Modern Monochrome and Mustard Bathroom

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Our Modern Monochrome and Mustard Bathroom
After months of planning and five weeks of building, tiling, plumbing and electrical work, our new bathroom is complete. We’re thrilled with the finished product and feel so lucky to get to use it every day.  I love a good before and after sequence so here we go!

The BEFORE bathroom pic

The AFTER bathroom pic

I’m sure you’ll agree that this one offers a very dramatic change. The configuration has been completely transformed and the only thing in the same position is the bath. In the same space we've managed to maximise features to also include a new laundry and separate shower. No longer do I have to stand in the tub to shower!

We debated at length about the black tiles as it is quite a bold and dramatic statement, but seeing the finished product, we have no regrets and love the shiny high-gloss black tiles. The running bond tile pattern and white grout highlight the subway tile shape and provides a bit of drama as it really makes the shape and pattern quite pronounced.  The high gloss shine tiles and cabinets  reflect the light around the room making it feel brighter and bigger. Although the room is very modern with clean lines, the subway tile shape is quite traditional and links to the retro theme through the rest of the house as it is a historical design re-purposed in a modern and  fashionable way.

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We chose the floating vanity, cupboard and toilet to give a lighter and more spacious feeling. Losing that connection to the ground helps gives give a visual illusion of space as opposed to that heavy grounded and closed in feeling if we were to get units all the way to the floor.

Accessories soften the strong design features and give some warmth and personality.

The grey floor tiles help soften the extreme and bold contrast of the black and white walls. They also introduce a more organic and textured element to the space that is otherwise dominated by the modern, cool and harsh monochrome. The wooden floating shelves also provide some natural softness to balance the rooms cool hardness.

As accent colors we've introduced just a hint of mustard, gold and green in the art and accessories. With such a stark monochromatic blank palette it was important to bring in some shots of color.

Our luxurious Citta towels are the perfect color and I love the retro pattern which ties into the rest of our retro home and again offers some interest and contrast to the otherwise very modern and sleek space.

Original bathroom entry, is now a laundry cupboard

The AFTER pic, clean, white and fresh

Space economical, all you need for your laundry is a cupboard

I created this mood board on Polyvore, see here to purchase the items displayed
This was my original mood board made in Polyvore which was quite spot on in terms of the color palette even though I didn't use any of the light fittings, the feeling is very close. I would recommend using a mood board to get a good picture of what look and style you're trying to achieve. There are so many great tools out there to help you create one, my favs are Polyvore and Pinterest and if you're trying to choose colors try Design Seeds for finding a palette just right for you.

I want to give a special thanks to our talented team of tradesmen who turned this dream into a reality.

Danny – Best builder ever
Herb – Best tiler ever
Stefan – Best architect (and husband) ever

Thanks team, getting clean never felt so good!

Now to balance out this post here are some Monochrome and Mustard looks to steal...

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Until next time x


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Two of my favorite trends at the moment dots and metallic! Loving the decals, fun and easy to do.
Interior image from Lauren Conrad

Polka dots, dots, and spots whatever you may call them they don’t really seem to ever go out of fashion, but rather have resurgences into popularity. In women’s fashion they have a very fun and youthful image, which could be because they were made famous by Minnie Mouse’s red and white dress back in the 1920’s. However dots can also be very sophisticated and fashion forward as some of the examples in this post demonstrate.

Polka-dots go way back in time with this example of Marilyn Munroe in the 50s
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Fast forward to the present day and this is one of the most elegant examples of polka dots I could find. By far a monochrome black and white polka dot pattern seems to dominate celebrity fashion. Emma wears Luca Luca Spring 2012.
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Just to make a point about just how sophisticated polka dots can be, Kate Middleton wears this simple but fun and pretty Top Shop maternity dress which sold out instantly after this photo was released.
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Lauren Conrad has recently gone crazy for dots with so many dotty examples in her clothing range.
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Cheryl Cole goes for the double dot combo, if you look closely her top are actually little sweet hearts, a nice wee dot variation. Again the monochrome version is most popular and easy to wear with this already bold pattern.
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This post was actually inspired by the Kip and Co bed collection as they are no strangers to using bold graphic prints and I’m loving their dotty range of bed linen and towels.

From the Dappled Dreams Collection comes this fun and funky dotty duvet cover set
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From the Dappled Dreams Collection you can also get dotty sheets. These covers and colors have a sort of 80s retro feel.
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For a more bold option I'm loving this duvet cover set, accompanied by dotty pillow cases.
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The dotty theme continues into their towel range.
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From beds and towels to walls, these decal dots allow you to get creative in any room. You can also experiment with how to place them in a linear fashion as above or more angled as below. They come in every color on Etsy.
Image from Etsy shop WallsNeedLove

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And don’t forget the blokes, dots are not just for her and home but they're also for him. You can see the trend embraced in men’s fashion with shirts, ties and scarves sporting the spots. Below are some of my favorite more daring examples.

Latest season of World  Men's fashion is decidedly bold, dapper and sophisticated. The colorful polka dot suit is definitely for the brave Worldly men out there.
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Style icon Pharrell Williams wears a Comme Des Garcons play polka dot cardigan, not the most macho clothing item, but he makes it work! His cardi makes me happy.
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So for home, her and him there is always a dotty accessory that is perfectly appropriate for the occasion. Even when it fades from the fashion forefront, don’t be afraid to stand by the trend and stand out.

Image courtesy of getinmyhome

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