One of the interesting things about this large house, was that it had no powder bathroom. Instead, it had that awkward Jack and Jill style bathroom that connected the guest room to the main hallway. You know the kind that gives you that certain paranoia about locking both doors!
The guest room had a very large walk in closet, which was nice if you were visiting for months on end, but completely unnecessary if you had a long weekend. I was able to add a nice size closet in the new guest bath AND a new powder bath. It was a win-win all around!
The powder bath project was one of the most fun design adventures I've ever had! I am a huge fan of all things vintage, photographs being one of them. These photos had been so well preserved and cataloged, stored in acid free boxes with acid free paper. I have never seen such an amazing collection. There were Civil War albums, family home albums, masquerade parties, pictures with dogs, hand tinted portraits, wedding pictures, travels to Egypt and Europe, and more, all dating back to when photography was brand new. I had a love affair with my job during that period of time, while the owner and myself chose the most outstanding ones for display.
For obvious reasons, I didn't use the original pictures. The ones we chose were sent to a professional to scan, repair if necessary, and put on disk for printing. Hanging them on the wall was a puzzle. The space was tight. Ordinarily, I may have laid them out on the floor and worked from that idea, but that just didn't work in this case. They were simply placed, one by one, fitting and thinking. The sink wall is covered with people and their dogs. The rest fell perfectly into place.
The finishes in the room added so much to the overall look. The slate, golden glass, and bronze forged pieces covered a third of the wall. Then it was painted a deep chocolate brown. A gold leafed chair rail was added near the top and lighting was placed inside the rail to highlight the ceiling that is washed in a metallic gold. It is truly a little jewel box and a definite conversation starter. Please leave you comments to let me know what you think. Would you put your ancestors in the bathroom?