Embracing the Feminine, Romancing the Home Challenge for the month of May.

We decided to play things up a little and give our self a little more creative freedom by using a broad theme, that will allow each of these Talented ladies, to work with their strengths.

Stacy, Saw Dust, and High Heels, is a DIY guru! 

Talia, My Shabby Shack is an incredibly talented artist, baker, and DIYer

Liz, Keep it French…is most likely more like me with her love for anything French, food and flowers

Kylie, Our unique Home is soon to become a mommy for the first time and will be taking a little break from Romancing the home. 

With all the above being said if you have read any of my blogs you will know I’m up for most challenges…DIY is a hard one for me but I never shy away from taking something old and making it new!

This week was a perfect opportunity for me to share with you the bathroom update I did for my girl’s bathroom. 

So I am going to ask you to not laugh when I share these before pics…the bathroom was beyond awful, mixed matched patched 80’s tiles, there was even a hideous printed boat mural on the wall!!!! (insert puke emoji)

Yes, it was an eyesore and it HAD to go!



I know Hideous!!!!!!!

You can laugh now….

Inspiration pic from Pintrest

I have been itching to get stuck into the reno for these bathrooms from day one! This was our 4th major reno in our house in the last 6 years!

We actually did two bathrooms but the shower room I will share with you another day,

The design concept for this bathroom was to literally “Embrace the Feminine” I wanted the bathroom to have a vintage “Conservatory” feel with a bit of glam. I created a private garden behind both bathrooms with a water feature and planted beautiful plants that are shade tolerant and some white ice burgs. The window is completely open and looks into this privacy garden, bringing the outside in.

There would be touches of gold, an old ornate french mirror, loads of hanging plants and botanical prints.

Inspiration pic was taken from Pintrest

On my hunt to find the look:

I knew each piece I would purchase for this room would have a whimsy feel and be ultra pretty!

Decor finds:

Tiles: I bought beautiful cement carved tiles that mimic floors you would see in old homes on patios on conservatories. these tiles I bought from Union Tiles.

Taps: I bought my bath tap from RossCo Basins, he has the most beautiful range of taps.

            The bath mixer was from Italtile

Basin: RossCo Basins, I wanted a basin to sit on top of a vintage dresser, I choose to offset the basin and have it on the one side of the unit so I could have a place for a beautiful try and vignette.

Bath: The bath was a super lucky find on FB market place, brand new and a fraction of the price

Bathroom Vanity: Now the fun begins…

I was on a hunt to find the perfect size vanity, with just enough storage and detail to make this a one of a kind piece! I knew I wanted it to be hand painted like an old French style piece and fortunately for me, I knew the best person for the job, Talia from My Shabby Shack.

I scoured every antique shop I could find for months, but alas nothing, until one day there it was…this sweet little dresser just as I had imagined! The budget was tight so I was allowed to put a deposit down and pay it off over two months…I just had to have it!

Once I got my hands on the unit I phoned Talia straight away and work began, she is a master and let me tell you it is a show stopper!

this little beauty found at the back of a second-hand store in JHB

Here you can see Talia started with outlines, I did the base coat for her in a mix of old white and Chateau grey from Annie Sloan

And this is what it looks like now!


I added a granite top to take care of the moisture problem and I think the colour in gold works beautifully!

For months before the project began, I had started a collection of all the pretty little goodies I would use to style the bathroom. In my humble opinion, these smaller items are just as important as choosing the tiles, bath etc… This is what makes the room look finished and bring the entire look together. 

I always tell my clients when I am doing a room or kitchen for them to put a budget aside for their items, it makes all the difference.



My bathroom was even featured in the “Bathroom Special” From Tuis/Home Mag! how lucky am I 
Thank you Talia for this amazing piece of art that I get to look at every day, you are so incredibly talented!
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Be sure to check out my fellow #romancingthehome friends to see their beautiful spring wreath creations: