. Vintage bathrooms can be fun and funky, but if it’s maximum selling power you’re after, be sure to update. Consider remodeling the bathroom from an outdated room into a sleek, modern masterpiece — at Modern Bathroom, we can help you determine how best to move from an old-fashioned look to a contemporary style. Whether it’s by replacing the flooring, refinishing the tile or overhauling the room top to bottom, we’re here to help.
  3. Appearances Matter. When talking about resale value, looks are important. Potential buyers evaluate bathrooms in terms of visuals — the colors, the style, the layout and the fixtures. To capture their interest, pay the most attention to the aesthetics of your bathroom, even more than to the high-end features no one sees. Buyers like to see new cabinets, new vanities, new showers, etc., because updated signals quality and value. If it’s within your budget to take on a complete bathroom remodel, it might be worth doing.
  4. Small Details Matter. While new vanities and new tiling are the kinds of upgrades everyone notices quickly, don’t neglect the little touches like cabinet hardware, sink faucets and bathroom mirror frames. The small details in your bathroom design can either complement or take away from the room’s value — let yours be assets instead of hindrances.

When it comes to replacing bathroom vanities or updating showers, Modern Bathroom is proud to be your No. 1 resource. Backed by years of experience in the industry, we have a team of experts committed to quality on every job — so when you want to take on a bathroom project in the Los Angeles area, come to us.

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Dark and Dramatic Bathroom Moodboard

August 23, 2017 John 0

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I’ve been crushing on dark rooms lately. Alas, painting one of my rooms a luscious, dark hue would be impractical. Since I live in a rental, it would take an enormous amount of time & energy to do it and then paint it back to the original barfy beige.

So I kept my fantasies of a dark, seductive room in my head, where 978,345 other thoughts reside. Until my old man started talking about making over his bathroom. I gently pitched the idea of a dark room to him and let it simmer (which may be the best way EVER to do something you want). A few weeks later, he mentioned painting the room a deep hue and I did a happy dance in my head. My glee probably showed on my face as well; I do wear my heart on my sleeve.

And so it was. I started perusing the interwebs immediately for inspiration and items to use. I even let him help a little, allowing him to pick the vanity. Continue reading to see the decor I’ve picked out and how it will all play together.

Originally, my fantasies involved painting with deep jewel tones. I’d have loved a dark, moody teal, but the old man was interested in a more subdued look for the bathroom. Thus, I chose Valspar’s New Spruce. It’s reminiscent of a hunter green or pine green, but with a touch of blue. I love complex colors that you can’t quite define.

I chose an Asian art-inspired shower curtain to serve as the room’s focal point. The dark walls really showcase the artwork featured on the curtain. It’s somewhat pricey to me at $55, so I may see if it’s something I can DIY.

I love a room that can seamlessly combine several styles. In lieu of adding more Asian decor and the room feeling too matchy, I chose items that are nature-inspired. Brigette at Free People has a tutorial I’ll use to the create the oil diffuser with branches. The woven baskets, stone bath accessories, and faux-stone flooring also add to the natural energy of the room.

One of our first steps of the makeover will be painting a test patch in the room. Doing a trial run will be very helpful, especially for such a deep color. If the color doesn’t translate well, I’ve chosen some others that are similar. And if all else fails and the old man doesn’t like it, he’s certifiably crazy I think a medium gray would work well on the walls.

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Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, paint, flooring.

I can’t wait to keep you posted on the room’s updates as we go!

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Selecting Sink Styles To Match Your Home

August 23, 2017 John 0

From modern to traditional, thinking about home style seems obvious when you’re shopping home plans or evaluating different architectural options. However, the overall style of your home actually matters for all aspects of its design, right down to the bathroom sinks. With that in mind, how can you select bathroom sink styles that are right for your home? Whether you’re building or remodeling, here are some tips for picking the best sinks to complement the rest of your residence.

  1. Know Your Style.

    If you’ve already picked fixtures for your kitchen or other bathrooms, start there. What shape, colors, design, etc., of sinks did you pick? If you went with an under-mounted stainless steel kitchen sink that has squared corners, for example, you went with a sleek and modern kitchen sink look. If you have white, decorative pedestal sinks in the powder rooms, you may have a more cottage-like, charming feel. Paying particular attention to the sinks already in place in the home, figure out what style most appeals to you. If, on the other hand, this bathroom will be the first style choice you’re making, browse the Internet or bathroom stores to explore possibilities and determine what look you like best.

  2. Know Your Options.

    Understanding all the possibilities is crucial when you’re trying to determine style preferences. There are under-mounted sinks, set beneath the countertop in a vanity; as well as above-counter sinks, which place a sink directly on top of the counter. Pedestal sinks stand alone, without storage space, but can create a strong statement and a more minimal bathroom look. Other options include one-piece console sinks, vessel bathroom sinks and drop-in sinks, each of which has a distinct look and feel.

  3. Think about Space or Budget Limitations.

    A double vanity won’t fit in a tiny bathroom any more than a pedestal sink will provide sufficient storage space for a huge one. Before picking the sinks for your new bathroom, determine what limitations you are facing. From the room’s square footage to the amount of money you have to invest, knowing your constraints can provide helpful parameters from which to make your decisions.

