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Welcome To Our Whimsical Farmhouse Kids’ Shared Bath – It’s Reveal Day!

Welcome back to the reveal day of our kids’ bathroom. In case you haven’t been following along (thanks for popping by :)) we started recapping this bathroom last Monday (OG bathroom post with design plan here), then dove into the tile, custom vanity, and tub nook curtain leading up to today – the full monty. Ready for the full tour including an Irish setter painting hanging on a window? Let’s do it…

Wall and Trim Color

Oh, she turned out so happy and fun. Once we hung that patterned curtain we changed a lot of the styling to be more whimsical and colorful which made way more sense for a kids’ bath. What started out as a pretty strict color palette of green, white, and gold (perhaps a Go Duck’s homage??) shifted once we added that teal in there. It definitely reads as more “kid” and “fun” with that added in. Had it been our bathroom I would have likely kept it more white. What I didn’t call out too much last week was the vintage/antique light fixture that we had made with Rejuvenation (through their antiques and vintage department) that turned out SO PERFECT. Shout out to Jordan. We found the antique shades and he built it exactly to our ideal design – hanging down 18″ in total, spread out to take a more linear shape with that nice pop of green that brings your eye up and balances out the floor tile.

We are about to get into it but don’t forget to watch the full Youtube video tour HERE (with a lot of personal commentary, TBH), and of course a shortened one here (just wait for the little ad to run!):

I obviously went a little whimsical and fun, styling this bathroom and I’m currently very into it (but the good news is that it’s all changeable should I want to amp it up or pull it back in the future).

The large-scale buffalo plaid is so happy and adds such a jolt of color, and definitely contrasts the seriousness of the telephone faucet, for instance. Fun fact, since we started designing this bathroom (over two years ago) our kids no longer take baths so joke’s on me for caring so much about this niche. Obviously, I’m still SO GLAD that we did it for future use (I’ll teach the kids the ways of the bath when they’re ready) and for any potential resale, but both my kids shower now. Also, can we talk about this for a second – are we the only household where the kids want to almost only shower in our shower? Both in the mountain house and here!! I know my brother’s family is the same way and it’s hilarious if not frustrating (because they use my fancy stuff and leave water all over the floor and then we get soakers in our socks, etc).

Tub Faucet | Light Fixture (vintage/custom)

What you might notice (and be a little perplexed/upset by) is that the tub faucet is satin brass and the light fixture is aged brass – which technically wouldn’t be my first choice. We chose the finish on the light fixture to work best with the antique light and thought that the brighter satin gold would be too bright (and I still agree with my former self). But we also chose this at the factory not really thinking about the faucet finish. So when we brought it to our house I was worried we had made a mistake. When you see them next to each other in these side-by-side photos you notice the difference, but in real life with the distance between them and everything else going on it looks great. Your eye just doesn’t clock it (of course it will now :))

Tub | Tile | Curtian (similar) Dark Teal Towel | Waffel Towel | Stool (vintage)

I LOVE that shot – just so happy and fun! The floor tile base border is such a feature that I want to recreate over and over. Sure, it still looks a little like grass, but with everything else going on it works!

Art (vintage) | Towel Bar

I know I pointed it out last week, but for those of you who may not have noticed the grout color changed from the green (darker) to the white (white grout) – a big thanks to Level Plane for appeasing my ideas 🙂

The shower door was originally a basic door but what we did, that I love, is add the metal trim around the whole thing, giving it more presence and even a more vintage look (the tiny knob is really cute which you can see below). When it was first installed I was weirded out that it wasn’t the full height of the opening, but I guess it needs to be to let hot air out (although we have a fan inside so unsure if that really was necessary?). Regardless, it eventually stopped bugging me.

Loofah Brush

Ya’ll, all the outlets and switchplates make SUCH a difference. I know that designers harp on these kinds of things and they are the LAST thing that you want to budget for during a renovation, but they really are a detail that I LOVE and have found pretty necessary when doing an older home (I’d say skip them in more basic rooms like bedrooms if you want to cut down, but install them in places that need to feel more “historic” like kitchens and bathrooms).

