How to Make Over Your Bathroom

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

Are you hosting anyone in the next couple months? If you’re rushing around before people arrive, the best thing to do is freshen up the bathroom. It’s the one place where your guests will be alone and soaking up the ambiance. Here are six easy tips for transforming the space, using the lovely home essentials from Parachute

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

1. Put Out Extra Supplies. Organize hand towels and bars of bath soap in bins or baskets. (We’re digging these waffle towels with a chunky honeycomb weave.) You’ll keep things looking lovely, while allowing guests to help themselves. And don’t forget this guy!

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

2. Hang Artwork and a Robe. One thing about a bathroom is that — while brushing your teeth or drying your hair — you actually have time to look around. If you hang a landscape or a water photograph, like this one, the effect is almost like adding a window. (Also, the Dutch traditionally put a birthday calendar in bathrooms so they never forget important dates. Smart, right?) Finally, a waffle robe is one of life’s simple pleasures — this one is so comfy and light.

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

3. Try Some Eucalyptus Branches. The refreshing, earthy scent of eucalyptus is amplified by steam, so consider putting some branches next to the bath or even tie a few around the shower head. (Inhaling the eucalyptus-infused steam may even help relieve congestion.) They’re also inexpensive, last forever and are easy to find at the grocery store.

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

4. Play With Color. Monochromatic towels look nice, but try layering two colors for a pretty look. These waffle towels, made from 100% Turkish cotton, are so soft and light, they make a bathroom feel like a spa. Plus, they dry incredibly quickly, so they always feel fresh.

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

5. Display a Few Small Luxuries. Scented candles, fresh flowers and special lotions make any bathroom feel welcoming. This Parachute candle called “Dusk,” with notes of jasmine, patchouli and saffron, is one of our favorites; and I’d love to try the salt water candle, too.

Bathroom Makeover Tips With Parachute

6. Treat Yourself, Too. Did you know that the average person spends 92 days of their life in a bathroom? So, it’s worth making it cozy. Pretty towels, a shower curtain and a bath mat will make the room feel lovely year-round, way after guests have headed home. All of Parachute’s bath supplies come in soft colors and natural materials that look so, so beautiful together.


Here are a few more things we love about Parachute, the Los Angeles-based company: Founder Ariel Kaye, believes in social responsibility (returned items are donated to Habitat for Humanity, and they partner with the United Nations to give away a malaria-prevention net for every Venice Bedding Set they sell); their products are of the highest quality, manufactured by craftspeople in Italy, Turkey and Portugal; and their relaxed style has special details like hand-knotted fringe and smart pillow case design.

Thank you so much, Parachute!

(Photos by Alpha Smoot and styling by Veronica Olson for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Parachute, a fantastic resource for beautiful home essentials. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. Caroline says...

    I found this article so inspiring. I went out and bought some new bathroom décor items after reading this. My bathrooms are underutilized in the style arena and need refreshing.

  2. I have a waffle shower curtain but not towels. That’s gonna change now. ;)

  3. Sofie says...

    The dutch do keep calenders in their bathroom, but that would normally be the WC not the place where you take a shower. Most houses have a seperate WC.

  4. Jenna says...

    Love the inspiration in this post! I have a small bathroom and this is providing some great ideas for how to make it feel a bit more like a spa. I know people have asked about nearly every item in the photos, but any chance you can provide info on the glass vase (the one with the dahlias in it)? I love the size and shape! Thank you!

  5. I’m so glad you’re featuring this brand. I hadn’t heard of them before, but I’m so happy I now know about them. Everything you featured is so pretty. I’d love to have luxurious towels in my own home.

    http://www.goldclutter.com

  6. Miss Lam says...

    Can anyone suggest their preferred method of getting white towels their whitest?

  7. Leah says...

    This bathroom is so beautiful! I love the tiles

  8. Colleen says...

    Where does the mirror come from? Love it!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi! I think it’s from Restoration Hardware (before my time in this apartment!).

  9. Tara says...

    Calendars in the bathroom! Thought it was just a weird thing my grandmother did!

  10. Hahahaha, now I know why my Dutch friends keep a couple calendars in their bathroom. I always thought it was so random!

  11. Lovely ideas and amazing photos:D

  12. Mathilda says...

    Just out of curiosity: I read about this plunger now for the second time on this blog and still wonder: why are you in such desperate need of it? Is it an American thing? Is the drainage so bad in the US? Or do you use it for something I can’t even imagine?

    • Alessandra says...

      I thought the same thing, I mean my shower drain sometimes is slow, but not so often, other than that I wouldn’t know.

    • SR says...

      I think most Americans use their plungers for their toilets, not their showers. That’s why it’s so critical to have one handy for guests – can you imagine having to ask someone if they’ve got a plunger? Horrifying!

    • Em says...

