Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer at the Seaside Kids Bathroom

It's summer and the salt water life is perfect here in Florida.  Lazy breezy days with the family by the shore.  I've taken some time off from blogging to enjoy these special moments with my kids while spending some time at the beach.  Nothing makes me happier than sitting with my toes in the sand watching them laugh and splash in the waves. 



My husband and I both grew up in South Florida surrounded by beautiful water and a healthly outdoor lifestyle.  And even though we live inland now on a lake, our home still has hints of our love of the Florida salt water life.  We have a few sailfish hanging about on our walls, and I couldn't resist decorating the kids bathroom with a hint of ocean theme since they both love the beach.  It just makes them happy and brings smiles to their faces.

Below is the picture of bathroom from when we purchased the home in the original 1920's condition.
Bathroom Before

New Neutral Kids Bathroom

The new design is very similar to the original with white subway tiles, a Kohler Memoir cast iron tub and white beadboard paneling.  We repurposed an original 1920's french door.  I found two naturally woven shower curtains at Tuesday morning and sewed one to be used on the door to provide privacy.  The idea was to indulge their love of the beach with a bathroom designed to take them in to their teen years.  Something they won't quickly outgrow that's classic and timeless.


This bathroom is VERY small with limited space and storage.  We had a custom cabinet built to accomodate the kids toiletries.  The fixtures are an antique brass finish.  The seahorse cabinet hardware was a special order handle from Lowes for about $15.00.



The Seashell mirror was from Pier I for $99.00. 


Kohler Memoir Cast Iron Bathtub approx. $1,200.


The seashell pedestal sink and toilet are St. Thomas special order from Home Depot

Seashore Themed Frame from Home Goods

Kohler Antique Brass Fixtures from Fergusen Supply


A similar seashell mini chandelier is available from Bellacor for $95.00

I love real art. If I can't find a great painting, the next best thing is to blow up a great photo. For this, I absolutely LOVE, www.greatbigcanvas.com. This company is great. They cater to their customers and really work with you to make your photo art special. My neighbors have a great vintage black and white photo from Bahia Mar in the 1920's of major league baseball players standing under their fish catches. I covet this picture. It's HUGE and just vintage cool.   I'll have to get a picture to post for you soon. Anyhow, it gave me the idea to blow up some of our photos. This makes a great addition to any home decor.


I already mentioned how little this bathroom is for the kids.  We tried to make as much storage as possible for such a small space.  A nook was added in the shower.  We herringboned the inset to mix up the tile design.

Added Shower Nook for storage

The bathroom turned out perfect for the kids.  I'm still working on adding a few more storage options for towels.  Today I found this DIY project for rustic towels shelves on the This Old House website.  This is our next project for over the toilet, as well as some nautical hooks for the beadboard wall to hang wet towels.  I'll post these as soon as they are installed.  Below you can see the rustic shelves as seen on This Old House.
Rustic DIY Towel Shef from This Old House website

2 comments:

  1. Love everything about this bathroom! Laughed when I saw the shell mirror. Check out my post on the beachy doll house that I did for my grand daughter. The first thing I did was make a shell mirror!

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  2. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject.

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