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Caitlin’s First MOTO Reveal – A Vintage Bathroom Gets A Modern Update

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS. Today’s reveal has everything you’ve ever dreamed of: creamed corn-colored tile! A 4’ tall leather giraffe! A runner I bought for $40 after drinking too many glasses of wine! An emphatic defense of medicine cabinets! That’s right, pals – after spending 2 years spouting off about all things design on the blog, I figured it was about time to put my money where my mouth is. Welcome to my weird, vintage-heavy, silly, happy home. We’re starting off with my bathroom, but come back this afternoon for a little amuse-bouche. That’s right, friends: IT’S A DOUBLE REVEAL DAY, starting with this fine little space right here.

Here’s the thing: sharing your home on the internet is kind of intimidating – especially when your tastes are as, uh, loud as mine – but today is my 30th birthday, and I am filled with the kind of self-confidence and acceptance that only comes with age…so COME ON IN, BABY. The water’s fine. I’m glad you’re here, even if it’s just for a quick visit. I’ve made a lot of changes since we last saw each other. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane so we can get this show on the road, yeah?

The background: I live in a 1930s deco apartment in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Pros: Reasonable rent, 1100 square feet, a private garage, timeless architecture, walkable neighborhood. Cons: THIS BUTTER AND SALMON TILE. Look, I’m all for a vintage bathroom, but NOT ONCE has anyone been like, “wow, I hope that one day I, too, will rent a cooked-spaghetti-noodle and melon-colored bathroom where ghastly footprints of tenants of yore have worn themselves into the floor in front of the toilet.” NEVER HAPPENED. Not even one time.

So look, she’s 90 years old, and she kiiiiiinda looks it. My landlord also decided to throw 4 different unchangeable paint colors into the mix right before I moved in, because Caitlin NEEDED A DESIGN CHALLENGE. That’s right – we’re looking at warm white walls, a cream vanity, cool white trim, and a greige door. Finding something – a paint, a wallpaper, anything – that worked with the tile wasn’t enough…of course we had to add some permanent paint in the mix. Got it.

But other than the less-than-ideal paint and tile situation, the bones of this bathroom are kind of dreamy – there’s a vanity with tons of storage and counter space, a separate tub and shower, and a pretty lovely layout. The room is about 9′ long by 8′ wide at its largest point and it’s very private. It didn’t need a ton – just a new light fixture, some cabinet knobs, updated linens…and something to, you know, balance out the whole bottom half of the room. Easy peasy, right?

YUP. Easy peasy. (I know. I was expecting it to be more painful, too.) Sometimes things just click and fall into place, and this was one of those times. I don’t know how or when I stumbled upon this wallpaper by the folks at Work & Sea, but THAT WAS IT. I was sold before I even got the sample – this was the only wallpaper I considered. Like, beyond doing the impossible (complementing the world’s strangest bathroom color palette), I was also just so taken by its illustration and quality – it just felt like a natural fit for the space. Plus, I love the modern take on a classic motif. It makes me smile every. single. day. and I’m just so ridiculously thankful that Work & Sea helped me set the tone to bring this space to life (and they’re nice, to boot!!!).

So this is where we last checked in. I shared this lone BTS shot late last month when I broke down how much I spent on wallpaper installation (to sum it up: a lot). I hired the professional ~wallpaper installer to the stars~, Mark, to sand, prime, prep, and hang everything in here and I swear, he was worth EVERY. FREAKIN. PENNY. Since then, I’ve just been putting the finishing touches on this bad larry…which brings us to today. It’s time to let you into my actual house, where I actually live. Are you ready? (Am I???) Let’s ease in with a similar angle, shall we?

