RENOVATION REVEAL: "Garden" Half-Bathroom

Getting back into the swing of the work week, after a holiday weekend, is nothing short of a struggle. So, on this post-4th of July bender, we’re easing into projects with the reveal of the Garden Half-Bathroom!

The Garden Half-Bath is located within the new laundry room. The previous layout included a full bath, with stall shower, which was removed to make more workable, laundry and storage space

We kept the half bath setup for house guests and for use during special events. We added a pocket door to gain even more square footage, but kept the half-bath tiny, yet functional.


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Here’s a little recap of the initial mood board we created. In such a small space (approximately 7’x4’) we maintained our initial design approach and did not stray from our plan with last minute changes.

We wanted to do something bold for this little gem of a room, and picked a dramatic, botanical wallpaper print by York called Tropics Fiji.

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Wallpaper: This York tropical wallpaper AT7093 is everything I hoped it would be and more. Bold, vibrant but totally chic and sophisticated. I love how it seems to jump off the wall next to the crisp white wainscoting.

Toilet: Our favorite toilet (if you can have a favorite toilet) is the Kohler Highline in white with an elongated seat.

Sink: With such limited clearance, we chose this wall hung basin sink by Barclay 450. We love the rounded design that eliminates corners that could easily be caught walking by it.

Faucet: Our favorite cross handle faucet by Kingston Brass in the 4 inch center.

Light Fixture: I love mixing finishes and this brass flush mount fixture by Savoy House is the perfect accent.

Mirror: We added a vintage mirror to incorporate a bit of old world charm.

Amber Bottle: If you like the look of this amber bottle hand soap, you can find our Amber Bottle DIY tutorial here.

EVENT DESIGN: "Old Man and the Sea"


Today, I’m sharing the makings of this backyard, “Old Man and the Sea” inspired 40th birthday party! This party was inspired by my client’s love of deep sea fishing and came to life with the energy of the sea, without being overtly nautical.


We worked with an amazing, gourmet seafood truck, Nettuno. They welcomed guests with shrimp cocktail, tuna skewers and fresh crudite. Then, guests were invited to visit the beautifully restored 1955 Chevy step van for a lobster roll.


The color scheme for this event is bright shades of green, black, rich copper and natural wood; bringing a rustic yet tailored feel to this backyard setting.

The Guest of Honor was acknowledged with a custom, graphic logo by Lorraine Wile of Wile Events. We used this logo framed, on cocktail napkins and on printed vellum lantern inserts.


You can recreate this “Old Man and the Sea” inspired look using the following sources or by shopping our Amazon Influencer page:

Fire Pit, Faux Tropical Leaves, Paper “Bamboo” Drinking Straws, Large Metal Lantern, Small Metal Lantern, Palm Throw Pillows, 3 Gallon Drink Dispenser, Natural Wood Bar Stools, Linens: Copper, String Lights

Will you be tagging this event design for a future party? Share your comments below!


Kicking off a series of favorite things that John and I come across throughout the week! We know this isn’t a new idea, bloggers love to share Friday finds, but for us, we hope to give you a bit more insight into our day-to-day at Content and share with you things that bring us JOY - in whatever form that comes our way. Recipes, projects, music, TV, quotes, whatever.

Bonus, if you’re reading this, it’s officially the weekend - here we go!

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