33 Small Bathroom Ideas to Make Your Bathroom Feel Bigger

In a West Village powder room by designer Ashley Darryl, a towel bar is fastened to the side of the floating sink.

20. Upgrade Your Bathroom Accessories

Patterned towels, vintage rugs, and sophisticated lighting also add pops of personality. “Lighting and bath fixtures are like the jewelry of the room. Use them to bring a little glamour into the space,” says Los Angeles–based interior designer Sarah Samuel.

21. Rethink Your Sink

If you’re designing your tiny bathroom from scratch (or remodeling), consider a tiny corner sink. There’s no rule that says you have to have a full-size standard sink. A corner sink gets the job done just as well—plus it gives you plenty of space and less to clean.

22. Choose Compact Pieces

Hulking vanities and blocky tubs may look at home in a larger bathroom, but they can make a small bathroom feel claustrophobic. Install compact toilets and sinks or consider floating versions to open up the space. If a tub is a must, consider a Japanese soaking tub to add serenity without taking up square footage.

23. Use Closed Storage to Stay Organized

Bottles and tubes scattered on the countertops are guaranteed to distract from even the most gorgeous bath. Samuel suggests closed storage, such as a linen closet or vanity with drawers and doors, to keep things tucked away. “Display only your favorite and most frequently used, well-designed products.”

24. Get Your Cabinets in Order

Don’t forget about what’s inside the cabinets too. Compartmentalize your cabinets with specific storage sites for tools and toiletries. Large baskets keep hair dryers, flat irons, and brushes from becoming a tangled mess, while smaller trays are great for holding makeup and beauty products.

25. Curve Some Surfaces

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White House Proposes $1.8 Trillion Stimulus, Trump Says Go Bigger

With the presidential election fast approaching, the White House on Friday proposed a beefed-up $1.8 trillion economic rescue plan to try to coax congressional Democrats into an agreement.

President Donald Trump, who this week has veered wildly in his position on stimulus to help the world’s largest economy recover from the damage done by the Covid-19 pandemic, now seems to be making a major push to roll out funding before he stands for re-election on November 3.

The new proposal, an improvement over the administration’s previous $1.6 trillion offer, brings them closer to the Democrats’ latest package costing $2.2 trillion.

White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said the administration was “willing to come up on the level” but wanted to keep the price tag “below $2 trillion.”

It's unlikely that Congress will be able to pass a new stimulus package for the US economy before the November 3 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said It’s unlikely that Congress will be able to pass a new stimulus package for the US economy before the November 3 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Photo: AFP / Nicholas Kamm

But Trump, who is trailing in the polls against Democratic rival Joe Biden, said he wants an even more robust plan.

“A lot of people are being hurt. I would like to see a bigger stimulus package, frankly, than either the Democrats or the Republicans are offering,” Trump said in an interview with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

“I would like to see money going to people. It was not their fault.”

That marked the latest dramatic shift from the president who just days ago called off negotiations with Democrats and said there would be no new aid to struggling businesses and unemployed workers until after the election.

US President Donald Trump said talks on a new economic stimulus package are going well US President Donald Trump said talks on a new economic stimulus package are going well Photo: AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM

But as Trump has turned cheerleader and trumpets his newfound optimism, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell poured cold water on the chances for a deal, saying Congress is unlikely to agree on a new stimulus package before the election due to “vast” differences over how much to spend.

“We do need another rescue package, but the proximity to the election and the differences of opinion about what is needed at this particular juncture are pretty vast,” McConnell said Friday at a press conference in his home state of Kentucky.

While he would like to see legislators rise above their political differences “I think that’s unlikely in the next three weeks,” the Republican senator said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continue to discuss the size and composition of a new stimulus plan House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continue to discuss the size and composition of a new stimulus plan Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been negotiating for weeks, raising hopes for a huge, new relief package to follow up on the $2.2 trillion CARES Act and other measures that brought the total aid passed by Congress to nearly $3 trillion.

Pelosi said differences remain over policy as well as money.

“I do hope that we will have an agreement soon,” Pelosi said Friday on

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White House Open to Bigger Stimulus Bill as Mnuchin, Pelosi Talk

(Bloomberg) — The White House shifted tack on Thursday, signaling that the administration is again leaning toward a large-scale stimulus bill after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back on the idea of individual measures for parts of the economy hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Pelosi in a 40-minute call that President Donald Trump wants agreement on a comprehensive stimulus package, according to Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman.



