Bathroom Ideas

How 1 Small-Space Dweller Scored Her Dream Bathroom

When Brooklyn-based radio producer Miki decided to treat herself to her dream bathroom, she called on Homepolish, an interior design start-up that only charges a flat hourly fee, to take her to the promise land. Let’s just say that Homepolish delivered.

To modernize Miki’s outdated bathroom without losing its prewar charm, Homepolish interior designer Sandie Tsai chose a black, white, and gray palette accented with pops of brass. While it’s not the largest bathroom, you hardly notice thanks to the luxe materials and strategic design decisions.

Keep reading for the full tour and Sandy’s smart renovation tips!

Photo by Samantha Goh via Homepolish

While brass details pair well with black and white, Sandie was careful not to overdo it. To keep it tasteful, she balanced the flashy brass with more subdued oil-rubbed fixtures on the sink.

Photo by Samantha Goh via Homepolish

Limiting the palette to two or three colors and playing with texture helped make the small bathroom appear to be much larger. Marble subway tiles on the wall and black tiles with light grouting on the floor add subtle pattern and richness.

Photo by Samantha Goh via Homepolish


5 Bathroom Ideas to Steal From Hollywood’s Coolest It Girls—and How to Shop Them

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the myriad of celebrity homes we’ve had the privilege of shooting for MyDomaine, it’s that when it comes to style, some people are just born with it. Case in point: Lauren Conrad’s former Cali-cool home in the Pacific Palisades. It’s an undeniable master class in swoon-worthy, texture-rich bohemia, with that timeless glamour and modern femininity we’ve come to expect from the A-lister.

However, Conrad’s not the only one. We pretty much want to steal the bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms of all our favorite It girls—oh, and we definitely want to raid their closets, too. But if there’s one room we want to mimic above all else, it’s the bathroom. While the kitchen will always be the hero of the home, the powder room is where we really take a load off, expunge the daily stresses, and soak the senses, both literally and figuratively. So we compiled five of our all-time favorite celebrity bathrooms along with the key pieces to get the look at home—and all of them have one thing in common. Can you guess? It’s bound to assuage your Instagram envy.

 J U L I A N N E  H O U G H

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When you have a crazy-busy schedule like actress and musician Julianne Hough’s, you need a stylish sanctuary to come home to. That’s exactly what she did with her bathroom. It’s earthy and raw, turning on Mother Nature’s charm with a floor-to-ceiling window that floods the room with sunlight. In fact, this natural palette runs throughout her entire home. “Muted, earthy greens, browns, blues and some yellows feel grounded and protective,” she told Better Homes & Gardens. “But I also love pops of color. They symbolize pure joy.”

L A U R E N  C O N R A D

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Lauren Conrad’s bathroom is a traditional-modern fusion. It strikes a balance between classic and contemporary with ease, and we’re pretty sure most of you reading this wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to have this freestanding-tub situation in your own home. We love the all-white look balanced out with natural light and warm timber details. The textured Little Market throw and the vintage Turkish rug really add a hint of boho-chic flair. You simply must check out the full tour of her Cali-cool home for more interior inspiration.


N A O M I  W A T T S

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It’s hard to imagine a New York city loft could ever be transformed into a space fit for a family of four, but that’s exactly what design firm Ashe + Leandro did when they approached the home interior of actress Naomi Watts, featured in Architectural Digest. The two-time Oscar nominee shared the space with former husband Liev Schreiber and their two sons, 8-year-old Alexander and 7-year-old Samuel, so it needed to have that fusion of fashion and function. The end result is an inviting family oasis complete with a master bathroom and a freestanding tub we all want to soak away the hours in. We love the glam gold touches and penny-tiled floor.


C A T  D E E L E Y

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We all love her style on So You Think You Can Dance, so it’s not surprising that the television personality’s superior taste extends into her house, too. When InStyle toured her Benedict Canyon home, we fell head over heels for her laid-back cool design with a hint of bohemian flair. It has that elevated nomadic vibe that comes from traversing the globe. It’s these subtle jet-setting sentiments that truly make this bathroom feel like home.


E R I N  F O S T E R

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We’re not the only ones who favor the bathroom as the top spot in the house. Erin Foster cherishes her master bathroom complete with a freestanding clawfoot bathtub. “I’ve never had a nice bathroom before,” she told MyDomaine. “The truth is I just couldn’t afford anything nicer, so I lived in a dump for 10 years, and I waited until the very last minute to finally let myself have beautiful things. Now when I shower and look around, I literally smile because I’m just so happy with myself in this beautiful bathroom. I’m just in heaven. Sitting in there, washing my hair, and smiling.” We love how she styled the bleached-out space with a pop of color via the fuschia African juju hat. In fact, her entire home tour has similar pops of color to brighten your day.


Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas


Designed by Geoff Chick & Associates and built by Chris Clark Construction Incorporated, this Florida beach house is full of new coastal design ideas! The architectural details are truly inspiring. Walls are paneled with white shiplap and the ceilings, when not featuring shiplap, are beautifully crafted with coffered trim and pecky cypress wood.

Located in 30A, this beach house has a very soothing, relaxing color palette that easily transports you to a sunny summery day.


Florida Beach House with New Coastal Design Ideas


This white beach house is full of great architectural details, inside and out!



It’s easy to see why this home is being featured on Home Bunch today, right? Who would love to have a kitchen like that? The light gray cabinets are painted in a color similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 White Dove. Also, notice the gunmetal gray leather counterstools with swoop arms and silver nailhead trim.

Stacked Kitchen Cabinets with Rustic Wood Floors


The kitchen features light gray stacked cabinets adorned with long satin nickel pulls paired with quartzite countertops and a light gray glazed tiled backsplash. The rustic wood floors are custom dark stained.

 Row of Windows Over Kitchen Sink


The light gray kitchen cabinets are adorned with extra long satin nickel pulls. A stainless steel dual kitchen sink stands under a row of windows dressed in white roman shades illuminated byRuhlmann Single Sconces.

Dining Room Coffered Ceiling with Pecky Cypress Trim


The dining room boasts a glossy white coffered ceiling accented with pecky cypress coffers accented with an iron chandelier. The round salvaged wood dining table surrounded by white slipcovered dining chairs.

Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Spring Island Basket – $2,800.00

Coffered Ceiling Details


The coffers are hollow 2×4 boxes wrapped in sheetrock, with a big crown over the pickled pecky cypress.



I love the contrast the dark hardwood flooring creates against the white shiplap walls.



Lighting is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6 Light 29 inch, Extra Large Lantern.

Closet Laundry Room


A pecky cypress barn door opens to a hallway closet laundry room filled with light gray shaker cabinets suspended over a stainless steel mini brick tile backsplash.

Washer and dryer are Electrolux.

 Hallway with Blue Wet Bar


This hallway boasts rustic wood beam ceiling, shiplap walls, shiplap ceiling as well a wall of French doors and transom windows dressed in white cotton curtains.

Office with Pecky Cypress Barn Door 



One of the pecky cypress barn door opens to reveal a home office with light gray cabinets suspended over a gray built-in desk with wood top.

Barn doors are painted in a custom whitewash stain.

Blue Wet Bar Paint Color




A blue wet bar is tucked into a nook. The blue wet bar paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore HC-145 Van Courtland Blue.

Shiplap Barn Door on Rails


This white shiplap barn door opens to reveal a kids’ bedroom filled with white built-in beds with storage drawers.

Kid Bedroom with Row of Built-In Beds


The kids bathroom features recycled glass countertop.

Master Bedroom


What an amazing master bedroom! This space is perfect designed, Notice the shiplap walls and the vaulted shiplap ceiling.

Grey Shiplap


The shiplap walls are painted in a soft grey color.



The bedroom features a soft, calming color palette.

Bedroom Lighting


Lighting is Lowcountry Originals Laurel Bay Shell and Crystal Chandelier – $4,000

Sitting Area


Gorgeous bedroom sitting area with slipcovered chairs and blue and turquoise accents.

 Oblong Marble Tile Wall


This master bathroom features an oblong marble tile accent wall, neutral floor tiles and light gray his and her washstands flanked by a drop down makeup vanity. Vanity paint color is similar to Benjamin Moore OC-52 Gray Owl.

Bathroom with Shiplap Walls


  The master bathroom also features a rectangular tray ceiling accented with shiplap trim.



Ceiling Height: 12′ ceiling.

Similar Off-White Paint Color


Best off-white paint color by Benjamin Moore: “Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove”.

 Bedroom Hall Sitting Area


The bedroom hallway is filled with a shiplap wall lined with white slipcovered chairs

Shiplap Wall Paneling Dimensions


Shiplap walls are 8″ nickel gap paneling.