      Hi, American here! SR is correct: a plunger is provided for the rare (but terrifying) times the toilet clogs and/or backs up. Depending on someone’s location it could be a regular occurrence due to poor plumbing or it could be due to other reasons… For whatever reason, most bathrooms have plungers available to prevent embarrassment for everyone. Also, the faster you use it, the more likely you are to prevent flooding. They (thankfully) aren’t also used for showers.

      I have literally never written this much about plungers, but I hope this provides some clarity for y’all :)

  13. I recently purchased white linen sheets and a beautiful white bath towel from Parachute. Love.

  14. Anne Hanlon says...

    Color of paint?? :)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      It’s Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone. Cheers!

  15. Jess says...

    Since practically every other item in this beautiful bathroom has been sourced in the comments, I’ll be the one to ask: where is that lovely wooden stool from? It is such a nice touch!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Haha, Jess. It’s an acacia wood stool by Roost. They don’t sell directly but you can find it online from various stores.

  16. Kelly says...

    I loved the bathroom and the towels…any idea of the model of the sink?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Kelly, I think it’s the Retrospect sink by American Standard. Cheers!

  17. What a cozy bathroom!! I love it! Can’t wait to incorporate some of these into my bathroom!

    Happywifeyhappylifey.com

  18. These waffle towels look so soft and I would love to use them while hosted in some friend’s house. But I would add some basic comforts, thinking of recurrent situations that I’m sure everyone has experienced: 1) “Should I leave my clothes in the bidet (yes, I live in Italy!), on the floor or am I supposed to take a shower dressed?” Provide for an extra wall hook or, if you have space, a chair for your friends to put their clothes while showering; 2) “Thank God I noticed it before sitting.” It’s really worse if you’ve already done, but to find yourself in lack of toilet paper when you’re not in your house it’s always embarassing: leave in plain view some rolls and you’ll spare your guests the trouble of asking; 3) “Hi sweetie…”. Ok, you have children so, for their security, you’ve removed all the keys from the doors locks but now, for the same reason, put them back! Or somehow I will have to teach your baby boy not to come and visit me when I’m in the bathroom!
    I guess that someone else could extend the list.

    • Robin says...

      Ha! Yes to all three! Hooks especially. In the guest room as well as the bath.

  19. Laura C. says...

    Loveliest bathroom ever. My friend in Scotland uses two colors of towels too, dark grey and white. She has four or five big shower towels rolled in a basket and they pick up a fresh one every day. I would love to copy the idea!
    Also, I use lavender and/or eucalyptus essential oils and put some drops on the shower. Steam does the rest!

  20. Stunning post and photography!! Our bathroom is in major need of a update and we have been toying with colour and pictures. You have certainly inspired me to get started on it pronto!!
    x

  21. The eucalyptus branches are a great idea! And, I agree candles in the bathroom add the perfect touch of luxury. Thanks :)

    Sarah

  22. Erin says...

    Those slippers! Where are they from?

  23. Tara says...

    What about that light above the sink?! Its gorgeous.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Tara! It’s this one from Schoolhouse Electric.

  24. Jen says...

    What a beautiful space! And yes, yes, yes regarding “don’t forget this guy!” We have friends who have a second home on a nearby island, and they are always inviting people to take the ferry over and stay with them for a night or two. Alas, one friend who stayed with them needed the plunger late at night, couldn’t find one, and was way too mortified to wake anyone up to ask. He knew that all the stores on the island had closed up shop, so he decided he had NO CHOICE but to head back to the ferry, ride it, by a “guy” from a 24-hour store in the city, and come back with it. I learned about it later from his wife, who had slept through the whole thing, and had no idea about any of it until he confessed in the morning. Can you imagine? But now that bathroom is good to go. : )

    • Jamie says...

      What a good guy! And what a plunger it must be.

  25. Whitney says...

    Hiya! I’ve been thinking about adding a piece of artwork to our bathroom wall, but I’m nervous about the steam from the shower somehow messing it up (thinking specifically about framed artwork). Is this a valid concern, or am I overthinking it? Thanks for the excellent tips and the beautiful bathroom tour!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Whitney! Good question. The last time I was at a local framer they specifically asked if my artwork would be hung in the bathroom because they can seal it better for that use so steam isn’t an issue. (This particular piece isn’t framed differently but we don’t often use the shower in here.) If your bathroom gets steamy I would just tell that to the framer. Thanks!

  26. sara says...

    From whom is this nice water painting?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Sara, it’s this photograph from 20×200.

  27. Liz says...

    Could you possibly share the paint color for the cabinetry? Many thanks,
    Liz

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      It’s Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone.

  28. Sara says...

    Silly question, but do you put the eucalyptus branches in water?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Yes, they should be in water to keep them fresh the longest. But you can also dry them out at home if you want to use them that way (they stay fragrant for a long time).