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Nancy Pelosi at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8.

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Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said, “we’ve made very clear we want a skinny package,” though she later clarified that position, telling reporters the administration is “open to going with something bigger.” She reiterated opposition to the $2.2 trillion plan from House Democrats.

Prospects for coming to an agreement have proved volatile since Trump pulled his negotiators out of talks on a comprehensive package on Tuesday.

Stocks, too, have proved volatile, with airline shares rising and falling on shifting indications of the potential for a separate aid package for the industry. The broader S&P 500 Index climbed for a second session Thursday, after a tumble Tuesday, when Trump pulled his negotiators from stimulus talks.

‘Testing, Tracing’

Pelosi sent a letter to House Democrats Friday morning casting further doubt on negotiations.

“The Administration does not share this priority of crushing the virus. The President does not have the capacity, leadership or plan for testing, tracing, and isolation that is needed,” Pelosi wrote. “Instead, Trump’s delay, denial, distortion of reality and disdain for science has exacted a deadly and preventable human toll.

Mnuchin and Pelosi held a follow-up call Thursday afternoon with House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velasquez and Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters about small businesses and access to capital.

The negotiations are proceeding against a frenzied backdrop, with the president recuperating from Covid-19 and the final stretch of the election campaign under way. Pelosi and Trump publicly questioned each other’s ability to perform their jobs on Thursday.

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The House speaker said earlier Thursday there could be no action on a stand-alone bill to aid airlines or any other sector of the economy without an agreement with the White House and Republicans on a broader stimulus package.

Pelosi said airline aid could move through Congress before a comprehensive deal is voted on — but that would have to be advanced in the “context” of a broader bill. “I have made the case to my colleagues that this is a special case,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV.

“There is no stand-alone bill without a bigger bill,” she said. Pelosi has also said this week she is pressing for language that would limit Trump’s ability to divert virus testing and treatment funds to other projects.

“I’m always optimistic,” Pelosi said. “Maybe the president seeing the reaction to his walking away

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She thought they were renovating the kitchen, he worked with a Seattle company on a bigger surprise

30 years into their marriage and nearly 20 years in the same house, Alvin and Joanne were ready for a refresh — not the marriage, Alvin emphasizes.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long! We still feel like newlyweds who got married yesterday,” he says.

But the house was starting to feel a little dated, and the couple heard from a friend that Granite Transformations did really great work. As a former interior designer Joanne took the lead on most decisions, and then Alvin came up with a plan to celebrate their love at the same time.

“I said honey, I don’t think we can afford to do all this, and convinced her to postpone the fireplace and bathroom renovations. But of course in my head I thought ‘I’m going to make sure we get this done.”

Alvin worked with Granite Transformations to orchestrate a surprise, and they completed the bathroom and fireplace renovations while Joanne was away working as a flight attendant.

“The crew from Granite Transformations were great about working on the surprise. They’d bring paperwork to the school where I volunteer, separated invoices to keep things secret — things like that.”

Gorgeous transformation

Alvin emphasizes that his wife was the decision-maker for all the gorgeous design details, and he just said, ‘yes dear.’ But if he didn’t know her preferences, how did he pull together the surprise?

“The fireplace matches the marbled countertops in the kitchen, so that was a no-brainer,” Alvin says, and Joanne had already started to pick things out for the bathroom before they put the project on hold. “I said why don’t you put all your top picks in the folder for later on? And then I took all that to Granite Transformations.”

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Joanne, of course, loved the surprise. And Alvin says when visitors come over says they’re always stunned by the transformation. The backsplash Joanne picked out is always a favorite, and the whole space looks totally updated.

“The countertops are great — they’re indestructible! I don’t have to worry about hot pans or water damage — nothing scratches, nothing burns,” Alvin says. “And the crew that did the installation was excellent. I’m a little cautious about having people in my home — I’m a retired police officer so I’m fairly protective — but these were total trustworthy guys.”

Ready to boost the beauty in your home? Request a free in-home design consultation to start sketching your own spectacular surprise, or use the online visualizer at granitetransformations.com. Call 425-998-0107 or email [email protected] to get started today!