May 7, 2014

one room challenge - the bathroom reveal

The moment of truth has arrived! After six weeks (catch weeks 1 - 5 here) of hard work, several changes and more than a few cocktails, I'm proud to report that I have one completed bathroom ready to reveal.

I'm one to rip open my presents, I've never been able to gently unwrap anything, so I won't waste time with a lot of chit chat - let's get to the good stuff.


As a reminder, the plan was to make over my sister's guest bathroom. A room that had begun the construction process long ago but then stalled and became a dumping ground for other projects. Our inspiration for the space was simple and classic. Blue and White with some gray thrown in for good measure.



Here is the painful reminder of where we began. So grateful to not look at this picture any longer. Instead, let's look at...


the after. MUCH better. Let's be honest, there was nowhere to go but up with that before situation. Simply removing the multiple vacuums (why are there so many vacuums Rachel?) was a good start but my multi-talented uncle Rodger was willing to go a few steps further with me and we demoed the whole thing. And when I say "we" I mean he did it and then would call me and give me updates.



That horrible faux marble tub was removed and a new soaker tub was installed. And since the tub is just a hair shorter than the room (poor planning condo people) we moved the extra 'space' to the other end of the tub.


This gives room for shampoos and other goodies for all of your bathing needs.





The sink wall had a light/builtin medicine cabinet combo that we promptly ripped out. That horrible lighting was not doing anyone any favors.


Since this is a guest bathroom, storage isn't as important so a medicine cabinet was nixed for a fab oval mirror and pedestal sink. The oval mirror is the perfect height to accentuate the height of the room and breaks up all of the squares and rectangles that surround it. This room is NOT big, so it is wise to reinforce the positive, the vaulted ceiling, rather than wallow on the negative. And although our original sink choice didn't work out, I think this one works perfectly and offers a lot of counter space for a pedestal.


One of my favorite details is that the gooseneck in the sconce that we found at my dream estate sale repeats in the gooseneck of the sink faucet. Its all about the details, especially in a small space.





Sherwin Williams was generous enough to provide paint for the room and I am loving the color we choose for the bathroom, Passive. This color rivals the very popular Gray Owl (BM), which I've also used, but Passive is a bit crisper to me and looks excellent with blue.


The floor is also a massive improvement, especially considering we didn't have one before.


Another favorite trick of mine for small bathrooms - since you don't have much square footage to cover, go for nicer flooring. This marble basket weave is certainly more expensive but since we have so (very) little floor to cover, the price was small. Oh, and it looks damn good.




Another place to get a bit creative was with the lighting. Every bathroom needs good lighting, so why not have some fun with it?! Bathroom lighting is such a big yawn that I like to choose things that weren't necessarily intended for bathroom use (but can hold up to bathroom elements - wait, that sounds gross.) The lantern we hung was found at my favorite antique store and was dirt cheap...because it wasn't electrified. It was an easy fix to take it to a local lighting store who not only electrified it for us but also painted the new parts to give them the same patina to match the lantern.


It looks great during the day.


And smashing at night.


I also decided the hall'ish area outside of the bathroom needed to be spruced as well. My sister picked yellow originally, and then apparently thought better of it, as she never finished painting. 


Sherwin Williams Loyal Blue, went in the hallway and we were able to hang that wonderful pagoda shelf I found. That wonderful pagoda shelf that I bought when I was foolish enough to imagine it would fit in the bathroom. Silly girl. But the size is just right for the hall.


The needlepoint is from Furbish and is perfect for a long running inside joke my sister and I have. It makes me laugh out loud each and every time I see it.




We had a bit of extra fabric leftover from the shower curtain so I recovered some old stools to sit underneath the shelf. Trimmed out in hot pink. Of course.





So that my friends is my sister's new and improved bathroom! And I for one am spent!

A huge thank you to Linda for inviting me to play along on this crazy challenge. As always, I had a great time my dear. Thank you to Sherwin Williams for providing paint for this project. Thanks to my Uncle Rodger for going above and beyond, and to George for your excellent tile work. If you are in the St. Louis area, I'll be happy to share their information. Thanks to my sister and my mom who not only let me take charge (per usual), but also pitched in to help in a million different ways. And my biggest thanks to all of YOU for following along (and thank you to Carrie for not running in fear when I met you at the height of my ORC sweaty stress).

