Conveniently located at the end of the gallery of Connecticut Country House is a small bathroom. Despite its petite proportions, it’s a full bath that has everything you need.

The vanity is an old cupboard the former owner retrofitted to allow for plumbing and the installation of a porcelain sink. Because the wonderful brass bar faucet isn’t lacquered, it has naturally oxidized over the years, giving it a lovely patina.

Not having wall space for a typical mirror, I solved the quick, let me check my teeth problem, with a brass wall mounted scissor mirror. It’s just the right size to get the job done.

A wonderful floor to ceiling window (that matches the 2 in the gallery) was salvaged from an old school in Fairfield County. It allows beautiful natural light to flood the space throughout the day. A deep sill provides an always at the ready, perfect parking spot, for my collection of vintage copper watering cans.

The “combed” walls are a combination of Benjamin Moore, Colonial Williamsburg Hardwood Putty and Bone Black. The hand painted technique adds interesting texture to the walls, while keeping the room light and bright.

Tucked in a corner (where it’s impossible to get back far enough to take a picture), hidden behind louvered shutters, is a shower. It’s there in the event we need it, but as of late, it serves as a large appliance garage for my vacuum cleaner.

The painted checkerboard floor is a continuation from the gallery and the kitchen. It helps to unite this busy area of the house.

And that, my dear friends, concludes the grand tour of my petite bathroom.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Victoria on February 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Charming – love the combed wall treatment and your checkerboard
    floors. I have plans to do to my master bath this year floors.

  2. Kim on February 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Topiaries………….lovely old watering cans…….that tool……………… much lovely in such a tiny spot!

  3. Diane on February 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Nora – I love this bath- the combed walls, mirror, faucet. I can imagine myself walking up to the sink with the light streaming in from the left. Makes me smile…

  4. Maggie on February 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    What a sweet space. Love the faucet and watering can collection. Mine are all galvanized. You have quite a collection!!

  5. Pat on February 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Love your home

  6. Lisa Shoka on February 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Nora, as always I love your petite bathroom. I love the way you went outside the box and chose a theme more for a potting shed!!! awesome stuff!

  7. Nancy Sommers on February 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I love your bathroom,especially the old faucet.

  8. Bernadette on February 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I adore this petite grand.bathroom and I am always in awe regarding the wonderful paint on the wall!!!

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