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Picking Out Pretties for the Powder

Ryan Residence 2020 | A Sneak Peak Inside Our House Selections

It has been some time since I have found myself writing. As I enter into each new season, I find myself with a new demand -- meal planning for a toddler, working around a new nap schedule, building a home (no -- literally, we are building our home right now), etc. With each new demand, I look back and realize I have allowed something else to fall to the wayside. I create new routines, habits and priorities -- often mindlessly. One of those things I have left behind is writing.

So as not to be cliche, I have decided to pick back up my focus on writing ahead of the new year. I will weave in my writing with my new demands. For this post, I have decided to update my readers (pretty much my family and close friends -- hello!) on house selections - giving a sneak peak into the design process.

Currently, I am using PicMonkey to help my design plan come to life. I have to see things in order to know what will or won't work (visual learner). Nesting with Grace's Brooke Christen is the one who introduced me to this amazing tool. If you are interested in your own room makeover or design challenge, check out her blog post on how to use PicMonkey here. She is such an inspiration for me on all things home design.

The great thing about PicMonkey is that I can play with so many different options and really get a feel for the room. Would this rug work? What if I tried this sconce light? Maybe a pendant light above the sink would work better? With PicMonkey, I can test it all out and see it.

Dark and Moody

For now, you can see my vision for the Power Bathroom. Since it is such a small space, I am going for a dark and moody fell. The paint color pictured (I am thinking a Shiplap wall) is Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik. Overall, I want the house to be bright and airy, but I do like a little drama with design. A small space like a powder bathroom is a great location to do just that. Plus, I feel like you do not have to be practical in a powder bathroom -- you can make decisions strictly based on design.

The Perfect Rug

For this room design, I decided to begin with the rug. How beautiful is this rug? I like to select one thing - whether it be a rug, a light fixture, or a piece of art and make choices around that. It helps me to focus my design and narrow decisions (this is another tip from Nesting with Grace). I actually already bought this rug as a runner for our Master Bathroom. Who says you can't have two? Or, I might challenge myself to find a vintage rug with similar colors. Anyone have a good source for vintage rugs? Experiences? Thoughts?

Handy Husband

For the vanity, I am tasking my husband with another project.I would like him to build a piece with dark stain, a bar for hanging a towel (so different and handy) and a concrete top. I want the bottom on the vanity to be open - the perfect place for a basket.

A Bold Floor

In the first home we built, our guest bathroom flooring was a bold black and white design, and I loved it. I was super nervous about that decision, but I think it paid off. I want to keep the bold black and white flooring for the powder bathroom as a statement in our next home.

Finishing Touches

The finishing touches like hand towels, pictures and wall decor certainly will change over time, but by picking options now, it helps to capture the feel of the room for my design plan.

For now, this is the plan.

I hope to create blog posts comparing my plan versus the final product as we continue the construction process.


Floor Tile | Mission Stone & Tile

Mirror | Wayfair

Sconce Lights | Wayfair

Sink Faucet | Wayfair

Wall Decor Basket | Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn have some good options

Vase | The one I have pictured is from Target, but I can't find it online anymore. Here is another option at Target, or here is another good option from West Elm

Cactus Artwork | Etsy, Watercolor Botanicals

Rug | Wayfair

Hand Towel | World Market

Towel Bar | Pottery Barn


by: Michelle Ryan

Courtesy of nap time and an early bedtime

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