Now carve out some quality time to feast your eyes on the best eye candy on the internet today and check out each and every one of the amazing participants. I was lucky to be in their company.



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112 comments:

  1. WOW! it is gorgeous, elizabeth! i love the mirror and light fixture, and love the tiles you chose! all of it!

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  2. E you do NOT disappoint!! I'm in love love love with that flooring, the lights and the faucet. Is it bad that I'm in love with these material things? Because I am. The shower curtain looks so great as do the prints over the toilet, and the blue in the hallway is the perfect compliment. Amazing job pulling it all together in 6 weeks!!!!

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  3. This looks SO great! I adore the tile and the mirror and light fixture are just perfect! What a transformation!!!

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  4. What a difference! Your sister should be loving you for all of your time and effort on this. The tile on the floor is so pretty and all of the blue and white is so well done. Love the fabrics, I just can't believe how much you did. Great job.

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  5. Gorgeous. I love everything and want it in my master bath now. I adore her "hall'ish area" too ;)

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  6. The prints, the lantern, the shower curtain, the floor. Head spinning. LOVE IT!!!

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  7. Agh! You nailed it! That lantern is killer. Like amazing. You packed so much style into that small bathroom and it looks original and gorgeous. CHEERS! xx

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    1. And FYI: you don't need a professional photog, you took fantastic pictures on your own. xx

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  8. Elizabeth, You are amazing! It is beautiful, unique, and has your spark of fun! Love the light at night!

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  9. LOVE!!!!!!! The art, lantern and shower curtain are to to good!!!! I can't even discuss how much I'm in love with all the tile!!!!!! Fantastic job!!!!!!

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  10. Fantastic! The details are wonderful. I can't pick a favorite.

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  11. you're right...small rooms are all about the details...and you totally nailed all the small details. i really love the custom shower curtain and the floor tiles. gorgeous all around.

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  12. Fan-freaking-tastic. Seriously. The gooseneck fixture is a thing of beauty, seriously. Talk about an amazing job that was accomplished in such a short amount of time. I can't believe it was only 6 weeks! Your sister owes you major for pulling together such an amazing bath!

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  13. Over the top amazing!!! But I agree with you. This bathroom only had room for improvement. I love all your details and the floor is probably my absolute favorite!!! So wish I had an amazingly talented sister ... you rocked it!! xo

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  14. Everything is so beautiful! Nice work! But I have to admit, the best part is the needle point pic. It totally catches you off guard and it totally made me laugh out loud!

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  15. It looks AMAZING!!! Elizabeth, you did an awesome job. It's so classic and pretty yet feels super updated and fresh. And young. In a totally good way. I'm dying over that fish fabric. I just love it all so much! xo

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  16. Love! It looks amazing! Love the blue and red and of course the tiles. Great job!

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  17. Elizabeth!!!!!!!! Nailed it! I would never want to leave that bathroom :D The lantern in the shower is so amazing. And, I love how you tied in the hallway with that amazing blue. Bravo my friend. Bravo!

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  18. Beautifully done and I would say that your sister will do just about anything you ask for quite some time!! Love that you took the details into the hallway! xo

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  19. Elizabeth, found your blog through ORC and am just so impressed- with your talent, your taste, your sense of humor! And then I realized we both are in StL. I am a regular now(and wishing I had found your before the dream estate sale!) Great job, love every single thing about that bathroom...

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you found me Leigh Ann. Keep in touch!

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  20. Beautiful! I'm totally a smitten kitten for that sconce - so fantastic! Nevermind all of the other beautiful finishes! Well done!

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  21. I love love love it! The fabrics, tile, wall color all work together beautifully!

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  22. You did it!! It looks so awesome with so many perfect details packed into a small space! That needlepoint is one of my all-time favorite things!

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  23. Love that needlepoint! Great room. Good job.

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  24. Beautiful. Love the marble floor. In fact, I love everything!

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  25. Just discovered your blog. This room is SO cute.

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  26. Wow, amazing!! So proud of you and the transformation. Incredible! The lantern is stunning and that shower curtain... wow! If it was my bathroom, I would laugh out loud every time I saw the furbish art!

