Laura Rennie

E-design // Gresock kids' bathroom

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Do you remember Melissa G.’s mud room transformation? The mud room was my first paid project, and my first ever e-design! It was incredibly rewarding to see the result and to hear Melissa’s high praise. I went on to help her make a few decorating decisions in her dining room; now we’re working on the bathroom her little ones share! I’ve come up with two mood boards that I feel embrace Melissa’s fun side as well as her desire to make the space functional for her growing children.



This mood board offers a clean and simple approach, with a mix of grown-up and playful touches. The shower curtain makes a fun statement piece — and a convenient teaching tool!

Notes: I erased the bottom rung of the ladder shelf to show Melissa how she could potentially store her diaper pail underneath the ladder. The photo of the towels is to show how they can all hang on the door, but the color of the towels would change depending on her preference.

Sources: bath runnershower curtain, ladder shelf, TP holder, surface-mount medicine cabinet, towel storage example, art print (by my lovely friend, Meg), apothecary jars, woven basket, bath caddy

Melissa loved the first mood board — to quote her: “I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS.” Just the reaction I want to hear!  She did request a dark-colored bath mat, and wanted some ideas for infusing more colors into the space.


For the second mood board I went with a more bold and modern look. (Pardon the warped-looking mirror on the top right.) I also offered wall shelves as an alternative to the ladder shelf, and a simple vanity shelf as an alternative to a medicine cabinet.

I would have Melissa choose between the art prints (both list the fruit of the Spirit). The varied color towels add to the playfulness of the room and would mean she could assign a color to each child.

Sources: bath matshower curtain, word printablepineapple printable, hand towel holder, framed mirror, glass shelf, towels, wall shelvesbaskets (only inspiration—don’t ever spend this much on baskets!), TP holder, toothbrush holders, soap dispenser

I love how two boards with similar items can still offer completely different looks. Both Melissa and I lean more towards the top board for her bathroom, though we are going to tweak a few things. We’re currently researching vanity tops and floor and shower tile, as well as paint colors.

Which board are you most drawn to? Are there any elements you would love in your own bathroom? I might have to purchase the pineapple printable for myself!