Setting the Scene for a Vintage Powder Room
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A: I was hired by a client to remodel her bathrooms, but also to help her decide which items around the home she should keep. Early in the design process, I spotted the gold mirror in a closet, and the antique credenza tucked away in a back room. The light bulb in my head went off — “why don’t we cut in a hole in that piece and attach a sink to it?” Adding the gold mirror solidified the vintage vision. I’m a huge fan of black, white, and gold, so we settled on the scheme pretty quickly. The client’s home is an older home, so I wanted to honor its age by creating a space with vintage elements.
Q: What were your client’s main desires/requests?
A: Originally, the bathroom had a chamber shower next to a small vanity. This bathroom is located in the middle of the home (not near any bedrooms), and the shower was never used. The client wanted to convert the space into a powder room. Once we demolished the shower, the space felt a lot more open.
A: Staying consistent with black, white, and gold in a vintage style was pretty easy. I suggested tiling the focal wall with white subway tile in black grout. The gold accents really pop off the black and white. I love the pendant lights, as they do not compete with the ornate mirror – they just add to the narrative. The faucet is another favorite piece; its elegant shape and un-lacquered brass finish really elevate the space from a generic builder-grade bathroom to something unique and glamorous. I had the baseboards and window molding painted black, along with a custom Roman shade made in a classic black and white striped fabric.
Daniela chose two of our Penn pendants to pair with a gold mirror over the sink – a look that we absolutely love!
I love the pendant lights, as they do not compete with the ornate mirror – they just add to the narrative.
Q: Why did you choose Progress Lighting’s Penn pendants for this project? How does lighting enhance the overall design of the space?
A: I felt that pendant lights (instead of only recessed lights) would make the space feel extra special. To me, it’s like the jewelry of the room. The pendants are beautiful, but they are perfect in that they let the mirror shine. I needed something that was vintage-inspired, elegant, but also relatively simple and non-fussy. I love turning the pendants on without the use of the recessed LEDs; they create such a warm glow and inviting feel.
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