If your bathroom feels BLAH, you're not alone. It probably needs a little facelift. Most of the time it's just a matter of swapping out fixtures and adding some personality. New paint or wallpaper, an interesting mirror, maybe some new sconces, and hardware for your vanity will do more than you can imagine. No need to replace your tile... just give it some good jewelry.
rustic & chic...
young and fresh...
masculine & handsome...
vintage & eclectic...
simple & classy...
Seriously, I recommend going to Anthropologie for some hardware inspiration. They have an amazing selection. For more great knobs and pulls check out Tracery Interior's favorites here! (They are some of mine as well :)
Apparently you all know me well because every time I get an email from a reader saying "I think you'll like this..." I open it up and my jaw hits the floor. A few days ago I get an email with a subject that reads "amazing tile"- I was skeptical only because I rarely find tile that really excites me.
I clicked.....I opened..... I gasped.
This one is called Maharajah Stripe..... I think I'd faint if I walked into a floor done in this. (Or I would atleast pretend to faint so that I could be lying on the floor closer to it)
But I'm not going to lie- it's pricey. So while I am in my pricey, fantasy bathroom with my Maharajah Striped floors I'd like to throw in a few finishing touches...
Paired with this Rohl country wall mount bridge faucet...
Hmmmm... what else?....
I am behind on returning emails but I really do appreciate all of your feedback and design finds. You guys keep me on my toes! And thanks to Jeana for the tile email... you were right. It's amazing.
One of the biggest (if not THE BIGGEST) perks of my job is seeing things come to life. I feel like a lot of people have those perks- scientists, artists, builders... their ideas at some point turn into something tangible.
It's no wonder the Disney creators assigned names to all of their little sketches. They made teapots, candelabras, rugs, and clocks come to life! It's why the anticipation of Disney World is so exciting for kids- because the Mrs. Potts that they've seen on paper and a TV screen for so many years--? You get to see her, shake her hand and even take pictures with her!!!
So when I get an idea in my head I sketch it out on paper, pass the sketch along to the builder or fabricator, and wait... hoping that it will come to life so I can experience my grown-up Disney World moment.
Months went by as the house continued to evolve... plumbing, tile, wallpaper...
A nice fit for Mrs. Potts, wouldn't you agree?
I realize that it's easy to love seeing things come to life when you miss all the work in between! So props to all of you who can build, fabricate and construct. I have no idea how you do it but I continue to be amazed... And I'm thankful for people like you. In this case, a special thanks to Mike for making my Disney dreams come true!
I'm calling this the Sea Glass Bathroom-- but it keeps coming out (in my head) as the Sea Glathroom.
Must be the whole sally shells shee shells thing...
Inspirations: the towel:
AND this incredible shower I just saw in the recent MetHome:
Metropolitan Home, designed by architects Joe Tanney and Robert Luntz
This single piece of glass is the only wall in this shower... how
sexy great is that?!
(DRum Roll please....)
Lagos Azul Tile 18x18 laid straight
The Walls (the ONE and ONLY shower wall, and the wall behind the sink)
Lagos Azul Tile 2x2, laid straight
with a wide horizontal stripe of these green tiles that runs behind the pivoting mirrors--
Are you still with me???
Bistro Pivot Mirror from Restoration Hardware
Vitreous glass tiles from modwalls
Lagos Azul tiles from Mission Stone and Tile
So.... Spring is among us!! Thank the Lord. The change of seasons always inspires me. But this time (to my surprise) instead of daydreaming about creating my own vegetable garden surrounded by happy hummingbirds- I keep fantasizing about my dream bathroom... ?? I would analyze this for next several paragraphs but I'll spare you. Regardless of my "issue" please enjoy some of my faves:
Usually my rule of thumb is: keep it classic in a master bathroom and be bold in a powder room, but this picture bucks my theory. Somehow this mix of industrial/eclectic/daring design comes off as somewhat classy. Bravo. Love the mosaic glass tiles and the pedestal sinks...
House Beautiful, January 2008
House Beautiful, June 2008