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  27. Wow is this fantastic! I love all the finishes and accents, the art, the fabric- great job!!! I want that tile floor, it's gorgeous. xo Nancy

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  28. It looks fabulous! In love with that oval mirror and all of the blue accents. Perfection!!

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  29. Omg, pleasssse come do this to my disgusting builder khaki bathrooms! Looks so fresh and clean!

    What an enormous job... pat your self on the back and have a drink girl! Great job!

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  30. Fabulous!! I love that you used a lantern in the bathroom--it adds so much interest. And adding a ledge behind the tub was genius. I would kill for one of those in our guest bathroom!! :)

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  31. Love your new bathroom! And I can say that I'm in love with the floor!!!
    Congratulations

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  32. Fantastic job. I love the floor, the lantern, the shower curtain, of course all the Chinoiserie touches. Your sister must be thrilled.

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  33. What a transformation! It looks FAB. I love the clean lines and crisp color.

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  34. I am in love with this bathroom!! Such a great idea to take that extra space to the back of the tub! And that shower curtain is so fabulous!! I love that you were able to use the extra fabric in the hall to coordinate... and that pagoda shelf is to die for! Congratulations on an amazing job!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  35. Ooohhhh!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I love the tile, the shower curtain, the lighting, the wall color!! So amazing. OMG and the little benches outside with the pink trim...YUM!! You did an outstanding job! I bet you your sister will love you forever now!

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  36. So beautiful!!!! Love the floor, the tile and most of all your lighting choices- such a beautiful transformation!!!!

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  37. Looks fab just like I knew it would! Crushing on that tile floor...and the hanging light is awesome.

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  38. Oh my, Elizabeth!! So impressive how you managed to pack a ton of style into such a small space!! You kill me every time with the amazing high-end finds you score! The basket weave was the perfect choice and I love the coordinating fabrics on the shower curtain, and the cute benches! You're good, girl!!

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  39. Fantastic job. I love the tiles you used and that shower curtain fabric is so great!

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  40. Beautiful! Blue + white always a winner! xo Kristin

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  41. Such a beautiful makeover!! I am dying over that shower curtain. Tiny shower curtains are my pet peeve! Your sister owes you big time for that beautiful room.

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  42. you know this makeover is over the top freaking amazing!!!!! Your sister is so lucky to have a talented sis!! Adore everything :) And the mirror stole me heart :)

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  43. I really like this bathroom! The fabrics and the unexpected artworks are my faves!

    Well done.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  44. Elizabeth, this is SUCH a beautiful transformation! I love that floor - just gorgeous. I'm always a fan of blue and white and this bathroom is a perfect example of it. What a lucky sis you have!

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  45. Your sister is a lucky girl!!! The bath and hall are amazing!

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  46. As gorgeous as I imagined it to be Elizabeth!!!! Love all the blues and chinoiserie in the space!!!!! The tiles you chose are timeless too so swtiching up the look, if ever your sister wants to (although I can't imagine her wanting to for years to come), would be easy! A quick suggestion, I think the small window would look great too painted in blue like the wall (it will just pop like a mirror on the bath side), but white is great too!

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  47. Fab! Curios how you finished around the window in the shower to handle the water.

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    1. Thanks! The window is tiled all the way around and inside the ledge as well to prevent any water problems.

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  48. Perfect job Elizabeth! Congrats on finishing it! I can't get over how transformed it is. My favourite details are the new flooring tile, the art above the toilet (FAB colours) and the little touch of needle point hilarity in the hall. You know I love a bit of humour and quirk in any space! Your sister is lucky to have you (and Uncle Rodger!) xox

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  49. SO pretty. I am loving the unexpected lantern too. Great job!

    www.designsbykaty.com

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  50. LoveloveLOVE! My absolute fave feature HAS to be that Furbish needlepoint accessory...I'd blow that sucker up big time just to place right outside my entry door! Love design that has a great sense of humor! The transformation is just so perfect for a relaxing spa bath...love that little shelf for essentials, I can see sis spending hours in there! Awesome job!!

    xo- Julie
    Peace! Love! LOL!
    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  51. Holy moly!!! I knew you would kill it, but dang!! This is amazing!!! I laughed out loud at that needlepoint. Definitely makes it fun. :)

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  52. Beautiful! What a great sister you are!! Your sister must be thrilled with the results. All the Chinoiserie goodness anyone could ask for! :)

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  53. Is your sister still just sitting in her bathroom staring at how beautiful it is because that's what I'd be doing! It's gorgeous! I'm in love with that shower curtain and you must really love your sister to give away that sconce - it's killer! What a happy accident that the tub was too short for the space - I love the little ledge that you created with it. And I honestly never thought to put anything fancy like a lantern in a bathroom before but I sure will now - it really makes the space!

