Un Homme & Une Femme

As I mentioned yesterday, the main bathroom isn’t finished, but that’s not stopping me from working on finishing touches.  I could resist making art for the back wall.  A large piece of art at that.  For bathrooms, I try to stay away from anything with eyes, because that just seems creepy to me.  Who wants to feel watched while doing your private business anyway?  So, I thought up bathroom appropriate art, but nothing felt perfect.  I didn’t want anything frilly.  Nothing too fancy.  Nothing to compete with the patterned shower curtain.  But something bold, simple, and most importantly, fun.  Then, it came to me.  Why not make an over sized version of the classic man/woman signs to mark commercial bathrooms?  It’s bold.  It’s simple.  It’s fun.  And bonus, it was easy to make. 


I started with a 2 foot by 3 foot frame I had sitting in the basement.  For my background, I painted a large piece of paper I had on hand navy blue.  An internet search gave me photos of the signs, so I made a design in Photoshop, printed it to plain paper, and used the designs as a template.  Then, I cut a man and a woman from card stock.  A few piece of rolled tape on the back held my people in place.  Popping it in the frame instantly made it look more chic and cheeky than the standard bathroom sign.

It certainly adds a dose of fun to the bathroom.  Best of all, it cost me under five bucks for materials!

Would it be too much to hang one of each of these vases over the toilet?

In other breaking bathroom news, Ben grouted the shower.  Crisp white grout is nice to see.  Once we, ah hem, Ben installs the faucet set, we can shower in here.  Yippee skippy. 

One of these days, I should wash that mirror.

So there ya have it, cheap, funny, eyeless bathroom art.  What do you think?  Too commercial feeling?  Just the right amount of kitsch to add personality to the space?  What do you have on your bathroom walls?

30 thoughts on “Un Homme & Une Femme

    1. Hi Nora Rose!

      Thanks! Ben was hesitant, too. I don’t think he *loves it…yet. Haha.


  1. Awesome! My daughter would love that. She seems to be intrigued with figuring out who can use which bathroom and especially if it is a family bathroom. that one gets double points!

    1. Hey Holly!

      Ha, that’s so funny that your daughter loves the bathroom signs. Maybe you’ll have to make one for her. 🙂


    1. Hi Holly!

      I used regular scissors to cut around my template. Easy peasy. 🙂


    1. Hi Monica!

      Thanks! I think the oversized design makes it fun. So glad you like it, too. 🙂


    1. Hi Caitlin,

      Thanks so much! I love the two together, too. I’m excited to get the rest of our small stuff done to see an entire room put together.


  2. I think it’s awesome! Super fun and a perfect combo of kid-friendly and adult-worthy all at the same time!

    1. Hey Stephanie!

      Thanks! And you’re exactly right. I handn’t really thought about that, but it’s perfect for both kids and adults.


  3. Really fun! What color navy did you use? I’m trying to paint an old buffet for my dining room and what I want is a really deep navy, but what I got was Americana-blue…too light and kinda gray 😦

  4. I love it! I would also love to get into your brain. You come up with some very cool and unusual ideas. That is why I love your blog and cannot wait to open it. When you are too busy to post, I always know something really good is coming so it is worth waiting on.

    1. Hello Patty!

      Aww, thanks! One of the things I love about design is pushing the envelope. I try to do something I haven’t done before, even if it’s a slightly different take on something that has already been done. So, that’s usually what spurrs my projects. I really appreciate your enthusasiam and encouragement!

      Thanks so much!

  5. Hi, I really love your shower curtain. Where did you get it? If you don’t mind me asking…


    1. Hey Olivia!

      I got the shower curtain at Target on clearance last summer. Sorry, that’s not much help. Here’s a similar design: http://www.tinytotties.com/room-decor/shower-curtains/jojo-designs-diamond-gray-white-shower-curtain.htm and here are a few more I like: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=25476474&parentid=A_FURN_BATH and http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=24200636&parentid=A_FURN_BATH Try searching diamond shower curtain to see what other options come up. Hope that gives you a good start!


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