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The Farmhouse Powder Bath Update (Did We Stick With The Blue Walls??)

This little bathroom will be seen by the most actual human people IRL and yet it’s the one I’ve thought about the least (which is fine, I have other fish to fry). It’s right off the mudroom and family room with easy access to the backyard (through the french doors off the family room) so it will be the bathroom the kids come in to use when playing outside. I wanted it to feel utilitarian but not boring with a side of “experience,” as you do. Here we go.

Here you can see where it is in the house. I remember that a lot of you wanted it to be easier to access or in a more obvious location (for guests), but so far all our guests have made it to the toilet in time:) But seriously we don’t really host a lot of strangers (if any) so most people who come over are close friends or family so we are all good. But admittedly, if we were building a house from scratch we would put it in an obvious, more central area.

Sink with Faucet

I never really finalized the design of this room before we moved in so this is where we are at. As you can see we paneled the walls with the same millwork as the family room/living room but stopped around 6′. I thought it was odd that the top piece is shorter and not the same full piece, but I was reminded that we did that because it’s actually a trim piece that is getting shaker pegs. There is this fun little game that you play a year or two into any remodel or renovation where you don’t remember why or who made a design choice, but someone did and so there it is. I’m not being snarky, this happens all the time and it’s usually my choice that I’m like, “huh, ok we’ll work with past Emily’s choice.” That’s all to say that it’s not a big deal at all and once we put in the shaker pegs it will give that shorter flat stock trim piece some purpose.

The sink is a hanging utilitarian farm sink from Rejuvenation (the faucet comes with it), set off-center because I wanted the asymmetry (with a direct site line with the door open).

The sconce was also selected to be quirky and just on one side (balanced out by a lamp or plant on the vanity). Speaking of…

This wall is going to have a custom vanity that I’m designing with a local maker, Nate from Dinihanian Design. We are doing a piece that will look like a table, which has “legs” with a wood apron. Then on the underside, we’ll put a curtain. At first, I designed this to have drawers and be a whole custom cabinet situation, but for cost reasons, we are reducing the scope of it (y’all white oak is a fortune these days). And it will be a darker stain to pop off the floor. Besides, we don’t need storage in here.

We have a lot left to do and here’s what we are thinking:
1. Paint the blue. It’s Favorite Jeans by Sherwin-Williams and I want it moodier. So with that said, something exciting happened this week (which you’ll see at the end). I’m IN LOVE.
2. Wallpaper above the paneling. I had one picked out that you’ll see below, but nothing is final. I want to choose the rest of the papers that would be near this room first.
3. Pick a mirror. As you can see below we have some options but I’m going to keep vintage shopping.
4. Accessories and art. I’m thinking this is the perfect room to showcase my collection of vintage animal portraits, but we’ll see.

The Mirror

I went to our inventory and grabbed a few mirrors (one you’ve seen before). I actually really love the simplicity of this oval with the thin black frame (but not making any decisions until other things are in place).

This is the one that I’m likely going to hang in our kid’s bathroom, but I like it here, too!!! Looks like I’ll need to take a shopping day to find some new mirrors 🙂 Remember this one in here?

photo by ryan liebe | from: my powder room reveal

The Wallpaper

We are going to wallpaper in here as well. I’m still ordering more samples (I have more from Kelly Ventura coming that I’m excited about). I loved the idea of those plaids but I think they are too sweet (not quite pulling at my gut like I usually prefer).

Originally when I was going to do a plaid curtain I wanted this ticking stripe wallpaper, but since I’ve chosen the plaid for the washer/dryer which is really close to this room I’m going in a different direction (I think, hold me to nothing these days).

See? That vintage Japanese Boro fabric curtain with the ticking stripe wallpaper above the paneling would look pretty darn cute! Shoot, maybe I should put this here instead of the washer/dryer since many of you said you don’t think I should do a curtain anyway!