Wallpaper | Runner | Towels

WELL. Here she is, in all her finally finished glory. Lemme start this off with a fun confession – you see that runner? It was purchased on a whim after Rugs.com emailed me a coupon. (Don’t send me discounts once I’ve opened up my $11 Sauv Blanc from Walgreens because I WILL be placing orders.) I had originally planned to return it, but Bowser convinced me to try it out in here and I’m so glad she did. There’s a lot going on up top, so it’s nice to have something really graphic balancing the whole space, you know? It’s also long enough to cover up 90 years of tile damage and thin enough to work with my door frame. WIN/WIN. And let me sing the praises of those Threshold towels real quick, because they’re incredible and SO soft. 2 for $10, too! I grabbed a set in black and a set in mustard and I’m really impressed with both so far.

Light Fixture | Cabinet Knobs

Two more simple but impactful changes: the light fixture and the cabinet knobs. I had originally planned to go brass for both, but I changed my mind after the wallpaper was installed. I grabbed the 1″ cabinet knobs from Build.com for about $50 – I really love their modern shape and the way that they ground the vanity a little bit more than their silver predecessors. The light fixture was an absolute score from Walmart, believe it or not. There’s a very high chance that it’s available via ANY lighting retailer of your choice for $190 (just google “Capital Lighting 3 arm bathroom sconce,”) but I was able to grab it on sale for just over $100 bucks with free shipping. It’s simple and clean and traditional and it looks more luxe than its tiny price tag, which is a win in my book.

Black Tray | Peach Tray | Geometric Candle (similar)

Before we get any further, YES, that geometric wall thing is my heating grate. I open that bad boy up in the winter time and it gets SO TOASTY in here! It’s kind of fun to look at, too. You’ve also seen that lamp on the blog before – I grabbed it on a Rose Bowl flea market trip earlier this year with Jess. It’s actually my preferred nighttime light source because it’s so warm and soft and moody and cozy. Doing my skincare routine in here every night is a blast, guys. (And yes, my medicine cabinet is fully utilized – we’ll get there.)

That black marble tray was an Emily hand-me-down when she moved up to Oregon, and it’s also still available via CB2! It’s really weighty and I’m pleasantly surprised by the $35 price tag because it’s one of those pieces that feels like it should be way more expensive. We layered this tiny peach Los Angeles-themed tray on top – you know, in case you forgot where you were – and it’s perfect for storing jewelry or hair clips. Bowser also brought that INSANE geometric candle – it’s so good, right? If you’re in the market for something similar, Forma Studios makes some super cool modern alternatives.

Toothbrush Cup | Art

Two more of my favorite things to talk about!! First up, that toothbrush cup. It’s a Sara Tramp original (not to brag, no big deal) that she made me for Christmas a year or two ago. It may not be her favorite piece (judging by her reaction when I was like “YOU MADE THIS!!!” and she was like, “ugh”), but I love it very much. It’s fun to use things made by your friends. 🙂 For what it’s worth, though, I keep my actual magenta plastic toothbrush in my medicine cabinet and my face-washing tools in the drawer you see on your lower right. It’s nice to pretend I’m the type of person with beautiful wooden toothbrushes and face brushes, but uh, that’s not my reality. (Maybe one day, but not today.)

Next up – I’m in love with that art by Elissa Barber in the back. You can only see one in the reflection right now, but I have two pieces hung like a diptych. Erik actually sourced her work for the book and it’s so cool and minimal and fresh – both of the pieces hung here are single-line drawings of faces and they feel so special and weird (in the good way, always) with this wallpaper as their backdrop.

Art | Boxwood | Bust | Candle

I thiiiink this is tied for my favorite shot of the bunch. Scout Design Studio, my favorite small business for all things home, introduced a line of sculptures earlier this summer and I would be lying if I said that I did not SPRINT to my laptop to purchase this zig-zag bust of Hermes. It wasn’t cheap then and I think the price has gone up a bit since, but I know I’ll love it forever. (Do not click on that website if you don’t have 30 minutes to browse. Their furniture is too good. Their decor is too good. The art is too good. I don’t know anyone over there, but I want to be friends because they all seem to have TIP. TOP. TASTE.)

