Bathroom Three Ways #3

BRIGHTIcelandic bathroom post #3. Are you ready?! This is the final one and I've called it Bright.

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To remind you what we're working on, that's the bathroom above. It's being remodeled as we speak and my moodboards are just the icing on the cake for this reader as I'm sure the bathroom itself will be stunning.

Here are the components in today's Bright theme. I've chosen mainly sources available on Iceland but also webstores that offer some international shipping:

1. If this were my bathroom and I'd choose this theme I'd go for pure white walls but there's also a nice shade of white from Jotun called Bomull (=cotton) which would give a little more warmth.

2. Again just to remind you that there are cute ways to disguise random ugly tiles in your bathrooms.

3. Love these colorful hooks. Each family member could get their own color.

4. Black and white goes well with the bright colors and I can never resist polka dots. Toiletry and makeup bags pretty enough to stay on a shelf or counter.

5. I had this Fräck mirror in my very first apartment and I loved it. Did you know that Fräck translates into Cheeky?

6. I would consider switching from a shower stall door to shower curtains. There have been discussions here on my blog about this before but I just like the idea of something flowy instead of that cubicle feel you get from the door. Also a lot of shower curtains can easily go in the laundry machine which I prefer to scrubbing the door. Curtains can be sewn out of any fabric and then lined with a polyester liner which can also be laundered.

7. Check out this unusual laundry basket. The image went weird on me but you can see it more closely in the link.

8. In my world there is no such thing as too many storage boxes. This is a nice black and white one.

9. Did you know Marimekko make soaps? Now you do.

10. Bright white and matching.You can never go wrong with that.

That was that! So which color scheme out of the three is your favorite if this were your bathroom? Fill out my little poll at he bottom, just for fun :). 

NATURALHere's a reminder of the Natural theme above and the Soft below.


Clutter Free Kitchen Corner


Maureen's kitchen clutter made my want to hop on a plane and deal with it right then and there because there's so much potential there for a simple fix. Here's what she wrote when asking for help:

For years I have struggled with ways of keeping two areas in our kitchen tidy. These areas are the corner by the entry door and our closet.
A few years ago I purchased a small metal rack for the corner in hopes of stacking somethings in to it. This worked for awhile, but our collection of mess grew bigger and bigger! :( We keep everything from grilling coal, plant dirt, gecko & frog dirt, soda bottles, mops and more over there. Above the mess hangs frying pans and behind the mess is our kitchen heater, we also keep our rest garbage in this area because we lack space in our kitchen closet. 
In our closet we keep everything from vases, gardening supplies, cleaning products, paint, plastic, paper, food garbage to plastic bags. There were shelves already installed here when we moved in so I have always used these, but I feel they could maybe be more functional with the right ideas. 
I am usually very creative at organizing but here I just totally fail. I would love to hear if you have any ideas for these spaces and I thank you in advance.

Here's what I'd do:

Maureens's kitchen There's so much potential in that closet so I suggest clearing that out first and sorting like items with like and tossing whatever is no longer in use. Giving the inside a fresh coat of white paint and adding new shelf coverings such as oil cloth or adhesive vinyl will freshen up and make it more likeable.

Here are the items that need storing and my suggestion of where they go.

Mops and brooms - I would remove the pot lid holder from the closet door and instead attach a mop and broom holder (1) on there so the brooms (7) are hidden from plain vew everytime you enter.

Recycling - At the bottom of the closet I'd set up a recycling station for paper (11) and bottles in their crate. Hoping the mop bucket (12) will fit down there too. Other recycling can go in tubs (8) on one of the shelves above.

Pot lids - My suggestion is to get a standing rack (5) for them on one of the shelves instead.

Plant dirt, gecko & frog dirt, grilling coal - Get a couple of nice looking containers with lids on (4) that can be out in the open by the entrance and place the bags in there.

Gardening supplies, cleaning products, paint - Go in tubs and storage containers/boxes ( 6+8+9). Like things together. The ones with handles make it easy to take a kit of something with you to another part of the house. Use a label maker (3) to mark each container at the front so everyone knows what goes where.

Plastic bags - If there's room on the inside of the door I'd attach a plastic holder (2) there but they could also go in a tub (8) on a shelf.

Frying pans, vases and jars - Go on one of the shelves again grouped by type.

I'd also consider adding a simple wine rack (10) in there somewhere so those bottles are out of the way too.

I think this is basically just a matter of using the space to it's full potential and making things more easily accessible. Let us know how it turns out, Maureen!

1) Broom and brush holder  - My Amazon Store
2) Plastic bag holder - IKEA
3) Label maker - My Amazon Store
4) Bin with lid - IKEA
5) Pot lid holder - IKEA
6) Container with handles - IKEA
7) Mop and broom - IKEA
8) Clear plastic tub - IKEA
9) Wooden box - IKEA
10) Wine rack - IKEA
11) Newspaper bin - My Amazon Store
12) Bucket - IKEA

Bathroom Three Ways #2


Remember my Icelandic reader? The one with the bathroom remodel from a while back?

Here's the second moodboard I made for her. Basically it's to show her and you that if you go for a neutral  and basic look for the bathroom itself, such as floor, tiles, fittings and fixtures you can then accessorize it in many different ways to create different moods.

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Just to remind you of the layout of the bathroom again and here are the components of today's Natural theme. This time I did most of the virtual shopping at IKEA but I'm also sending my reader into the woods :).

1. I chose a pale subtIe green wall color. The color number is NSC S1020-G30Y. NSC is the standard color system over here. All paint brands can mix it for you. The numbers and letters basically tell you the ingredients needed to achieve the color.

2. To me pretty packaging (or decanting into pretty containers) is part of accesorizing a bathroom. Love these which aside from looking good smell divine to. LÄGGA IN LÄNK!!!

3. It's nice to step out of the shower on to a soft  bath mat. It also helps give the room a less stark apperance since there's no shower curtain. I'd probably go for matching or crisp white towels.

4. I like this simple soap dish which could also be used to corrall countertop clutter such as hair pins or jewelry.

5. Baskets are great for storing extra toiletries. These round ones are cute and will break up the squareness that's going on in this bathrroom.

6. Again I would use that under the eves nook next to the toilet for laundry baskets. These are nice and go well with this natural theme.

7. This is the point where I'm asking my reader to go chop down a tree. I remember my parents having home carved hooks in their sauna and I've lately been thinkimg I want to make some myself. They would look awesome in this bathroom scheme.

8. I like the look of these. They remind me of sea glass and would look nice on the vanity.


So which one do you like the best so far, the Soft theme above from the first post or today's Natural theme?

I promised three themes; Soft, Natural and Bright so Bright is still coming up. Stay tuned! 


Ps. Don't forget, the Polli give away ends tomorrow!