When it comes to homes, the word “finished” can mean vastly different things to different people. While some people might regard a room as finished as soon as its most basic elements are accounted for (a bed for the bedroom, a refrigerator and stove for the kitchen), others can take a lot longer before they feel fully satisfied with the “done-ness” of any one room. There are a number of things that can lend a sense of finality to a project: the right paint color, the perfect carpet, getting the lighting just right. For Kentucky-based blogger Emily May, the finishing touch for her bathroom was a beautiful Ostrich wallpaper—a decorative element that was, as Emily puts it, both quirky and classy. Indeed, although the bathroom was not too shabby in its “Before” state, this fresh new look, guided by the wallpaper, provides a cohesive, harmonious, and totally finished appearance! Check out all of the photos, plus Emily’s design notes after the jump! —Max
“This bathroom remodel was never really in the plans,” Emily May writes. “We were fine living with it (for now) because we knew we had bigger fish to fry, like the kitchen. All of that changed when I came across the ostrich paper. I first saw it in Christine Dovey’s house (of Bijou & Boheme) and knew it would be the perfect addition to help transform the bathroom into something more us. The wallpaper in and of itself is quirky but for whatever reason, it comes across as somewhat classy too.
Quirky and classy? I’ll take it! The ostrich is supposed to represent denial but my mother jokes that it’s simply trying to give the bathroom user his or her privacy. She makes a good point.”
“Once the wallpaper was in, everything else was very DIY in that some sort of creative solution was used to save money. We tailored a twin sheet (and by tailored I mean the very sophisticated practice of hem taping) to act as the shower curtain, the “art” behind the toilet is a quote I wrote out in calligraphy and the trash can was updated with paint to match the color scheme. At 3 weeks, this was the fastest makeover my house has ever seen. It was one of those makeovers where everything just worked out. We savor that because that is a phenomenon that doesn’t happen often around here.”
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