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'Whole House Half House' Bath + Bar Reveal

Fun updated powder room with dog patterned wallpaper and accents of brass and gold finishes by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors Photo: Fernanda Varela Photography

Today we're continuing our reveal of our 'Whole House Half House' project, and giving you a peek at the powder bath and a bar area just around the corner from our clients' new kitchen. If you want to catch up, have a look at their new kitchen and living room here! Otherwise, scroll through for a really satisfying before and after reveal!


The powder bath was perfectly acceptable before, but just didn't have any pizazz. Our clients didn't want to invest a huge amount for this bathroom, and honestly we didn't think they needed to either based on our initial discussion of their goals for their home. We therefore elected to keep the same toilet and pedestal sink in the same place and added wallpaper, new lighting, mirror, and hardware to give it a refresh!

This fun dog print wallpaper was my prized find for this project! These clients have the cutest dog named Zeus, and I just knew that this wallpaper was the perfect way to make him part of the project! It gives this powder bath that sense of humor and charm that we all want - I know anyone who comes in will have a little chuckle or a grin, and that's a beautiful thing.

With the warm neutral tone of the wallpaper, we switched to a beautiful brass for the faucet, towel holder, mirror, and overhead sconce as well. The fun, unique shape of the mirror and the added texture of its frame was a perfect choice for this space as well (the braided rope detail reminded me of a dog's leash or collar}.

What I really love, and what the clients love, is how much more elevated this room looks and feels, without moving pipes or completely replacing everything in the room! It's definitely possible y'all...not every project needs to be a full gut job.


The tour brings us now to the built in bar in this nook, down the hallway from the kitchen. My initial thought had been to blow out the upper shelving unit and create open shelving, maybe suspended from the ceiling for an interesting detail. However, we had to balance design with the budget, as well as how long the clients planned to stay in this home. However, we did all agree from the beginning that the Tuscan brown countertop and built-in sink had to go! They used the sink maybe once a year, but ended up keeping the water line there, capped, just in case a new owner would want it later on.

Beautiful in blue, this updated built in bar area features a brass inlay mosaic backsplash and brass finishes by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors.
Design: Nancy Lane Interiors. Photo: Fernanda Varela Photography

We kept the upper shelving in place and opted to paint both the upper and lower cabinets the same color as the island in the kitchen. Since this space is visible from the stairwell, we also capped and painted the top of the upper shelves which were left unfinished by the builder when the house was originally constructed. It's the little touches y'all. The small amount of counter here was also the perfect amount to utilize the excess that we had for the kitchen, so we weren't wasting anything we had already purchased.

We all love the small touch of brass in the backsplash tile! This was a perfect moment and space for another fun touch, as this backsplash would have been overwhelming in the entire kitchen, for example.

I am so excited for this couple to enjoy this home to its fullest, and look forward to working with them on future projects. ;)


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