Nova’s Bathroom Tour (Our Kiddo Bathroom)

Augh! I am so, so excited to share Nova’s bathroom with you today! This bathroom in located between Nova’s bedroom and (what will soon be) little sis’s bedroom.

But first, here’s a little before/after!
You can see the entire before tour here. I always enjoy looking back on these posts to see if what I had planned matched up with what I ended up doing (since I often change my mind midway though a project!). I am very proud of how this room turned out. It was done on a reasonable budget (which, I realize is relative, but what I mean is, we worked with existing cabinets, kept the tub and didn’t change the layout). The result is fresh, but still kid friendly and EASY TO CLEAN. While it’s not decorated super kid-ish (I just can’t go there for a bathroom design—I wasn’t feeling it), it’s also durable and childproofed so we don’t have to stress.

I kept the white-on-white-on white theme that a lot of our other rooms have. There is white tile and grout (which is sealed—don’t worry) and the rest of the walls are painted white. For one accent wall (directly opposite the vanity mirrors), I added some floral wallpaper from Anthropologie. They have a great selection of black and white patterns. I looove this one too.

The towel hooks are from Anthropologie and Collin mounted them onto a painted board. The prints are by Arielle Vey and Team Woodnote. I like that along with the towels, they bring a bit of pink into the space.

The ceiling mounted lights are from Cedar & Moss. The faucets are by Delta. The countertop is marble (it is sealed, but also the high contrast hides imperfections a bit more than low contrast marble), but I will never use any marble for my counters ever again … quartz only for me!)

I am a huge fan of these faucets and cannot recommend them enough. They are simple and modern, they don’t wear out or age quickly (I’m not a huge fan of the patina look that a lot of gold hardware gets, sadly, so I like that these babies don’t age)

The cute hand towel holder is also from Delta. And I have to say, a bunch of fresh eucalyptus in a bathroom is the BEST smelling thing ever!

These photos are pretty blown out, but if you look closely maybe you can see the pretty tile pattern of our subway tile backsplash. It’s kind of fun.

I got the cute little wall shelf from Target.

Next, let’s go into the other part of the bathroom where the tub and the toilet are.

I bought this tufted shower curtain here and then added eight inches of lace to the bottom with a little extra fabric and fabric glue. I love floor length shower curtains, but why are they almost impossible to find? Here’s a DIY if you want to try it yourself with an actual sewing machine.

The vintage rug is so SUPER cute (I found it on Etsy). I am so in love with vintage Turkish rugs, but especially this one!

Here are some closeups of our tub and shower hardware. I love love love Delta’s champagne bronze hardware and I tell all my friends to stick with one brand for fixtures like this (and obviously I recommend Delta) because then all your finishes will match!

This cactus print is by Kelly Christine Sutton and so gorgeous! She has one of my favorite shops for framed prints.

I used the same macrame curtain as our guest bathroom and I love that it isn’t too bulky.

LOL, I had to continue the theme of ’70s wicker creatures from Nova’s nursery. I found this little guy on eBay. Isn’t he adorable and weird?

I kept these built-in shelves, and I am so glad I did because they’re an easy place to throw things and keep the room relatively clean most of the time.

I had so much fun working on this room, both while we were waiting to be matched with Nova and since we have been home with her to tweak it to our daily routines. I like that it is a room that can change with our daughters since we currently aren’t sure how long we will live in this home (but have no plans to move).

Sources//Wallpaper: Anthropologie, Ceiling Pendants/Cedar & Moss, Wall Shelf/Target. Trinsic Bathroom Faucet, Trinsic Towel Ring, Toilet Paper Holder, Trinsic Wall Mount Shower Tub and Shower Faucet/ c/o Delta,  Wallpaper Install: Meryl and David.

