New Year - New Loo!

Our new downstairs bathrooM.


I know this isn’t the most glamorous of posts, but i’m so in love with my new tiles in our downstairs loo that I really want to tell you about them!

The first noticeable decorating project that we have done in our new house is the downstairs bathroom. It is just a simple toilet and sink suite, nothing more, functional, and yet it is a frequently used little room, and one that all guests visit.

We are lucky that lots of tasteful love had been lavished on the house by the previous owners, so there wasn’t anything urgent that needed doing. However, I don’t think this room had been changed in many years and it was in need of a little facelift.

Also, it has to be said that it also had it’s quirks: the toilet wobbled a little as did the rear shelf frame behind it, the mirror sort of overlapped the tiles and there was a really old shaving point on the wall.


Which Loo to choose?

The selection of the toilet was entirely my husband’s domain. And so it is him we have to thank for sitting on a Villeroy and Bosh throne every day! He was very keen to have a “floating toilet” and loo brush holder, much to my amusement as his reasoning is that it will be “easier to clean around”. Amusing because I cannot recall any occasion when he cleaned a downstairs toilet during our happy years of marriage! He also selected a nice simple, but traditional style toilet roll and towel holders, and a slightly more funky pebble shelf. We turned the existing big mirror landscape, to allow it to sit neatly above the tiles.


Lovely Wall Tiles 

Haussman tiles Leroy Merlin

My contribution to our little project was to choose the wall tiles and plan the shelves’ decoration.

We got the tiles from Leroy Merlin. I carefully researched many options online, and settled on these. I really wanted to freshen up the space, but in a sympathetic way to the age of the house. I wanted colours that would also compliment the gorgeous old terracotta floor tiles that we have running through most of the downstairs. I also particularly liked that they were called “Haussmann” as it reminded me of Paris and of friends I have who live in apartments in buildings of this style in the city.

You can see the tiles on the Leroy Merlin Website here. We bought them for €29.95/m2, but it is worth noting that you buy them in cartons which cost €34.14. We needed 2 cartons for our little project.

Accent Accessories


The bottles are my little collection of wines/champagnes that have happy memories attached and are pretty! The Belle Époque was an engagement present from my sister and brother-in-law. The Paris bottle was bought on a trip to Champagne with my best friend. The Ile de Re bottle reminds me of one of my favourite places in France and the friends we shared it with whilst on a wonderful camping holiday.

Bathroom accessories

The handy wicker basket is to keep spare loo roll in. I just love my little sign about our septic tank/fosse, which was a house warming present.

I also have displayed little wooden box with a chalk board heart on. We used this on our wedding day to store our alternative-confetti (paper airplanes made out of maps). It now contains the children’s toothbrushes and hairbrush for the mornings! 

If you’re thinking of doing a bathroom at home, maybe this will give you some inspiration. I hope so. Good luck!