Take your bathroom from drab to fab with these easy decorating ideas!
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are known to give homeowners the biggest returns on their investment when they sell. But whether you’re doing a big renovation or just looking for ways to update your current bathroom and whether you intend to sell or not, these ideas for beautifying your bathroom will pay big returns in your overall satisfaction with your home. And you don’t have to have a $50,000 budget to do it. These affordable upgrades will add some serious style to your home without breaking the bank!
Renewal Divinity Small Mirror
What a difference something as simple as a mirror can make. The right one can transform the look of your bathroom and give it an updated, more stylish feel in an instant. The frame is made from hammered aluminum combined with beveled glass and can be hung vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference and the shape of the space you’re working in. Renewal Divinity Small Mirror, Wayfair, $380.46.
Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture
When renovating, it’s important to consider your lighting options for the type of space you have. So before you head to the lighting store, figure out whether it’d be best to go with flush mount, track lighting or sconces. No matter what you choose, illuminate your bathroom with a stunning light fixture that ties your bathroom’s whole look together and adds an appealing amount of sparkle and shine! Boasting a shiny chrome finish and a laser-cut inspired design on the lamp shade, this flush mounted lighting fixture will bring effortless elegance to your bathroom and is a simple way to take the look of the entire space from drab to fab! Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture, Multi Luminaire, $349.
Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper
If you’ve always loved the look of wallpaper but have shied away from using it in the bathroom, it’s time to reconsider. Wallpaper has come a long way and today, there are lots of options on the market, many of which are suitable for moisture-rich environments. This gorgeous wallpaper has a mosaic pattern that mimics the look of tile and has a washable finish for easy clean-up. Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, $50/roll.
Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile
Flip through the pages of your favourite design magazine and you’re sure to see plenty of bathrooms boasting this contrasting basket weave tile to dramatic effect. Get the look for yourself with these tiles – but may we suggest opting for the white and cobalt colour combo as a subtle alternative to black and white? The rich cobalt will add a decidedly chic and unexpected look to your bathroom. Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile, Home Depot, $7.98 each.
Gleaming Brass Bath Collection
Upping the style quotient in your bathroom doesn’t get any easier than this! Swap out your existing vanity vessels for these truly chic options. The full set includes a soap dispenser, tumbler and tray, all in a beautiful brass finish. Gleaming Brass Bath Collection, Anthropologie, $22-$36.
Dot Medallion Shower Curtain
Looking for a quick and easy bathroom update that won’t break the bank? How about a new shower curtain? This 100% cotton curtain is made in India and features a modern medallion motif in a soothing colour palette of watercolour inspired shades of blue and grey. With this one simple addition to your bathroom, you’ll add an air of tranquility that will turn your bathroom into the oasis you always dreamed of. Dot Medallion Shower Curtain, West Elm, $29.99.
10 temporary decorating ideas for renters
Check out 10 ways to decorate in a temporary rental space.
Moving into a rental space has its advantages and disadvantages. A new home is always fun and exciting but when you’re renting, you’ll likely find that you’re limited in terms of updates you want to make to your home. But plenty of decorating-to-go ideas abound! If you want to give your rental home a fabulous facelift, we’ve got 10 temporary tactics that will help you personalize your space. You can either take them with you or easily remove them when it’s time to move!
Many a rental space comes complete with vertical blinds that, let’s be honest, are less than stylish. By removing them and replacing them with curtains, you can add instant style to your space. But don’t forget to safely store the blinds after you’ve removed them. You’ll likely have to put them back up when you move out. But you can take the curtains with you when you go! Moorish Tile Curtains, Pier 1, starting at $44.95.
A cocktail cart is a simple way to create a chic entertaining space when you don’t have a lot of room to spare. It’ll add a touch of glamour to your space (especially one in gold) and of course, this one will roll right out the door with you to your new home. Gluckstein Home Trolley Styled Bar Cart, Hudson’s Bay, $299.
Nothing changes the look of a space faster than wallpaper. This gorgeous wallpaper pattern actually comes in 24x32-inch tiles that are easily removable, making them perfect for rental units. They have a low-tack adhesive backing and are washable, too! Diamante (Turquoise) Tile, Hygge & West, $33.
Those builder-grade light fixtures that you find in many apartments are, let’s face it, a total eye sore. A simple swap for something more you, will help to add personality to your space and give you and your guests something pretty to look at. This gorgeous chandelier comes in an antique metal-finished frame and is a beautiful combo of industrial and modern style. Marney Glass Chandelier, West Elm, $479.
