Winnetka ResidenceTraditional Powder Room, Chicago
Designer: Jean Alan
Design Assistant: Jody Trombley
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19. City Park by Flavor PaperThis powder room is the picture of elegance. Look closer, however, and you’ll see fire hydrants, parking meters, pigeons and rats decorating its walls; this wallpaper lives up to its City Park name. The designers had this pattern by Flavor Paper printed in a custom color. Sconce: The Urban Electric Co.; faucet: Porcher; mirror: antique
The library paper isn’t the only one winking at us. Between the traditional damaskesque wallpaper, gorgeous marble mosaic wall tile and vintage etched mirror, at first glance this room is pure elegance. But upon closer inspection, the wallpaper is showing us this powder room doesn’t take itself too seriously — there are fire hydrants, parking meters, pigeons and (eek!) rats in its pattern. Wallpaper: City Park, Flavor Paper
These seashell or mother-of-pearl penny tiles installed on the lower half of the wall add a delicate femininity to this traditional bathroom. One consideration when installing penny tiles on walls is whether the manufacturer makes a coordinating trim tile. If the tile isn’t installed on the entire wall (corner to corner), the clay edges of the penny tile will show unless a bullnose trim piece or finished pencil liner is installed. A bullnose has a glazed curved, finished edge; a common size is 2 inches by 6 inches. A pencil liner is much thinner, like a pencil. However, not all manufacturers finish the edges of pencil liners, and some manufacturers don’t make trim pieces at all, so be sure to check. This bathroom has a gorgeous translucent chair rail where the penny tile terminates.
12. A beautiful mirror. Propped on your dresser, it can help you get ready in the morning. But a lovely mirror will always find a place in your home — from the entry to the bathroom, there's not a room in the house that couldn't use one.