October 11, 2012

Updating the Bathroom {and an Uncommon Goods Giveaway}

We've been enjoying our upstairs bathroom for a few months now, having had it gutted and renovated over the summer.  It's so nice not to cringe when taking a shower and having to avoid touching the walls.
However, our downstairs bathroom was feeling a bit left out.  While we don't have the budget to do a complete renovation right now (which like its upstairs sibling prior to the summer, it desperately needs), I do like to update it now and then with fabric and accessories (and paint, if I'm feeling especially ambitious).  I might have even mentioned in a past post the I covered up its ugly yellow tiles with contact paper. 
To spruce up this bath, I made a simple pleated sink skirt for our lovely old sink (it really isn't so lovely underneath it), and actually gave the basin a good cleaning with Bon Ami.
I found the fabric a while ago at Joann and it's been waiting to be put to use.  There was enough to make a simple no-sew valance too.  Stitch witchery is your friend.
As usual, I shop around the house changing out wall art and other things when I feel the urge to feather the nest.  I scavenged the Ikea tray and tin animals that hang on either side of the mirror from Jude's nursery.
Rather than the usual cardboard box of tissues, I decided to forgo the patterns (tissue boxes really have come a long way design-wise, huh?) and use a neat-o modern Paper Pot from Uncommon Goods.
Have you ever checked out their website or catalog?  It's pretty incredible, the unique and useful things they carry.

The Paper Pot is a contraption that holds your tissues or toilet paper inside a funky ball.  You unscrew the two parts, then lay your tissues on top of the roller bar or slide the bar through your toilet paper roll.  Then out pops your paper.
It comes in five colors (I really should have chosen blue or orange, but thought that white would go with anything) and is really eye-catching in its minimal design.  I hope the manufacturer adds some more colors, like yellow or grey to the mix.
It's also functional in that when I pull out a tissue, the pot doesn't move like tissue boxes often do.  And so far I haven't had any clumps of tissues come out the way I often do with the paper boxes.  But mostly, it's just looks really cool in the bathroom.  I'd love a few more throughout the house.  It would actually make a great Christmas gift for me (hint hint), as would many of the other items that I found here.

Uncommon Goods has so many other home, office and personal goods.  I'm eager to check out some ideas for Christmas gifts too, which you can find HERE.  I always have trouble picking out items for girls, like friends' daughters and nieces, so I'll definitely be checking out the suggestions for girls that at Uncommon Goods.  Uncommon Goods is a website you could browse for a long time and still have trouble picking a favorite item.

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One lucky reader will win their own Paper Pot!  Please enter via Rafflecopter below:
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Disclosure: I received an item of my choice from Uncommon Goods for review.

41 comments:

  1. I like the face mugs. I would choose white.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  2. Love the set of 8 bicycle glasses too, and I would choose the orange!

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  3. I like the stackable lunch pot and the green paper pot.
    tssk10(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I love the recycled ceiling tin frames , and I'd choose white!

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  5. That floral is so sunny and bright- it will keep that bathroom cheery in the dismal gloom of winter!

    I like the green paper pot but I think I would choose the black one because I prefer the matte finish. My favorite thing at Uncommon Goods are the Peruvian belts.

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  6. which color Paper Pot you'd choose -- blue it would match my second bathroom.

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  7. I like the kitchen composter and my favorite color is the green pot.

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  8. My favorite item is the healing stone mugs and the color I would pick is blue.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  9. I like the custom state pillows and would probably pick the black
    hollow_sins@yahoo.com

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  10. My favorite item is the Sari bag and I would choose the blue paper pot.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  11. My favorite item is the 2012 Dragon Birth Year Shadowbox (so cute!) and I would choose the black.

    Auri Lae on rafflecopter

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  12. SOUP AND SANDWICH CERAMIC TRAY DUO and i would choose green

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  13. I like the Plush Organs and I would choose Blue
    Kims2312@verizon.net

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  14. I would love the white pot!

    I also love their compost containers.
    Entered the Rafflecopter form as "Wild Orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  15. I also like the Bird Alarm Clock and I would choose the white
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  16. I love the BICYCLE GLASSES and I would choose orange, thanks!

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  17. I like the birthstone mugs.
    I would choose orange.

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  18. I like the Molecular Mixology Kit! And I like the green paper pot.

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  19. I like the AGATE PHOTO FRAMES. I like the orange paper pot

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  20. My favorite is the Links of Love Necklace and I'd choose the black paper pot. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I love the bike tube bag and i would pick green thanks for the cahnce to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  22. Love the Bad Dog Tumblers!
    I'd choose the green Paper Pot.

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  23. There are so many items that it is hard to narrow it down to just one. I like the birthstone mugs. If I won I think I would prefer the white, 2nd choice would be green.

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  24. DIGGER MECHANICAL PAPERWEIGHT is my favorite item and I'd choose the green paper pot

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  25. I love the Butterfly Puddler. I would choose the orange paper pot.
    Susan Chester

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  26. I would choose the Green one! I like the Whisky Stones!

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  27. The blue and I love the pizza plates.

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  28. I like the glass faucet! That thing is really cool..I did see many more things I liked;) The color of the paper pot...green

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  29. the face mugs are cute and i like the white one you showed us. It would go best with my bathroom.
    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  30. I like the Bicycle glasses. I like green pot too.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Retired Wine Barrel Lazy Susan
    I'd like the Green pot please.

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  32. I like the Beer Making Kit and the blue Paper Pot

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. LOVE the Bicycle glasses and I would choose the Blue :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  34. I like the STAINLESS STEEL INDEX CUTTING BOARD and I would choopse the White.

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

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  35. I like the Flower Hummingbird Feeder and I might pick green

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  36. I like the stackable lunch pot and the blue paper pot.

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  37. I like the Calla Lily Earrings and the pink pot.

    msurosey@Yahoo.com

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  38. I'd like to get the FOOTED BOWL.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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