A Safari-Themed Bathroom Makeover

My parents recently bought a vacation home in Palm Springs, CA. When they bought it, it came furnished. My mom was super excited that she did not have to go out and buy a ton of furniture. I was skeptical.

I should have known. The first time that I visited the Palm Springs house, I giggled with laughter. I think that the house was decorated circa-1985. The artwork and the furniture was uh umm….interesting. I made lists room by room of the things that needed to be done. I love a good project. My mom and dad were quite hesitant.   I immediately starting removing things from the walls and stacking it all in the garage, the first time I visited.

For my first makeover project, I started with something “easy”, a hallway bathroom. It is amazing what can be done with a bathroom with a few new accessories. Unfortunately, all of the rooms in the house need paint, but with 115 degree weather right now, it is not the right time to paint.

Guest Bathroom "Before" Picture
Luckily, I was given the opportunity to do a little shopping at Cost Plus World Market to check out their Kingdom Animalia Collection.  I shop at World Market all of the time, and many things in my own home are from there.  I love all of their furniture and accessories.

World Market Kingdom Animalia
Isn’t the wood zebra super cute? The globes are pretty awesome too. I think that they would look great in my home office. I just need to clean out some of my mess {chaos}.  I had to get that black/white/mustard shower curtain. It was fabulous and perfect for the bathroom makeover.  I’m glad that I grabbed it because those shower curtains sold out fast.

World Market Bathroom Makeover
I was given a $75 budget for my bathroom makeover via a Cost Plus World Market gift card. I wanted to get the most for my money, and luckily I had some coupons too. If you sign up for the World Market Explorer Rewards Program, you will receive coupons via email. I used a $10 off of a $30 purchase and a 15% coupon when shopping there. Using these coupons made my budget last a bit more.

So what updates to the bathroom did I make?

world market shower curtain

This black/white/mustard printed shower curtain with butterflies and giraffes was the focal point of the bathroom.  It was African-Safari themed but not totally overdone with wild animal prints.  Sometimes, you can go overboard with a “Safari” theme.  I also got the mustard colored bath rug to match.  I usually stick to basic colors like black and whites, but the mustard rug made the room pop.  Because this is a vacation home, I wasn’t worried about the heavy “traffic” damaging the rug in the bathroom.

World Market Bathroom Accessories

I added the black candlesticks and a mustard colored Turkish hand towel to the countertop to accessorize it a little.  The battery operated candles on top of the candlesticks were borrowed from my home.  The hand towel holder was already in the bathroom.  I’m hoping to find some darker colored towel bars and knobs to replace the current metal ones in the bathroom.

Ya, the toilet paper holder was mounted to the cabinet door.  Completely random move by whomever put it there. There is a perfect place on the other wall to put it. Now there is a big hole in the cabinet.  Also, it is a complete pain to photograph a bathroom, especially a small bathroom.

World Market Bathroom Towels
I added more Mustard-colored Turkish bath towels to the towel bars in the bathroom.  I’m thinking that there are way too many towel bars in this small bathroom. I’m hoping to remove one and possibly put up some kind of picture.  I just don’t want to remove everything right now, because there will be big holes in the walls.  This bathroom can’t be painted until November or December.  Those towels are super soft. When I was purchasing the towels at Cost Plus World Market, the employee checking me out commented on “how they were her favorite towels because they were super soft”.

Although the bathroom isn’t completely finished, I’m pretty impressed with the upgrades that I did via Cost Plus World Market.  With some paint and other minor editions, I think it will be finished.  I sent my mom to World Market recently and she found more accessories and furniture that she wanted to purchase.  She wants to wait for my “opinion” though.

To see more of the Kingdom Animalia products, be sure to check out the video here. You can also sign up for coupons, discounts, and membership benefits on their website. Be sure to follow World Market via Twitter and Facebook also.

Finally, Cost Plus World Market is giving away an African Safari Adventure for two to celebrate the new Kingdom Animalia Collection!

Enter The African Safari Sweepstakes via Cost Plus World Market’s Facebook Page!


Grand Prize package includes:

  • A trip for two to Africa (5 day Trip for 2 to Africa- includes airfare, accommodations and excursions)
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card

*There will also be 3 first prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!

*The African Safari Sweepstakes runs from July 14 to August 17, 2012

*If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the   registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Cost Plus World Market and Pollinate Media Group, but all opinions and photographs are my own.


Love love love that bathroom makeover. that curtain is the best!


Your bathroom looks so fabulous! I'm totally loving those yellow towels.


I love those colors!! You did an amazing job!! I'm ready for a bathroom transformation now! lol


Hey Julie, great makeover! This looks amazing!


I love it! I love that shower curtain. It's perfect for the space. Well done Julie! I love Cost Plus World Market too :)


Julie, their bathroom looks amazing!! The yellow and black accents in the decor really make a small bathroom come to life.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks! I know. I re-did everything around that awesome shower curtain. It is safari-themed, but not screaming ANIMAL!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

My mom loves yellow. I think the yellow towels were my favorite, by far.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

My son's bathroom totally needs a transformation. I think that is my next project.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks so much, Alissa! Yellow is my mom's favorite color. I figured that she would like it.



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