Since we are renovating one soon, I am currently obsessed with all things bathroom. I don't know, you may have noticed. In honor of this sledgehammer I'm holding, I present a roundup of bathroom-related items that are over $500, and some equally delightful ones that are under $500. Enjoy!

In our current bathroom, there are three hooks in a row on one wall, and I always love seeing towels there. So I am going to keep the hooks, and decorate them with these Turkish bath towels. The prices for these are so wildly variable that I do not understand what it all MEANS. Anyway, I love the low version, and that particular shop has a million different choices. Go forth! Get your hammam on! (Is that offensive? Was I just accidentally racist, y'all?)

High: Turkish Hammam Towel, L'Aviva Home. $65. / Low: Turkish Bath Towel, Bath Style. $24.50.

I would love to use these as sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror. Someday, some client will let me. Will it be YOU?

High: Signal 2-Arm Sconce, Jielde. $417. / Low: Atelier Swing-Arm Sconce, Restoration Hardware. $189-$239.

Mirrors! Every bathroom needs one. Or two. Or thirteen, I don't know your life.

I have been scouring the internet daily for an antique gilded mirror -- and I found a lovely, inexpensive (though not antique) option at Pottery Barn, of all places. I will probably get it, and then both of the bathrooms at Chao Camp can boast PB mirrors. A worthy accomplishment, to be sure.

High: Antique French Gilt Mirror, 1st Dibs. Contact dealer for price. (This is code for:"You cannot afford this mirror.") / Low: Gilded Laurel Mirror, Pottery Barn. $149.99.

Y'all know I love myself some Leontine Linens, and I will probably soon visit their adorable shop on Magazine St. in New Orleans to order one of these hand towels. But! If you do not have this option, and/or are counting pennies, I think these linen hemstitched towels (From Pottery Barn! In a set of 2!) are a perfect substitute.

High: Ivory Terry Applique Towel, Leontine Linens. $75. / Low: Linen Hemstitch Applique Guest Towels, Pottery Barn. $29.00

Happy weekend, everyone! Bathroom demolition begins in the morning! So say we all!

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 Today is a special edition of the advice column, for which I stopped taking submissions a few months ago. But this is a person I know in real life and so she gets a special advice column. Also she is having a baby. Yay!

DeAnn sent me a few pictures of the in-progress nursery:

It's basically a blank slate, which is my favorite kind of slate. And check out that awesome straight-up for-real zebra rug. Yes! I love it. I do, however, have some suggestions. Let's get started.

First, some basics.

1. The existing zebra rug stays. We'll build the rest of the room around it.

2. Every room needs some baskets. They hold things. Things like diapers, and baby toys! These from West Elm are pretty cute, but if you are on a tight budget, these plain wicker ones are also good. 

3. Those corner windows are kind of a trick to cover in an attractive manner, but I think DeAnn should have some Roman shades made in a soft gray linen, one for the big window and one for the small window. They should be outside mount so the shades meet at the corner, creating a seamless transition and giving the impression that you totally meant to do it that way. I recommend Gray Line Linen for this project -- their fabric is gorgeous and affordable.

4. And, PAINT. I want the trim and baseboards painted white, for sure. If you must, DeAnn, paint the walls white too. But if you're feeling daring and want the coolest nursery ever, do like the Rolling Stones did and paint it black. Well, dark gray. And then paint that sad brown door with a few coats of high-gloss green. You heard me. DEWIT. Paint colors, top to bottom: Benjamin Moore Super White, Witching Hour, and Pear Green (Apple Green is also good.).

We're also going to move some furniture around. The changing table needs to go where the bookcase currently is, and the crib needs to get centered on its existing wall (remove the hook). The bookcase can either be removed, or can go on the wall with the wide window, all the way into the corner next to the crib. The rug and rocker can stay where they are.

Now that we've got the basics covered, it's time to do some accessorizing, yes? I've selected some high/low accessory options:

1. In keeping with our black/gray/white theme, how about a graphic throw blanket to soften up that rocker? High: Jonathan Adler, $295. Low: West Elm, $29.

