Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

When you are renting a house, decorating isn't always easy.  When it came to the rest of this house, life really was a beach.  It was a breeze.  It came naturally. 

But when it came to the guest bath, not so beachy.  Or maybe, the problem was that it was TOO beachy.  The bathroom is wallpapered in a beach theme.  I've never decorated anything like that.  And I can't remove the wallpaper...

I struggled hard with this bathroom.  And since it's the bathroom I use, it was literally right in my face. So yes, I had a lot of time to contemplate on it.

I tried pictures of fish, of shells, of mermaids, of seahorses.  It was all just too "cutesy".  So I started small.  I knew I liked having this tray on the counter.  My dad brought me driftwood. I found the "coral" at the Goodwill.  I had a start.  I liked the more natural elements that were the foundation and so I added a plant (there is a skylight and this plant loves it).  But I still needed more...it's a big bathroom.

I needed pictures, but couldn't find any that didn't clash with the wall paper.  I decided shells would do just fine. It was easy gluing them on paper and putting them in the frames. 

After painting those frames three times, this is the end result.  Can you believe that I painted the starfish to match the wallpaper border?

So, things were progressing, but I need some height in the corner to offset the mirror.  I was pretty sure that Home Goods would have something. I was right.  They had these guys:

Birds of feather...when I found them, they were featureless and grey.  A little bit of paint and stain fixed them right up!


The rest just all kind of came together after that.  I love the mirror, sink and ladder style towel holder.  The reclaimed look wood panels are throughout the house - such a nice touch. It needed something under the towels, so I made the bench from an old garden stool.  Just some new paint, top it off with an old shelf and it was just what I needed for toiletries!  It has a very spa feeling (my husband loves taking a bath in here - can you blame him?).  

Just Beachy

I guess it's true...you can never have too much beach in your life.

All my best,

Squirrel
Driftwood as Planters

Driftwood as Planters

Wild West

Wild West