Switchplate | Towel Hooks

Shower Set | Shower Head | Tray (similar)

The shower is a lovely dreamy little room, with a ledge (not a niche) which tends to be my preference these days (can lean on, put your foot up on it for shaving, and of course just creates a simple line, less tile confusion, etc,.). Also, I thought that eucalyptus was just a stylist thing that looked cool, but it absolutely makes the entire bathroom smell like a spa for MONTHS AND MONTHS. I refreshed it for the shoot, of course, but don’t plan on replacing it with fresh branches for months (Trader Joe’s, $8).

Toilet | Bath Mat

I haven’t mentioned the toilet yet, but I really, really love this toilet (style-wise, functionally it’s great but no big bells and whistles). The shape of the base is just really pretty and classic (it’s Kholer).

Terrazzo Bath Tray | Marble Lidded Box (similar)

OK, so I have some beef with those framed pieces. It isn’t the art pieces themselves, it’s that they are so flat when against the tile when everything projects out so much more. I just think they need more weight to them – either bigger or deeper. And no, I didn’t feel like permanently drilling into the tile to hang another piece of art – that’s far too much of a commitment for me.

Light Fixture | Mirror | Toothbrush Holder (vintage) | Toothbrushes | Outlet Cover | Faucet | Wood Tray (unavailable) | Plaid Cup | Toliet Paper Holder

At one point I was worried that the mirror was going to project too far out, hitting the light fixture and it does come close but doesn’t hit (thank goodness). I meant to put the little fern back on the vanity for this shot (it was shot on the toilet) but this cup is what the kids use to drink after brushing their teeth. And obviously, those $1 Target toothbrushes worked perfectly for our shot because our kids’ toothbrushes are disgusting in every way and I was not going to let them ruin my reveal 🙂

Vanity (vintage/custom) | Countertop Stone

I just love it so much. Please note the feet on that vanity! The knobs! The keyholes! All the round elements echo each other (mirror, sconce shades, knobs) and contrast so well with the shape of the vanity and the tile.

We ended up putting the toilet paper holder on the side of the vanity, but hot tip – I meant to tell Jamie to install it the other way so that you can rip the TP forward with one hand (this is very specific I’m realizing as I write this). How it is installed right now is fine but you have to use both hands to make sure that it doesn’t fall off forward with the momentum of the pull. 🙂

Ready for some before and afters? It’s probably the least dramatic of all of them because this bathroom wasn’t that bad to begin with! But it’s still quite the transformation 🙂

A big shout out to Julie (our recent kitchen makeover recipient) for gifting me that vintage painting. I saw it at her house during a site visit (she is a vintage/antiques dealer) and fell in love with it. It was such a lovely thank you gift and it found its place (but honestly could have looked good in so many places upstairs).

Dress | Sandals

A little flirty hide-and-go-seek shot for you. I hope you enjoyed this bathroom/reveal. Every time I walk upstairs and turn the corner I get so excited. I LOVE how it turned out and so do the kids. Don’t forget to watch the YouTube Video (which does have them actually in the space with some iPhone footage). Thanks to ARCIFORM (our design/build team) for executing everything so expertly and Eric and his team from Level Plane for their tile install. Thanks to Stephyn for helping us with tile square footage (or what is called “the tile take-off”) because details and numbers are not my strength and it’s a lot to figure out. All resources below!

Bathroom Resources:

Tile: Pratt + Larson
Bathtub: Rejuvenation
Plumbing Fixtures: Rejuvenation
Shower Door: Local
Hardware: Rejuvenation
Wall Color: SW 8917 Shell White by Sherwin-Williams
Mirror: Rejuvenation
Vanity: Custom/Vintage
Stone Countertop: Bedrosians
Curtain Fabric:
Unavailable (similar)
Art: Vintage

*Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM
**Tile Installation by Level Plane
***Photos by Kaitlin Green

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Dana
8 months ago

I don’t think I’ve ever loved any bathroom more! It’s a cheerful and timeless pop of energy in your home. Well done and thank you for sharing the process!

Kat
8 months ago

“What you might notice and be upset by…” Lol can you imagine being upset by two different finishes on the fixtures in someone ELSE’S bathroom?! But I know this is the internet so people might be. Wild.

