How to completely change a small bathroom

A ‘Mancave Ensuite’ We Can Agree On

Y’all…my husband likes what he calls ‘guy colors’.

Olive Bathroom

As an Artist and Interior Designer married to an Engineer, form and function are topics often discussed in our home. I prefer elegant yet laid-back design and he, too, likes our surroundings to look appealing, in a way he can live with, too. So when he mentions ‘no girly-colors’ for his man-cave bathroom, I say, “but what do you…mean?!”

Left: My husband isn’t fond of green but, when I showed him this olive tone that coordinates well with the colorway of the adjoining rooms, he likes ‘this’ color. It looks great with bronze, dark wood tones and white. I have used a lot this tone of olive green in my artwork as well, it lives life but doesn’t ‘take over’. A darker shade is in the matting of the painting above the towel rack and I have also incorporated several adjoining olive tones mixed with gold and aubergine in the piece to tie it all together.

Below: Another color my husband wasn’t sold on was brown. I think brown is particularly elegant, it makes everything sparkle and has the ability to make small room larger somehow. It’s truly magical…so, I guess, now he likes ‘brown’, too! I used brown here in our Powder Room…

Foyer Powder Room 2

Below: And again here in a toilet room in the owner’s suite bathroom. Can you tell I’m a big fan of floating shelves? I like interior design palette colors I use to coordinate, not necessarily ‘match’.


I feel like interior spaces should look evolved and the colors should ‘talk’ to each other. In this house I used the colors of nature to dictate the palette…earth, sand sky, snow and the sun! they never go out of style.