I got so many great emails today from readers with their own decorating dilemmas!
First up is Carmen. I just love what she wrote:
I've attached my best decorating dilemma. This is my hall bathroom...where do I begin?
It has carpet.
It has wallpaper borders.
It's a depressing brownish-prison color.
It has no vibe.
I haven't touched it since moving in, still stumped as to what exactly to do and what colors to use.
Carmen, I don't think you have it so bad. (You did see MY bathroom, right? I post humilating photos so that you can be grateful for, say, carpet and borders and brownish-prison colors. This is the service I provide.)
Anyway, before you get to color, I think you should booze up, get a friend in there with you and start tearing off the border. That's #1. That will commit you to doing something. (Or could lead to you looking at torn-off chunks in your wall for years, as I did with my kitchen...)
Then make a plan for the carpet. I am not sure what's under there, but I am guessing you want it gone. Can you tile? Have you ever tiled? Can you poke around the web and see if it's something you want to tackle on your own? If your check-writing arm is ready, you may just want to call in a pro. I bet you can negotiate a good deal on that right now.
Next, consider the light fixture and the faucets. Can you update those? That might be an area where you can get a new look with a quick swap.
And then maybe consider the color. Because you are getting a free copy of the House Beautiful book, my friend.
What else does everyone think Carmen should do?