I think it looks so great! You definitely 100% want the shower door to have a vent at the top, and I think it looks perfectly fine. Speaking of steam/water management, aren’t you worried about all those paintings getting ruined in a damp environment like a bathroom? Especially the one above the towel rack – that seems like it’s going to get water damage as wet hands reach for towels!

Brenda
8 months ago

I absolutely love the bathroom!! Every detail is perfect!

Monica
8 months ago

The fact that the tile just happens to look like stylized grass is really quite amazing. I think maybe making this connection subconsciously the first time I saw the tile was what made the room so appealing to me. The vanity, the shower room, and the light above the tub are all really wonderful. The new paint color must be perfect because your eye doesn’t linger on it at all. Also, I love the green and white dress! (shopping posts forever!) I have a few quibbles. I have decided upon seeing so many similar vintage bath hardware sets ups that they are a bit busy for me. While I do like the mirror, I was intrigued by the two wood framed ones from the you tube video. Lastly, seeing the Irish setter painting reminds me that I would love to see some more figurative art among the abstract pieces in the living room. I do love, love, love, the piece from Julie.

Jen
8 months ago

Gorgeous! Happy!

I didn’t see the (glass) ceiling light fixture ink? Would be curious!

Lynsy
8 months ago
Reply to  Jen

It’s from Rejuvenation Vintage. It says it in the post.

Jen
8 months ago
Reply to  Lynsy

I thought that refers to the green one? I meant the glass flushmount that you can see in the first photo. Maybe it’s also rejuvenation but I’m not sure?

Tarynkay
8 months ago

Do the curtains in the tub niche close? Taking a bath in a curtained off tub with a window sounds just heavenly. I have always loved baths, especially with a good book. I love this bathroom! I especially love the tile border that looks like cartoon grass. That is such a great detail.

Our kids would love to use our shower, but we are mean parents and don’t allow that. They do get the floor wet in their bathroom when they shower, but then we expect them to dry the floor afterwards. So if you want to let them use your shower, just tell them they need to either not make a mess or clean it up afterwards. All of their future roommates will thank you.

MKP
8 months ago
Reply to  Tarynkay

I wondered too if the curtains close. Since you have two kids sharing a bathroom, that could be really nice if they ever return to taking baths.

And I also am a mean parent who does not share my shower (except for rare occasions). Of course they want to use it because it’s bigger and nicer – just like most people’s. I could share, but I just don’t want to :). I think it’s good for kids to be reminded that sometimes they don’t get the nicest stuff or everything they want!

susan
8 months ago
Reply to  MKP

That doesn’t make you “mean” it makes you a person with boundaries. Kids need to learn to set boundaries and respect other’s boundaries as well. Nothing mean about it. As parents we give our kids 100% most of the time. Tired of normal parenting labeled as “mean”.

🥰 Rusty
8 months ago

I wouldn’t change a single thing in this room. Not one. Not even the type of brass on the bath telephone faucet.
The details. THE. DETAILS!!!!! I LOVE ALL THE PERSNICKITY LITTLE DETAILS!!! 💟
I seesomuch moredetail in things in every daylofe, than other people in my life do… it’s become a “thing”. Haha!🤣
Emily, you should be absolutely chuffed with this room.
#It.Is.Sublime. 💓💓💓

Siel
8 months ago

I was wondering, how do you decide how high you want the wall covering? (Don’t know the right terminology) Like in the before it stops mid height, but you made it stop higher. Is there any reasoning behind this? Optical enlargment of the room, or maybe a more contemporary look? Genuinely curious!

MS-R
8 months ago

This is so charming and bright and cottage-y cozy. ✨ I rescind my suggestion to hang the pup portrait in the entry: she’s a perfect bathing beauty here! I love this kind of warmth and whimsy; I am a 41yo who would proudly call this her (not her kids’) bathroom. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

Annie
8 months ago

Love the ledge in the shower and the sweet dog art!
Is the hot water tap installed incorrectly? It looks like the word “HOT” is upside down when the taps are off? Maybe an easy fix?

