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Dec 10 2015

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A Little 1950s Charm

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Big gifts come in small boxes, and great designs often start with small rooms. For designer Allison Jaffe of Austin, Texas-based Allison Jaffe Interior Design, one tiny bathroom offered up the opportunity to create a little charm.

“Spatially, there was a standard 3-ft. by 3-ft. shower in a tight, little 1950’s bathroom,” said Jaffe.

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By taking out the linen closet next to the shower and taking some of the space from a closet behind the shower, Jaffe squeezed in a little more square footage into the space. Then there was just the dated aesthetic with the very 50’s-esque turquoise and yellow subway tile to tackle.

“We wanted to keep that 1950s feel, but modernize it with new features,” said Jaffe.

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The classic subway tile stayed on the bottom half of the wall, and small square tiles still grace the floor. Now though, a soft blue-green tile under a wainscoting detail lends a serene ambiance to the room and wraps  into the shower. The rest of the walls are painted a matching color.

“We used that blue tile to punch it up,” she added.

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A shaker-style, white vanity keeps the bath traditional and classic.

“You can’t go wrong with shaker,” said Jaffe. “But rather than standard legs, I did ones with a little more decorative profile. It’s something charming, and besides looking pretty, it’s really functional as well in terms of storage.”

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