Our New House: The Powder Room



Over the last week, our contractor’s crew has been here working on our kitchen remodel as well as updating the bathrooms in my office and guest bedroom. It has been a little chaotic to say the least, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now that it is all coming together. The first bathroom overhaul that we completed in our new house was our powder bathroom– a space where I really wanted to bring to life the idea of a white on white palette. As it’s a smaller space, shades of white just made sense, as the color really does give a more airy, spacious feel. At our last house, we only had full bathrooms, so I was super excited about having a jewelbox powder room in our new place and was determined to have fun with it.

I recently partnered with Kohler to bring my interpretation of the ever-popular white trend to life in my new home. I am so excited to be sharing the final results of this new space! The powder room is situated just off our living room, which is mostly neutral with a palette of black, white, and pops of pink. As a result, I thought it best for the palette in the powder bath to feel like an extension of the living room. The bathroom is divided in half by a wall and pocket door separating the water closet and the vanity area. To unify the space, I knew that I wanted to use a bold wallpaper and elected to use Cole & Son’s Nuvolette by Fornasetti after it turned out to be a less than ideal candidate for my entryway as I had originally planned. While the paper is graphic, the black and white color way reads completely neutral, which was important because I wanted the powder bathroom (and the house as a whole) to feel classic and timeless, but with a fresh, modern sensibility. One of the first things we did upon buying the house was paint all of the walls in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove which is the perfect white– not too cool and not too warm. I wanted to carry that crisp, effortless factor through the rest of the house, so we have a good amount of white on white, but with plenty of personality!


{Before: I don’t think either of the home’s previous owner’s ever did much with the powder room over the years, except maybe paint the walls. It was pretty simple with a pedestal sink, chrome faucet, and silver baroque mirror. Harmless, but the perfect opportunity for me to put my stamp on it!}


{Before: The area near the pedestal sink has the same wood floors that are found throughout the house. The water closet had brown marble flooring and the walls were painted tan.}


{I knew fairly early on what I would do with the powder room. The wallpaper was my jumping off point and then we did a little more white on white by adding one of my favorite light fixtures– the Hampton Pendant by AERIN in Plaster White and carrara and black marble basketweave tile for the flooring in the water closet. I knew I wanted a pretty, more formal faucet in this particular bathroom so I opted for Kohler’s beautiful Artifacts Bathroom Sink Spout with Column Design and paired it with the Artifacts Swing Lever Handles for an unexpected touch. I knew I wanted a more traditional mirror to temper the wallpaper, but also wanted something with clean lines to keep the space from feeling busy, so the final piece was a Louis Phillipe-style mirror in a soft silver finish.}


{One thing we did not change was the original pedestal sink. I was afraid that if we removed it, we’d be limited in what we could use if the wood floor was damaged underneath it, and as I mentioned earlier, the room is right off of the living room which shares the same flooring. I was afraid that if we pulled that thread, the whole thing would unravel and we’d have a big flooring project on our hands! Thankfully, it is a classic Kohler Memoirs Pedestal Sink with crisp, clean lines; the perfect transitional style to work with our decor, and like the true classic that it is, it looks just as good now as it did when the house was built fifteen years ago.}


{A Close-Up of our Pretty Kohler Artifacts Lavatory Faucet in Vibrant Polished Nickel}







I am so happy to have this space completely finished and am even more elated with how the powder room came together! The powder room and the wallpaper and faucet in particular, make me smile every time I set foot in there.


{This post is generously sponsored by Kohler. All opinions are genuinely my own.}

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  1. Love the remodel, Paloma!
    I’m curious — was there any special treatment where the pedestal sink edge meets the wallpaper? I think I see in the close-up photo that the Kohler pedestal sink has the subtlest lip on the edge which meets the wall – which would guide water back toward the basin..? If so, genius! Because I don’t see caulking. I love the generous ledges on the sides of the basin – perfect for the necessities – and flowers ARE necessities!

    1. Thank you, Lorraine! There is a very slight lip on the edge of the sink. We’ve never had any issue with water, especially since the faucet spills directly into the center of the sink. It is nice having the large ledges around the perimeter!

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I have a similar set up. Can I ask what your plan is for storage for tissues, etc.? I have a pedestal sink as well and I am stumped. Large cabinet, baskets?

    Also, I live in the area. Can I ask who you used for your wallpaper installation? Thanks! So excited to see the rest of your home!

    1. Thank you, Claudine! It’s not really visible in these photos, but there is a cabinet above the toiler where I store extra soap, guest towels, and toilet paper. Feel free to email me for a wallpaper installer recommendation.

  3. I love it! That paper, too, is so classic. I just finished redoing our own powder room in a house we just bought, and it’s completely transformed that tiny space. You are right — powder rooms are gems where you can really experiment, and do things that might otherwise be too much in a larger room. Here, it’s just the right dose!

  4. This is so beautiful. The light fixture is a perfect compliment to the wallpaper, so evocative of nature and movement. May I ask where the tiles came from? I have a powder room I’m about to re-do and it never occurred to me to change the wood floor to tiles…love it!!! And that graphic tile is gorgeous. Thank you!

  5. Beautiful! Love the mix of materials and that you kept the existing pedestal sink. Was the mirror a splurge or a bargain? Mind sharing who it’s by?

  6. Is there any way you could share where you purchased this mirror? I have been looking all over for one this width and can only seem to find wider versions. Thank you!!