Project: Guest 1/2 Bathroom Unfinished …before photos

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It was a blank slate when we moved in …well, other than the fern wallpaper, which if you look closely {at the top two pics}, is two different colors. As if they ran out of paper mid-project and when they went back to get more, they picked up the wrong one but didn’t realize it till after it was up on the wall & just said fuck it! You really can’t tell in person unless you look closely. But since we don’t own this rental, I think it just adds character to this otherwise unmemorable space. The verdict: I like the fern paper. It makes me laugh.

I added the simple gold curtain rod {to match the other fixtures -that I would replace if we owned}, the curtains {reversed to see stripes}, hand towels and loop rug because it needed all those things. I figured if I stayed with neutral tones, I could use them in the final decor. I hung my West Elm “L” shelves which I used as a spice rack our tiny condo kitchen, above the toilet.

{note* always buy and install a new toilet seat if you’re renting. They’re like $25 and at least you know your tush is the only one that’s been on it}.

And this is how this bathroom has looked for about 2 months now …prepped and waiting to be “decorated”. But I wasn’t sure what direction to go in. I knew I wanted it to be humorous {because come on, who can take that wallpaper seriously?} and originally wanted to stick the Blik wall decal “Buck You” on the inside of the door …but it’s too wide to fit …boo. It wasn’t until yesterday when I stumbled again upon the hilarity that is Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre that I knew I had to go with a modern Victorian theme …with a few curious oddities thrown in here and there.

I have a few hilarious antique Victorian portraits in ornate frames {below} that were my grandma’s and a James Watkinson collage called “Meditation II: On the Laws of Change” with a monkey skull which was part of a Christmas bonus from the boss in 2008 which will mix in perfectly. And because this 1/2 bath doesn’t have a shower, I don’t have to worry about steam/water sneaking in between glass and ruining fine art. I’m admittedly excited about decorating this bathroom now …and filling it to the brim with odd little Victorian tchotchkes & art. And of course, I’ll share the finished room with you.

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James Watkinson collage box art

Here are the framed prints I bought from Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre
note: click on the image to go to their shoppe






. . . because they make me giggle every single time I read them. I also bought a few Dollar dreadful family journals for reading material 😉 Definitely check out The Bazaarium shop where I almost bought the “His/Hers” pillow cases for the guest bedroom. Not just yet though …not just yet.

added 8/27/10

nikki sixx twitter backround

This was Nikki Sixx’s twitter background about a week ago and it’s really very close to the idea I had for our guest bathroom …so I’ve included it here for inspiration.



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Emily

    June 22, 2010 |

    Oh my goodness! Those pics are hilarious! I love the checkers one! LOL!

  • Katie

    June 22, 2010 |

    Can’t wait to see the after!

  • anhesty

    June 22, 2010 |

    hahah those pics are funny. can’t wait to see the end results.

  • Miss Vintage Vixen

    June 22, 2010 |

    Hi I would love the sink and the mirror and the wall shelves ktnxbaii. xD

  • fshnonmymind

    June 22, 2010 |

    I’m loving all of your home dec tips and pics. You’re setting things up quite lovely and homey.
    I would totally keep that kind of wallpaper. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t deny it adds character (especially since it doesn’t match). Plus, taking it down would be a PITA and I hate painting, so I know that’s a job I wouldn’t want to do.
    Thank you for the website because I think those prints are hilarious and will definitely buy one for the next place I move to (fingers crossed that it is soon).

  • Addict

    June 22, 2010 |

    Funny pics, can’t wait to see the finished version of the room.

  • Patricia

    June 23, 2010 |

    LOVE your bonus!! and it’s always hard with a rental to know how much to do without feeling too guilty for splurging on something that won’t be yours; but you still want it to feel like home.

  • Rasha

    June 23, 2010 |

    Loving this!

  • Susu Paris Chic

    June 23, 2010 |

    I just love the draping of your last dress! I wish I could find something similar!

    Decorating is fun… can’t wait to see the result!

  • DailyDivaDish

    June 23, 2010 |

    That “single stone” print cracks me up!
    XO Piper

  • Iva

    June 23, 2010 |

    OMG!!!! these are totally awesome!!!

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  • Monique

    June 24, 2010 |

    Those prints are hilarious! I love the checkers one. I’ve been mixing in a little rococo style with my mod stuff lately. It looks really good and it’s delightfully kitsch.
    The bathroom looks good so far, can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Migration Agents Melbourne

    June 25, 2010 |

    The checks are brilliant idea.!!! I wanna add in my apartment save space and good looking

  • Ashley

    June 25, 2010 |

    LOVE the two birds one stone frame. Hilarity.

  • nyc lu

    June 25, 2010 |

    i love those FRAMES! i just picked up two not-so-cheap-ones from a vintage store. wish they’d been free from my grandma, ha!

  • nyc lu

    June 25, 2010 |

    i love those FRAMES! i just picked up two not-so-cheap-ones from a vintage store. wish they’d been free from my grandma, ha!

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