Here we are, at Week 5 of the One Room Challenge. I can’t believe I’m five weeks in because there is so much left to do before I photograph this Friday. As a recap, I shared my budget and planning along with plumbing selections in Week 2. In Week 3, I broke down the vanity and where to place sconces for optimal lighting. Week 4 was all about selecting a bathroom tile you’ll love for years to come. This week, I’d like to break down the final touches to finish the bathroom.

Week 5, here we go!


When it comes to accessories, I like to think of them as jewelry. They are the accents to your home! The plumbing, vanity, tile and lights are the everyday essentials of a remodel. The pieces you can’t live without. Just like your favorite white tee, black dress or boyfriend jeans - I like these items to be pieces I know I’ll love for years to come. They have to function and be a bit of a workhorse and for me, usually aren’t risks, they are tried and true. But accessories, they can really express a style perspective.

Accessories are more than tchotchkes strategically place throughout a home to give it character. In my bathroom for example, the door hardware, mirror, hooks, shelves, artwork, towels and baskets are all accessories. All the things necessary to put the finishing touches on a room and also function, not just random decor.

ARTWORK - Art makes a huge impact in a room and Minted is one of my go to resources for art by independant artists. The best part, aside from an amazing collection of original art and prints, is Minted frames the art in your frame of choice. It arrives ready to hang and not sit around in a box for a few months until you are able to get it to the framers. Win!

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MINTED FAVORITES : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

MIRRORS - A basic bathroom requirement is a mirror. I like a mirror on the bigger side but never wider than the vanity itself. While I love option 3 from Varaluz, that mounted detail is amazing, it was sadly out of stock when I was selecting mirrors, so I opted for option 2. It’s simple black frame is the perfect compliment to my black bathroom hardware. I also like the rounded corner details.


HARDWARE: Often forgotten but completely necessary in a bathroom remodel is hardware. From towel bars to tp holders, I like to use the same finish for these pieces that I used in my plumbing fixtures for a cohesive look. Take into account the back plate, whether it’s square or round or something else when making a selection. Emtek is one of my favorite lines for simple, well made hardware that isn’t too traditional. Their modern collection is a go to for me.

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EMTEK FAVORITES: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 10 / 11

FINAL TOUCHES: And last but not least the most common accessories for a bathroom from a trusted source, Unison Home. They carry all of the final touches for a modern bathroom. The quality is great and the collection feels curated but not exclusive. It’s elevated every day items, like a toothbrush holder and the Stitch black and white towel.

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UNISON HOME FAVORITES: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

SCHEDULE - to be complete by end of day Thursday. I have a big design presentation Friday morning at 10am and am photographing the room at 2pm Friday!

  1. paint the trim and doors

  2. crawl space cover

  3. hang the door and install the door hardware

  4. install the light fixtures and change out the outlets and switches

  5. hang the mirror and shelves

  6. install the glass shower doors

  7. hang art work, put in plants, soft goods and accessories

  8. create a shot list

  9. photograph - May 3

See what the other One Room Challenge Participants are up to for Week 5!

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