Gray and Blue Guest Bedroom


This blue and gray guest bedroom features a gray velvet bed dressed in white and pale blue bedding placed next to a white mirrored 3-drawer nightstand. Nightstand is Worlds Away Ava White Lacquer Nightstand. Similar paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Bedroom Reading Corner



Inviting reading corner nook with white chaise lounge. Windows are dressed in white cotton curtains.

Bedroom with Gray Quatrefoil Mirrored Cabinet


This gray and blue beach style shared bedroom features two carved gray headboards on twin beds dressed in white and blue bedding. A pair of blue benches sit at the foot of two beds facing a gray quatrefoil mirrored cabinet tucked under a flat panel tv.

Home Exterior


Similar white exterior paint color: “Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams”. This property also features a guest house.

Guest House


A screened-in porch connects the main house to the guest quarters.

  Small U Shaped Kitchen 


Located in the guest house, this small U-shaped kitchen features a white French hood, stacked white floating shelves, suspended over an induction cooktop with pot and brass wall sconces. A kitchen peninsula is topped with Perla Venata quartzite fitted with a sink and modern faucet which overlooks the family room.

Hardware is unlaquered brass.

Small Living Room


The small living room features a taupe sectional lined with turquoise blue pillows facing a low wood tv cabinet. A gold striped drum pendant hangs from a tray shiplap ceiling while a pair of wicker pod chair provides additional seating.

Sliding Barn Doors


Barn doors are Pecky Cypress painted in a whitewash stain.

Sliding Barn Doors


The pecky cypress barn door opens to a beach style bedroom.

Similar Paint Color


Natural Choice SW 7011 by Sherwin Williams.



This coastal bedroom is decorated with a white upholstered bed dressed in green and blue velvet pillows and a small mirrored nightstand. Wall of windows are dressed in white curtains.

  Beach Home Porch with Rope Swing



The main house features a dreamy porch with a white and turquoise rope swing and a pair of white slipcovered chairs.

On the Beach


Can you picture yourself spending summers in this home? How fun would that be! 🙂







DIY: Refresh Your Bathroom With a New Sink and Vanity


Give your ol’ WC a quick update for just a couple hundred bucks and a few hours of your time.

You’re tired of your old, dated bathroom, but not yet ready to do a full-on remodel — it’s a common scenario.

Here is an easy fix that can cost you as little as $200 and about an afternoon’s worth of time: a new vanity/sink combo.

An updated sink and vanity will stand out and draw the eye to it, instead of to other bathroom elements that may be less than perfect. And if you happen to be replacing an old pedestal sink, you will instantly give yourself more storage space.

Many vanity styles are available at your local home improvement store. They come in all shapes and sizes to fit just about any bathroom, even the tiniest of rooms. Some models even have a matching mirror to help you complete the new look of your bathroom.


A new vanity can add personality to even the smallest powder room. Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

The best part is you can save a lot of money by doing the installation yourself. Here are tips to help get you started.

Selecting a vanity/sink combo

  • Consider the size of the room and the space you have available for the sink. You want to select a vanity that not only fits in the room, but also is in correct proportion to the room and the other elements within it. For example, you may not want to put a tiny vanity in a spacious bathroom with lots of light. The same is true of the opposite scenario: Be wary of putting a large vanity in a small bathroom, even if the room technically has enough space for it.
  • Select a vanity that coordinates well with the style and color scheme of not only the bathroom, but also your home overall, and any future updates that you may have planned for down the road.
  • Make certain to purchase a vanity that has no back. This will make it much easier to fit the cabinet around the plumbing, and provide easy access for the installation.
  • Don’t forget about the faucet! In most cases you will need to purchase your faucet separately. Be certain to pick one that is an “easy-install” faucet.

Installation tips

  • Allow enough time to complete the project, especially if this is the only bathroom in your home.
  • Before beginning your project, make sure you have all the tools and materials you need at hand. It’s also a good idea to check the box that the new sink/vanity came in to make sure that all fasteners and hardware are there. There is nothing worse than getting halfway through a project only to find that you’re missing a screw or a drawer pull.
  • Install the new faucet into the new sink prior to installing the new vanity.
  • Plan for the removal of the old sink. For example, if the new vanity is a different size than the old, you will most likely need to touch up the wall paint in the area, and possibly even repair parts of the wall.
  • It never hurts to have a helper. You may need help with removing the old sink and putting the new one in place.

With your new vanity installed, your bathroom will look and feel newer and better, and you will have the pride of having done the job yourself.

