Thursday, September 12, 2013

The “Spa” in Stormy Blue

I want my bath to feel inviting,

a relaxing Spa right in my own home.


Do you remember in Downton Abbey when Cora says, “Mary was never going to marry on the cheap”?

Well, we updated our bathroom ‘on the cheap’!


(My first post on our improvements is HERE)

I wanted some storage but all of the shelves designed for bathrooms were too small. So we found this bookcase at Target on sale for $18! Definitely cheap cheap! My hubby put it on ‘feet’ to get it off the floor just a bit and I loaded it up.


I thought about buying a basket for small items but remembered the vintage picnic basket on top of my ‘fridge. Perfect and cheapER!


Of course it needs to be functional so I put our beach towels that we use all the time in a stack with 3 vintage beach towels on top. A stack of hand towels in the back and extra washcloths in the swan.


Top shelf…all of the bath products I use, depending on my mood.


A little basket of spa supplies on top of the toilet


and 2 containers of bath salts on the tub.


I love the details of a space and I rearrange something every time I walk in this room. But I’m thrilled with it and every time my hubby walks by I give him a hug!

My girlfriend, Deb left me this comment, 

“WOW is that ever pretty! :) You just need a little yellow rubber ducky for a pop of color :) Seriously, this is one great looking bathroom!”


So this is for HER!

I’m joining Thrifty Things Friday!

Also Katherine’s Corner,

Ivy and Elephants,

and Jann for Share Your Cup !


I’m in the mood for something new.

Do you have a favorite bath product I need to try?


Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love it!! Its so functional and looks like a bathroom ready for a photo shoot!!

Cranberry Morning said...

It's so lovely, Diane. And just the mention of Downton Abbey makes me want to put in my DVD and watch the whole thing over again!

Pamela Gordon said...

Good morning Diane. Your bathroom looks so pretty. I missed your previous post so got all caught up on the old to new look. I like the blue paint you chose and of course love the seashore theme. The book case is perfect for your storage needs. It looks lovely! I hope you have a great day. Hugs, Pam

Vee said...

I took a close look to see if you had any Sesame Bath Oil. I love that stuff and prefer it to lotion.

Now I'm wondering what hubby will move on to next since he's getting so much sweet attention.

Susie said...

I am one for using trays and baskets to just truly helps make dusting and cleaning easier. I like the idea of the bookcase.:):) xoxo,Susie

Susie said...

Oh I forgot...I love the boat's so cute. xo,Susie

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love Aveeno shower gel. My skin always feels so soft!

The stress relief one has lavender in it!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Oh, and your bath is is like a spa!

Anonymous said...

Love the rubber duckies! That bookshelf was a great bargain and is very functional. I also love the bath salt containers. The picnic basket is also ideal. Have a great day.

Susan said...

Love the rubber ducky...and you've achieved the perfect, relaxing spa, XOXO

Patty Sumner said...

It all just looks great!!! I envy that wonderful LARGE bathroom. I even think the rubber duckie is perfect. Have a great day and soak a little...Blessings!

Jemma said...

This is both relaxing and whimsical! Love the little starfish too! Hope you are feeling well!
Warm and Happy Hugs,

Linda H said...

LOVE your blue bathroom- you just can't go wrong with blue!! You've done a great job- "on the cheap" or not...

Curtains in My Tree said...

It feels so good to update a bathroom.
The yellow Duck makes the pop of color work
I think the basket was the best idea love it even if it was on the cheap LOL I like the big shell on top of the book case

Jeannie Marie said...

I love your personal spa! My favorite spa item is epsom salts. Now that is really on the cheap! My daughter colors them and puts in scent.

I just finally got around to watching season 3 of Downton Abbey just last week on my Kindle Fire. I noticed that that statement too!

Grandma Kc said...

Our friend Deb was right! Your absolutely gorgeous bathroom did need a bright yellow rubber ducky! The perfect spot of color! Glad I stopped by.

Marit TRH said...

Wow, this looks awesome! A really relaxing and practical place. I especially like the tray with all your bath essentials!

Happy Small Things

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Diane, I love it and you did a wonderful job! I love that the bookcase didn't cost a lot and you arranged it so pretty! I LOVE margins! I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend.

cucki said...

wowwwwww so pretty x

TexWisGirl said...

lovin' the duckies and the scrubby. :)

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...


You see I have a rubber ducky...even though my grandson's outgrown it by now it still sits in the bathroom here : ) One of the first baby toys that I'd bought for him.

Ha ha this WAS funny :)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

awesome makeover, really like the water photos over the new shelf.

It's Just Dottie said...

Just so lovely!!
So you!
Smiles, Dottie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It really looks wonderful and I love the rubber ducky! Enjoy it sweet Sis!


Linda R said...

Such a tranquil retreat indeed..


Jeanne said...

Your bathroom looks delightful. Gotta have a rubber ducky. ☺

JG said...

So nice, Diane! I just scrolled down to admire your bathroom. The blue is really nice color - very peaceful. What a change you and your DH made!


Melody Brown said...

Hi Diane!
Love the spa. so serene. The ducky does just put the finishing touch to it.
Hope you come by and sign up for my Sept. Giveaway

Babs Richman said...

Your spa bath is really pretty with great storage, and fun touches. I need to paint our master bath and keep putting it off. Thanks for reminding me :) and for the inspiration.

Karen said...

OH, if I see a really cute funky duck I'm sending it your way :-)

Susanne said...

I LOVE BLUE! It is my very favorite color and I never tire of looking at it. Your decorating looks wonderful, so cool and relaxing. I am sure that was some of the things you were wanting it to feel like. The white trim really sets off the blue. LOVE IT!!!
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

Hi Diane,

Isn't it wonderful when you finish a project like this and get to enjoy all your efforts!

Hugs, Lynnie

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi Diane, It has been way too long since I have visited you. So here I am trying to catch up with some of my faves.

Your blue bathroom is wonderful. I visited the previous post as well. You have really done a fabulous job in reinventing some of your own things and the book shelf was a great idea. It is so charming and really does have a spa feeling. I still like wallpaper though and I am thinking of papering my master bath. A makeover on the cheap because I bought the wallpaper 7 years ago on a closeout. It is a very understated pattern. We'll see.
Enjoy your perfectly lovely spa bath.
xo, Jeanne

Stephanie said...

Your blue bathroom is absolutely lovely :) You have a wonderful touch with decorating. Hugs to you!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks great, I sure wish I had all your storage! Sweet spongy cute! I love using Raithbath Body Oil.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I agree, no bathroom is complete without a rubber ducky (or two). Looks like a spa ready bathroom

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love the blue color and your use of baskets. And I love how you are using that cute little swan planter to store washcloths. :-)

Incipient Wings said...

love to hear about the details.
it's such a nice big space and I just can't get over that gorgeous color!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Beautiful Diane. Very nice.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Diane, I love it when things can be pretty and functional too. Love the picnic hamper used in an unexpected way! Thanks for sharing with SYC.