I’ll also always be a sucker for a preserved boxwood topiary. I grabbed this one from Ballard Designs and it’s a real plant that they soak in something or spray with something (you know, they do some sort of science to it) and then it should last for about three years as long as I take care of it. Boxwoods are really traditional and classic but they’re also pretty graphic and playful, so I think they’re a great way to bring some life and greenery to a space. That candle was an Urban Outfitters find and it is VERY beautiful, but it also smells like an elementary school cafeteria on French Toast Stick day. Would not recommend for scent, but would recommend for styling. (Alternate option: stick your own tassel on a glass jar and call it a day.)

Last but not least – that art on the wall was my Christmas gift from Emily in 2019. Getting a piece of MaryAnn Puls work is an EHD rite of passage – you’ve seen one of her pieces in almost every team MOTO reveal we’ve ever shown on the blog – and I’m glad to be able to share mine today. I love it very, very much. (PS. the bud vase is Hearth & Hand, but it’s no longer sold online.)

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: AN ARGUMENT IN DEFENSE OF MEDICINE CABINETS. In my original design plan, I wanted to remove the front of my medicine cabinet in favor of installing a bigger, more abstract-shaped mirror. Now, as I look back, all I gotta say is WHY WOULD I WANT THAT? You know what’s in this magnificent storage space? SO much skincare. And my toothbrush. And toothbrushes WITH toothbrush holders for guests. And anti-seasickness wristbands. And sunscreen. And hairspray and self-tanner and multiple kinds of lotion. And guys, it’s all RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. There’s no bending or digging or aimlessly searching – I know where everything important is, because it is smack dab in front of my face. The aesthetics of this medicine cabinet never really bothered me, but the frameless front fully disappears into the wallpaper now. ONE MILLION STARS FOR MEDICINE CABINETS. They are the functional heroes of bathrooms nationwide and I’m tired of the slander.

One more note: aren’t vintage bathrooms the best? I have a whole new appreciation for the way this sink echoes this shower shape now that I’m not, you know, glaring at my yukon gold tile and quietly cursing the painter who slapped the beige sampler palette on every other surface in here before I moved in.

Mirror (similar)| Stool

OH BOY. We’re halfway around the room so just as you’re settling in – like “oh, I get this, I think,” – here’s a very disorienting vintage giraffe statue to throw you off your rhythm. (“Now he’s off his rhythm” – John Mulaney, and also me, right now, in this moment.) First up, though – I eschewed a window treatment in here in favor of hanging a mirror. I originally started balancing this mirror in my window frame because the light was better for makeup application (eastern facing, so gets kind of shadowy in here as the day goes on) until then one day I was like, “screw it, this is my window treatment now.” I live on the second floor, the bottom pane of glass is treated with privacy film, and at this point, I just think it looks cool. It’s fun and functional hanging it was way less than an actual window treatment (the mirror is old from Target, the chain was like $2) so we’re rolling with it. Also, peek that little egg in the bottom right of the windowsill – that was another flea market find from my trip with Jess. 🙂

Now, I KNOW. We’ll get to the giraffe. But I also just wanted to hype up this West Elm end table, which was a birthday gift from my mom last year (thanks, Brenda!!!). It’s the perfect height for tub laptop-watching and it’s held up great to a year of heat & humidity in this bathroom, so it gets full passing marks from me. The putty color also coincidentally works super well with the door – they’re a shockingly close color match – which is an unintended bonus that I’m still very happy about.

Art | Frames | Bath Giraffe (vintage)

There’s that second piece of Elissa Barber art I mentioned earlier – isn’t it cool? I wasn’t sure if I could get these framed in time so I grabbed two $30 Target frames on a whim and I’ve been kind of blown away by the quality. I wanted to highlight Elissa’s art with a crisp, white mat so it’d stand out against the wallpaper and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It may be too many faces for some, but it’s just right for me!! 🙂 (Bonus fun fact: I wear slippers 24/7 but those do not belong to me, because apparently, my slippers are “too thick” and “too worn” and “flat in weird places” with “paint all over them.” Or, you know, something like that. So basically, thank you to Bowser for lending her beautiful, luxe, not ugly slippers for the day. My clunky L.L. Bean slippies and I can acknowledge that these do, in fact, look much better in the shots. You’re right, as always.)

