I think sometimes I wish I was one of those people who moves into a new house and boom, everything’s decorated. I just can’t do that. I mean, I could but it would be a cluster-(you-know-what).
The guest bathroom upstairs is small. Smaller than I’d like, but there it is. It also seemed to sterile, so lifeless and cold. Plain, plain, plain!
When a bathroom is very large, in my opinion, it can rest upon its huge honkin’ architectural laurels. No need for feathers, those peacocks, no, no, no.
How to decorate a small utilitarian space without using fabric? How to do this with only paint and pictures and towels? I think that is easier for others and their bathrooms look very nice and inviting.
This one, like the powder room I did downstairs, needed more.
I came across this architectural fragment from Versailles; Marie Antoinette’s old stomping grounds. If it’s good enough for Antoinette, then it should be good enough for me, no? Oui!
I had seen cornices in bathrooms before, but only in magazines. They were all cornices made of fabric and batting covering a straight or shaped board. (Like the ones I used to make for ladies back in St. Louis years before).
When I saw this pic of a fragment, the lightbulb over my head cried, “eureka!”. Or something.
I located an artist on Etsy who I just knew could do this kind of work convincingly. I asked her if she was interested in doing this project and she agreed. I painted this below just to show her the shape of the cornice and placement of the elements (I added a fleur di lis, of course!)
I went about preparing the bathroom for the cornice’s arrival. Paint. Color. What to pick? Well obviously it has to be drawn from the cornice itself, right?
So I pull out my trusty paint chips and we’re off!
Meanwhile, Amanda sent me a picture of what she had done so far. I just had two very tiny little things I needed touched up and so I took pics of them with the pointer showing what I needed done.
So here it is. I’m so excited to show this to you!
I still need to do the other side of the room: Light fixture (The one to die for, I have on order!). Tissue box and wastebasket and etc. Another mirror other than the one I bought? And so on…..
Amanda, the artist that painted and sculpted the cornice can be contacted here: http://www.amandawhited.name/
This is the linky to: French Country Cottage – I submitted this blog post to her site. Thanks to her for hosting such a great opportunity for all of us to share! Feathered Nest Friday! http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/