I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with trends. The idea of finding the next fresh thing has me excited every time, but the bandwagon jumping and overuse of trends can sometimes feel like a real downer. Things don’t feel so fresh when you see them on every end cap at the store or every pin on Pinterest.
When I worked in fashion I found trends easier to embrace: you bought a romper and when you got tired of seeing everyone else in one, you gave it away. But home decor is often a little more tricky than that; especially when it comes to the bones of a space – the flooring, the trim work, the fixtures. These things can be very expensive and labor-some to replace, so when it came to our master bathroom redo I really wanted to consider what would have lasting power, but could still feel up-to-date.
I love the look of mixed metals in any space, but particularly in a bathroom or kitchen. Since these rooms have less need for fuss and decor, the hardware is really important. I started with the most permanent metal pieces in the room and decided I wanted those to all be similar in style and finish. Because of the wall tile, replacing the towel bars and toilet paper holder aren’t that simple, so I went with the classic chrome finish on those as well as the faucet, the Kenroy Home Riley sconces, toilet lever, and vanity knobs.
You’ll never guess how I got that secretary. I had big plans of finishing this dresser for the space, but in my giddiness, I didn’t measure – I guesstimated. And it was too big. The week before DIY came to shoot our house we went to visit my husband’s grandma in Ohio and I searched every thrift store and garage sale in the whole town. I didn’t find a thing. The last night we were there Grandma’s friend, who is a blog reader, came over to meet me and when she returned home she text us some pictures asking if this piece would work.
It was 9:30 at night and we were leaving before the sun rose the next day. It was the perfect size. Wendy drove all the way back over with it and gave it to me – wouldn’t take a dime for it. Thank you, again, for your kindness Wendy! I simply switched out the pulls, and it’s the perfect little storage piece, adding so much warmth to the room.
It’s hard to believe we really only got to enjoy the space for 2 months before we handed it over to someone else. But I was so happy with the results and I can’t wait to tackle our next bathroom.
How do you feel about home trends? Do you like to embrace them or do you try to stay away?
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