6.09.2010

pagoda 10...

This is the 10th post in the Wednesday morning "Pagoda" series which chronicles the almost 5 years we spent turning a 1970's Pagoda house into our home.  Last week, we saw some of the finished outside of our home and I promised this week we would start taking a peek inside.  Decided to start with the easiest and smallest room in Pagoda.  So, without further adieu, here is our little powder room...

There aren't any "before" photos because this house did not have a powder room before.  The closest I can get is this photo...

That wall to the left of the red curtain is the old master closet and I think it is kind of in the same place where the wall behind the current toilet is.  Nearabouts anyway.  Look out the window a hair.  If you were standing outside there looking back in now, you would see this...

 

This is just to the right of our front door.  It is the door to our powder room.  We had the door installed right up to the ceiling.  It's different.  I like different.  Step down and look into that art niche.  I always want a closer look into a room.  I'm interested in details so I'm sharing them with you, in case someone out there is like me (could it be possible?). 

This is an etching by Marlene Linderman, who wrote a fairly famous book about art in schools and was a talented artist herself.  I purchased this at an estate sale of her collection.  I got Oscar there and a few other pieces she had collected but this is the only one of hers that I own (my mother has several).  It's a little sinister and not my usual pickings, but I like it.


On the shelf below the etching are a few shells and rocks.  I love and have small collections of both - they are scattered around the house.  I like the subtle colors and textures found in nature.  The daughter, Andrew Henry and I bring each other rocks when we travel.  My parents are largely responsible for my many shells.

 

Would you like to actually go into the powder room now?  Well, open the door...

 

 
  
 
  
 

It's not all modern.  The artwork in here is old. 

These whimsical prints I left in their rustic and faded frames for contrast. 

 
  
 
  
 

Not sure about this gloomy fella, he just moved into the powder room a few months ago.  Neither of us have decided if this will be his permanent residence or not, he is also old, woodblock print from 1957...

 

The other "vintage" item in the powder room is original to the house - remember the old kitchen? 


We rescued the hanging light that was in the kitchen and "re-purposed" it here in the powder room.  The original paint went very well with the new glass tile so we left it.  I love it.


 Last week there were comments that I hadn't shown enough of the outside "after" photos.  I can tell you, you have now seen every inch of our little powder room.  I think it's my favorite room in the house.  Smallest, so it's quick to clean - except those rocks in the floor.  They accumulate dust and are not so easy to clean.  Luckily, dust does't show in photographs!



13 comments:

Henley said...

This is just the powder room? Amazing sink resting on polished pebbles, would kill for it (and never would have thought of it). A special shelf for the TP, genius. Reusing that lighting fixture, more genius. Your eye for artwork, most genius.

Maria said...

Exquisite! Love the blending of the old and new and the way nature is reflected in so many elements, and then, actually present itself. We have a thing for shells and rocks over here as well. Beautiful photos!

MJM said...

Oh... To have a nice clean bathroom that wasn't invaded by two gross boy roommates.

Silver Strands said...

WOW. That is breathtaking! To have a bathroom that beautiful ... well, that's almost sinful :)
oxoxox
Denalee

Sunshine said...

You are a design Goddess! What a great eye for the possibilities for the old Pagoda! Love the artwork, love the powder room, the Drake powder room pales in comparison!

Chris said...

This is absolutly fabulous. I and my book would be taking up shot term residency in there...do you get people who often go off there with the phrase'I may be gone for quite a while'?. You are undoubtedly a 'Domestos Goddess' hope you get the pun.xx

Everton Terrace said...

You and your book are welcome anytime! I do get the pun but I had to look up Domestos - ha!

Maia said...

I absolutely love your tall doors! Also, I'm digging the built in shelves, tiles and repurposed lamp. That bathroom is pretty much fantastic!

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Wow. I mean, that bathroom blows my mind with every little detail and how it works together and is gorgeous. Also, an art niche?

You're far too classy to be my friend, I'm just in awe!

KC said...

Stunning!!!!

Cashon&Co said...

are you kidding me? THAT IS AMAZING! my favorite two parts? the sink resting on the river rocks: brilliant, and the re-purposed light from the kitchen. Doubly brilliant!!!!!!

shari @ little blue deer said...

AMAZING on the inside, too! Love it! I especially love the mosaic tile and the built-ins in the powder room, stunning!

koralee said...

Wow....I love it! Everything is amazingly beautiful...I adore the vintage light as well. Good JOB! xoxo