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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).

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in our minds, we decided to use a vintage red cabinet and a wooden stool as the centerpieces in making over this outdated bathroom.

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.

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

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.