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First Impressions, Our Guest Bath

Beautiful bathroom design

I feel lucky to have a bath dedicated to guests, but when we purchased the home, it felt more like an eyesore than an asset. It’s the first room you see when you enter our home through the foyer, so I felt a little additional pressure to make it warm, inviting, beautiful and clean. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, right? Our guest bath is inspired by our love for Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Every time we visit, I feel more at peace, which is exactly the feeling I want to evoke in our home.

Making the most of a small guest bath

Beautiful small bathroom ideas

To integrate some of my favorite elements from the Valleys, I filled my glass soap dispenser with Seventh Generation‘s beautifully fragrant Lavender Flower and Mint Hand Wash. I’m beyond excited to partner with Seventh Generation this year with some of my favorite spaces, gift ideas and more. They share my passion for a safe and clean home.


dried lavender bathroom decorating ideas

I also filled a beautiful dish that was gifted to me with dried lavender and created pressed botanical art to decorate the room {details to come}.

Small bathroom ideas - a beautiful traditional half bath remodel

bathroom art ideas

When we purchased our home, I had my heart set on a Parisian sink for the half bath. Unfortunately, most that I found were well out of our price range. I implemented a couple of these shopping tips and found a beautiful sink for a fraction of the cost. It sat in our house for nearly a year before we finally removed the old vanity and replaced the green slate floors with hardwood, but it was worth the wait! Leaving the area underneath the sink exposed immediately makes a small bathroom feel larger and lighter and creates the perfect space for a wastebasket. It also makes me feel a little closer to Sonoma, minus the wine.

Here’s a before for reference:


Pretty and simple bathroom decor

Pretty and functional bathroom design ideas

I had originally envisioned soft brass sconces on both sides of the mirror until one day I found the mirror that changed everything! The thick, wood mirror added a level of warmth the the bath that was missing and more than compensated for a little change in lighting plans. It not only makes the room appear larger, but makes a statement. I incorporated a 1930’s Turkish rug to bring in additional soft, earthy tones and give the room depth by blending old and new.


Beautiful bathroom accessories

Of course you know I couldn’t resist a few brass accents like the cross handle faucet, crystal door knobs or free standing toilet paper stand filled with unbleached recycled bath tissue. Since this bath is primarily used by guests, I keep my cleaning bucket filled with natural cleaners scented with essential oils and botanical extracts nearby for quick touchups.

Pretty luxury bathroom - small bathroom decorating ideas

Making the most of a small guest bath


I’m so happy to have this little bathroom completed. You can take the full tour of our home here. I’m curious, have you emulated any of your favorite destinations in your home or am I the only one dreaming of a getaway?

Beautiful small bathroom remodel

Great small bathroom remodel ideas

Tips for remodeling a small half bath

Thanks for visiting! I hope to see you again soon!

30 comments on “First Impressions, Our Guest Bath”

  1. Gosh, Julie! What a beautiful space. That mirror is EVERYTHING!! And you know I love the touches of gold. Bravo! 🙂

  2. I love this room! I never knew those beautiful style of sinks were called Parisian sinks, but now I want one!
    Love 7th Gen stuff–buy it all the time for cleaning my house and keeping the home safe and chemical-free for baby 🙂

  3. Beautiful!!! Love the brass ???? Your home inspires me!

  4. In LOVE with that sink! I also agree about keeping a great soap for guests. I do the same – it’s always something I notice and appreciate when I’m at someone’s home. Great space!

  5. Yes, first impression is very important. I should keep my guest bath tidier!

  6. Beautiful sink, Julie! You always inspire me.

  7. Just beautiful! And I love the natural wood framed mirror!

  8. Your bathroom is so pretty.
    Have a great weekend.

  9. Looks lovely and fresh and clean, Julie. May I ask where you acquired the brown soap dispenser? I quite like that!

  10. I grew up in the wine country and you truly captured the casual elegance! seriously love it!

  11. Love this room! What a beautiful mirror and that rug?

    Seriously. 🙂

    Happy day friend!

  12. I love the look of this bathroom – natural yet elegant. I keep thinking I need to try those cleaners – they stare at me whenever I’m the cleaning aisle at Target!

  13. While you don’t mention it, I think moving the toilet location is one of the biggest changes that makes a huge difference. I’m impressed that you could do that; that’s not always something that is physically possible in a bathroom remodel.

    It looks beautiful!

  14. I have that sink & I love it, I hawked it for months! It finally went on sale & the next day went up $200! When we moved into this house the bathroom had an oak vanity similar to yours with a plastic marble top that moved bc it was never attached,pinkish tile in the shower & floor. That was replaced with white tile & large white penny tile on the floor. My clever contractor converted a plain Home Depot mirror w. Crown molding & made an attached shelf. I used wainscoting & painted walls muted sagely green , purple & green hanging stained glass window. Now it looks clean & fresh & I have leeway to change accent colors.

    • Sounds beautiful! I always love muted colors so that you can use accents without having repaint every time you tire of a color. I LOVE muted greens.

  15. What a beautiful space! May I ask where you purchased the mirror? I didn’t see a link, and it’s just lovely! Thank you!

  16. It looks wonderful! Would you mind sharing where you purchased the rug?

  17. Thanks for sending those lovely images of your guest bathroom. Wish to visit your bathroom as your guest, if you don’t mind. Don’t mind, I was kidding but really you did a great renovation of your guest bathroom.

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  19. In our small second bathroom we have the same issue. Open the door. There it is! The toilet. Unfortunately rather pricey to move 3 feet. Good for you!

    May I ask where you found French sink. Shopped around?

    Enjoy your blog.

    Reading Romantic Homes, January issue and there you are! Congratulations to you,Julie.

    • Thank you, Cynthia! I need to share that!!! It is, but we were doing the floors, too so there was an extra incentive. I’ve been redoing my shop the last couple weeks and just re-added it – it’s on SUPER SALE! You can find it and shop the rest of our home at or click “shop”

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  21. Hi Julie, Do you remember the brand/style and/or where you found the sink? Thanks so much!

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