And now, the saga of BATH GIRAFFE. Basically, I fell in love with an 8′ tall giraffe statue on Facebook Marketplace (as one does). I’ve long had a thing for vintage leather animals – in 2013, I was moving into my first unfurnished LA apartment and spent all of my money (wasn’t much, TBH) on this instead of, like, actual furniture – so falling in love with impractical things is super in character for me. Tragically, I came to terms with the fact that the 8′ tall giraffe would not fit in a home with extraordinarily average ceilings so I let it go, but MAN, I WAS BUMMED…until a smaller, super affordable version popped up a few days later. I presented it to the EHD team and I mean, COME ON, we all know what happened next…

SO HERE BATH GIRAFFE IS, making his EHD debut. I know it’s kind of weird (read: very weird) to put a statue in your bathroom but it just FELT like he belonged in here, you know? I had the space and visually, he just sort of slid right into place. This is the blog post, boss. This is how and where I have styled it. I hope you approve!!

SEE? We’re really happy together, my Bath Giraffe and I. Here I am, a totally grown and seemingly normal person, reading Dwell out loud to the 4′ tall leather giraffe that I bought from a stranger in a Carl’s Jr. parking lot. I know that it’s silly to have this in here, but it’s also VERY FUN. And honestly…there are worse sights to see when you’re dragging yourself outta bed in the morning. Like, why NOT put something ridiculous in your bathroom so you can start every day thinking that you’re hilarious? The whole room is a little surreal, so I might as well lean into it.

Maybe one day Bath Giraffe will find a new home, but for now, I’m happy to relax beside him once or twice a week. I was also recently informed that the 8′ giraffe I missed out on has been paired with a similar 4′ bath giraffe dupe and that the set are now being sold for eight. thousand. dollars. here in LA so uh, I think I’m kinda on to something here. Like, who needs bitcoin or GME when I can invest in whimsical animals? (PS. I’m still laughing that this is a picture I took ON THE CLOCK. At my job!!!! This was me working!!! I know it’s been over 2 years at EHD, but I still gotta pinch myself once in a while – can’t believe I’m allowed to have this much fun at work, you know?)

SIGH. Somehow, that brings us to the end of our morning tour. I know this space isn’t traditionally super EHD (nary a blue in sight!!) and it may be one of the uh, louder bathrooms we’ve ever run on the blog, but being in here makes me really happy. When I get ready in this space every morning, I feel like I’m headed to a party and even the simple things, like brushing my teeth by the light of the turtle lamp at night, feel extra special. GEEZ. Even I’m making myself cringe with how sentimental I’m getting, SORRY. It’s just fun when your house feels like an actual reflection of you, you know??

With all that said, please come back and spend some more time with me this afternoon. We’ll be exiting right through that door and peeking around some corners. I’d love to have you (if only so you can judge my photos and be like “this girl who’s lecturing me about the rules of window treatments doesn’t even have curtains in her own house?! WHAT A DOOF!”). But before you go, let’s peek at the before and afters…

In the meantime I’ll be here, navel-gazing privately (no more sap from me today, you’re welcome) while staring at the walls that I somehow love more every. dang. day. I’m so excited to have finally dropped the curtain a little bit, so now I’m left with one final question: ANYONE WANNA VISIT? I’m great with a curling wand and I have a stockpile of face masks that are ready to go. Let’s make some plans. We can include Bath Giraffe, if you want. See ya this afternoon for round two. xx

*Design by Caitlin Higgins
**Styled by Emily Bowser
***Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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L
3 days ago

I love this! The wallpaper, bath giraffe, the fact that you didn’t rip out or cover up the vintage tiles – everything is beautiful and so unique! Sure, when I start from complete scratch in my 20-y-o bathroom because the MDF vanity is falling apart and the grout is all mouldy and the tiles have starfish on them, will I choose to tile in salmon and beige? No! But this is a gift and you just went with it and made it look stunning. The blend of colours is gorgeous.
I have one question: you said the paint colours were unchangeable on the vanity and the door, but they look like they’ve been painted cream now – is that correct or is it just the light and the power of the wallpaper?

