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Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room

by Garrett Fleming

Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room, Design*Sponge

From the moment we stepped into the West Texas home of Jessica Reilly in 2017, it was clear we were meeting a homeowner unafraid of a little color and pattern. Her laundry room and guest bathroom, however, had yet to get her magic touch. Inspired by her own family and filled with fun finds, the two spaces are now complete and today Jessica’s letting us show them off. Scroll down to hear how she tackled the projects and see the reveal. Enjoy! Garrett

Photography by Jessica Reilly

What inspired the design?

I always envisioned the laundry room having some sort of an eclectic vibe due to my personal style, however, after living here [for] two years, I thought about taking a more humble, cottage-design… I ran with that idea until I applied shiplap [to] the ceiling and I realized I hated it and it wasn’t me. It wasn’t my family. I added black trim in-between the seams of the shiplap, and I let the room guide me on everything else. I personally believe that you can walk into a space, and the mood and atmosphere of that room can help guide you in your design decisions.

Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room, Design*Sponge

Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room, Design*Sponge

Image above: Jessica modernized the room’s shiplap details by painting the space between the boards black.

Sum up the new space’s look in three words:

Haute, vintage, eclectic.

Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room, Design*Sponge

Image above: Jessica doesn’t have a green thumb, so she’s used faux plants to warm up the room.

Did you face any interesting challenges during the renovation?

The challenge I faced during this process was that I kept fighting my intuition because I thought I wanted a European, cottage-like laundry room, when in actuality, I just wanted a laundry room that represented us. We are a family that loves vintage, eclectic decor. It took me to the last week of working on this space for it to come together. There were nights that I did not know how this space was going to come together because I [have] tunnel vision and I wasn’t listening to my intuition.

Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room, Design*Sponge

Image above: The guest bathroom’s wallpaper is by Milton and King.

What aspect of the spaces are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the toilet closet. My kids chose the wallpaper (out of the six I showed them), and it is definitely a jaw dropper that brings a smile to my face every time I go in there.

I personally believe that you can walk into a space, and the mood and atmosphere of that room can help guide you in your design decisions.

What did the process teach you about yourself, your skills, etc.?

This process taught me that it is okay to not always have a plan and that even if my plans fail, everything will be alright.

Before & After: An Eclectic Guest Bath & Laundry Room, Design*Sponge

Image above: The bathroom ceiling features a custom paint color.

SOURCE LIST

Laundry Room
Wall color – Farrow & Ball “Clunch”
Cabinets – A mixture of Velvet Finishes “Soulful” and “Rococo”
Cabinet hardware – Hobby Lobby
Art – Unsplash
Light Fixture – “Rye” from Hudson Valley
Misc. decor, desk – thrifted
Glass Mason dispensers – Wayfair
Wool balls – Amazon
Faux greenery on wall – At Home Furniture

Bathroom
Wallpaper – Milton and King “Lepidoptera”
Light fixture – thrifted
Ceiling color – custom
Door hardware, brass light switch covers – Nostalgic Warehouse

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