  4. Choose Colors.

    Looking at the bathroom as a whole, think about what colors and materials you like best. Will you want the color of the countertops to contrast or match the color of the sink? Do you want all the bathroom fixtures to go together? From brushed nickel to stainless steel, there are various different fixtures available, just as there are various colors of sink, from white to black and everything in between. Think about your sink choice in relation to the bathroom as a whole, then consider all the bathrooms in the home. Finally, think about it in relation to your entire home’s sense of style.


Are you building or remodeling a home and looking at bathroom options? Go to Modern Bathroom to browse bathroom sinks of all kinds, such as the glass vessel sink and more. We make it possible for you to save up to 70 percent, while also offering free shipping and a low-price guarantee.

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Different Types Of Bathroom Vanity Tops You Should Consider

August 21, 2017 John 0

It doesn’t matter if it’s a tiny powder room or a luxury master bath, when you step into a bathroom for the first time, what’s one of the first things you notice? The vanity. Bathroom vanities tend to be focal points in bathrooms, housing the sinks and usually some counter and/or storage space. What’s more, as part of the overall look of a bathroom, vanities and vanity tops can provide an attractive design component, showcasing a desired style.

When you’re building or remodeling a home, make the most of the bathrooms by choosing just the right vanities for each space. In order to select the style that’s right for you, here’s a look at some of the different types of vanity tops available today:

  1. Stone: If it’s bathroom beauty you’re after, it’s hard to beat the look of granite or marble countertops. Available in various colors and patterns, stone countertops are trendy yet timeless. Using them is a sure sign of luxury — and a great pick for resale value. Just note these options are also on the more expensive end of bathroom vanities, ranging between $125 and $250 per linear foot.
  2. Tile: Durable and attractive, tile is a long-beloved bathroom choice. It comes in all kinds of designs, can be laid in various patterns, and is made to last. While the grout between tiles traditionally is a magnet for mildew over time, some of the new products on the market work against this issue. Prices for tile can vary from $10 to $40 per linear foot.
  3. Laminate: Low maintenance, durable and inexpensive, laminate countertops offer incredible value. You can find laminate in a wide range of patterns and colors, with textures from mottled to super glossy and smooth. Prices are usually anywhere from $24 to $50 per linear foot.
  4. Solid Surface: To enjoy the beauty of stone with less of the downsides, consider solid surface (i.e., quartzite) countertops. Created from an acrylic resin, this material is resistant to scratches, cuts and burns. It’s an option that’s low maintenance, durable and available in a wide range of colors.
  5. Wood: It’s as true for bathroom vanities as it is for living room floors: Wood is a timeless, natural, traditional choice. In bathrooms, it’s attractive and easy to install; however, wood counters are also vulnerable to water damage, so they have to be well sealed.

Choosing the right vanities for your bathrooms is a matter of knowing your personal preferences and tastes. Explore options online to get a feel for the look you like best, and use the information above to guide your decision. At Modern Bathroom, we’re proud to offer a wide range of bath vanities, from modern to antique, with various sink styles and sizes available. Click here to view vanities and learn more!

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Warm & Feminine Apartment Bathroom Makeover

August 20, 2017 John 0

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Sometimes I feel like completing a room makeover is like waiting for a Kardashian to fall into a black hole of anonymity. As much as you want it to happen, it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.

But hot damn, this bathroom makeover is finally done! Read along to find out what challenges I overcame during this makeover and how I transformed my boring apartment bathroom into a warm, soft space.

Before I decorate/make over a room, I create a moodboard (check it out here). The goal for this bathroom makeover was to create a nature-inspired, zen room. However, I ran into my first challenge not long after I started—myself.

The original vision was a neutral, romantic bathroom with touches of Asian & vintage decor. As much as I like the look of all-neutral rooms, though, I came to realize they’re just not for me.

I LOVE color, always have, and need it in my life! So this is what I instead came up with, a mostly neutral space with a bit of warm color. This was a perfect compromise by using some bright color but not too much that it overpowers this small room. It’s sweet, but not too sweet… much like myself. ?

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Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover Asian decor batik pink fuchsia double panel shower curtain linen vanity sink skirt neutral The Decor Guru

Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover Asian decor batik pink fuchsia double panel shower curtain linen vanity sink skirt neutral windchimes wall art fresh flowersThe Decor Guru

Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover Asian decor batik pink fuchsia double panel shower curtain linen vanity sink skirt neutral windchimes wall art fresh flowersThe Decor Guru

The current shower curtain is actually the second curtain I sewed for the bathroom. (The first one is shown below, in the middle). I adored the cherry-blossom inspired pattern of the first shower curtain, but it just felt so bland in the room. I also wasn’t feeling the length, although it’s standard shower curtain length.

For the new one, I used a batik I’d used in my bedroom makeover months last year. Sewing the new shower curtain into two floor-length panels gives the bathroom a more tailored, chic feel. Symmetry for the win! I also added wood window curtain rings to infuse some natural energy into the room.

Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover before after homemade personalized shower curtain panels linen vanity sink skirt neutral The Decor GuruThe second challenge? Having a funky apartment bathroom with an even funkier, mismatched vanity. My solution: utilize a palette that complements the beige walls and disguise the vanity with a faux linen (Osnaburg) sink skirt.

Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover Asian decor batik pink fuchsia double panel shower curtain fresh flowers linen vanity sink skirt neutral The Decor GuruTo attach the skirt, I applied adhesive velcro onto the vanity and sewed the remaining velcro onto the fabric. This way, I can easily remove the skirt to wash it, and then easily reapply it. I removed the vanity doors for easy access.

 

 

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The final challenge in this makeover was my budget. It’s always my MO to decorate on a modest budget, but this time around I had to spend less usual. I prioritized my shopping, spending more money on the items that mattered most (textiles). I also repurposed some things into bath decor/accessories and “shopped my home” with items from other rooms.

For instance, this soap dish is actually a piece of dinnerware. I replaced the standard towel rack with a vintage kitchen towel rack I borrowed kept from an old apartment. Using mostly glass and translucent accessories keeps the room feeling light and uncluttered.

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I repurposed these windchimes (scored on clearance) into wall art above the toilet. The candle tray was created by gluing bamboo reeds into a ceramic serving platter. (They’re also sealed with Mod Podge for protection from the humidity.)

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Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover Asian decor bamboo serving candle tealight tray neutral The Decor Guru

The bathroom came with two mismatched bath towel bars, hung in different spots. I decided not to buy new ones and mounted them side by side in a “his and hers” fashion. (You hardly notice they don’t match.)

Above the towels, I brought in a mirror from another room. This was a thrift store score  that I’d previously painted a pearly shade and glued shell beads onto.

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Apartment Budget Bathroom Makeover curtain octagon pearl shell mirrror neutral decor The Decor Guru

Sources:

Fabric (shower curtains and sink skirt): Joann Fabrics

Wind chimes, Buddha tealight holder, bathmat, and “soap dish:” World Market

Serving tray: Home Goods

Wood curtain rings and toilet paper stand: Home Depot

Floating wall shelves, pink soap dispenser and tumbler: Target

Towels: IKEA

For as long as the makeover took, I’m very pleased with the outcome. I was able to transform this bathroom into a feel-good place, not a boring place I couldn’t stand to look at. It may have taken more time to be creative with the decor, but my bank account can testify it was well worth the wait. And we all know when the bank account is happy, everyone’s happy.

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How to Manage Without a Linen Closet

August 19, 2017 John 0

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I envy homes with built-in storage. Hell, I envy a home that has a linen closet. See, my apartment bathroom really lacks storage… unless you count the space under the sink, which is just yucky to me. Only gross things go there, like the garbage can and toilet brush.

Having no bathroom storage is kind of a big deal. To alleviate having no medicine cabinet, I hung a few floating shelves in the bathroom. But for the rest of my toiletries, I needed more space. So I created a makeshift linen closet just outside my bathroom door.

Truthfully, I’ve had this “linen closet” carved out for some time. When I first moved into my apartment, I placed one of my MCM-painted Rast dressers here. Hiding items in drawers worked very well… but on the downside, you’re hiding items in drawers. Labelmakers are so passé, so it was a game of musical drawers anytime I searched for extra cotton balls.

I then moved one of my Lerberg (IKEA) bookshelves in this corner. It’s lightweight and airy, perfect for this tight spot. I thought the open shelving concept would be great because it would force me to keep this area tidy.

The reality is, I just plopped that bookshelf down and threw a ton of crap on it. No organization, no thought involved. Finally, I got tired of this cluttered corner and made it over.

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Taking the time to organize and prettify really made a difference, didn’t it? The wonderful thing about open storage/shelving is that your business is all out there. You gotta be ruthless. Only the necessities survive in open shelving land. (I’m looking at you, blue eyeshadow.)

Photo boxes store some items that are best kept covered like bandages, cotton balls, etc. I also used several baskets to corral items, making sure they were tall enough to (mostly) conceal the contents. This also created a sense of order by not flooding the space with many colors.

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Even though I was ruthless, I still had to infuse some style onto the shelves. Everything on these shelves coordinate with my bedroom and bathroom decor. This keeps the spaces feeling cohesive and is perfect for when I “shop my home” and change things up.

At the top, I added my favorite fake plant. Just below, I placed a tray to hold a few cosmetic items. This tray was created by painting a basswood canvas, attaching clear plastic drawer handles, and wrapping hemp rope on the handles.

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You can even use towels as decor. I used to laugh at my mom’s strict regimen of folding and storing all her towels the same way. But now I do it. Funny how it works that way…

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Taking the time to organize our storage areas really makes a difference—not just visually, but for our peace of mind. If your home also lacks bathroom storage, there are other budget-friendly ways to resolve this issue. Attaching shelves to the wall would also work nicely, as do small dressers. You could even use an over-the-door shoe organizer or a fruit basket for easy and accessible storage.

Have you ever rented a home that had little storage? How do you prefer to store your bathroom items and toiletries? Have you had to improvise for storage?

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