Area rugs are great but rug tiles are even better because of their versatility. Each square measures approximately 20” x 20” and you can easily assemble them in any room in your home for added warmth and comfort underfoot. And if you move into a larger space down the road, you can buy more tiles to enlarge the size of the rug. Coming Along Tiles, Flor, prices vary.
Nothing dates a kitchen quicker than those circa-1970 ceramic tiles in hideous colours. Worse yet, tiles that have potatoes, lobsters or baskets of fruit. Yikes! There’s no need to rip out your existing tile to give your backsplash a makeover. Simply apply these waterproof tile decals to add a fresh and modern look to your kitchen. Optic Stripe Tile Decals, Stick Pretty, starting at $18.
An alternative to blinds, adhesive window film will give you total privacy while still allowing sunlight to flow into your space. This gorgeous design looks like etched glass and is a pretty and practical way to add style to your space. Best of all, it’s easy to remove when the time comes. Emma Jeffs Pearl Adhesive Film, Design Public, $86.
These etched blossom knobs are just gorgeous and are a perfect way toupdate a kitchenor bathroom cabinets. Simply swap out the existing ones for something prettier like these but don’t forget to hang on to the old ones so you can replace them before you move out. Etched Blossom Knobs, Anthropologie, $12.
Illuminate a small space with floor lamps that are striking and make a style statement all on their own. This one has a rustic brass finish and will look right at home in your rental and in your new space when you move on. Interlaced Gold Chain Floor Lamp, Pottery Barn, $360.
Of all these ideas, this is the most inexpensive and can pack the biggest punch. Fresh flowers from a local farmer’s market, grocery store or even your own garden will add colour and life to any room in your home. So transform your space with fragrant fresh blooms each week – they’re guaranteed to bring a smile to your face every time you pass by them.
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Prince's former Bridle Path home in Toronto, ON.
Tour Prince's former Toronto Bridle Path mansion and walk in the footsteps of an international icon - all 14,000-square-feet of it.
Tucked away in midtown Toronto, Ontario, the Bridle Path is an upscale residential neighbourhood that is no stranger to the wealthy and celebrity elite. Among the impressive mansions of Celine Dion and Robert Herjavec, is a sprawling and secluded two acre gated estate.
Bought by Prince in the early 2000s, this 14,280-square-foot bungalow may keep a low profile, but is undoubtedly an impressive property boasting six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a chef-inspired kitchen, tennis court, award winning pool, and heated cabana. With an expansive floorplan, the home is filled with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. Now while most of the home features marble floors and a light, neutral palettte, Prince fans can rest assured that his bold signature style can still be found within this private oasis.
Check out the listing here.
What this mansion lacks in height, it gains in land, with two acres surrounded by lush foliage for added privacy.
What appears to be a modest entrance. One would almost expect (or hope) to see purple floodlights. How to amp up your front door.
A grand, airy foyer makes a great space for entertaining from the moment you step inside. A little tight on space? Try our tips for hosting a small space cocktail party.
The doors leading to the dining room look to be customized with what looks similar to Prince's own iconic symbol.
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Call it a living room, den or lounge, it's a space to kick back and relax thanks to the built-in entertainment system.
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Skylights than run down the hallway toward the bedroom, bathe the space is natural light.
The theme of expansive and neutral-toned rooms continues into the bedrooms. The wall of windows with french doors leading to the private outdoor area lend charm to the grand space. Check out these lavish and romantic celebrity bedrooms.
Designed to suit a lavish hotel, the master ensuite is impressive in size and inviting design.
The ensuite leads to the walk-in closet.
Welcome to the closet of our dreams - where a walk-in closet is an entire room to itself and fitted with a skylight.
While we don't get to see all six of the bedrooms, we hope they all come with the charming French doors and lower level seating area. 15 bedrooms that promise sweet dreams.
While not as large, the second bathroom boasts the same design and finishes as the master ensuite.
We finally see evidence of the Purple One emerge. Could this be where he worked on his 2004 Musicology album?
In what appears to be the lower recesses of the mansion, lies a bold red lounge area, complete with red shag carpet. Must-have tips for keeping your carpet clean.
The red continues into Prince's at-home salon.
The heated cabana comes with a three-piece ensuite kitchen and skylight, situated just steps from the tennis court. See how you can turn your storage shed into a stylish cabana.
The purple carpet lives on in the home gym, which comes complete with its own sauna.
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