How to get the lighting right: The Bathroom

3RD MARCH 2016

Welcome to the fourth and final part* of my series on How To Get the Lighting Right in partnership withJohn Cullen. I do hope you have enjoyed it and found it useful. For new subscribers, who might not have seen earlier posts, we have done the kitchen, the sitting room, the bedroom and finally, today, the bathroom.

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Each room definitely brings its own issues. From how to avoid the grid of spot lights in the kitchen to creating a room with atmosphere that you can still see to read a book in. How to light the bedroom where you need to be able to see to apply that eyeliner but also want to relax with a book before bed.


this bathroom has several different lighting sources to be both practical and atmospheric

The bathroom also has problems. I expect most of us just have a row/square/rectangle of downlighters that may or may not be on a dimmer switch. If they are you score an extra point and can pass directly to Go collecting your £200 on the way. The rest of you are in bathroom jail until the end of this post.

As you will remember, in order to compile this series, I invited the creative director of John Cullen Lighting, Sally Storey, to come round my house pointing out where I had gone wrong (quite a lot) and what I could do to put things right (quite a lot). The pointing out of what I had got right took significantly less time.

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John Cullen’s Contour HD27 strip is perfect for highlighting a niche or making a feature of the bath

So bathrooms. When we did ours, in the far off days before Pinterest, I had cut out a picture of a large freestanding bath with a chandelier over the top and stuck it to my real-life moodboard (I know quaint isn’t it).

“No,” said the builder, when he saw it. “You can’t have that,” and I didn’t get it. I have been standing under a spotlight grid for the last five years and not only that, most of them aren’t even in the right place either. I think, on balance, that it was more about the builder not being sure of the rules and, more to the point, not being bothered to work it out, rather than it not being possible.

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 consider wall lights to make a feature of the tiles

The first thing you need to know when tackling bathroom lighting is that the room is zoned according to the distance between the water and the light fitting. So Zone 0 is basically in the bath and on the floor of the shower. Zone 1 is within the shower enclosure or directly behind the bath. Zone 2 stretches for 600mm either side of the outside of the shower and the ends of the bath. If you want a chandelier over the bath it needs to be 1.5m from the top of the water when the bath is filled, or, in other words, you need a ceiling of around 2.25m high – nearly eight feet. This basically rules out a pendant over the bath for most of us but you might be able to have one in a different zone so that it’s not hanging over the water – the middle of the room for example if the bath is to one side.

But don’t worry, if you can’t have a statement pendant light in the bathroom then consider wall lights. These will reflect onto the water in the bath and create a gorgeous shimmering light that will be really atmospheric. If you have a fireplace, you can light that using some of the techniques from How to Light Your Sitting Room and, of course, wall lights in alcoves.

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                                                                                                                                    Waterspring LED £118 John Cullen: use spotlights to wash light gently down the walls highlighting the tiles

Sally suggested their Bari wall lights which are bright enough for make-up and shaving. “You can also light the shower with downlights which will highlight the tiles and create atmosphere.

“If you light the back and the side of the shower you will draw the eye.”

It obviously makes sense to have one light either side to provide an even light which is more flattering.

Many of us with bathrooms in loft conversions will have awkward sloping ceilings to contend with. Sally’s not phased. Instead of putting spots in the ceiling at an angle (guilty) put lights on the wall to wash light gently down or use floor lights to highlight the basin or bath.

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                                                                                                                                               in addition to ceiling lights the owners have installed floor lights to highlight the bath and shower

She is also a big fan of the presence detector which means the light will come on automatically if you get up in the night for a wee and turn off when you have left. This is also good for children who often forget to turn lights off when they leave the room.

Then, when you have sorted out what kind of lights you want and where you want to put them, you need to get the right IP rating. Are we beginning to all understand why most of us just fit spotlights and go to the pub?

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                                                                                                                                                                                 wall lights create atmosphere and help light the mirrors

Basically if it’s directly over a bath or shower it needs an IP rating of 44. This is to do with the distance between the water and electricity and the chances of splashing or immersion. This comes under Things To Be Avoided.

Come on stick with it. You can get the builder to deal with the technical stuff, but consider making lighting an integral part of the bathroom so that you can create a bright well-lit space in the morning and something a bit more atmospheric with rippling water patterns shimmering over the walls in the evening.


Lighting Rules for the Bathroom

Fit a dimmer

Don’t make downlights the only source of light in the bathroom

If you have a niche light it with led strips

Use wall lights by the mirror and in alcoves

Consider a statement pendant if you have the height

John Cullen hold lighting workshops if you’re interested in learning more detail than I can provide here, check the website for details. 

