Who doesn’t want a luxury retreat right in their own home? Heather Thibodeau of The Heathered Nest created a serene bathroom space with the help of just a few statement pieces. We asked how she pulled this look off and how you can get it in your own space.
What was the inspiration for your bathroom update?
This project has taken us so long, so it’s hard to recall. I’m pretty sure it started with that black and white cloud print wallpaper that we used for our ceiling detail. I have loved that paper for ages and always wanted to put it into a space. I decided to wrap the design around that paper, and when I found the tartan accent tile in the shower and herringbone tile, everything started coming together. I call it our “London on a foggy day” bathroom because the textures and color scheme remind me of a London banker headed to work. The bathroom is a mix of very classic patterns and colors that create a modern twist on a neutral palette.
How did you decide on the statement feather lights? Were they difficult to install?
When I saw these feather lights on Hayneedle, they stopped my finger scrolling immediately. I’m a sucker for statement lighting. These are super glam without being ostentatious. When coupled with the cloud paper on the ceiling, they give the illusion of clouds in that foggy London skyline.
We did absolutely everything in this space — 100% DIY around here. By doing that, we can splurge on fun things like accents and fixtures that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. They weren’t hard to install at all; it’s a basic pendant light with an expandable paper shade (similar to a Chinese lantern). Hardwiring lights requires some electrical know-how, but if you’ve done it in the past, you’ll be able to hang these lights in a heartbeat.
How could someone with a smaller space recreate this look?
We had the luxury of a large footprint in this space, but we’ve done a lot of bathrooms. You can easily get the same look in a smaller space simply by scaling it down to fit your needs. Ceiling accents look even better in smaller spaces than large, in my opinion. They can take a tiny powder room from boring to brilliant! Small spaces can handle big design, and I love that. Just be brave!
What’s your overall home/decor style?
I laugh at this question all the time because I ask it of myself. My honest answer is: I don’t have one. My design style is: I like what I like, and I live with what I like. We have an urban farmhouse vibe in a guest room, a French country vibe in another bathroom, an eclectic family room, and a coastal bedroom. The only thing cohesive is a complete lack of cohesion — and I love that! People get too hung up on making everything “work” together. If you like it, it works. Period.
Any storage hacks for bathrooms?
Buy a vanity that has shelving and drawers in place. We love the vanities we got from Hayneedle for this space. They have six drawers and a sliding tray as well. It can be hard to retrofit sometimes, so make sure you peak behind the doors. Even if you buy online (which we always do), don’t skip the product details.
If you’re remodeling, don’t forget to build in niches for your shower enclosure. It’s so much nicer to have the space built-in rather than settling for one of those telescoping corner things that fall on you while you’re soaping up!