By Katie & Mera of Red House West

Published on March 9, 2015

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In her book “The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well” domino founding editor Deborah Needleman says that real furniture adds personality and softens the transition from lived-in rooms to the bathroom (where, frankly, a lot of living happens).

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With Deborah's wisdom echoing in our minds, we decided to use a vintage red cabinet and a wooden stool as the centerpieces in making over this outdated bathroom.

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The cheery red cabinet–salvaged from an Alaska cabin and still wearing its original paint–provided inspiration for the color palette of purple and red against a white backdrop.  The cabinet isn't the only vintage touch in this bathroom: the train luggage rack-turned-towel holder and quirky planter work well with the more modern artwork from Minted, the Serena & Lily dipped stool, and lilac fouta towels.

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The red cabinet in all its crazy-color grandma-handle glory. I dearly love this little thing.

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The mallard feet mirror called (quacked?) to me from across the great reaches of the interweb. It’s so shiny and funny and strange, and it cracks me up every time I look at it. The bosomy Fräulein planter is vintage, an Etsy find. Her coy face and saucy outfit give me a giggle, especially since she’s posing next to golden duck feet.

It all came together really quickly, and I am very happy with how it turned out.

For more details on this transformation visit Mera and Katie's blog, Red House West.