Lori
3 days ago

Wow, what a fun bathroom! I love the vanity/sink area. The wallpaper is perfect with those vintage tiles! It would be really hard to leave this one. Are you still house hunting? We need an update. : )

Rusty
3 days ago

Is it PORTLAND?

Admin
3 days ago

Caitlin you are a GD international treasure. HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU WONDERFUL PERSON. I’M SO HAPPY YOU EXIST ON THIS PLANET AND CAN SHARE YOUR PERSONALITY AND YOUR BATH GIRAFFE WITH ALL OF US. We are very very lucky. xxxxxx

Vicki williams
3 days ago

Oh no it will kill me when you leave this bathroom!

Diane
3 days ago

Caitlyn, every inch of your bathroom is so, sooo good. You’ve nailed it from the bold b/w striped rug that totally draws the eye away from the toilet foot spots (wait, what toilet foot spots??) to the bodies-on-bodies theme of your wallpaper (so insanely perfect) and art to the giraffe, for whom there are no words. Please never again apologize for not being EHD enough because your space is an inspiring reflection of who you are, and good design can never get any better than that.

Diane
3 days ago
Reply to  Diane

Caitlin*

Admin
3 days ago

Also there is no such thing as ‘not EHD enough’. EHD just means owning your STYLE AND YOU’VE GOT IT. xxxxx

Kanl
3 days ago
Reply to  Diane

One of THE most inspiring posts ever!
That wallpaper is a game changer but all the rest is pure heavenly mood.

Melinda
3 days ago

Caitlin, this bathroom is the t*ts. Incredible work!

Tish
3 days ago

I’m obsessed! Not sure if this makes sense, but sometimes whimsy can seem oddly self important or try hard or something. Not here! It’s so cool and fun and brings out colors and textures I don’t think I’ve ever seen or thought about for a bathroom. Now I can’t imagine the space any differently!

Vera
3 days ago
Reply to  Tish

Totally agree!

Sarah
3 days ago

Love it!!!!! Where is the shower in relation to everything pictured? That was the only part I was trying to figure out still. You really rocked this hideous color palate and now it just looks cool!

wally
3 days ago

I love this so much! I’m personally super into color and am so tired of minimalism and neutrals. It is fantastic to see something just completely different and individual!

Kelly
3 days ago
Reply to  wally

Agree!

Vera
3 days ago
Reply to  wally

I love this comment and I want to add, as a person with opposite preferences: I LOVE minimalism and neutrals haha, and yet I also LOVE this bathroom. This is just great design, plain and simple, which I think is universally appealing!

Lucy
3 days ago
Reply to  Vera

Same, Vera! I decorate almost completely in neutrals, but literally said in my head while reading this post, “This makes me want to decorate in bold colors and patterns!” This is so chic and whimsical at the same time. Incredible work!!

Mudrick
3 days ago
Reply to  wally

Yes to this!

wally
3 days ago

A YouTuber I watch said she was going to redo her house with color … which for her meant painting the entryway a cream with some pale green undertones. I was hitting my head on my resin burl wood coffee table bc I just want to see original stuff with fun colors! Happy houses is what I want to see. Can’t wait to see more of your house!!!

Jo
3 days ago

I absolutely love this bathroom, and the giraffe fits so well! it was made to be there! i love it all!

Beth
3 days ago

So fun, collected, and inspiring! This is why I want to coming to this blog! Brava!!