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  54. Looks so great! And I love the floors!

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  55. I love it all, but especially those framed prints / art!

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  56. Fun.Young. And Done. Feet up. Drinks in hand. Great job.

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  57. Such an amazing transformation! Love the needlepoint!

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  58. Gorgeous. I absolutely love the shower curtain made with the 2 fabrics. What a transformation!

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  59. It's sooo good! Haha, love the needlepoint art ; ]

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  60. Such a huge improvement- it doesn't even look like the same space- lovely fabric & art selections. Hollie @ www.thepinkzipper.blogspot.ca

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  61. You know you used my favorite floor, right? All looks so clean and fresh and crisp! Fabulous Elizabeth!!

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  62. Well thank God for Uncle Roger.....because I have a feeling maybe there would still be vacuums in the space:) It looks great Elizabeth....the lighting and that floor [swoon]! I know you are glad to have it done and your sister owes you big time....that is always a good place to be right?

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  63. Wow!! fantastic what a makeover! Im drooling over the shower curtain you should be so proud what an amazing transformation

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  64. This is a supa-fine piece of work, Elizabeth! I just love all the little elements - even ones you hadn't planned on, like the bath ledge. You took lemons to SPIKED lemonade. Congratulations on a beautiful job!
    ag

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  65. Everything is SO pretty!! And clean!! I love that floor...and the "wall" behind the tub! Of course my favorite is the needlepoint...you two must be like me & my sister!! Another great reveal!!

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  66. Love!! You did an awesome job! We had a little shelf like that in our CA rental and I really liked it .. I might add one to our future bathroom reno!

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  67. Well done, Elizabeth! Your sister, I hope, is massaging your feetsies about now. I never tire of blue and white. Blue and white and black and grey and red FOREVAH! Beautiful bath!

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  68. Great job! I love love your new floor! And that light is fab!

    xo Mary Jo
    http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

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  69. Elizabeth!!! You have outdone yourself! It looks DAMN awesome. I really love it. Those photos above the loo? To. Die. For. Bravo!

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  70. i really love the way the fabrics on the shower curtain play against the chinoiserie art and the floors! what a beautiful space!

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  71. BRAVO!! What a lovely bathroom, the tile on the floor, the shower is classic and fabulous and the shower curtain is stunning. I'm DYING over the Asian art!

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  72. I've had this on my screen all day but don't think I commented...LOVE IT! You had a massive task and you passed with flying colors! What a lucky sister you have. :)

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  73. What a classically, beautiful bathroom! And all the great details add so much life to it! Love it! Nice work!!!

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  74. You packed so much style and detail into this little space that it is gorgeous, inspiring, classic, lovely, beautiful, and I could go on!! It's just gorgeous, and I want to put it in my house!! I love everything about it. Just brilliant.

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  75. Beautifully done! I am dying for this pedestal sink and flooring. Love it! www.elwoodflair.com

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  76. Of course it turned out amazing! I love, love, love that tile! The subway looks amazing... super clean and fresh!

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  77. ELIZABETH! This is so me. The needlepoint is something I need on my desk at work... or maybe just in my head :) Congrats on another great room!

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  78. You and your sister must be thrilled with the results! Just awesome! I especially love that shower curtain!

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  79. lawd, she purty. such. great. details. love the palette, and the great pop from the art. for such a small space, this is bursting at the seams with awesome. tell your sister to hide them benches. i'm coming for them! oxox

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  80. Wow. Wow. Elizabeth this is an amazing transformation. Love that blue. I feel like I am in Greece looking at it. Everyone did such a great job! :)

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  81. You were able to make a small space, pop. I can't believe how much bigger it seems. I love what you did, and that Chinoiserie shelf is awesome :-)

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  82. Holy crap, that is some amazeballs transformation!! I am in love with the floor and the shower curtain - that combo is just killer, for realz. Loving that little shelf as well! And oh my god I practically spit out my coffee with that little needlepoint!! So funny!!! Gotta love a makeover with a sense of humour! You nailed it my dear, awesome!! xxx

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  83. Well, sister girl - you hit a grand slam. Seriously adore every choice you made. Every. Single. One. In love. The end.

    ps - hit the G & Ts

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  84. Gorgeous!! Your sister is a lucky girl!

