So what's black and white and red all over? Well, in my house it could be a lot of things, but today, it's my guest bath!
Of course, in my little cottage, the term guest bath is misnomer. While it is the room used by guests, it is also our second bathroom and heavily used, on a daily basis, by some very messy teenagers. So while it looks pretty in these photos, that is not real life.
In real life, the garbage pail is usually half empty, because the garbage is on the floor next to the pail. There is toothpaste in the sink, retainers and their cases on the vanity, a foot towel on the floor and those just for decoration towels, under the mirror, well, you already know how that story ends.
The stubborn decorator in me ignores these facts and constantly tries to fight the tide. I want a pretty bathroom and a little (big) mess does not deter me. I work around it...and do a lot of picking up.
Sometimes, a little refresh helps to keep the place cleaner. The kids respond to new stuff, it motivates them to keep it tidy and they do appreciate my hard work. So in an effort to encourage a neater bath and change the boring look of this room. I updated with a new shower curtain.
One new item provided a dramatic change and so far, so good!
This was the room before my shower curtain change. Pretty, but very bland. It just never sat well with me.
I decided the room needed a little punch. Now, usually I add red, but this room certainly has enough of that. Plus it's missing a window, it's very dark, so more red was not the answer here. Shocking, I know.
Besides, I've already tried that.
I found this curtain at Target and fell in love. I've been looking for something with black that wasn't going to clash with the floor. It was not an easy job, but I think this one works.
At first, I was afraid it might be too modern for my decidedly country styled home, but the other very simple accessories in the room keep it anchored and it just adds a bit of elegance to my existing decor, like my super simple wall art.
I'm very happy with my updated bathroom and as of noon today, it is still clean. No one's up yet, so that's probably why, but I can have hope for tidier days.
If not, I always have the pictures.
They're never messy.
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