Guest bathroom – Reveal

A few weeks back I shared my sources of inspiration to redecorate our guest bathroom. I wanted to be a little bold as this is a small room, tucked away and not used very often. It was the perfect opportunity to try something without much impact, if the attempt resulted in failure.

At the time I also took pictures of our guest bathroom as it used to be, and, of course, I then accidentally deleted these, which means I have no ‘before’ photographs to show you. So imagine that it was completely white and very plain.

Our guest bathroom is small (like most guest toilets), got fairly high ceilings and therefore was feeling rather clinical and soulless. My objective was to create a cosier and bolder space where people would actually enjoy spending time (I leave it there).

So how does it looks like now?

Guest bathroom inspiration teal and gold

As you can see I went for a dark colour on one of the walls to make a bit of a statement but also warm up the space. In this case, I picked Dulux Teal Tension, which, even though is a very dark teal colour, is also quite a warm colour.

Guest bathroom inspiration teal and gold

For the decor and art, I went for a brass and gold theme as it works very well with teal and really warm up the space.

Scratching map guest bathroom

On the wall I have a scratching map my parents got me for Christmas a few years back, which I yet have to scratch because I find it too pretty all in gold.

Gold picture frames

Next to the map I hung three gold pictures frames from TK Maxx with photographs I took in Jordan, the Seychelles and Thailand. I picked these as all were taken at sunrise or sunset and tie in nicely with the gold of the frames.

The Gossips by Norman Rockwell

Finally, I left leaned against the wall a little bit of entertainment for our guest with an original cover of The Saturday Evening Post, from March 1948, found in a flea market in the US and with the famous The Gossips drawing by Norman Rockwell.

Guest bathroom

Around the toilet you will find the necessary toilet rolls stand, brush and bin from Ikea.

Heated towel rail

The heated towel rail couldn’t be more conventional and on it I usually have this towel bought in Berlin.

Berlin towel

Finally, on the other side of the room, you will find the teeny tiny sink and mirror cabinet.

Guest bathroom skin and Petit Marseillais hand soap

On the sink I have have one of my favourite Petit Marseillais hand soap. I love its traditional soap smell and recommend you get one if you are in France anytime soon!

Argos mirror cabinet and Bath and BOdy Works candle

Finally, above the sink is a small mirror cabinet bought at Argos and on top of it a big candle from Bath and BodyWorks with the perfect ‘clean bathroom’ scent. Unfortunately. they don’t seem to have the candle anymore but they still do have the plug-in scent version.

Aaaaaand, that’s it! A guest bathroom is a small space so be creative and have fun!

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Little yellow boat

The taxis of Ihla Grande.

Ihla Grande – 2013

Yellow boat Ihla Grande Brazil

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Pebble beach in the Lake District

The four elements of the Lake District – rocks, water, mountains and clouds.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

Lake District

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Sunset on the Dead Sea

The sun floating above the clouds, the clouds floating above the sea.

Dead Sea (Jordan) – 2012

Dead Sea sunset in Jordan

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The grass is greener

If you climb high enough you will see it!

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

Lake district green valley

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Mossy roof

Nature slowly but surely taking over.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

Moss on cottage roof in Lake District

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The best okonomiyaki in Hiroshima

Commonly I title my posts with the name of the restaurants I talk about, however in today’s case I had to find an alternative because the place I want to share with you is called ふみちゃん 流川店. Perfectly clear for people who speak Japanese, less so for the rest of us!

As you would have guessed from the title, ふみちゃん 流川店 speciality is okonomiyaki, a pancake/omelette and a traditional dish in the Hiroshima region. If you want to learn more about this local dish and others make sure to check the list of the 14 foods to try in Japan!

Now ふみちゃん 流川店 may not have a Latin Alphabet name but you will be able to find it by copy/pasting the name in google map, AND I took a picture from the outside so you will know exactly how it looks like!

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So once you are in front of a restaurant that looks like the above, get in! Inside you will be greeted by a busy dining room and kitchen. Traditionally most okonomiyaki restaurants have an open kitchen and the staff cooks in front of the guests.

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I took this opportunity to spy on others people’ plates (or hob in that case) to be able to point at what I want when the waiter would take our order.

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We were given the choice between a conventional western table or a traditional Japanese one. Andrew isn’t great at sitting on the floor (he’s weird, don’t ask) so we went for the conventional table.

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Once seated a waiter, who didn’t speak at all English or French (fair enough), came to us, and followed a session of pointing at the Japanese menu then at the English one to place our order. We didn’t take too many risks and went for the classic okonomiyaki. We sipped on our refreshing beers while watching the chef cooking.

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Finally our okonomiyakis arrived, and they were absolutely delicious! The layers of pancakes, noodles, pork, squid, cabbage and cheese melted together to create the most filling and tasteful dinner.

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It is good to note that okonomiyaki is a very filling dish (again I have no idea how Japanese people stay that skinny but hey!), so make sure to come hungry to ふみちゃん 流川店 otherwise you will end up like me, sweaty and with bad ‘I am too full’ posture.

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That moment when the houses of Santorini turn from white to sky colours.

Santorini – 2016

Imerovigli at sunset in Santorini

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Italian band stand

Mini-temple or bandstand? I am not sure. All I know is that it’s very pretty!

Lecce – 2016

Bandstand in Lecce park

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Istanbul – 2015

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