Vera
3 days ago

So many thoughts bubbling up (and honestly they’re all obvious but I just want to gush):
1. The first shot of the giraffe was a DELIGHTFUL surprise.
2. Pairing that moment of joy with a John Mulaney quote… wow. Thank you.
3. The wallpaper tying all the colours together makes me so happy. And working with the tile reminds me of YHL’s $51 bathroom which will always be a fave.
4. This bathroom is a true EHD MOTO bathroom (my favourite kind of EHD bathroom) because it’s beautiful, balanced, unique, interesting, personal, and working with contraints instead of demo-ing. (And I don’t mean that as a knock against demo, there’s a time and a place for that too. I just find it so satisfying and inspiring to see people work within constraints!)
5. This bathroom is also a true CAITLIN BATHROOM – having followed you for a while I just feel it reflects you perfectly.
6. Were you allowed to wallpaper but not allowed to repaint?! Whatever got us to this amazing result – I want to kiss the landlord!
7. Your writing is amazing Caitlin, such a joy to read!

Vera
2 days ago

Ahh makes sense!

Vera
2 days ago

Oh my gosh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 🎈🎂🎉

Karen
3 days ago

Happy birthday! I was excited about this room in your wallpaper post. Your excitement about it is very charming and your writing is intelligent and witty as usual. I can’t get over what you were able to accomplish with the weird tile! Talk about taking on a challenge and making it look so easy. Sophisticated and fun, what else could a bathroom ask to be?

Karen
3 days ago
Reply to  Karen

Also, I have the same bath towels in green. I was very reluctant to buy such inexpensive towels but the color was exactly what I needed so I gave it a go. Surprisingly soft and not linty

E
3 days ago

This is magnificent

Mudrick
3 days ago

THIS IS MAGICAL! Vintage bathrooms forever! Can’t wait until this afternoon’s post.

Beth
3 days ago

Possibly the coolest bathroom I’ve ever seen.

Karen T.
3 days ago

I’m stunned. The before pics are beyond awful–I would never have predicted an “after” that I actually love. You knocked it out of the park! Great job!

Brianna
3 days ago

I’m in love with this bathroom. It’s fun and every corner is full of interesting surprises!!

Elaine
3 days ago

This MOTO is truly the bombdiggity! I think it’s you, Caitlin, who has TIP. TOP. TASTE. It’s just a masterpiece in vision, creativity and execution.

3 days ago

This is wonderful! I love the tones and then when the camera turned to that giraffe… WOW! What a whimsical and wonderful addition to this room. I also love how the colors of the giraffe and the towels add some depth and kind of ground the lighter tones.

I have no idea why, but this bathroom on first view made me thing of the movie “3 Men and a Baby”. Does ANYONE else know why? I think it’s that the wallpaper/style remind me of the one guy that is an artist. like, maybe their apartment had this kind of painting on their walls? please, someone else that is a middle-aged fogey like me, back me up! Anyone get the reference? “where ghastly footprints of tenants of yore have worn themselves into the floor in front of the toilet.” – BAHAHA, that is terrifying and gross. love it. 🙂 wicker turtle lamp, love in here. wouldn’t have thought to put a lamp in the bathroom, but it works so well in there! the knobs and light really look good with the wallpaper. i’m glad you didn’t do brass. i love brass, but the black is so much more graphic. the runner does ground the space perfectly. love the black in there. ack, really good! the mirror in the window is great. love how that circle breaks up the square/rectangle. the giraffe. i’m sooooooooo jealous. now i’m determined to find a gigantic animal for our house too! this bathroom is… Read more »

MC
3 days ago

YES!!! Steve Guttenberg’s character was a cartoonist and painted a mural in their foyer. Amazing reference! (I know too much about this movie.)

Reply to  MC

YES! that character. i LOVE LOVE LOVED that movie so much as a kid. i feel seen! thank you for knowing this!

Rusty
3 days ago

I love the circular mirror in the window, too. Speaks to the art deco.

Kara
3 days ago

You’re so right about 3 Men and a Baby!!;

3 days ago

OMG YESS That mural in their foyer!

good! you will LOVE IT.

3 days ago

What a beautiful bathroom wallpaper. Colour is amazing not so bright not so dark. Where can I find it.

