I’m fascinated by people who know how to work with what they’ve got and come up with creative solutions despite less than desirable materials. If you’ve got a dated kitchen or bathroom, you might feel like the retro tiles or boring cabinetry are just too bossy to work with. You might think it impossible to decorate in a stylish way given your lacklustre bones. But sometimes the best spaces come from creative solutions – like these two spaces found via my friend (and the newest House & Home Magazine editor), Margot Austin.
This bathroom tile is anything but cutting edge and it looks like that cantilevered sink may have been a pain, but look what a grid of photography, punchy towels, and a sink skirt can do? Now doesn’t this remind you of every mid-town apartment you’ve ever seen? But the results are so crisp and tailored! Love the cameo design on the towels Margot!
This kitchen illustrates the No. 1 trick in decorating – paint it till you make it! Top cabinets – white (simple right?). Bottom cabinets – black (maybe more daring but of so chic). New hardware? Check! Pretty sure you can get that style at every hardware store now. Tired floors? No problem – these look like peel and stick 12″ tiles (try Pollack’s in Toronto) and Margot has thrown off the classic checkerboard pattern for a staggered design. Nice! You can never go wrong with crisp white blinds with a wide slat in a kitchen and the retro chrome canisters may have been a thrift find. Just goes to show that you can do a lot with a little if you work with what you’ve got!