Bathroom Updates: Plants, Pictures, and Potty Training

THE RAVENNA HOUSE Wilder is officially potty-trained so we hang out in the bathroom quite a bit.  Spending so much time in there was a constant reminder of all the projects I wanted to finish up but hadn't gotten to.  It was the perfect motivation to get this room finished.  We didn't do anything major, just some decorating and a chance to incorporate potty-training basics.

The Grit and Polish - Bathroom from hallway The Grit and Polish - Bathroom collageThe Grit and Polish - Bathroom from hallway 2I've always loved plants in the bathroom.  I think it helps liven the space up, and keeps a white bathroom from feeling too sterile.  Plus if there's one benefit to having a window in the shower, it's that you can grow a plant in there!

The Grit and Polish - Bathroom shower plantThe Grit and Polish - Bathroom plant

The open shelves were one of the things that constantly bothered me about the bathroom.  They are a leftover nook from an old medicine cabinet and always seemed like an afterthought and were full of too much stuff.  So I restyled the shelves, paired down the clutter, and I'm finally happy with them.

The Grit and Polish - Bathroom open shelvesThe Grit and Polish - Bathroom picture

The mirror is a new addition from Anthropologie.  We never intended for the previous mirror to be a permanent fixture, but it ended up there for over a year.  I always wanted something circular here, but never spent the time to find a replacement.  So when I saw this one hanging up on the wall at Anthropologie, I knew I needed it!

The Grit and Polish - Bathroom mirror

That brings us to the topic of potty-training, something we discuss way too often here at the Ravenna House.  We have a very essential item that we leave in the bathroom at all times for the kiddo.  We call it the Duckie.  Yes, it's got red eyes and as my sister said, "it's creepy as hell", but heck, anything that gets a 20 month-old out of diapers is a-okay in my book.  It's actually the same potty chair that Garrett and his sister's used.

The Grit and Polish - Bathroom duckie on toilet

It's kind of creepy, right?!  What do you think about the other bathroom updates, I'd love to hear!

More info on the Ravenna House bathroom resources and renovation herehere and here.



p.s. If you're interested, we followed a modified version of this potty-training method.  The no-pants thing really worked for Wilder and the no-diaper thing really works for mama!

p.p.s. Zooey Deschanel's Hollywood home. All I can say is that kitchen is wow!

p.p.p.s. And speaking of kitchens (aren't we always?!) I really dig this classic, English kitchen!