Friday, 25 November 2011

Getting over the bathroom blues

I wasn't sure I'd manage a post today.  Although Friday is a day I usually have to myself and get to do my own thing, I had put today aside for ...... upgrading my iPhone 3 to my new iPhone 4s! 

My iPhone 4 has been sitting patiently in its box for a week or two now, waiting for me to pluck up the courage to tackle the switch. 

Many hours later and it's all done - PHEW!  Nothing lost, no mishaps whatsoever and major, major excitement as my iPhone now talks to my iPad - I just took a photo on my iPhone and straight away it appeared on my iPad - um, how cool is that.

Anyhoo, I digress.  The other task I undertook today, while various software updates, backups and whatnot were occurring, was putting the bathroom in my new home into some kind of order.  When I moved in, it looked like this ....

Ah, the joys of living in an unrenovated 1958 house.  Now I don't know about you, but I'm a hopelessly impatient renovator.  I want everything done NOW, or sooner if possible.  The thought of living with awful and tatty decor is just soooooo depressing. 

But the reality is, you just can't do everything at once - especially when it comes to expensive upgrades like a bathroom.  So here are some of my tips for living with a room that's sadly in need of a revamp, but will just have to wait .....
  • Keep it clean, just as clean if not cleaner than everywhere else.  A space that feels cleaner will always feel better - don't neglect it until you don't even want to go in there anymore!

  • Create distractions!  Add plenty of things you want to look at, so your attention doesn't wander to things that make you cringe. 
My look is generally quite busy - which if you've been reading make space for a while you'll know is my style - and I've put even more little things to look at in my bathroom, because there's plenty I don't want to see!

  • Think laterally about what you use for decoration. 
This is a favourite, favourite tip of mine, for any room or any decorating situation.  In a bathroom, you could stick to displaying all your products and toiletries, but for me they tend to all look the same after a while.  To introduce different shapes, colours and textures, see what else you have around the house that would spruce things up, like a scarf on a hook ....

Or some tiles perhaps ....

  • Lighten up dark corners.
I put the Jeffrey Smart picture in the yellow frame above the bath for a specific reason - until now that whole corner felt so dark and grungy that it was making an already small room feel smaller.  Now there's something nice and bright to draw your eye across the whole width of the room, making the space feel just that little bit bigger.

And my final tip ....
  • Save like mad until you have enough money to create the room of your dreams!

Til next time, Nx

P.S. Can you spot the budgie?

1 comment:

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love this! It's like the story of my life - no money to renovate but...

I finally replaced a hideous bathroom cabinet I've been living with for years. I was astounded that it was even possible for someone as un-handy as me to do this. That is wasn't really all that difficult.

While most of us require professionals to replace major appliances and and tile...we can add some accessories and - yes! - even switch out a cabinet or even a light fixture (I did that too - are you impressed? I AM!)

Can't wait to see more of the new house. I also loved what you did with your deck!