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At Home: Powder Room Primp


During this month in the design world, all hell breaks loose. Frantic clients call wondering if the sectional sofa will arrive in time for the extended fam to comfortably lounge during the Thanksgiving football games. They desperately request the delivery schedule for their dining room table that will be the centerpiece on which they’ll dine during the upcoming holiday. And I break out in cold sweats in the middle of the night wondering if the dining chairs will come out with the right color nailheads we specified 16 weeks ago. These actions are par for the course in the design world around the holidays and like any expert designer, I am ready to calm the client’s nerves. (While hopefully sparing mine!) It also is the time of year when company and parties abound, so of course you want your broken-in home to look as vibrant and fresh as Gwyneth Paltrow’s face after her latest round of Botox. Why not perk up a portion of your well lived-in abode before the onslaught of holiday visitors arrive by updating the smallest, yet most important, room in the house that everybody will see? Let’s primp the powder room!

Powder rooms are moments to experiment and go a bit wild. I love using graphic wallpapers as well as either dark or bold colors in these niche rooms to create an element of design surprise. Using something that is off-beat or more colorful than the rest of your home makes a statement without having it in your face everyday. It is an unexpected spot to pack a powerful design punch that makes your home feel done up. Pick a wallpaper that has a dark, rich background but a fun print like this gold and navy chain-link from Phillip Jefferies.

the powder room is an unexpected spot to pack a powerful design punch that makes your home feel done up

To keep this space cozy and cohesive, paint the ceilings and trim in a navy lacquer to really make the wallpaper pop. Add in some gold accents to enliven the space and make sure you have some fabulous lighting! Sure the powder room is to primp, but you also want to keep the lighting calm and soft to sustain an ambient mood. Nothing is worse than walking from a candlelit living room into a small space with what feels like flood lights blazing down on you. Not the kind of spotlight we like! Install some modern Edison bulb sconces and a cool geometric pendant for an understated lighting effect that keeps the space modern. Get some great accessories like these horn trays to hold linens and a hobnail textured votive holder for candles. And my absolute must for any powder room is monogrammed linens. To say I am obsessed with these is an understatement, and what better place to show yours off? It’s a bit of a throwback that adds a fiercely classy touch. So for this holiday season, primp your powder with these few tips… and hey, it may end up being the perfect romantic spot to sneak away from the party with your favorite honey for a few stolen moments!

[1] Restoration Hardware Park Console [2] Worlds Away Knox Pendant [3] OneFortyThree Exposed Bulb Wall Sconce [4] Aspen Horn Vanity Accessories [5] Rejuvenation Hammered Copper Mirror [6] Anthropologie Hobnail Votive Holder [7] Phillip Jeffries Chain Link Wallpaper [8] Navy Lacquer Paint [9] Bella Lino Monogrammed Piped Towels [10] West Elm Hand-painted Dot Tray


Move LifeStyle is an e-zine for the modern working woman created by Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong and Ashley Fauset.