2. Every room needs some art, does it not? I'd love to see a great big painting over the crib. Wouldn't one of these look so good with our black walls, white trim, and hot green door? Yes. High: Aaron Collier, $2600(but seriously, don't buy this, because I want it bad.). Low: Michelle Armas, $150(which is actually a poster-size print of one of her paintings, and I'd do exactly what she recommends about mounting on Gator board and putting it in a floater frame).

3. Crib bedding. I would, as a lifelong Southern person, do the crazy poofy long-bed-skirty monstrosity on the left, but I know this is not for some. The one on the right is a little more cleanly lined, and definitely more affordable. And if you are on a crazy-tight budget, go buy some black and white mattress ticking, pay somebody's sister-in-law $20 to make a gathered bed skirt out of it (all the way to the floor, please!), and buy a white crib sheet from Target. DONE. High, $614. Low, $326.

4. Both of these options would be very cute next to the rocker, but only one of them is on sale for 20% off right now. Guess which one? High: Bungalow 5, $351. Low: West Elm, $129.

So that's that. Looking good, right? We're almost done -- I just have a couple of suggestions for some extras, totally optional. See below: 

1. You could wallpaper the crib wall, or not. This cute and subtle marine life print would look good with the dark (or white!) walls and either painting, though. Pattern People, Hygge & West, $135/roll.

2. Floating shelves over the changing table. I say definitely go for this one. Shelves hold lots of stuff! Like baskets, which also hold lots of stuff! IKEA LACK shelf, price varies.

3. Overhead pendant light. I love this classic Nelson lamp, but whatever you choose, put it on a dimmer. This is non-negotiable. Nelson saucer lamp, $269.

4. A jute rug for layering underneath the zebra. Will add a new and cozy textural dimension. Overstock has many.

5. Paint the bookshelf white if it is staying in the room.

6. Remove the star lanterns and replace them with this fabulous mobile (maybe in a more manly color). Mobile, $45.

7. A floor lamp for another light source, and for being cute near the rocker and side table. Taper Shade Floor Lamp, West Elm, $199.


Whew! I think that's it. I hope you use some of these suggestions, DeAnn, and I DEFINITELY want to see after pictures. Go, baby!

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I helped an online client with her bedroom recently (along with her living room, and I am waiting with BATED BREATH for the "after" pictures, damn, hurry up, Jen!), and she asked for some high and low options for each. We used a great picture as inspiration for her bedroom, this amazing design from Elizabeth Bauer's bedroom in Lonny:

Sigh. If only I could use Porthault linens in all of my designs. Anyway, I made my adorable client a high and low version of her bedroom. We ended up using totally different wallpaper and bed linens, but the end result is going to be just as gorgeous. And you could do way worse than starting with this for inspiration.

Here, for your viewing enjoyment, is the high/low version of this bedroom.

1. I'd actually recommend finding a vintage tufted headboard and having it recovered, but you can buy both of these online. (High/Low: Serena & Lily/West Elm)

2. Differently priced wallpapers, same great impact. Oh, how I want to wallpaper someone's ceiling. Any takers? (High/Low: Rose Cumming/Random internet wallpaper)

3. If you are going to buy a damn sconce with a cord/cord cover, it might as well be an affordable one. Add an inexpensive shade and you are a design hero. (High/Low: Circa Lighting/CSN; Shade: Laura Ashley)

4. Oh, Porthault. I love you almost as much as I love my beloved home-staters, Leontine Linens. However, some of us have to use substitutes for now. (High/Low: Porthault/Garnet Hill)

5. One of these is high, and one is low. Can you tell the difference? I thought not. (High/Low: Restoration/Overstock)

6. If you do not have a beautiful white tole chandelier available to you, then I suggest you find some bargain vintage light and spray paint the shit out of it. (High/Low: Both random internet searches)

I hope you have enjoyed this episode of High/Low. I certainly have. Bargain shoppers forever!

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