Bathroom Remodel in Fresh Vintage Style | Midwest Living

Bathroom Remodel in Fresh Vintage Style

Des Moines shopkeeper Jennifer Hansen redid her bathroom in fresh vintage style by mining
 her own business. Here's how.

“While some kids played teacher, I always played shop,” Jennifer Hansen says. As an adult, Jennifer went from pretender to vendor, opening Eden, a modern apothecary in Des Moines’ lively East Village. The shop’s aesthetic marries clean minimalism with touches of vintage charm. (Think white walls, polished wood floors and a sparkling chandelier salvaged from a downtown department store.)

In 2014, Jennifer and her husband, John, treated themselves to a big indulgence—a renovation of their 1876 Queen Anne cottage’s bathroom. Just like Eden, the new room is a gleaming, clean-lined sanctuary with period-inspired details that make the simple act of getting ready each day feel like a gift.

Period-look pedestal sinks replaced a large vanity, making the room feel more open. Medicine cabinets picked up the storage slack:

Jennifer and John upgraded an existing built-in, adding shelves, drawers and a marble counter. Compared to a shuttered closet, the open unit functions like a shop window filled with tempting wares:

In the old shower nook, a sit-down vanity encourages Jennifer to pause and indulge herself, just as her store inspires customers to linger and treat themselves:

Jennifer’s Picks: Little Splurges

Since 2003, Jennifer’s airy shop, Eden, has been a fixture in Des Moines, selling luxury bath and green cleaning products (  Besides bath and beauty products, Jennifer stocks Eden with books, candles and other small pleasures. Here are a few favorites that have found a home in her new bathroom.

You Are a Circle This mesmerizing book’s mysterious circles and Zen-like aphorisms are like a visual poem, perfect for reading and relaxing in the bath. $17.50.

Diptyque Candles These petite Parisian candles are a best seller. 
I love the Baies (berries), with the scents of rose and black currant leaves. $32 (

Little Barn Apothecary Body Oil Sesame, jojoba, avocado and vitamin E infuse this organic, non-greasy daily moisturizer. $34 ( 

Hallo Sapa Soap I am amazed how this mild, natural and centuries-old skin-care remedy made from Icelandic volcanic ash makes my skin feel so clean. $7 (

Buying guide

Vanity Chair Saarinen Executive with wood legs, finish: ebonized walnut. Design Within Reach ( Medicine cabinet Frameless inset. Restoration Hardware ( Sconce Powell. Restoration Hardware ( Tray Rectangular mirror. At Home (

Bathroom Faucet Grafton 8-inch Widespread. Restoration Hardware ( Lighting Zenith II Vanity. Lighting ( Medicine cabinet Framed, finish: polished chrome. Restoration Hardware ( Sconce (in cabinetry) Harmon Flushmount, finish: polished nickel. Restoration Hardware ( Sink Tresham 30-inch pedestal, color: white. Kohler ( Subway tile Home Depot (

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