Thanks so much for reading! Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I am also really keen to have a wall of feature wallpaper in my children’s bathroom, but I’m worried it will get damp and peel… what have you done to seal it / prevent that happening?
    Thanks (it looks gorgeous by the way! Lucky girls ❤️)

    • Obviously I’m not Elsie, but, growing up my house had wallpapered bathrooms and I know my dad didn’t do anything special to it when he hung it, but we also never had issues with peeling., he made sure of it, because we were constantly being reminded to run the fan/open the windows to let out steam, and NO SPLASHING ON THE WALLS, haha, he was a stickler, but it was beautiful!

    • Also – it looks like the wallpaper is only in the part of the bathroom with the sinks- that area probably won’t get as humid from the shower, since it’s separate and has a door.

    • Hi! There were two factors that went into our choice because it IS true that putting wallpaper in a bathroom can be a tricky/bad choice.

      1. Since our bathroom is divided into two rooms with a door that shuts during showers our wallpaper is less affected.

      2. Since this is our kids bathroom there was far less showers taken in this room so it’s much less steamy in general than our other bathrooms.

      xx!

  • I love this! We are in the process of renovating our entire house and I love reading your posts. Could I ask where gold picture frames are from?

  • This is so lovely! As a mom of two girls, I can tell you the best thing I ever did was buy a double toilet seat from Amazon. Potty toppers make it so hard for kids to be independent – my kiddos could never get them to sit right themselves – and they’re not the most attractive. The double toilet seats are amazing: life the kid and there’s a seat sized for toddler bums, lift that and there’s a regular adult sized seat. They saved our floors from leakage, too 😉 We are still using them at ages 3 and 5.

    • Lovely lovely! Thanks for sharing 🙂 where is your hardware on the drawers from? Sorry if i missed it! I have a hard time finding the similar color gold from the delta faucet to other items in the bathroom like hardware or a soap dispenser. Appreciate your tour! Beautiful as always 🙂

  • Love the wallpaper and rug the best! SOOO cute!

    And I adore how the bathroom turned out as a whole! I don’t think you have to decorate it “kid-like” for kids to enjoy it. It looks beautiful — and has lots of pops of color — that kids can definitely appreciate! I’m sure Nova does!

  • Such a lovely and sweet bath! You’ve master the look of brand new and lived-in so well!

    Nice job!

    All the best,
    Angel

  • Love it but excited to read the hint that Nova is going to have a baby sister soon. So happy for your little family. All my love.

  • Gorgeous! I was just thinking yesterday that my 4 yr old daughter’s bathroom could use a refresh. We didn’t do much to it to begin with, and the art we hung up is starting to look too childish. This bathroom is perfect for anyone!

  • Hi Elsie!
    I have a bathroom renovation coming up, and was wondering if you have any general rules you follow when it comes to what original aspects of a room to keep? For instance, we have a house built in 1960. In the bathroom are the original square tiles on the walls (albeit, painted tiles, not the original color) and the original terrazzo flooring (which would need to be refurbished if kept). We can’t decide if we should keep the original retro look, or rip it all out! Maybe resale value is affected…?

    Just wondering about your thoughts on this, thanks!

    • Hi Amber,
      I think it’s great to refurbish and keep original features *IF* you love them. In general I would say that updated bathrooms and kitchens add value compared to original from the 60s, but that definitely depends on the condition of the original room. Hope that helps! xx

  • where is that little shelf with the plant on it from? just over the coral towel?
    thanks

  • I love what you did with this bathroom! I have heart eyes at all the gold fixtures and really like the details from the pictures and shower curtain! Where did you get the tile from? Is it a sheet of smaller subway tile? Or is it standard subway tile and you just laid it in a new take on a standard pattern? Asking because I’m working on a bathroom reno myself and love your tile style!

  • The reason floor length shower curtains are difficult to find is because the 8 inch gap above your rod ensures that steam will make its way to your bathroom fan during and after a shower. And so that when you have the shower curtain flat after a shower to let it dry out (if you leave it scrunched up, it will stay wet longer), your entire shower area will dry out faster too. Both are practical reasons to not block that opening or else your shower area will grow mildew and mineral deposits WAY more quickly/easily. Hope that helps!

  • Would love to see some less ‘blown out’ photos to see the backsplash detail you speak of!

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