Get Your Home In Holiday Gear — Start With The Powder Room!

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Each of the items in my powder room were carefully selected. Together they create a pretty — and unifying — space.

It’s the season of visitors galore at my home, so it’s important that everything is in good shape, re: beverages on hand, holiday décor up, etc. Another important thing I remind my clients about during the holiday season is creating a nice powder room.

I’m so excited that my powder room was featured in the current issue of Detroit Home magazine. The story is about inspiring readers to create an inviting powder room, which gets a lot of use this time of year.

For my own powder room, a simple, yet beautiful, mirror (Emma mirror from with an interesting textural pattern set off the entire design of the space. The mirror was the inspiration for the room. Once I selected it, I then added a mixture of materials to create a modern, simple look.

Some of my favorite accents include a Conrad woven shade in Tule. Its light-filtering translucency has a modern simplicity and clean architectural look.

For the wallpaper, I chose Leo’s Luxe Linens’ Novelty White by Phillip Jeffries. The pearl sheen of the wallpaper complements the reflective qualities of the porcelain tile floor.

Speaking of the floor, the porcelain stoneware mirrors the beauty of marble with its grains and streaks, offering a stone effect. The materials from which the tile is made create a beautiful polished surface that allows the light to warm the room. It looks great with the ice gray sink (about that sink: note how the deep circular basin slopes to meet a squared bottom — love the play of geometrics in its design!).

A polished nickel library wall light from Ralph Lauren Home adds a great detail — it allows the light to shine directly on the mirror and counter, creating a circle and leaving the rest of the space slightly darker.

But what’s a bathroom without the right accessories? I opted for a bone gray tray (for linen hand towels) from Restoration Hardware. Then I picked up an Apothecary pewter soap dispenser, also from Restoration Hardware.

Do you see that cool orb on the counter? It’s a reflective globe from Barbara Barry’s Global Views line. I love Barbara Barry’s  accessories and furnishings — absolutely spot on with their clean lines! The crystal orb in my powder roomcreates interesting shadows on the walls.


The shagreen mirror was the jumping off point for the rest of the space’s design. Once I selected it, I knew which direction I wanted to go.

Remember, a powder room is a place where you can really do something different, like using a bold color, or going for texture or a great pattern on wallpaper. Or take a little risk by choosing an unusual vanity.

As for that mirror, it really is my favorite part of the room — it’s no wonder that it was my jumping off point. The surrounding beveled frame with its cool-gray faux shagreen texture is simplicity at its best.

How is your powder room looking? If you entertain a lot (or just want a great bathroom for yourself/family), be sure to consider a powder room upgrade.

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