  29. Cynthia says...

    I have a nightlight in my bathroom so I don’t have to turn on a light during the night and I can find my way around. It’s actually from Bath and Body Works Wallflower collection which also adds a subtle fresh scent to my bathroom.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great tip! my dad actually banged his head in the bathroom at night when we were little and had to go to the hospital, so a nightlight is definitely a smart call!

    • jen says...

      Yes! I want to see, but not to wake up completely.

    • LBintheBK says...

      A pink bulb is nice and subtle for a nightlight in the bathroom (or anywhere).

  30. Julia says...

    I want to live in this bathroom.

  31. Ann says...

    eucalyptus oil is good too in the shower. Just drop a few drops and the steam brings it up.

    • Lin says...

      Hi Ann, do you just drop a few on the shower floor?

  32. asia says...

    Magazines for sure! But I notice you don’t mention them ;)

    • Carrie says...

      But for a bath, NOT for the toilet!

    • Laura says...

      Agree with Carrie, for the bath not the toilet! (Although I would just bring one in for the bath rather than keeping them in there). Growing up my dad always had books in the bathroom, which I find so gross. People always give me hand me down magazines, and I do read and appreciate them, but I always hope they never lived in someone’s bathroom. I’m always wary of picking up free magazines at the library for this reason.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes!!! i see that!

    • aga says...

      I agree, magazines in the bathroom gross me out.

  33. Love the eucalyptus branch idea!!

  34. Nadia says...

    Is that the Kohler memiors tub? I think it would be perfect in my 1925 home’s bathroom.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Yes, it is! It’s definitely a good combo of retro-classic and modern.

  35. Stephanie says...

    You always nail the advertisements, CoJ! Although you know hours of work must’ve gone into the copy-writing, you can’t even tell. I only wish you featured more companies that had bases in Europe; if US companies even ship this far, the fees are just too extortionate :(

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will keep a look out for sure, stephanie! thank you so much for your sweet note xo

  36. Kate says...

    I probably won’t spring for their items, but man! they’re advertising in all the right places. I see no less than four thousand ads for them daily, I believe.

    • Clari Hughes says...

      heheheheh totally agree! They are everywhere. Must be good! Maybe?

  37. Denise says...

    I enjoy being in the bathroom as a guest. It’s a nice break to be alone & like to look around (and snoop a little) so I appreciate everything about this concept except the waffle texture which personally makes me cringe. Artwork and fun perfumes and candles and extra towels/washcloths are luxurious to a guest.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “and snoop a little” = hahaha, everyone does it! :)

    • Eliza says...

      Maybe “add snoop worthy items to your cupboards/drawers” should be added as a bathroom guest tip! ;)

  38. Anne says...

    Was this shot in the Parachute hotel? I have a teeny bathroom and am obsessing over that vanity combo of pedestal sink plus a drawer! Lovely styling.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this was actually lexi’s bathroom! :)

    • Olivia says...

      The stress she must have felt cleaning it to picture-perfection! The silicone around my glass shower door is still driving me bonkers – so hard to keep is sparkling. Beautiful bathroom!

    • Heather says...

      I was just thinking the same thing. This bathroom is GORGEOUS. What a nice place to retreat and have a warm bath at the end of the day – with some of those soothing eucalyptus branches! :)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Thanks so much, Heather. (And rest assured it’s typically filled with my son’s bath toys, light-up toothbrush and step stool.)

  39. kate says...

    These ideas are lovely! I always briefly light the candle in our guest room and leave matches so that guests know they can use it and don’t have that awful dilemma of trying to work out whether it is just for display – somehow lighting someone else’s brand-new candle is like being the first person to cut into a wheel of cheese at a party – no-one does it unless there’s already a piece cut out!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great tip, kate. going to do that from now on, with both cheese and candles!

  40. I want to know more about this bathroom!!!!

  41. Jaime says...

    Love the towels, but any idea where the sink/pedestal is from? I’ve been searching for one like that!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Jaime! The sink is American Standard and the pedestal was built for the space.

    • kchou says...

      Lexi,

      Where are the floor tiles from? I love them!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi! I believe they are from Daltile — one of their marble mosaics. Thank you!

  42. L says...

    Is that your bathroom, Joanna? It looks gorgeous! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s actually the bathroom in CoJ editor Lexi’s apartment. we were going to shoot in our bathroom, but it’s a little dark; plus the boys always make such a mess! :)

  43. Rebecca Sunde says...

    lovely! i think there’s a missing word here:
    “give away a malaria-prevention net for EVERY Venice Bedding Set they sell”
    :)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! Just updated. xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!

  44. Emily says...

    Any promo code?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Hi Emily! Parachute doesn’t offer discounts (they try to keep their everyday prices as fair as possible, given they are mostly internet-based) they do always have free-shipping!

  45. Milka says...

    I love waffle towels! They absorb water and dry you better than traditional fluffy towels that just push around water.