*And the good news is that this series will continue next month with a piece on Vintage Lighting with help from Skinflint Design

28 Surreal Interior Design Ideas That Will Take Your House To Another Level

Humans are social creatures that require a great deal of private space, and when it’s privacy you crave home is where the heart is. No matter what your home looks like it is your sanctuary. Simply stepping through the front door and clicking the door locked behind you brings a feeling of peace and tranquility.

People dump a considerable amount of money into their home, either on monthly mortgage payments or rent. Since you spend so much time in your house and put so much money into it, you might as well make it perfect with surreal interior designs that speak to you.

The amazing interior design ideas on this list offer something for everyone, from grand sweeping installations that cost an arm and a leg, to stunning yet simple designs you can duplicate while still staying on a budget.

1. Glass Floor Over Water

The best way to bring the ocean waters inside…


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2. Lowered Reading Room With Unique Glass Walls

I would love to get lost in a book hanging out in this prime reading room!


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3. Secret Tree House Play Room

What kid wouldn’t love to have this cool design in their room?


Photo Credit: Jorge Simos

4. Old Tower Clock Window

This home is one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in New York City thanks to the view, and the fact it has over 6,000 square feet of living space.


Photo Credit: David Walentas


5. Stairs Packing Plenty Of Storage

The perfect solution for tight living quarters…


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6. Stained-Glass Door Adds A Colorful Disco Touch


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7. Ceiling Library

The best home renovation projects offer more than just aesthetics, but space saving convenience as well. When you have too many books to fit in your house, turn your ceiling into an impressive circular library.


Photo Credit: Travis Price Architects

8. Glass River Table By Greg Klassen


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See more incredible Glass Rivers And Lakes Flow Across Beautiful Tables By Furniture Maker Greg Klassen.

9. Glow-In-The-Dark Wall Murals


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10. Stunning Rock Wall Art


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11. Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into An Enchanted Forest


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12. Wooden Reading Hammock


Photo Credit: Bernardo Rodrigues


13. Indoor Tree House


14. Fiber Optic Starry Night Sky Bathroom Floor

You can add stars to any floor in your house as well. Learn more: See How This Guy Transformed His Bathroom Floor Into A Starry Night Sky.


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15. Moss Wall


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16. Real Tree Growing Inside Living Room

My only question is how do they keep the roots from interfering with the foundation of the house.


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17. Mind Blowing Cosmic Wall Mural


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18. These Blinds Instantly Improve Your View


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19. Interlocking Wooden Floor Inspired By M.C. Escher


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20. Pirate Ship Bed


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21. Fireplace Straight From The Deep, Dark Depths Of The Sea


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22. Glass House Built Around A Living Tree



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23. Illusion Wall… Is It Rippled Or Smooth?


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24. Bicycle Sink

Here’s one way to recycle your old bike!


Photo Credit: Benjamin Bullins

25. Sleep Beneath The Apple Trees In This Lovely Four-Poster Canopy Bed


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26. Turn Your Home Into A Skateboard Ramp

The prime bachelor pad for skaters:


Photo Credit: Pierre Andre Senizergues

27. Family Tree Wall Decal


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28. Hammock Hanging Over The Stairs


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15 Simple Ways To Deal With An Annoyingly Small Bathroom

You can do this!

You’ve got to get creative to make a small bathroom sparkle. It’s a matter of doing more with less, and finding ways to sneak in extra storage without adding clutter.

While this sounds like a challenge too great for even the space-saving pros among us, it can be done. All you have to do is get organized down to the very detail and put your imagination to the test.

To get you started, check out some of our small space solutions below.

1. Eliminate clutter on your shelves with baskets and bins.



2. Mount mason jars to manage the small stuff.



3. Add hanging storage to the side of your sink.


4. Install a sneaky shelf above the doorway.



5. Add magnets to the inside of your medicine cabinet to keep mini items in check.



6. Don’t forget about the space over your toilet.



7. Hang hooks on your shower curtain rod to keep the little things within reach.



8. Keep your counters clear by maximizing drawer space.



9. No wall space for a toilet paper holder? Using a hanging rack instead.



10. Add small shelving over your sink.



11. Use a mini bar cart for tiered, moveable storage.



12. Make the most of your medicine cabinet by adding additional shelves and using organizing containers.



13. Oversized jars keep beauty products organized in style.



14. Hang shoe racks on your door to arrange the bulkier things.



15. No cabinets under your sink? Build small standing shelves.