Sara
3 days ago

Caitlin this is AWESOME! I know you couldn’t change the tile but I hope this will inspire more people (who actually have the option) not to rip out vintage colored tile – or medicine cabinets! (I so agree with your defense!) You’ve proved that one can work with these original features instead and still end up with a fun, unique, really pretty space while also preserving more of the character/architecture of the building. At a minimum, this post should inspire those of us with weird colored vintage bathrooms who might still consider a bigger renovation down the line to do some fun things to pretty them up in the short term!

Elizabeth
3 days ago

What a wonderful bathroom. I think I could spend all day hanging out with the giraffe and looking at the cool wallpaper! I’m amazed at how much that awesome wallpaper transformed your space!! Great job.

StephanieZ
3 days ago

I love it! Its not my style, but its still super lovely. Giraffe is awesome, wallpaper is awesome, rug pop of graphicness is awesome, turtle lamp is awesome, mirror in front of window is awesome. I’d love to see some kind of red pop to go with the wall paper.

Becca
3 days ago

Wowowow! This is such a delight! These are always my favorite posts. I love to see the quirks and whimsy of each EHD team member. I still dream about Julie’s purple striped bathroom and one of Emily’s early houses with the huge tapestry, navy couch, and arrows on the mantel. And this one too will stick. with. me. Well done and happy birthday! 🙂

Vera
2 days ago
Reply to  Becca

Yessss exactly! This bathroom is going to stick in my memory!

MC
3 days ago

This room, this post, that dress, and the giraffe are an absolute DELIGHT. I love a reminder that design should be fun! Now, off to wallpaper my bathroom…

Meredith
3 days ago

I adore ADORE adore this room!! (Bath giraffe can come hang with my 2’ wooden frog, although I absolutely will try to romance BG away to come live with me) I think this room sings because it’s beautiful but also specific, with weird intentionally chosen things you just know make its owner smile. It feels like a soulful space. LOVE. IT.

Karina
3 days ago

Love! I actually loved the bathroom in the before as well! I just hate when people gut these old gems. You really brought this beauty into the present without making her go through surgery! Well done!

Kimberly
3 days ago

Sttuuuuunnnnniiinnngg. I LOVE this. Cannot believe that you actually made the tile look intentional. Just incredible. The wallpaper is phenomenal and the giraffe is a keeper. Love the mirror as window treatment and the way it reflects the walls. Cannot get enough of this.
Also, including what was staged and why is awesome. Would love to see that in every blog post. Felt like I was peering behind the curtain of the shoot.

BETH
3 days ago

You killed it. Incredible job!

Emily
3 days ago

Caitlin, this is amazing!! I’ve been reading and following along for years and this is one of my FAVORITE rooms! I can’t even pinpoint what the best part is, it just flows together so well and is so welcoming and fresh.
Thanks for the inspiration! Also, happy birthday.

Lane
3 days ago

Happy Birthday, Caitlin! I LOVE what you did here. It’s warm and edgy at the same time, which I like a lot in design. I’d definitively enjoy having a bathroom like this.

Molly
3 days ago

My mom has a saying – “make a fault a fashion” – and you have done it beautifully! I admire your boldness and whimsy, and wish you a wonderful birthday and great decade ahead.

Emilie
3 days ago

This is AMAZING! It blows my mind how your changes totally changed my perspective on what was already there and made me want your bathroom for myself. Regarding your damaged tile: I recently learned about tile stickers, and this might help you with the few really damaged tiles. (I am still investigating, but my understanding is that they are often made of pretty durable vinyl and will hold up to foot traffic and some dampness. And some companies will give you a custom match.) Also, I love your dress!

Elizabeth
3 days ago

This bathroom is AMAZING!! You did such a great job bringing fun and interest and so much more of yourself into the room. Enjoy every little detail!

