Friday, June 1, 2012

Powder Room Peek

The title of this post sounds kind of naughty- sorry!  
Our powder room is so tiny you can really only peek into it...  
It is the only foray into French style in our home.  
I am mostly an American kind of girl, 
but I have been fortunate enough to visit Paris several times 
and I have been inspired by some vintage Paris prints and post cards.  
I had several of them framed and they set the tone 
for a black and white theme in this tiny space.  
I found a gorgeous, timeless Thibaut toile wallpaper
 that just pulled the whole room together.  
See what you think...

To get to the powder room, however, you must first go through this little hallway
where we have chosen to showcase a Chicago poster.
Both the poster and the chandelier were scored at the Kane County Flea Market.

Then, you can enter the powder room and see the Thibaut wallpaper...

The mirror was an estate sale find 
and the light fixtures are from - wait for it - the Kane County Flea Market!

 Here's a little closeup of the detail on the mirror.  
So sweet.

And the light fixture...

And a little flameless candle 
so I can leave it on when we have guests and not worry about a fire. 
I am a huge fan of flameless candles, as you can read here.  
No smoke, no flame, no danger.

This round mirror was another flea market find.

As was this one...

And this cute little bird on a nest, with storage inside.  

I also own a turquoise glass version of this bird...

The wallpaper depicts various bucolic scenes, typical of toile, and there are cottages!
It's pretty dark in this room, so the pictures are are, too, 
but I think they're nice and glowy.
Nice flattering light for guests, not so great for blogging.

Here are some of the inspirational prints and postcards...
They are undated, 
but there are early autos in all of them, maybe from the twenties?


Here's a closer view of the Jardin deTuileries in Paris -

I had a view from this same angle from the balcony of our hotel room, 
on the Rue de Rivoli, quite a few decades later...
Must. go. back. soon.

This is a postcard view, looking up the Rue de Rivoli, in the opposite direction,
towards the Louvre Museum.

And because I really am an American girl at heart,
 I also have a postcard of the house I grew up in, in New Jersey, 
on display in the powder room, too.
The photo below was taken just after the neighborhood of houses were built, 
probably about 1902.  
Our house was the second one in from the right. 
Big, rambling three story houses with porches galore, 
and butler's pantries and barns with haylofts and stables.
Big families filled these house when we lived there in the sixties and seventies-
there were eighteen kids between the house I grew up in and the two on either side!
Notice the dirt roads and the horse drawn cart.
The sidewalks were just being installed.
It was a gorgeous neighborhood then and still is today, 
right, bros?
Must. go. back. there. soon. too.

Thanks for joining me!

Linking up to:
Weekend Bloggy Reading Party at Serenity Now 
Feather Your Nest Friday at French Country Cottage 
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Metamorphosis Monday at between Naps on the porch
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Tuesdays Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
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  1. Love it all, every little bit. Beautiful job. I bet I've passed you at the flea market before...wish I could say, bet I've passed you in Paris but sadly I have never been :(

  2. A very charming powder room. The mirror is gorgeous and of course I love the wallpaper. My kitchen curtains are made of almost the same toile print. Your photos all have a story to tell, which adds so much personality to the room. Thanks for the tour!

  3. That is such a beautiful room! The toile, the pics, the lights...oh my! ~ Maureen

  4. Your bathroom is just lovely! I love the toile so much. I adore the light fixture as well. Visiting from the My Romantic Home link party. ~ Jamie

  5. Your little room is more than a bathroom. It is so grand it has to be a powder room. I love the old pictures. It is just charming.

  6. Just the sweetest room and I so love that wallpaper!

  7. Hello Erin, I am quite impressed! The powder room looks absolutely lovely. I love the wallpaper - wonderful find - all your flea market finds and estate sale finds come together beautifully - love the Paris prints! Wonderful inspirations! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend,

  8. Your powder room is absolutely stunning. I love it. The wallpaper is lovely and your mirrors and chandys are stunning. Love all the post cards, how special and to have one of your home too. Very special. Hugs, Marty

  9. Hi Erin-
    I just found your blog this afternoon and I am a new follower.
    Your powder room is wonderful!

    I too love flea markets.

    Enjoyed visiting,
    White Spray PAint

  10. What a beautiful powder room! So lovely and French-y. :-) The wallpaper is wonderful and your prints are perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday!

  11. This is really gorgeous. I love every detail and truly love that mirror. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  12. Beautiful French bathroom! Great finds on the mirrors and the light fixtures. They look wonderful in the room.

  13. It is beautiful. You did a great job! I love that wallpaper...super French yummy.....

  14. Stunning, Erin! I love that wallpaper {and I'm not a huge fan of wallpaper having had to take down my share over time!}. Love the mirror and the light fixtures. You've made a beautiful little jewel box out of your little powder room!

    visiting from WUW : )

  15. I LOVE that wallpaper!
    I am working on a hutch in my kitchen that I want to wallpaper the back of.. searching fora toile with the right scale to use has lead me through some breathtaking wallpaper books but the Thibault are just beyond wonderful!

  16. Hi Erin, I am a new follower and loving all your posts. The powder room with the paper, mirror and lights, is gorgeous. And the postcards are such a wonderful idea to add personal touches, especially with the views of your travels and your old home!! I'll be back to explore more of your lovely blog. Linda

  17. I abosolutrly love this room. Every detail is gorgeous. The frames, sconces and mirror are beautiful. Saw you on Wow us Wednesday's


  18. This is lovely. The use of mirrors is wonderful and I am a real fan of toile, you used it perfectly. Just a great room.

  19. Your Paris inspired little powder room is just beautiful! Love all the thrifty finds and the toile is just gorgeous!



  20. Gorgeous room! I'm about to reveal my toile powder room tomorrow :-)

  21. Such a well appointed powder room. Really nice job. I like everything about it. I am currently adding a powder room to my home after 35 years. I have already selected many of the things I plan to use. I can only hope it turns out as well as your.

  22. I should have proofed more thoroughly. I'm sure you realize I meant, "I can only hope it turns out as well as yours."

  23. Erin, This powder room is stunning! So full of beautiful detail that works like magic together! That wallpaper makes me swoon!
    I am a new and happy follower!

  24. This is just beautiful - what beautiful memories you're creating!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you follow back

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