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Denise Marchand
I love the spa/zen idea for this bath, but it could really use some design details.

Paint the vanity cabinet bright white, this will clean up the green fixtures already there, as the color is not so bad, and I like the floor you installed.

Sorry, but the medicine cabinet needs to go. This is the single most aging item. Here are some sketches showing a round mirror and a shelving niche on the left to store those daily items and keep the vanity top clear, except for maybe three glass jars for q-tips, cotton balls, etc. The wall above the vanity would be fantastic with "chicklet" glass tiles from the top of the vanity backsplash to the ceiling. See attached pics. Don't try to match the tiles to your vanity top. The color should be a variation of the green. Don't know what your existing lighting looks like, but these pendants are very inexpensive.

The wall with the toilet shouldn't be ignored. Install 1/2" thick clear glass shelves over the toilet. I install small glass shelves with simple 1/2" aluminum angles on the ends which is easy and can't see the angles. Tile behind the toilet using the same tile as over the vanity. This little detail is unexpected and will pull the bathroom together. Good idea to try to find a green toilet seat, or buy a cheap wood one and spray paint it. Since the window is off center, Roman Shades should go wall to wall and ceiling to about 1" above glass shelf. I agree with everyone who suggested the white shower curtain (make sure you use the polished chrome hooks with the little sliver balls - easy to find).

As far as the glass mosaic tiles are concerned, here are some pics for inspiration.
April 3, 2014 at 1:16am      Thanked by irenedrozario
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Denise Marchand
Here are tile suggestions
April 3, 2014 at 1:17am        Thanked by irenedrozario
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Dar Eckert
Have you considered some outside solutions for the sun like a pergola between the sets of windows or trees etc?
April 1, 2014 at 7:36am        Thanked by Ruth
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Dar Eckert
I love yellow but don't think it goes real well with the tan sofas. Hard to tell the color as they look gray in one photo and greenish in another. I would place the sofas in an L shape with the back of one sofa facing the dining area and the other floating in front of the stairs. You leave a walkway behind the sofa.

Then I would get a new rug, something that contrasts a little with the sofas. It could be a lighter or darker shade than the sofas or an alternate color.

Do you have film on the windows? The films help tremendously with heat and light transmission. I would also have a difficult time living in a house with all the blinds drawn shut.
April 1, 2014 at 8:02am      Thanked by Ruth
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Have to say, though, about the backyard grouping of old rusted stuff in photos #2...there is a point at which 'patina' becomes just plain rundown, ratty-looking rust, which is both dangerous and unattractive (unattractive as in "I need to get this junk out of the basement, so I'll just leave it out back until I can get someone to haul it away" unattractive). I think this stuff has just crossed that line. And the mannikin legs? Stuck haphazardly in the bushes the way they are, they look like more stuff that is awaiting removal. Why not turn them right-side up and plant some sort of trailing plant in them? Much more interesting, and a true re-purposing instead of just a 'where can I stick THESE' moment. Or maybe nestle them under the greenery in the corner so you can't quite see that half of the form is not there, for a more ghostly appearance. Sorry to be so critical, but sometimes a critical eye is needed when dealing with thrifted treasures.
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Your suggestion for displaying the mannequin legs reminded me of a lawyer I knew years ago. He bought a very old house and restored it for his law firm, not surprising since his lovely home had originally been a one-room schoolhouse. He loved the character of older places. Anyway, in his private office there was a closet in which he kept a nude mannequin. Depending on who his visitor was, he'd leave the closet door open just enough to startle his visitor. He was quite a character and would have been pleased to know that design later became my career.
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