Kelly
3 days ago

Caitlin, we have very different styles and yet I freaking love this bathroom! It’s so dang cute! And sophisticated! And happy! The wallpaper is perfect, the styling is awesome….gah! Also, thank you for your defense of medicine cabinets. We remodeled our very small primary bathroom last year and my contractor gave me side-eye when I told him to put IN a medicine cabinet, but it has improved our storage situation and the ease of our daily routines so much! Finally, I just love LOVE that giraffe. It would make me so happy to see that guy smiling at me every time I came in the bathroom! He is the perfect unexpected touch to bring joy to the space and he needs a name!

Lea
3 days ago

Caitlin! I LOVE it!!! It is so SO You and it’s original and beautifully executed! Your turtle and giraffe are the best and that wallpaper! Gah! It’s the best! Love it! Love you!

Rose
3 days ago

Caitlin, your writing voice always makes me so happy! Your posts are some of my favorite to read.

Also this is so good! Love the design.

Vicki williams
3 days ago
Reply to  Rose

Ditto!

Erin
3 days ago

I am extremely impressed with your MOTO! I cannot believe you found wallpaper that ties all these colors together. A+++ to you for this design. I love it, and it is clear how this makes you so happy. You reading to your giraffe fully clothed from your bathtub is the best thing on the internet today!

Brianna
3 days ago

Wow, this is so playful and beautiful! I love it and I love your writing style—your voice is so great. Thank you for brightening my day!

Molly
3 days ago

LOVE IT! Confused though, how you convinced the ole landlord to allow pasted wallpaper but not a lil paint refresh?!

3 days ago

Now this is a coherent personal aesthetic if ever I’ve seen one and I’m in!

Erin
3 days ago

I couldn’t love this makeover more! The wallpaper is STUNNING and so perfect for this bathroom–it makes me wish this were in my house! I wonder, if after all of this beautification, the landlord would be willing to change out the bathroom faucet. A modern black one would be great in here.
Congrats to you for representing your unique voice–we need more of this in the design world!

Rusty
3 days ago

I dunno where to start!

🛀Very cute haircut!

🛀Love Mr Bath Giraffe! (There may or may not be a large leopard mak8ng an appearance in my mentee’s Safe House Room Makeover).

🛀Now I see the room finished, I’m into your wallpaper – I wasn’t before, thpugh I loved the other two.

🛀For your “footprints of tenants of yore have worn themselves into the floor in front of the toilet”… have you tried a paste of baking soda and a good scrub??

🛀I’m team medicine cabinet too! Although mine is in a beveled, wooden, mirrored door with a cute handle. I love all my stuff being right there in front of my face, too!

🛀I’m excired for tge next installment, only it’s nearly midnight here in Aussie, so I might havd to wait til tomorrow morning.

🛀Go, Caitlin! Your crazy self is doing you and standing for it! Kudos! 👍

Kim
1 day ago
Reply to  Rusty

I don’t think the issue with the toilet footprints is dirt ON the floor. . .I think it’s more that the repetitive/cumulative weight of the feet over the decades have *worn away* the surface.

3 days ago

Happy birthday!! What a GORGEOUS space. I truly love it so much.

Rusty
3 days ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOOOOU!!!🎂

3 days ago

Fabulous! The wallpaper is to die for!

Reanna
3 days ago

Absolutely amazing make-over! The wallpaper did it, and the giraffe is perfect!

Elaine
3 days ago

It looks sooo good!

Lindsay
3 days ago

You’re a gem, Caitlyn. I love the bathroom and your writing even more. I want this wallpaper. Incredible how all the less-than-ideal parts of the room now feel totally intentional and cohesive. More of this, please!

Lindsay
3 days ago
Reply to  Lindsay

Gah. Caitlin. Not Caitlyn. I’m sorry!

M
3 days ago

Amazing!! We already knew Caitlin was one of the all-time best writers the EHD blog has ever seen, and now we know you’re also one of the best designers?! Truly so special. Thank your for letting us into your space!

Admin
3 days ago
Reply to  M

INDEED!!!!!!!! WE LOVE CAITLIN!!

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