Sheryl
8 months ago
Reply to  Annie

Usually the ceramic hot/cold designations are just little buttons than can be popped off and reinserted.

Annie
8 months ago

It’s very wonderful and I am very influenced indeed.
It’s also (as most renovations are) a lesson in just biding your time with initial niggles because, as with your shower door, they can often ‘eventually stopp[ed} bugging’ – just wait and see.

Amy S
8 months ago

I love this room VERY much! Everything about it, honestly. I really appreciate that you didn’t insist on exactly-matching brass finishes, and noted it especially on the vanity shot. Here, the mirror, faucet and toothbrush holder are all slightly different shades of brass, but look fantastic together! Beautiful!!

Vera
8 months ago

This bathroom is both cheerful and soothing which is a rare combo!

I am actually happy about the different brass finishes. The light fits  right in with the other warm dark colours in the room (vanity, ceiling grate, etc). I am always a sucker for slightly varied shades and tones – it feels interesting and natural. 

And yes the air vent in the shower is good. We have a fan but I still need to leave the curtain open about 12” to vent.

The art above the towel rack is gorgeous – What a wonderful gift!

Beautiful work Emily 🙂 thank you for sharing!

Shannon
8 months ago

Our kids showered in our bathroom for years. I guess now that primary bathrooms are often significantly bigger/prettier than kid bathrooms the little buggers want in on the luxe. It’s kind of ironic really because new builds often have so many upstairs baths that each kid practically has their own. We have two kids and our home has “only” two baths up, the primary and one hall kids’ bath with a double vanity. Our house was built in ‘05 and it’s unusual that there is only the one kids’ bath. We have a girl and a boy and knew it may get tricky when they reached puberty, but honestly we saw it as a bonus that they would have to learn to share and figure it out. So many kids nowadays have a rude awakening when they get to college and have to navigate a shared bath. I’m really glad mine will truly appreciate their first private bath when they eventually get their own place, rather than seeing it as an entitlement. Sorry to go off on that tangent, this bathroom is beautiful!

Georgina
8 months ago

Love this! I think maybe the paint matches the wall tile *too* well now? It all blends in. I think it might be cute to very subtly nod to the grass-like floor tile by having a pale, muted blue above the wall tile and over the ceiling, so it alludes to sky? Mocked it up quickly!

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Pilar
8 months ago
Reply to  Georgina

I like the blue paint idea–the blue makes the new teal accents (curtains and towels) make sense to me. The teal with the green tile seemed slightly off to me without it.

emily jane
8 months ago
Reply to  Georgina

Thank you Georgina! I’ve been imagining a similar blue ceiling in my home and this rendered image has given me the confidence of certainty I needed -project is ON!

In regard to the bathroom as revealed, it is… well, perfect. : )
I actually like both what read to my eye as a transom window above the shower door aaand the lower projection of the art above the super-cute toilet. I thought it was a purposeful choice (I even thought: “Oh! Emily is varying wall profiles like one varies the height of objects that sit on the floor!”.) and like how it propels your eye around the corner (the phrase ‘gentle slingshot’ came to mind..?).
Also, I am very much enjoying these detailed, pre-veal posts as well as the new video content and want to say
-THANK YOU!

Georgina
8 months ago
Reply to  emily jane

aw, am pleased to help! <3

Kiana
8 months ago
Reply to  Georgina

I actually thought putting green on top would look really cute. Blue is nice too. But nothing wrong with it the way it is now – – very pretty and cheerful.

AK
8 months ago

Very pretty! And practical! And I actually love the grass tile … it’s a feature not a bug! And NO MOWING!

Sue Sue
8 months ago

Love every single detail, especially the tile. Perfect!

SW
8 months ago

It looks great! Particularly love the curtains, they were my first choice too! Is there a handheld shower head in the shower? I find them so much better, to do all kinds of things: really wash your hair and get in there/under, when your shaving to rinse off, and more TMI stuff. I’ve installed one in all my rentals.

patty
8 months ago

I KNEW you were going to use the buffalo print curtains! They’re perfect.

Lynsy
8 months ago

Love the gifted art piece and new green light fixture. Was the hall door into the bathroom repainted white? They were baby blue, right?

