When dealing with a tiny bathroom (as seems to be all that exist in the L.A. area), there are two very important things to keep in mind. Numero uno: cuteness! (This goes for everything always.) Numero dos (and probably what is actually number one in real life): functionality! I’m not going to lie, mashing these two priorities together can be extremely tricky sometimes. Lucky for you, I live for just such the conundrum, and I am here to show you how I’ve pulled them both together in my teeny-tiny little bathroom!
So, if you notice in the pictures, there isn’t so much as one drawer built in to the space. There is, thank goodness, at least an under the sink cabinet (although it also houses all of the pipes which annoyingly take up space), and also a mirror cabinet. Other than that, the bathroom has zip, zero, zilch for storage space. You wanna know what? This girl has some stuff! Curlers and lotions and makeup and blah blah blah. I’m assuming that, unless you are some kind of a freak, you also have some stuff! What do we do with this stuff when there is basically nowhere to hide it? This is precisely where cuteness and functionality must collide.
The trick to pulling off a room where mostly everything is accessible while still looking good is finding eye appealing storage. And if you are me, which you aren’t so take this for what it is worth, the storage must also be quirky and different. Yes, I could have bought a pre made bathroom storage cabinet of some sort and called it a day, but where is the fun in that? I’m not here to do everything the same way everyone else is doing it (if you haven’t noticed), so I decided to make the most of the little space I had and really make it mine.
First things first, I eat your brains. Oh wait, no, that’s a Nicki Minaj song. Or actually it’s Nicki Minaj in a Kanye song… Anyway, First thing HERE is to decide what needs to be at the ready, and what can be neatly stored away. For me, I wanted basically what I would normally put in bathroom drawers, i.e. hair tools, hair product, and makeup, to be the easiest to access. After deciding not to go with an over the toilet cabinet or something of that sort, the next thing was to decide how I could best store these things in an organized way while still, of course, keeping things cute. I already had this silver shelving from Ikea, although it was not initially meant for the bathroom, but I was going to see what I could find and either stage it on the silver while I looked for something else that would fit, or maybe, just maybe that shelving would work out.
So, what now? A happy trip to Target, as those things usually are, put me right on my way. BASKETS! Of course baskets! Easier than something with a lid, flexible and moveable, cute, and bonus points for them being made of some sort of plastic because they are easily cleaned! Plus, I liked that they were deep enough to still kind of hide their contents, while also showing exactly what was inside them. To explain that, I had toyed with the idea of shorter containers for the hair product and such, but I felt like it made the space look too busy with all of be labels being clearly visible. I snatched a bunch of these right up, plopped them right down on the silver shelving, and what do you know?!? It was looking pretty good!
But my friends, this was not the end of it. There were still things, basic things, that were in need of a home. We’re talking Bobby pins, q-tips, my ever growing stash of tea lights! As these things are all fairly small, and could definitely not all be piled into one of the larger blue weave baskets, I had to think of something else to do with them. Of course, there was an easy solution here, just buy one of those little Rubbermaid drawer sets and you are done! But again, I’m not into the easy (or ugly) way of doing things.
At this point in the game I already had quite a lot, as far as patterns go, happening in the tiny room. The shower curtain (a killer find by my boyfriend from when Missoni did a collection for Target years ago), the rug, and even the tile on the floor itself had a pattern! I knew I had to keep these last containers simple so I decided to go with a neutral white pallet for the tippy top shelf. I found the little white and cork box set at ikea, how perfect for holding Bobby pins, hair clips, and elastics! And the longest one just so happened to fit happily on top of my toilet, and holds a few randoms like facial product samples. A little white glass container with a lid also holds a few randoms, and the tea lights went perfectly into a little wire basket. Although it isn’t white, the silver basket kind of helps tie the shelving in with everything else. As for the Q-tips? A tiered glass container from Home Goods was absolutely perfect. It was slender enough to fit in the tiny corner of counter space while it being clear and full of white materials (Q-tips, cotton balls, and lavender bath salts), makes it almost float in the space and not weigh it down. Toothbrush, toothpaste, a couple of combs, and Vaseline all fit nicely away into the mirror cabinet. Et voilá! A place for everything and everything in it’s place!
Last, but definitely not least, I had to find linens. This my friends, is the bane of my life. I say this out of nothing but love, but my boyfriend is a little picky, and kind of a pain in the butt, when it comes to towels. Kind of weird right? But let me tell you the whole story, for my beloved is on the tall side and most towels around his waist end up being more like a wrapped mini skirt that is two sizes too small than any kind of actual coverage/warmth/drying material. So really, can you blame the man for wanting towels that are extra large? And in swoops me with my need to have everything be cute, because people I NEED EVERYTHING TO BE CUTE! You can find long towels fairly easily, but are those towels cute? NO. They are generally of one color, mostly bright blue, or are made specifically for a beach day with sea shells and some sort of swirls in orange and yellow, which obviously wouldn’t do at all in any bathroom, let alone my cute one.
And in steps Temple Towels, saving my life! Length? Check. Awesome pattern? Check. Retro cool black and white? Uhm… Double check! They were perfect! They fit both me and my boyfriend’s demands to a T! We literally couldn’t have made towels more perfect if we had weaved our very own! Plus, I mean, they are freaking soft. And I mean SOFT. Now, can we all just email them to harass them into making hand towels because how am I ever going to find anything to match their awesomeness? I’m not. They will have to come directly from them, so get on over there and send them some emails so I can get my hand towels! Or you know, just go check them out, whatever you want. ☺️
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