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My Favorite Room: Carrie of Hazardous Design

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today we have Carrie of Hazardous Design here to talk about her favorite room.  Welcome Carrie!

Hi there Cottage and Vine readers!
I'm so honored to be making a guest appearance today to talk about my favorite room.

You might think it is strange that my favorite room is a powder room, but let me explain!

My husband, Chris and I, moved into our historic New England home just over a year ago. Every room needs/needed a major overhaul. The powder room was no exception, and renovating it truly was a labor of love.

This is what it looked like when we moved in.

The built ins, while nice to have, made the layout of the powder room really awkward (the mirror was hung over the toilet!). What you can't see in this picture is the green shag carpet on the floor and the exposed wiring. We needed a pull chain to turn on the only light in the room! It was a bit like a high-end outhouse.

Time for an upgrade!

Over the course of 6 months, Chris spent his weekends doing all the hard stuff like installing beadboard,

hanging new crown molding,

and installing a new marble tile floor.

In the meantime, I agonized, second guessed, and reevaluated every decorating decision :)Having six months to complete a project is nice because you have so much time to make decisions...but it is not so nice because you have so much time to make a decision!In the end, we're thrilled with our choices.

The wallpaper is Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon in the China Blue colorway. I was a little afraid of going with such a bold paper at first, but figured that if I'm going to let loose anywhere in the house, the powder room would be the place to do it!  The blue and white is such a classic color combination, that I'm sure we'll enjoy it for years to come.
The mirror was a $30 antique store find that I spray-painted black. I really like the way black looks with all the blue floral. It keeps the room from looking too sweet.
We made our lighting choices really early on in the a point when we thought we'd be painting instead of wallpapering. So I was a little apprehensive about how this chandelier would look in here.

I ended up loving it because is totally unexpected.
As a finishing touch, I doctored up some inexpensive roman shades with grosgrain ribbon.

...and Voila! My favorite space. far :)


This is by far one of my favorite powder rooms!  I adore everything about it Carrie!  Thank you so much for sharing your favorite room with us today!  To follow more of Carrie's home remodeling projects, go here.

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  1. Gorgeous! I love that wallpaper and that wide beadboard!

  2. Love that wallpaper! What an absolute jewelbox of a room! Love the light fixture, too! Thanks for sharing.

  3. The only thing better than seeing pictures of this room is actually being in it. It is stunning! Great job, Carrie!

  4. THat is sooo beautiful. Definitely one of my favorite bathrooms!

  5. I'm visiting over at Carrie's blog and I love her. I'm a new follower and can't wait to see more of your blog!

  6. I can easily see why it is her favorite!

  7. I love her blog and I am obsessed with that wallpaper!

  8. Stunning. The light and the wallpaper are making me drool on my keyboard!

  9. That light fixture and wallpaper and mirror - heck the whole thing - LOVE! Carrie and her hubby know how to work some renovation magic.

  10. What a great space! I love the light fixture...the gold is such a great accent.

  11. That is one "tricked" out powder!

  12. i adore carrie's powder room an her style! :)

  13. Such a fabulous space, Carrie. And, as if the design itself wasn't enough, I'm floored that you've done so much in only a year! Way to go!

  14. That is a beautiful powder room! Love every detail and I think the crowning jewel is the grosgrain ribbon on the shade. How pretty!

  15. what a pretty bathroom! great transformation! love the chandy, too!

    ashley over @

  16. What a huge change! It so pretty. I love the lighting and the sink. Well done!

  17. Beautiful bath renovation! I love the wallpaper and bead board. The chandelier is fabulous.

  18. Rene, thanks so much for having me here today. You have such sweet readers :)

  19. Love, Love, LOVE that wallpaper! It is perfect!

  20. Now that is a transformation! Love it!

  21. Just gorgeous. I'm so impressed with their diy skills!

  22. Just love what you've done with your powder room. Can so see why it is your favourite space! Nicolex


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