At Penny Post we have a brand spankin’ new but totally boring bathroom. While it is amazing, it is desperately calling out for a little attention. What powder room isn’t, really? We all have the one bathroom that doesn’t have a shower or bathtub, or the one that only the guests use, or the one in the basement family room that is tucked in the corner. I contend that this type of bathroom should not be overlooked or left to languish. It should be the one place where you can really experiment and be bold.
That is why I set out to breathe life into an otherwise boring bathroom at Penny Post. We started by embracing wallpaper. One of my favorite Street Style questions is the “Wallpaper – yes, totally modern, or no, so dated?” It’s a good question because so many people have such strong opinions on the subject. Clearly, I fall squarely in the “Yes, totally modern” camp.
While I’m thinking about wallpaper, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you a few of my current favorite wallpaper designs. Any of these would be perfect for your next bold move!
…might I suggest “Oysters for Three” by my friend, Kate Hougen of Arlington-based Mira Jean Designs. Or the new designs from our favorite stationer, e.frances paper, for Chasing Paper. Their temporary wallpaper makes going bold not so scary. Another favorite is Katie Ridder’s Beetlecat for its fun graphic nature and spot on colors.
…then how about Pierre Frey’s Espalier, or Farrow & Ball’s Hornbeam in blue? For a more subtle look try Schumacher’s Feather Bloom. Of course I always prefer blue, but the other colors are equally amazing.
For us, we went simple, yet graphic. I’m going to hold you in suspense. You’ll have to come see it when we open!
Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.
We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.
1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314