A ladder’s way cooler than your average towel bar, even more so when draped with fringed Turkish towels. Secure to the wall with D rings or leather straps. Both World Market and Pottery Barn have versions of this vintage find. (Room design by Kate Lester Interiors)
This high-end powder room, designed by Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, won first place from the National Kitchen + Bath Association this year. To snag a bit of this style, use hooks or towel grabbers, which can be purchased at Walmart for less than $5, to display hand towels.
Bring a traditional bath into the 21st century, no time machine necessary. A coat of burnt orange paint instantly updates this bath's classic woodwork, fixtures and marble vanity, while the modern artwork and whimsical bust-turned-towel rack further bridge the "then and now."
Simple does not have to mean boring as this single-vanity bathroom demonstrates. Subtle purple accents give a hint of color to the white-and-gray palette. Small mosaic floor tiles bounce the natural light all around the room.
Clean, white cabinetry gets a visual upgrade from this kitchen's European-style Big Chill appliances. The bottom cabinets were original to the home; designers kept them to cut down on renovation costs.