The Hanging Shaker Cabinet

Once we get our pegs in (which went in after this shoot) we are going to paint this cabinet and hang it from a peg (mostly to look cute). Also, this photo reminds me that I need a TP holder…

I was going to just post this with it being blue but I got a little bug up my butt to just finalize this room more quickly and I wanted to change the color to something less bright and more moody. I’m so obsessed with the Artistic Taupe (also by Sherwin-Willliams) color that’s in our upstairs guest room

So that’s what happened yesterday. Kinda. After they painted this first color which is GORGEOUS (Glamour by Sherwin-Williams) I decided to go one shade darker on that same color stick and do Cocoa Berry (Also SW). Y’all it’s SO PRETTY. Here you can see the potential wallpaper (that white swatch with a thin gray stripe) and the leather pet portrait represents the tone of the custom vanity table (obviously), while that tablecloth represents what we might put as the skirt/curtain. I’m SO HAPPY with this color choice, the tones are perfect. Sure it’s “pink” but with a lot of warmth to it (it goes brown) making it less PINK and more soothing. Our guest room is in the lighter version of this color so I felt very very confident knowing that I love the tone. The big question (which was painfully debated here) was the level of darkness – which shade of color on that same stick. After Kaitlin left yesterday he sprayed the darker color (the sample you see on the wall) so next time you see it it will be even richer.

So that’s where we are at with this little bathroom. I’m so much more excited about it this color than the blue that felt like the wrong tone for this house (it’s a really happy color, though). Y’all I’m learning a LOT about color and happy you are on this journey with me 🙂 I’m going room by room slowly, dialing in the color and getting closer and closer to nailing it each time. Another big box checked. THANK GOODNESS. xx

* Unless Otherwise Noted, Photos by Kaitlin Green

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Okay, i LOVED that blue you had it before (it IS such a happy color!), but I also LOVE the new pinky-brown. I did not love that plaid skirt for in there, so I’m glad that’s not happening after all. But i love that white eyelet situation with the pink. And I’m not into dogs, but that dog portrait is pretty darn cute for in there. Question, besides the sconce, what’s the natural light source in there? I’m just asking because it looks like it’s in the interior of your house where there are no windows. our powder room is windowless and dark unless the light is turned on, and I wish there was a natural light source. just curious. both of those mirrors would look great in there, but now that we have seen the dog portrait going in there, i would go with the simple black oval one because the other one’s frame would compete with the dog portrait frame. I’m excited to see it!

Sam
16 days ago

– Love the new color – it is absolutely gorgeous.
– Go bold with the wall paper! The shot of the old kid’s bathroom made my heart swoon.
– That curtain. Em, I love you but that curtain is just not working anywhere. It’s incredibly jarring to the eye. I hate to say it but, “stop trying to make fetch happen”. If you are hell-bent on a curtain, the eyelet is pretty and sweet and will be lovely.
Love you and can’t wait to see the end result!

Jen
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Team #nocurtain. The sink is SO COOL it should be shown off as is.

Alice
16 days ago
Reply to  Jen

Delighted to join this team. My heart sank when I saw we were going to deal with another curtain situation.

alex
15 days ago
Reply to  Alice

ditto baby

Christa
16 days ago
Reply to  Jen

I would like to join team #nocurtain too. My family has a lake house featuring a quaint ‘curtain instead of cabinet doors’ in the kitchen and bath, and they get dusty when they aren’t getting grimy. Plus sneaky people tend to use them as hand towels. I also avoid ruffled tablecloths and dust ruffles on beds. They are called DUST ruffles for a reason! IMHO, you do you, etc.

emily
16 days ago
Reply to  Christa

You do you needs to stop. Uhg.
Emily , I love the plaid fabric and I’m gonna start doing more fabric in kitchens/baths utility rooms . thanks for the inspiration!

Heidi
15 days ago
Reply to  Christa

The image of “sneaky people” using a cabinet curtain as a hand towel is making my entire afternoon. 😂

Hanna
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Yes, for real no curtains anywhere! Unless it is used to hide something truly ugly, which the lovely sink and washer/dryer are not. It seems so outdated and will just be kind of gross with water splashed on it.

Carol
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

I am also Team No Curtain. I think once you get all your other elements into what is a tiny room, it will be, as the Emperor said in Mozart, “Too many notes!” I love that beautiful sink – it has such a great personality. It would be a shame to cover it.

Remington
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Same thought exactly. I just can’t get on board with the under cabinet curtain. I can see it being a necessary solution to a current problem area in a home, but if you’re designing from scratch don’t try to force that trend.

