The Downtstairs Bathroom

It is a new year and for me that always means changing things up a bit. Our little home was built in 1968 and our bathrooms have remained relatively untouched for almost 48 years. And while I do like the vintage charm of the old tile, basins and fixtures, it still can't stop me from longing for an updated space. Unfortunately it is not quite in the budget even with the talented Mr. Rosemary Lane doing all the work himself. Besides I still have my eye on a few more items to buy for the kitchen project.

So last week I went Home Goods shopping with my dear girlfriend Donna. (We were out celebrating another happy birthday for Donna. What better way right?) I didn't plan on purchasing anything beyond new towels for the bathroom, but when we walked into Home Goods we walked smack dab into a pretty display filled with blues and whites with little touches of greenish blues. I was sunk! I knew it would be a tough road to resist buying everything I wanted, so I kept pace and explored all of my options. 

The first item grabbed was a new shower curtain. I know Mr. RL would say "Why do you need a new shower curtain, we have one and it is just fine." Then I would have to rebut in my mind by thinking  "13 years of sitting and looking at the same curtain was about enough for me...time for something new!" And with that I made the executive decision to buy the new curtain.

Before the bathroom was all aquas and bright greens. I wanted to tone it down a little by editing out the greens and settling mostly on different hues of blues. Then I decided to keep it balanced with the addition of textured browns as accents. When I spotted this darling brown and white wicker basket I immediately picked it up. I wasn't sure how to use it but as it worked out it was perfect for holding the new hand towels. 

Bought new soap dispensers and micro fiber floor mats too.

All excited about my purchases I rushed home to clean the bathroom and add all of my new treasures. But once I started cleaning I quickly realized that just cleaning wasn't going to be enough. So out came the old paint can and on the walls went a fresh coat of crisp white.

 A couple years ago I purchased this beautiful dark turquoise urn, again I think from Home Goods. I filled it with faux hydrangeas and set it on the partition for a little drama.

I also moved a few items around including the addition of this little beach pic to one of the floating shelves.

Now I think I could probably be pacified for a little while longer before any big renovations in the downstairs bath. But eventually it will have to be redone. 
Maybe for the house's 50th anniversary!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!
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  1. Awww, it looks fabulous. It was fun shopping. Ur eye for making things beautiful never ceases to amaze me. Once we save a few more bucks, let's go again, lol... this time u can look to do my bath, we just won't tell my Mr Adriana court !!!÷

  2. Beautiful! Amazing what a few new items can you, looks great,

  3. Barbara,
    You have done a beautiful job in this bathroom. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint/new shower curtain/new towels/ new baskets and other pretties can do to a space. I would love to have you come by and it at my Show and Share Party...hope to see ya there.


  4. Looks stunning. Love the bright pretty colors in there.

  5. I love your bathroom! I have always wanted a bathroom with aqua fixtures and this is perfect!


  6. Barbara,
    I think you've just taken a 1970's turquoise bath
    and turned it into a 2016 Showstopper, dear friend!!!
    I love how you've wisely chosen a palette of similar hues
    to compliment the blue you already have!!!
    Hm~m~m. . .come to think of it. . .
    my shower curtain has been here 13 years, also!!!
    No Home Goods here, but a new TJ MAXX to open soon!!!

  7. Barbara, first I love that the blue tile is still there and you worked with it. The blues are all so pretty! Love the shower curtain and the accessories. It makes me smile to see a room with a little touch of the past.

  8. I am a new follower. Two words on your bathroom-just perfect. What a lovely space! I read your about me page. Your comment about you wanting your children to know about the home they grew up in went straight to my heart. Both of my parents passed away within a year and a half of each other. I boxed up keepsakes and mailed them to my home. When I opened up a treasured pillow case of my mom's it smelled just like the home I grew up in. I hurriedly put it back in the zippered bag because I don't ever want to forget that smell. How wonderful your children will have this blog to document their childhood and loving family. Wishing you and yours all the best and look forward to your next post.

  9. Retro is charming and this is totally charming.

  10. Barbara, amazing how fresh and new it all looks. All the blue shades look so beautiful and if I didn't see just a tiny peek at that turquoise toilet I would never have thought it wasn't all brand new..Beautiful job..Happy Monday..Judy

  11. Barbara, it really looks good. My house was built in 1955, so slowly I have added a little of this and that. I had the tile sprayed white and that really made a big difference as there was nothing wrong with it other than the blue tile and grey tub, so now its all white.
    The new shower curtain looks so good with your tile.
    Have a great week.

  12. GREAT choices - your shower curtain is spot-on perfect, good for you for "splurging" and allowing your need-for-fresh-beauty be pivotal. : - )

    Men- most anyway - just don't understand our whole nesting concept. ♥

  13. My first time commenting on here, but this is too lovely to not! The aqua colors in your bathroom blend so beautifully together and look professionally done while still highlighting the originality of the room. I am probably a no response commenter but my email is vcdaugh01@yahoo.com.

  14. Very lovely! Just by adding a few things...you turned your 1970's bath into a 2016 stunner! ;)

  15. Even though it's a 1970s bathroom I love that blue tile! All your new purchases go beautifully with it, especially that wonderful paisley shower curtain. The whole effect is so pretty and soothing. And I have to say that that is the prettiest display of toilet paper that I've seen in a while!

  16. Wow Barbara that looks amazing! Love it! Can i copy it??! Just love the color combos. I think ill do ours the same and the only thing ill do different is paint the vanity high gloss black to set it all off! Its really pretty....great job!

  17. What beautiful accents you've added to pretty up the space! I appreciate seeing your 70's bathroom as the other areas of your home that you've shown are so stylish and updated, I would never have guessed you have spaces in your home that are awaiting a reno. That makes me enjoy your blog all the more as I think there are a lot of us who don't have the budget to update all the rooms we like to and we can relate! Thanks for sharing!

  18. You did a great job on creating a lovely bathroom.......these colors just take my breath away, and even tho fixtures are vintage they were well taken care of, and remind me of our home we had in Florida 36 yrs. or so ago. We had a
    seagreen and black tiled bathroom, if you can imagine........and I am amazed
    by what a stunning job you did in making this bathroom look updated.....
    and thinking wow, wish I could have thought of that for my bath back then.
    Super, and bet you are really enjoying it.
    Blessings, Nellie

  19. love love love that shower curtain! Beautiful bathroom.

  20. I absolutely love your vintage bathroom. You have quite a gift for highlighting the positives and bringing it up to date. Marie

  21. I love this bathroom!!! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party! http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/03/anything-blue-friday-week-104.html Have a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. What a nice refresh! Love your blue urn too. sheila


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