SARAH
8 months ago

so lovely! Love all the curves and the fabric scale and color. Can the pup portraits please go in here? I’m curious where they will go.

Lauren
8 months ago

Our kids all exclusively use our shower! I can’t blame them, it is gigantic with two rain shower heads and a handheld.

SARAH
8 months ago

also, for future, when I was a teen, my mom taught me the art of the bath! She would light candles and let me take a bath in their big bathtub. I would even sometimes (often actually) take an ice cold bath post soccer and cross country practice and read my beloved teen vogues. Gosh I wish I kept those!

Monique Wright Interior Design
8 months ago

That bathtub shot with the curtains is easily my favorite vignette in the house!

I get you on the kids using your shower…my kids love to flood our nice shower with bubbles and use my expensive hair mask. 🙄

Are your kids tall enough to see into the mirror – or do they use a stool?

RM
8 months ago

I love it! I needed this blue/green inspiration. Beautiful !

🥰 Rusty
8 months ago
Reply to  RM

It tilts.

Julia
8 months ago

For what it’s worth, our family always showers in one bathroom. It limits steam/water damage, and our beloved cleaning lady only charges us for one full bathroom clean, while the other bathrooms (which have unused showers in them) are marked as powder rooms, since the showers just need the occasional dusting. I figure that offsets the cost of my 5yo cheerfully slathering on my obscenely expensive conditioner.

Annie
8 months ago
Reply to  Julia

Oh my goodness, me too. We have several lovely showers and I insist that all the giant men in our house just use one of them. I’m so mean.
P.s. I prefer to bathe 😉

Rachel
8 months ago

It’s very beautiful, I loved growing up with a clawfoot tub! Where do you hang or place the hand towel or do the kids use the bath towels to dry off their hands? my bathroom doesn’t really have a great spot and I’ve noticed in so many bathrooms now there aren’t designated hand towels spots anymore. I tried the draping the hand towel over the side of the vanity but doesn’t really work with kids, just looks really gross after one use.

Louise P-G
8 months ago

Love love love it!!! Watched the long form video. So happy to see you gushing and proud of yourself. You should be. It turned out so cute, interesting and cohesive. Your vintage touches are fabulous as usual. Well done!!!

P.S love to see you rocking a smaller brand from Minneapolis with the Mille dress. I just went to their sample sale and the team are beyond lovely.

8 months ago

OK, I LOVE THIS ROOM, but how DID you have the art on the tile?? It was the first thing I noticed – like no way did she commit to drilling through the tile to hang pictures!! hahah, I even get itchy about the hooks and towel bars being drilled in – even though I know they don’t ever need to move! Command hooks?? What’s the secret!?

Kara S
8 months ago
Reply to  Jen Perry

Looks like a clear command hook right above the art, and probably a wire on the back of the art. I don’t trust command hooks though, and especially not in a steamy bathroom. Mine usually fall off my bedroom closet wall in under a year.

Amber
8 months ago
Reply to  Jen Perry

I don’t know what she did, but I’ve used outdoor command hooks on tile in my bathroom, and they’ve held perfectly well.

Emily
7 months ago
Reply to  Jen Perry

can attest to command hooks – I had one holding up a medium/large Regency mirror in an old rental bathroom on textured wallpaper that had also been painted over the years…..if your command hooks fall down then either a) your surface wasnt clean enough and/or b) you bought too small of a hook. the bigger ones are great!

Jose
8 months ago

It’s cute and fun for kids. There are a lot of elements I like, but I still miss the original medicine cabinet and tile floor.

Hilary
8 months ago

Very fun! Also, re: the mismatch of brass finishes…I grew up in New England homes from the 19th-very early 20th century. None of the finishes every matched. Now, when I visit, I notice how many visual layers there are in old homes, and how it just looks “right” somehow. Also, completely agree on the light switch comment. I grew up in a 1904 house outside of Boston with original push button switches in the formal rooms. It’s one of the details I love and miss the most.

Jeri
8 months ago

That’s a whole lotta good, clean fun.
Fabulous. I love every inch.