Mkk
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Agreed. If you are hard pressed to use a sink skirt for the bathroom or laundry, let it be unexpected. The fabrics chosen scream beginning designer who is creating a Disney simulated version of an 1800 Wild West farmhouse. What have I read on this blog, oh yeah, add in weird. Skip the skirt and go for unexpected wallpaper.

Does anyone else wonder why the toilet was placed so that it stuck out from the entrance vs. turned 180 degrees to face the wall the sink is on? It appears there is room.

Amber
16 days ago
Reply to  Mkk

@mkk. I think you mean turn the toilet 90 degrees? If that is the case it can’t go on that wall because of the pocket door, there needs to room for the plumbing.

Mkk
15 days ago
Reply to  Amber

Ahhh….

Mkk
14 days ago
Reply to  Amber

Yes, 90 degrees.🤦‍♀️ It still seems an odd placement. Why not next to the sink? It is a powder room and she does not need storage.

KJ
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Another team #nocurtain here. I don’t understand why you are adding a vanity either. I love the look of the utilitarian sink and the pinky brown walls. I would leave it alone- same in the laundry room. The house seems to go from mountain house vibe to granny farmhouse, and I think the farmhouse looks best when you leave out the granny touches- no curtains- add bold wallpaper instead and keep it cleaner looking.

Jenn
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

lol – when i saw the curtain my thought was the same, quit trying to add a curtain in! Not needed!

Jenn
16 days ago
Reply to  Jenn

PS, i actually have a curtain under a sink, but only because it is a basement bathroom that is totally ugly piping under vanity, and only way to hide it. but i”d not design the bathroom from scratch that way~

Christine Schon
16 days ago
Reply to  Sam

#yescurtain love the idea of the curtain in front of the washer but I would mix stripes 80% and floral 20% (floral at the bottom of the curtain) !

Christine Schon
16 days ago

No curtain in the powder room I agree though!

alexa
15 days ago
Reply to  Sam

“Stop trying to make fetch happen”. Haha, love that reference. Emily – Do you have some inspo photos for what you’re hoping to achieve with these curtains? If you love it, more power to you, but we humble readers are obviously not convinced.

Sam
15 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Gee guys, give Emily a chance with the curtains!
I for once want to see it, It’s Emily freaking Henderson for cry out loud, not your Gran down at the lake house!

Nicole
15 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Had an old cabin with skirted sinks to hide plumbing and I promise you it will be used as a hand towel- especially by children, especially since your peg towel hooks will put hand towels mostly out of reach. White eyelet will last 3 days but even a better fabric will need regular washing and ironing.
Sometimes I think you forget the essence of what farmhouse style is- utilitarian. I agree with a previous poster that lots of your choices seems to leaning towards fussy. Bold but simple is better than tonal ticking stripe which is very twee.

Reply to  Sam

Omg. “Stop trying to make fetch happen.” I’m here just for that comment! 🙂
I agree. I think it’s pretty in pictures. I’ve seen that look in farmhouse STYLED kitchens on Instagram, but I think that’s just it. It’s pretty in pictures, but in real life, not practical and will immediately end up gross with actual use. The plaid is a straight up no for me. The eyelet will look pretty for the picture, but not good for real life use. Also, bathrooms and kitchens and any wet utilitarian space is the last place i would want to add fabric.

16 days ago

so far all our guests have made it to the toilet in time:)😂 Love the sink and light and all of it, Emily! Thank you for sharing the process!

Jen
16 days ago

Really liking that color swap and I’m very excited about a collection of vintage animal portraits in this space! In following the non-boring utilitarian vibe, what about leaving the sink un-skirted? (The cloth is pretty and so reads pretty & sweet). I imagine a vintage container below for garbage, a bit of TP storage, etc. Stay with me, I’m thinking it will involve vintage shopping for a vintage metal laundry detergent container, feed bucket, minnow pail… something with worn typography. I may have one of all of the above in my home and hoard, but they don’t seem the right colorway or size, besides a post of possible options found while vintage shopping is always fun!

Lenn
16 days ago
Reply to  Jen

Agree with leaving the sink unskirted. I like how it looks as it is. Also very very much agree that this piece of fabric needs to be burned asap. Sorry!

Vicki Williams
16 days ago
Reply to  Lenn

I like it but definitely not as a skirt. Pillows would work fine somewhere blue IMO.

