Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Welcome back to a tour of my new home! I’d like to show you how function meets beauty in my new home’s utility and bath spaces.
Today we’ll take a little detour through some utilitarian spaces–the mudroom, pantry and baths (Although I’ll save the master bath for the tour of our master suite, so stay tuned!) In these necessary rooms, function is key, of course. But who wants to sacrifice lovely on the altar of utility? Not me! Never skimp on the pretty if you can help it.
Here’s a “during” shot that shows you the message we had inserted into the tile floor of the mudroom. This is the feeling I want us to be reminded of every day. (A shout out to my wonderful tile installers!)
Because we chose the country life, a mudroom entry was critical for my sanity. This handy drop zone and wash up area has been a lifesaver already!
With two boys and a rambunctious dog, we needed a landing place for clutter. The mudroom is between the house and the garage–very handy, because it gives us a spot to leave anything that is going out or coming in.
I used a little more color in this space, painting the trim and doors a smoky gray blue. The laundry is adjacent to the closet, which makes it nice when its time to wash. Which, let’s face it, feels like every day.
Laundry is a fact of life, right? But if you can do laundry in a beautiful room, it’s less of a chore! The crisp blue and white grounded in the black tile just makes me happy.
When you plan and build your forever home from the ground up, don’t settle for builder grade finishes. Create the personal touches that make the home uniquely yours. One of my favorite accents in our new home is the pantry wallpaper I created from family recipe cards. Every time I walk in this little room to microwave a dish, I’m reminded of the dear ones that have contributed to who we are as a family.
A powder room is a little space that can make a big statement. I love the trough sink in here.
The boys’ shared bath repeats our home’s black and white with neutrals theme.
I couldn’t resist a fun rug-like border inset for the black penny tile in here. Double sinks were a must for ease of morning routine, but I kept the look pretty neutral and masculine for my guys. Really, this classic bath look would work for anyone. Pop in brightly colored artwork and towels and you’d have an entirely different room!
In the boys’ bath/shower combo, we took a more graphic approach. A traditional motif on a large scale, the black and white houndstooth check tile packs a punch. It’s a stunner, don’t you think?
In the several homes we’ve owned, we’ve never had a separate guest room, let alone a separate guest bath! Building our home was my opportunity to incorporate both for our visiting family and friends. In the guest bath, I opted for a softer grey version of my black and white theme. A favorite feature is my polka dot tile floor. My tile guy loved me for it, LOL!
In the shower, we reversed the dot scheme. And what about my little penny tile heart in the soap niche? Adorable, or what?
When you’re designing your own home, be bold! Take chances! It’s your space, so make it a reflection of the things you love. I certainly have!
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