MKP
8 months ago

Love it, love it, love it! It is so warm and cozy and modern but also farmhousey. You just hit it all perfectly. The two tones of brass are nice because it looks more collected than matchy matchy. And that fixture above the bath with the green shades – I gasped. It is so fabulous. The new paint is great too, though the whiter shade didn’t bother me. Just curious – what is the new paint color?

JANELLA
8 months ago

I missed the info about the hanging plant above the bathtub. Is that a saddlebag or what kind of container is it please?

Gabrielle
7 months ago
Reply to  JANELLA

Oooo yes, I have the same question !!

Rebecca
8 months ago

speaking from experience, you absolutely want the vented area above your shower door. Otherwise you’d have to leave it ajar a bit to avoid mold build up. The fan will not remove enough moisture.
And it is so lovely! I’m going to remember the tile border for remodels at my house. I love following your blog and work! Cheers!

Patti
8 months ago

Yippee, my curtain choice was chosen!! It’s classic and divine! Only question is the light fixture over the tub. I don’t believe that’s legal here in Canada but maybe it’s less strict down there?

Emily
7 months ago
Reply to  Patti

because it’s a tub and not a shower it doesnt need to have the same IP65 rating as a shower light would. no one should be spraying water at the ceiling in a tub with the velocity to damage a light fixture or cause electrical issues. shower rooms are a completely different story though.

Roberta Davis
8 months ago

Sweet. I think I would have kept the medicine cabinet, though!

J
8 months ago

It looks so lovely. I’m surprised you didn’t talk about the paint color change – it’s been mentioned relentlessly in the lead up posts. Well done!

Heather
8 months ago

Beautiful Emily. I adore that the tile is reminiscent of grass. It’s like you’re earthing your feet everything time you walk in that sweet little bathroom, and bare feet in grass is my happy place. I love everything about this room, and it’s the perfect boy/girl shared space now and for years to come.
I have four kids, not much older than Charlie and Birdie. They all have their own bathroom/shower, but as soon as I say, “it’s shower night”, I hear, “I call Mom’s bathroom!”. I gave up fighting it – as long as they don’t leave wet towels on the floor. That drives me mad!

Melissa
8 months ago

So charming! There is no need to drill into tile for artwork. I’ve had a decent sized ceramic platter hanging on my kitchen backsplash for years without incident using Command picture hanger (the metal one).

Elaine
8 months ago

I must be the only person who doesn’t instantly see ‘grass’ when I look at the wall tile but I love what I do see nonetheless. It’s another cheerful, happy, triumph!

8 months ago

Oh man, I was mentally composing a gentle yet “how‽” post for the tub situation earlier bc we also have a freestanding claw footed tub pushed against the wall with the hardware right in the middle in our Victorian London situation, and it’s SO ANNOYING for actual showering – but then, you have a whole ass shower in this bathroom too so it’s not an issue. 😂😭 Note to all readers who are in smaller spaces like me – pay attention to how you’ll eventually need to use the tub if you have a claw footed one and plan to transition bathers to showerers someday. It’s shockingly annoying with these tubs in this exact config. Oh, to have American-so ed spaces! (I know, I know, we chose this, there are other advantages, heh.) Anyway – you need two shower curtains to protect the water running down the back wall, and most mounting situations do it on the ends, so then you basically have to cut a whole to be able to adjust temp or sprayer mid shower, not to mention where do you put and access your bottles of stuff, and also there’s a weird warm air physics thing where… Read more »

annie
8 months ago

okay yeah, i’m obsessed! i loved the tile reveal last week but then you paired it with those gorg buffalo plaid curtains and whew, i’m sprung. i hope your kids are enjoying it!

Bea
8 months ago

Absolutely love, LOVE this bathroom and would happily have it for myself as an adult (not just kids). My favourite is the gingham shower curtain and feeling very inspired to do something similar.

7 months ago

this looks amazing. thank you.

Beth B
7 months ago

This is just a darling bathroom. All of the details are so fun, and that vanity is *chef’s kiss*. I love a good weathered piece of furniture, and it really adds to the character of the bathroom!

Bea
7 months ago

Such a beautiful bathroom!
Are there “rules” for pairing a mirror size and vanity? Personal preference?