Reply to  Vicki Williams

Yes. cool fabric, but not for a skirt curtain anywhere.

Candace
16 days ago

Im so glad you changed the blue! Not trying to sound critical, but I understand how you can get stuck on a color and then use it in almost every room of the house. Ive been guilty of it myself. Blue tile everywhere there is tile..blue paint..blue rugs…blue couches etc. But one day you may decide that blue is out or you’re just plain sick of it and you will have SO many things you will want to change. The pink is a breath of fresh air! Also…please don’t with the curtains!! It doesn’t elevate either of the rooms. But, it’s your space you have to live with it, so if your heart is set on it, then go for it!

Donna
16 days ago

Lovely! I recall we painted our bedroom this color in 1982. It’s also the color I remember getting as a child when I mixed vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream together in the dixie cup!

sg5785
16 days ago
Reply to  Donna

Hilarious! The perfect way of both being honest and nostalgic and almost throwing shade at the modernity of it all while welcoming it at the same time. I was a child in the 80s and remember walking into bathrooms with tiles and toilets in this color, paired with black toilet covers (!), brass sconces and wall-to-wall mirrors. To be fair, the 80s version was much glossier, this is smoother and rings very traditional.

Shannon
16 days ago
Reply to  sg5785

I’m with you. I’m trying really hard not to see this as that ubiquitous ‘80s mauve, I’m allllllllmost there…

Janice
16 days ago
Reply to  Shannon

When I moved into my house the bathroom was painted that pink/brown/mauve. Ugh. I wears you down after awhile. Repainted.

Colleen
15 days ago
Reply to  Donna

Last year I moved into a house that had a primary bathroom in pristine condition with a mauve toilet, mauve sink/counter atop shiny yellow oak, mauve-ish square rough tiles with huge grout lines, and shiny yellow fixtures. The stagers had painted all walls in the house a blue-ish light gray that was horrendous in this bathroom.

Re-tiling was too expensive so I ended up swapping out the vanity for a white one from Signature Hardware, swapping out that incredible toilet for a white Koehler, putting a wood-framed circle mirror above the vanity, and replacing the light fixture and all other fixtures with brushed pewter. I painted the walls Emily’s artistic taupe and replaced the weird, disfunctional closet door with a floor-length, William Morris curtain. The floor and shower wall tiles now look intentional (like terra cotta) and it turned out so beautifully. I have to credit Emily and her team and Orlando too for the great inspiration!

Shannon
14 days ago
Reply to  Colleen

I’d love to see a photo! Sounds beautiful!!

Addie
14 days ago
Reply to  Donna

I’ve been wondering how to describe a mid-tone pinky-brown paint color (in a previous rental we lived in) that’s not rich but muddy and dull — and your description of “It’s also the color I remember getting as a child when I mixed vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream together in the dixie cup!” Is absolutely spot on — thank you!

Emily’s powder room color looks richer and more romantic from what I can tell (she showed the final color on IG). Once everything is layered with light reflecting off the mirror, frames, and some soft texture through the curtain and towels etc, I think it’ll be welcoming and functional.

I’m not against a curtain on the vanity but I’m not sure about eyelet or anything white. I’d go more tonal and natural, a naturally dyed linen maybe? Something that won’t look terrible when it gets used as a towel, or sew some linen towels together!

🥰 Rusty
16 days ago

That’s a significant shift in colour – I like them both! LOL
Colour has such an instant impact on a room and for two such different colours to work so well, it’s peaches n cream.😊

Jen
16 days ago

YES to the cocoa berry! YES to thin grey stripe wallpaper! YES to the wood tone of the vanity! YES to the shaker pegs! YES to a vintage-y animal portrait in here! (I know that was for the frame tone, but fits the vibe.) Well done on all of it. 👏👏👏

Liz M
16 days ago

Loved the blue!!! It feels more farmhouse but that’s just my preference. I know you have to push since your house is on the internet. I love the sink – where does the soap go? Just curious as I do love a clean/no clutter counter top but with guests and little kids using this room I can see a bar soap getting messy and gross. I’m sure you will figure that out in styling.

Lynly
16 days ago
Reply to  Liz M

Pump soap on the vanity? I haven’t seen bar soap in a guest powder room in ages.

