Kate Rumson (K.R): Where do you live?
Stefanie Martingano (S.M): I have lived on Staten Island, NY most of my life, but my husband and I just moved to Hazlet, NJ.
K.R: What was the look/style/feel you were going for when you decided to remodel your Powder Room?
S.M: I didn't necessarily have a style in mind, but I most definitely like a clean sleek look. I also knew that I wanted wallpaper on the top portion of the bathroom. When I saw the pictures of the paper you posted I just felt like it was what I needed to get my bathroom style going!
K.R: How long were you looking for inspirational photos for this project before committing to the photo you saw on my personal page?
S.M: Luckily not too long. When I saw the wallpaper you posted and researched a little further it just seemed like the best look and I ordered it! I'm usually not one to make decisions so quickly, but there was something about it that stood out.
K.R: What did you like the most about that photo?
S.M: From the photo I couldn't tell if the design was more silver or bronze and lately I love mixing the two tones so I felt like it would work best in my space! The fixtures are bronze but the sink hardware is silver and it just ties it together.
K.R: How long did this renovation take?
S.M: My husband and I closed on July 1st, so we have many projects going on. This took about one month to complete.
K.R: What was the most difficult part?
S.M: I was torn between a vanity and a pedestal sink. This probably took the longest to figure out, but when I picked my kitchen granite I came across my bathroom granite and that's what forced me to go with the vanity!
K.R: What is your favorite platform/resource for interior design inspiration (social media/magazines/tv/websites) and why?
S.M: I Pinterest EVERYTHING! I also love Property Brothers, it's one thing my husband and I love to watch together and it gives me so many ideas.
K.R: How long have you been following @the_real_houses_of_ig?
S.M: Definitely for over a year I screen shot pictures and save them for inspiration all of the time!
K.R: Who is your favorite blogger/celebrity to follow on Instagram?
S.M: My style is more eclectic/rustic I would say. I love to look at Kourtney Kardashian's home when she posts things of herself or her kids. In terms of my own style I also love Jessica Alba.
K.R: Favorite color?
S.M: My own personal favorite color has always been purple, although that won't show up in my house too much other than a small decorative floral arrangement. I'm obsessed with taupe tones in my house. My husband and our painter make fun of me, "you know it could be grey or it can be brown." But it's true it can!
K.R: Favorite fashion designer?
S.M: I follow so many fashion designers on Instagram and drool over their pieces! I mostly buy YSL for my purses and I love Valentino and Jimmy Choo shoes. My day to day clothing though is Free People, I love girliness!
K.R: Favorite food?
S.M: I love a good Spanish meal! A nice glass of sangria or margarita with guacamole and a fajita style meal! We love to go to Dos Caminos in NYC!
K.R: Favorite place you've visited or would like to visit?
S.M: My honeymoon was amazing we went to Hawaii and it was so peaceful and serene, but we have gone to Cabo San Lucas a few times and it's just our favorite getaway because it is peaceful and fun at the same time, so many party spots!
K.R: Any advice to anyone looking to take on a home improvement project but doesn't know where to start?
S.M: Peruse the Internet and get inspired! You can literally make anything come to life and fall in love with your own space!
Thank you Stefanie for sharing your story and inspiring us with your photos!