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  85. Where do I start? I love the whole thing and want this bathroom in my house! The fabrics and all your blue and white pottery and the tile- it's all gorgeous! You have such a great style. How fun you got to do this room for your sister.

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  86. Beautiful color choice! What a cheerful little space!

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  87. Your sister must just be completely thrilled to pieces. Has she booked you for the rest of the year?
    I love the oval mirror above the sink and how the GORGEOUS gooseneck sconce mirrors the faucet. And the floors. Oh the floors...

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  88. This is AHHHH-MAZING!!! I just love the lights and floor tile and that shower curtain is gorgeous! Everything came together beautifully! I am so excited to share it in this week's favorite finds tomorrow morning! Wishing you a lovely weekend!!!

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  89. This bathroom is gorgeous! I love the fabric, the light, floor tile, it's all beautiful!

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  90. WOW, absolutely gorgeous job!! I love the blue and white and all of the asian inspired pieces!!! So so good!!

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  91. The bathroom is gorgeous. Such great classic choices that will look good FOREVER. You just hit a triple homer. I don't know why I used that sports analogy. I don't watch baseball. But I'm trying to say you're an MVP.

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  92. Ahmahgah!! I'm (almost) speechless at this transformation. Brava, E!!! I love the classic look with both vintage/modern touches. SO GOOD you are. I've been reduced to Yoda speak, I'm so awed.

    I need that framed needlepoint. I know lots of whores I'd love to gift it to.

    xoxo

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  93. Bravo! The tile floor is incredible and I love the way it speaks to the Greek key fabric at the top of the shower curtain. Your sister OWES you!

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  94. Elizabeth I absolutely LOVE this bathroom! I totally agree with all your design style tips and of course love anything blue and white! From the lantern, to the marble basket weave floors, to the wall sconce find, to the blue & white curtains, you NAILED IT! Bravo on a job well done! So fun to watch your progress and participate in ORC with such a talented designer!

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  95. Well done! I particularly like the shower curtain fabric (can you share where you found it?) and the two Asian prints over the toilet!
    Thanks! Barbara

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  96. Great job! I love the pedestal sink and tile floor. Plus I love that you finish projects :)

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  97. I can't believe you did all of this in 6 weeks. As an avid blue&white fan, I'm loving this room.

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  98. Sorry, late to the party! I've been dying to check everyone's rooms out but I finally got my room linked up yesterday...oops! OMG!! I knew from day one this room was going to be awesome!! You certainly knocked it out of the park! Love this bathroom! Love the colors and fabrics are awesome and totally agree that u don't need bathroom lighting in a bathroom. That shower head looks amazing! The floor!!! Killed it! I can't believe one of my favorite things isn't even in the bathroom but the nook outside. That blue, the stools, that shelf and hands down that needlepoint! I lol'd!!! Looks like something I'd give my sister. Well done!!!! :)

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  99. Just catching up on all the amazing one room challenges! And I'm truly amazed at this transformation! You did a fabulous job! It's gorgeous! Love the blue and white and all of the tile work. Sooo amazing Elizabeth!

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  100. Your sister is so lucky to have you. This transformation is so totally fantastic. I love the tile. fabric, artwork, but mostly the dumb whore needlepoint. Love.

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  101. I'm very behind on my reading as you can tell but just wanted to let you know how great this looks. One of my favorite things is the mix of pattern on the shower curtain - love that. Great job and I bet your sister is one happy camper.

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  102. Wow, Elizabeth, you killed it here!! What a huge transformation -- so much work here -- all done beautifully! I love the tile, and the fish fabric so much. Are you going to share the fabric source??!

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  103. Elizabeth, your sister's bathroom looks absolutely stunning! I especially love that shelf in the tub - totally genius. We did a big bathroom renovation last year, so I can totally relate to all that goes into it! Sherwin Williams Passive was the perfect color choice, and I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you're interested!

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