Debrah
16 days ago
Reply to  Liz M

What about finding an antique wall hung cup holder to hold the pump soap ! The wire type comes to mind .

Jen
16 days ago
Reply to  Liz M

There is a little stand for the soap just above the faucet. It’s hard to see in the pic as it is thin and rubs into the blue.

Jen
16 days ago
Reply to  Jen

*runs into the blue

14 days ago
Reply to  Liz M

Even though I see the soap holder, what about this?
https://www.vivietmargot.com/product-page/provendi-french-wall-soap-fixture-set

Vanessa
16 days ago

I love the new color!! Really adds personality and warmth. Looking forward to seeing the room completed!

Lynly
16 days ago

Good color change. I’m in the “please don’t do a counter curtain” camp. It’s just going to catch all sorts of gross and leans a little too twee or dollhouse, especially with that sink. Keep bathroom surfaces sleek and easy to clean. The white oak vanity sounds nice, but skip the fabric skirt.

Roberta Davis
16 days ago

I like the new color- and it will be more flattering to users, as well, I think! I like the idea of the wallpaper you mentioned, too.

Lisa
16 days ago

I just have to speak up for the skirtings. Am I usually one to skirt, anything? No. Not even my legs. But in a modern farmhouse, in the PNW, in a family house where the mom/designer loves vintage everything? Hell, yes.

16 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

Me too (re: legs and skirtings more generally). Also, I never realized skirted sinks could spark such big feelings in folks :).

Addie
14 days ago

Me neither, such a fuss over a little bit of fabric, geez! I’m #yesvanityskirt too.

14 days ago
Reply to  Addie

Right? I mean, if a vanity skirt brings a homeowner joy or a sense of creativity and playfulness, why not?? #noskirtbashing 😂 

9 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

I’m so excited about the skirt! I love textiles, and they would add such unexpected warmth. Let Emily live!

Amy
16 days ago

That hanging shaker cabinet is so sweet!!

kiki
16 days ago

This is the first time I’m noticing that you skipped quarter round! Is that in every room or just this one? I love it! Would love a post about the decision making process there, and how it wears over time!

Kate
16 days ago
Reply to  kiki

Quarter round is used to cover the gap between the existing baseboards and new flooring. In a new build/remodel like this you put the baseboards in after the flooring and don’t need quarter round.

Emilie
15 days ago
Reply to  Kate

I think it’s also a question of how square everything is, which affects how tightly and evenly you can get the wall covering to the floor without having to do special cuts.

Amber
13 days ago
Reply to  kiki

Fwiw, it’s more historically accurate to skip the quarter round. They are a relatively new standard.

Jen
16 days ago

Love the color change! Instead of a curtain, however cute! Have you considered a punched metal or tin design framed for the doors on the vanity? Would still give the farmhouse/utilitarian design aesthetic but easier to keep clean and tidy. Love what you’re doing and following this renovation!

Ingrid
16 days ago

I actually love the idea of a fabric skirt! Would love seeing much bolder color or pattern choices though – maybe a really wide stripe in a bright, unexpected color. A bolder or darker wallpaper would also it read less “sweet” – although honestly, nothing wrong with a bit of sweet.

Meredith
16 days ago
Reply to  Ingrid

Can totally see this! I’m imagining a moss green or even mustard, or even navy. Love this idea!

Becky
16 days ago

Please don’t cover the sink with anything! I love it so much as is! It has such a Schoolhouse Electric feel and ties in beautifully with the sconce. Also, I’m super excited about the portrait wall that is slated for this room!

Christa
16 days ago

This is going to be so awesome! I liked the blue but I love this muddled mauve. Animal portraits – yey!

Mandy
16 days ago

Oooh, I so love the new color! To me, the original powder blue color was a bit too on the nose for a powder room 🙂 You’ve also got a lot of blue going on already, so this brownish pink is a nice change (our guest room was originally a handsome dark blue, but then I repainted it to a beautiful dusky rose and I find it really cozy and fresh in a different sense now). Love the dog portrait, love the wallpaper, love the burl wood (?) mirror, and I don’t know what in the hell everyone has against your curtain idea, haha! You do you, haters gonna hate…if you want to hang a curtain over your sink and/or washer and dryer, go wild!

