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Weekend Project: Spruce up your Guest Bath!

bhg One of the things that is most important as a host is making your guests feel at home. There’s still time to spruce up your guest bath this weekend before the arrival of all your holiday guests. In January’s Better Homes and Gardens special organizing issue I show you how.  While you’re at it check out the entire issue for more organizing ideas and projects! bhg_0002 bhg_0003 Here are some simple solutions to cut down on clutter.

Let me know how it goes. I would love to hear about any last minute projects you tackle before your loved ones show up on your doorstep!

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Tear Sheets: Serene Bathroom


A lot of times magazines can’t fit everything they want to share into one layout. This gorgeous bathroom wasn’t a part of this home tour, but instead got its own day in the spotlight. This shower curtain added so much texture that I wanted to play up that feminine element with these equally femmie yellow hand towels. I wanted to go slightly girly without being over-the-top. These tea roses in a orangey hue were the perfect compliment.

photos by rob brinson for better homes and gardens april 2011

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Tear Sheets: Julie Holloway’s bathroom


Julie Holloway is one talented lady. I met her while scouting her home for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Kind of a funny story. When I arrived at her home with my editor, Julie was pretty over excited, which caught me off guard to be honest. Well honestly she was well, rather giddy. Turns out she was a big fan of my blog and my styling work, which was new to me, but made me look like a rock star in front of my editor. If I am really honest I was beyond flattered and embarrassed at the same time. Julie calmed down after about 10 minutes and toured us through her home.

Once we shot her home for BHG, we became fast friends and I now consider her a dear friend. I showed her darling bathroom makeover to Kitchen and Bath Ideas and of course they loved it so I had a chance to style it up and here you see it in it’s glory. I love love love clever bathrooms and this one is really sensational. Julie took a 70’s era bathroom and morphed it into this cottagy, swedish-inspired retreat. The room is so bright and airy and the perfect place to relax. I love the antique touches and the white tile. Gorgeous!

Styling tips:

  • Tea roses in a mercury vase always feel fresh and romantic. I thought these feminine touches were right at home in Julie’s beautiful bathroom.
  • I went with white linens because I wanted to keep the calm feel of the space. I wanted it to feel spa-like. The truth is I am a big fan of white towels and linens in general, its a quick fix styling wise as far as giving instant elegance to any space, “white anything rules” is what I always say.
  • The vintage stool next to the bath felt very European to me. Why mess with a good thing? I always keep the homeowners in mind when styling a project, in the case of a professional designer I always consult them if I want to change anything. In this case there were alot of touches in place so styling up this bathroom was a breeze thanks to Julie!

    Julie writes a fantastic blog. Check it out here.

    See Julie’s cocktail of the week here.

    photography by rob brinson.

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