WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

The Powder Room REVEAL

Well today is the big REVEAL. My mini-makeover of our Powder Room is practically complete. There are a couple of special order items I'm waiting for but the majority of the make-over is done. If you remember from my design board posted earlier this month, I wanted to give the room some punch and I wanted to leave the textured, tan wallpaper intact on the lower part of the wall. Since I use lots of earthy, warm colors throughout my house, the eggplant upper walls were painted a lovely shade of dark red which flows much better with the entry, foyer and lower hall. Let's take a look:

Just to refresh your memory I've posted a couple of "before" pictures.

Here you see the dark eggplant walls. The walls were painted this shade when I bought the house and I knew I wanted to change the color. But one thing after another took priority over this little space. The Paris street scene border was replaced and a decorative molding was added at the bottom to add depth.

Kind of bland compared to the rich color of the makeover. I just love RED and animal print! For this little powder room, it was the perfect combination.
I found the cheetah print towels at Marshalls, the border and paint came from Lowe's, the mirror is a vintage piece from Home Interiors. I moved it from an upstairs bedroom.

I added a plate stand and placed a decorative plate with a Palm Tree motif ringed with cheetah print over the towel rack. I also added two metal scroll-work sconces and ball candles.

Here is a close-up of the wall border. I really love the colors and pattern. I am on the hunt for more Zebra print accessories. I just love those stripes!

This wall cabinet holds a collection of decorative accessories. Since this space is used infrequently, I did not have to be concerned with practical issues such as storage for toiletries. A metal stand is used below to store extra tissue and hand towels.

I found this giraffe statue and added him to the mix. His coloring and pattern fit nicely with my exotic "safari" look.

I love the antique finish and crystal finial on the towel rack.

We are waiting for the faucet and hardware for the flusher on the toilet. After these are installed my mini-makeover will be complete. All in all, this little project cost just a little over $125. The power of paint goes a long way in transforming any space. The fun border and accessories add interest and whimsy. I hope you've enjoyed looking around.

Tomorrow is Tuesday and our tablescape day has been moved to Thursday and I will be posting a new table featuring an unusual color scheme. I hope you will stop by to check it out. Until then,
Happy Decorating!


~CC Catherine said...

Hey Alisa! ;) This powder room is terrific! It would definitely look great in my master bath too since I have some animal print in my master suite! Your sons must love it too! ;) ~CC Catherine

ellen b. said...

Hi Alisa,
What a very great powder room you created. Love the dramatic colors and exotic feel. Enjoy!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

It's beautiful Alisa! Love those leopard print towels!

xinex said...

Hi Alisa! I love your transformed bathroom. Just like you ,I like animal prints, in fact, I have used it as a theme for my little powder room. Love the red wall color too....Christine

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Very pretty. The leopard print towels and the border really carry the theme off well. Love the red walls. Such a rich looking transformation and you did it on a really small budget. Hugs, Marty

Melanie said...

Fabulous! I would add that I "can't wait to use it," but that just doesn't sound right. :)

Nina said...

I also love the red. Could you tell me what the color is? How do you think it would look with a black and white toile shower curtain? I love everything that you decorate!

Ann said...

Hi Alisa,
You know I feel about purple, I know, you called it eggplant, but I've got to say the new color and decorations are beautiful. You know that I like every thing that you do.
Love you,

Melissa Miller said...

I LOVE it! :)

The border is just perfect!
Love all the warm colors and accessories as well.

Beautiful job! What an elegant and fun transformation.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Alisa,
Great make-over and I love that mirror you have! Cindy

Jewel Sauls said...

Great transformation! Amazing that you did it for so little money!!!! Great job! :D Jewel

Terri Steffes said...

Fabulous. Have you checked Horchows for zebra stuff? They can be pricey so check in the sale items!

~CC Catherine said...

Alisa, Just wanted to let you know to stop by my post today, 2/3, your name has been mentioned! Happy Tuesday! Blessings! ~CC Catherine

Unknown said...

Hi Alisa......that re-do is gorgeous! I love all your little special touches and kudos to a job done on a "dime"!

A Hint of Home said...

I love the colors you chose for the makeover. The accessories look great in there. I love the towel bar and towels.

janet said...

im having so much fun checking out met monday, i havent been blogging long and im not very computer savy...lol your makeover is lovely, i have learned while reading these blogs that decorating is about making it a personal space, thank you for sharing your lovely room

Linda Charlene said...

my sister in law is the coolest!!!!


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