Teresa
16 days ago

LOVE the color switch! I can’t wait to see the vanity with the curtain!

16 days ago

Reading through the comments, I think she is planning on adding the curtain to the new “vanity” going to the right of the sink? Or mayne the sink is being incorporated into the vanity?

I personally think that doing a curtain instead of millwork is totally cute! It can be washed. It’s less expensive. It’s less material intensive. It’s appropriate for a farmhouse. Changing the fabric can change the while vibe of the room and it’s easy to do when you want to Style. Play. Everyday!
Also, I live with males, 5 and 44 years old. They aren’t peeing willy nilly all over the place. Is everyone else hosing down their bathrooms and changing hand towels/ shower curtains on the daily? What’s going on here?

Addie
14 days ago
Reply to  Alexandra Rose

Agree Alexandra!

Linda R
16 days ago

Boring – yawn – same convo as the ‘curtain or not curtain’ post re. the laundry room. Same fabric option, too.

ATT
15 days ago
Reply to  Linda R

damn!

Shannon
16 days ago

I really enjoyed this post! I love seeing the different options and understanding your thought processes. I am in the minority here that likes the plaid curtain! I think it’s cool in a retro Ralph Lauren way. I am having a hard time picturing how the vanity will surround the sink. If anyone could help with this I’d appreciate it! Agree the blue was a little too expected, especially in this house. Not sure I’m in love with the pink, but keeping an open mind! Is it just me that feels like those thin stripes on the wallpaper will fight the shiplap? Maybe that’s the point and I’m not getting it yet. Thanks for the behind the scenes peak and letting us weigh in!!

Shannon
16 days ago
Reply to  Shannon

*peek

J
15 days ago

I need that little hanging shaker cabinet in my home, too. Source, please? Thank you!

D
15 days ago

Just don’t with the curtain please, it’ll get grubby and gross faster than you can believe. If your building something custom why not build in all the practical storage you need for a half bath? TP storage, toilet scrubber/plunger, drawer for backup soap/period products. I cant be the only one who takes comfort in bleaching the literal shit out of the bathroom from time to time. Hard surfaces are the way to go.
Also, maybe its because there’s no window, but I’d maximize your mirrors in here, maybe a gallery wall of vintage mirrors. I bet you’ve got a few tucked away, that would be fun to see.

Kara S
15 days ago
Reply to  D

Agreed, I’d like to see a cute little free-standing cabinet to hold the cleaning supplies, and leave the sink exactly as it is with no curtain or cabinet built around it to hide it.

J
15 days ago

I am intrigued that the new color is verrry similar to the colors of the controversial double A-frame home from the other day (which I absolutely adored). I like the blue and the new

Shawn
15 days ago

Love the new color. Really nice balance to the blue in other places!

suzanne
15 days ago

Goodness, I am having a hard time understanding the decisions in this house that seemingly have to be made over and over for a single room! Why have an “industrial “sink if you are going to cover it up? If you insist on some kind of fabric or covering, how about just using the wallpaper – at least it will match the rest of the room. Also, really think you need to choose a different light over/near the sink. The one you have just looks so odd! What is its purpose? Am sure you will pul it all together in the end, but seems like such a painful process for you.

Lucy
15 days ago
Reply to  suzanne

I agree. Watching this whole process is painful as viewer, I can’t imagine how chaotic it is for Emily. She really should hire a designer to help.

Cheryl
13 days ago
Reply to  Lucy

Painful or realistic? This is her personal space, not a client’s. There are three people she considers when making decisions, not just herself. This is her purposely dragging us into her process of weighing in on options. We all have to do it at some point in our own homes and it’s helpful to know design is a very organic and evolutionary process.
Even if I’d hired a designer who delivered my fresh new space I would probably still tweak a few things! Not to mention my own space is never done, especially when I find something new and gorgeous that I decide to take home. One thing moves and it’s like dominos!
When Orlando went through multiple design steps for his vacation home in Yosemite we don’t think twice when he changes his mind. It feels odd to beat on Emily for the same exact thing.
Maybe Emily shouldn’t be as vulnerable as she is, it certainly invites attack.

