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Bathroom Before/After

Creative HomeGina Paulson3 Comments

We bought a house last December. I haven't shared anything about the house yet besides a few little snaps on my Instagram here and there. This is our first home and it's been so fun and rewarding to get to see the changes we've made in it. I am pretty sure my husband knew going into this house that a lot of the design elements were going to be up to me, he really let me bring my visions to life. I remember drawing each room out on paper first, with measurements and colors all labeled, and room by room and I put down my vision. I got a lot of questionable responses on some of my decisions- like why I would paint perfectly good cabinets, why I would get rid of perfectly good cabinets, wouldn't doing half of the bathroom tile in one color look weird, are you sure you really want to go WHITE everywhere? This was just one of those projects that I have a vision for though so YES, I am sure. LUCKILY, we had A TON of help from both a local contractor and both of our dads who are both incredibly handy when it comes to work in houses (again first time home owners, we had no idea how to do about anything) 

Our home came with some pretty rad purple shag carpet with a theme of pink-ish countertops, bath tub and walls. Everything was well kept though, so aside from removing one wall, for the most part it was cosmetic upgrades. Today I'm sharing our bathroom. It's nothing big or elaborate and if we're both getting ready in the morning it's a bit tight- but I have to say the changes do make the space feel bigger when you're in it. 

We started with painting everything WHITE. Pure white. Like the white that every shade of white starts with. The guy at Home Depot thought I was the most boring human alive. We pulled up all of the tile and had these super cute hexagon tiles installed and grouted. I contrasted the white floor by painting the cabinets black (my father-in-law did most of the painting here and he did a great job!) We replaced the pinkish formica with some granite looking formica, and upgraded our sink head. The shower was an issue but out of everything, my husband was VERY open to removing the pinkish shower walls. We looked into a lot of options here, buying a whole new shower would be the most expensive for us but would ultimately give us a ton of options. My contractor looked into a method of painting the current shower surround and that was an option for us as well but we also weren't 100% sure how it would turn out. We had some left over tile from the bathroom floors as well that we could maybe do something with. We didn't have enough to fully cover the shower in one color but between the two bathrooms we had enough tile in total to cover the walls. My initial thought was to alternate walls, with the two shorter walls in black and the back wall in white, but we weren't sure we had enough of the black to do that. So we used as much white as possible to keep it light and airy in there, and did a few rows along the bottom in black to finish it off.  It turned out incredibly awesome! Our poor contractor though mentioned how hard it was to have to cut the tiles exactly and lay them in place like that, then let them dry without falling off- he had his hands full on that project.

So here we are now almost a year later, and I LOVE being in our bathroom. It seems silly that it's the first room of our house that I'm sharing but it just am beyond happy with how it turned out. I'll work on getting more house update photos for you guys but in the meantime, hopefully this can inspire some of you looking to reno a room or do some upgrades! Thanks for reading! 

Paint: Sherman Wiliams Bathmat: Urban Outfitters  Candle + Matches: Anthropologie (thanks, em!) Toothbrush Holders: Pottery Barn Shower Curtain: Macys Hotel Collection WALL ART: Watercolor Butts: Society 6  Should I Wash My Hair Flow Chart: Chipper Things So Fresh and So Clean: Eleven and West I Like You I Love You: Eleven and West 

Home Tour | Eclectic Modern Home in West Seattle

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LOCATION: West Seattle, Genesee Neighborhood 


STATS: 3 BR, 1.75 BATH, 1,780 SQ FT

When I visited Jennae and Patrick for their home tour, I was greeted by two large Bernese Mountain Dogs and an extremely camera friendly cat. For most people, that would be a lot to manage in a smaller house but Jennae and Patrick have combined simplicity with functionality to make their 1949 cozy home seem quite spacious. Jennae and Patrick are both creatives and their eye for design is so strong throughout their home.  

Our favorite thing about decorating our home has been creating a space that represents us and is functional for our lifestyle.

You're immediately welcomed into their light filled living room upon entering their home. Corner windows line the entry room to create a space that is bright and airy. 

One thing you'll notice immediately about the house is the small collected details from their lives. Everything has a story and represents a piece of their life together. A small built in fits a vintage projector they found at an antique shop in Portland and is surrounded by curated bits and pieces of life's memorabilia. 

If you ask them what their favorite spots in the house are, Patrick's pick is this Eames molded plywood chair. It adds a welcoming element to the simplicity of their living room right next to their DIY Ikea hack floating credenza. 

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Unique pieces of art are one thing this house isn't lacking. Their living room boasts a carefully curated gallery wall with bright colored frames to add some fun into the space. Patrick loves motorcycles and they've incorporated multiple moto-inspired pieces into this gallery, as well as a few wedding photos. Jennae is also the maker behind Hux Goods, a Seattle based shop that sells handmade accessories and interior details. Her pillows and table runner are prime examples of some of the magic she creates. 

Their tiny kitchen is compact and functional. Jennae has filled their kitchen window with small plants to bring some fresh accents into the space filled with cook books and curated coffee mugs. 

Jennae's studio is such a slice of creative paradise. It's filled with natural light and has corners lined with tropical fabrics and small details that inspire her. As a creative maker, it's so important to have a space that allows you to feel creative and inspired and Jennae has definitely found this in her studio. 

Patrick and Jennae's bedroom is simple with a great mixture of texture and pattern. In order to maintain a clutter free smaller bedroom they stick to only the necessities in there. The've added a pop of color with some teal curtains and a colorful Mexican serape blanket, some fun patterns like their cat pillow cover, and a beautifully upholstered bed frame. 

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Their house is split into two levels with the lower level containing an additional living room with a pull out sofa for out of town guests. Though it's below the ground level, it's still filled with light and welcoming textures. 

Nestled just minutes from downtown Seattle this home is bursting through its seams with personal touches and details. They've described their style as "creating a space with things that brings us joy" and it's so clear they've done a great job with that. 

Check out the rest of the photos from their home tour below



Sofa: Macy's

Coffee Table: Family heirloom from Patrick's great aunt 

Floating Credenza: Ikea Hack (Ikea + Patrick added wood top)

Leather Bench: CB2

Projector: Vintage find in Portland 

Gallery Wall: "Never Grow Up" from Ornamental Confirer | "BRAAAP" + "Live to Ride" Screen Print from Inked Iron | Black and Gold Shapes from Spaceagency | Wedding Photos by Marissa Maharaj | Photos of us on a Motorcycle by We Are The Rhodes

Pillows: Hux Goods


Table: CB2

Chairs: CB2

Light: Ikea

Artwork: Deus Custom 


Desk: Ikea

Artwork: John Lennon litographs | Calendar from Eleven and West | Mondays Aint So Bad from Ornamental Fonfirer

Chair: Space Oddity Vintage Doctor Chair and the Jens Rinsom Chair


Nightstand: CB2

Cat Pillow: Ikea 

Bed: Crate and Barrel

Duvet Cover: Unison 

Second Living Room

Sofa: CB2 Movie Sofa 

Sofa Pillows: Hux Goods

Leather Chair: West Elm

Guitar: Taylor Big Baby

Modern Black Chair: Laura Davidson 

Pinball Machine: 1980 Williams Galaxy