Moody Modern Bathroom Plan

By Kate Riley November 8, 2017

Another new project landed in my lap, it’s a small hall bathroom for a shared commercial office. Rather than something light and bright like I did in my own home with my powder room, I’m headed in the opposite direction. This time I’ll create a moody modern space using a combination of deep hues on the walls (black or charcoal), a wood vanity, and brass accents.

The Inspiration:

images: 1 / 2 / 3 /

Here is the 4×6′ space as it exists now, it’s one of those tiny bathrooms thrown together for utility alone and with no consideration to aesthetic whatsoever. So boring right? I can’t wait to give it a fresh, more attractive look.

The vinyl plank floors are in good shape so those stay. However those walls are crying out for something cool, I’m leaning either dark stained or painted plank walls, or perhaps grasscloth wallpaper in a deep hue as the backdrop, like the walls in the inspiration images above.

The vanity shouldn’t be more than 30″ wide to have the proper proportion, these single sink wood vanities caught my eye:

  ronbowfairmont / roveland / bristol

The ceiling is 8′ so it demands a flushmount fixture, and I’ll add a mirror to complement. For the touches of brass I love these flush mount fixtures and mirrors:

  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I’m trying to turn this one around in the next month. I’ll share the final product selections and space reveal when it’s done. .


The Easiest Faux Faux Fur Rug

By Kate Riley November 6, 2017

During last year’s holiday season I decided to give my living room that extra cozy factor by adding a faux fur rug. When I went on the hunt for one I discovered even the cheap 5×7’s start around $200 so I came up with a less expensive alternative.

Perhaps you didn’t notice it last year because you were all just so mesmerized by the loveliness of my paper leaf garland which really was the feature and that faux fur rug just slipped past you. :)


I completely forgot to blog about the rug last season so when I opened up the Christmas closet last weekend and found my folded faux fur fabric tucked away I remembered all about it.

Yep that’s my secret: it’s just fabric. I simply wrapped my existing rug in faux fur fabric and left it at that.

Easiest faux faux fur rug ever.


I brought it back for fall and you can be sure it will make an appearance next month for a holiday home tour.


Many faux fur fabrics are rather thick and come in 60” width. With a purchase of 3 yards you can create a 5×7’ faux faux fur rug by using an existing 5×7’ rug in your home as its base to avoid slippage. I simply tucked mine under around the edges, but a few safety pins will also do the trick in securing it to your existing rug.

The reason I prefer the synthetic fur fabric + rug layering trick instead of an actual faux fur rug is that it can be folded up and tucked away more easily after the winter season. After all, I don’t want a fur rug all year long, just something to step on and add cozy texture between November and February.

You could create a larger 8×10′ faux fur rug by attaching a fabric like this (at less than $10 a yard) with hot glue to a non-slip rug pad like this.

Or do something similar with these additional faux fur fabrics by the yard:

faux fox / white rabbit / black + white emu

tibetan fox / mongolian gray fox / black + white husky

faux candy / white mongolian fur / paloma swirl