Sara
15 days ago

My goodness! I agree the sink is awesome and shouldn’t be covered with a curtain, but I think Emily pretty much said that’s what she had decided, and is instead thinking of going with a white eyelet curtain over the vanity base (in lieu of doors). And the vanity will be like a free standing small table next to the sink, right? Not built around the sink. So it will be a nice warm wood little table/cabinet with, probably, a little white eyelet curtain. The photo plus the maybe-I-should-go-back-to-the-plaid-here comment obviously threw everyone in the no curtains/anti-plaid camps into a complete tizzy. 🙂 Emily I love the color change – the blue was pretty but I agree more predictable and I love the moodiness of the darker mauve and there is no way, in my view, it will read 80s when you are done with it. This color can totally go Victorian farmhouse! It was Victorian way before the 80s got hold of it. I think the warm wood will look great with this color. Also, so will the white eyelet curtain! With white and warm wood and the black accents this room will look gorgeous – it won’t be… Read more »

anni sloan
15 days ago

This series is insane. It is completely bonkers. Please, someone, hire Em an interior designer. I thought she was a professional like Jean Stoffer who knows how to reno.

K
12 days ago
Reply to  anni sloan

The tone in the comment above (and others too) is unnecessary and impacts everyone here.
Basic civility and boundaries, please?

Kj
12 days ago
Reply to  K

Agree! Just rude, nasty and adds nothing.

Monique Wright
14 days ago

I’m also #teamnocurtain. When I think of those, it’s always a reference to someone “having” to cover up something, like pipes or the like. And then think about how gross and dirty it will get in a bathroom. I love the new paint shade!

Eve
14 days ago

I think skirts under benches can look good in some circumstances, but I think they are a bit fussy and to me that works against the simplicity of your overall aesthetic. More than that though is I feel the (beautiful) fabrics you are trying to use are dark and heavy looking, while skirts/cabinet curtains tend to work better when they are light and floaty (unless the walls are also really dark). So it’s just too jarring and draws the eye too much to an area that shouldn’t really be the focal point of the room. Maybe once there are other dark elements in the room it would be less so but I can’t help but feel you just love the fabrics and are trying too hard to make them work when the context is wrong. Also, when curtains are used, it’s usually with a countertop that sticks out quite far from the cabinetry beneath, I don’t think in the laundry room (mud room) you really have that as the washer/dryer look like they stick at just as far. So I think the side view might be a bit off. I LOVE the cocoa berry, it’s still in the soft cool… Read more »

Eve
14 days ago
Reply to  Eve

*”sort” of stepping stone…
not sure where “diet” came from 🤦‍♀️

Renee
14 days ago

My goodness! Such a debate over a sink curtain! I say go for it, Emily, if that’s what you want. If you decide down the line that you don’t care for it, then change it later–but not until after you’ve given it a chance.

Mari
13 days ago

I am a longtime reader, fan, and first time commenter coming here to say – why would you buy a $1700 sink and put a curtain over it? I don’t understand the choice. You picked a beautiful sink nicer than most of us will ever have. Guests and kids will use the curtain to dry their hands. I love your vision and experimentation! But I think adding a curtain to cover the new sink or the new washer-dryer are mistakes that you will regret. They invite mess, don’t add function, and aren’t beautiful enough for it to be worth it.

Rozzy
13 days ago

i dont know if im feeling the vanity skirt. That was just my first impression but i love everything else!

Sarah
13 days ago

This post made a lot more sense when I went back and read the inspo post from July 2021 (that was along time ago, Emily!) Rereading that post really helped me understand where some of these design choices are coming from, and makes me more excited to see the end result! These process posts are educational, but, ooh boy, the comments are “direct.” Here is a link to the inspiration post for those of you who are curious.
https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/farmhouse-powder-bathroom-inspiration

Lisa M
11 days ago

I had a home built in the 80’s and it was decorated in everything mauve, so I am not a fan of the new color, just reminds me too much of that era and it doesn’t feel timeless to me or “farmhouse”. Personally I would have gone for more of a sage green. It’s more earthy and goes better with the wood elements. I DO like the light fixture and the sink. I absolutely agree a curtain around the sink will just be one big hand towel. Go bolder with the wallpaper and make a statement. You already have horizontal “stripes” on the wall with the panels, those almost not even there stripes on the wallpaper are just too understated, do something fun!

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