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.
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.
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.
I'm finishing up a project where the the wife wants her powder room to be the one room with LOTS of color! In fact, at first she wanted her whole house to be painted different, easter-egg colors but I wouldn't let her. I think people get too excited about paint colors that they end up limited with what they put in the room. She agreed. So we stuck with a more neutral color palette throughout the house. But the powder room-? Her secret haven.
So we picked out red glass tiles for the floor and a bright, fun wallpaper for the walls (and ceiling!)
The husband, Mike, is a Master of the Arts. He is one of the rare people in this world that can visualize something AND create it!!! His talent is through the roof- literally. But as you can imagine when building his own house he was experiencing creative OVERLOAD! So he recruited me for help.
When it came time for the vanity design I wanted something that was more masculine and industrial to counteract the wallpaper and tiles.
I quickly sketched a picture of an imaginary Mr. Vanity and handed it over to Mike....
"Wrapped metal? Seriously?"was the response.
"yeeaaahh, but the wrapped metal legs taper a little...you know, flare out at the bottom."
"I'll see what I can come up with."
Months went by as the house continued to evolve... plumbing, tile, wallpaper...
And just yesterday I went by to check on the progress, walked into the powder room, and
My heart skipped a beat.
And there, right where I imagined, was Mr. Vanitystanding tall and proud....
with his nice, solid top and handsome, steel legs...
(that flare out a little, might I add!*)
A nice fit for Mrs. Potts, wouldn't you agree?
That's Mary Catherine. You'll hear more about her in the future as I plan on making her my full time assistant.
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!
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...
This bathroom just makes me want to take a nap. When designing clients' bathrooms I find myself always going back to this picture... for a little inspiration on what a bathroom should really feel like.
House Beautiful, January 2008
There are no words for this marble...
House Beautiful, June 2008
Why not make a statement in a bathroom? The tall ceilings, light fixture, drapery panels and french doors make this room feel like a continuation of the house....
House Beautiful, sometime last year
Elle Decor, January 2008
This is the bathroom of (fabulous) fashion designer Monique Lhuillier. She designed my wedding dress! Maybe that's why I like it so much: simple, clean lines, graceful details, letting the bathroom be a backdrop rather than the main focus. Hmmm.. much like:
Simple, classy, to the point: brush your teeth. And that cute little stool!
Domino magazine, RIP :(
I hesitate to even call this a 'bathroom'... it has the feel of a screened in porch, minus the free standing bathtub. This heavenly room was done by a very talented designer in Birmingham, AL: Mary Evelyn McKee. I worked for her for a while before I moved to Nashville and it was such a great experience. One summer with Mary Evelyn and you walk away with a better understanding of the history of design, a fresh approach to today's design,.. and a picture of a bathroom you can't stop thinking about.
From the cabinetry style to the bathtub faucet---- it's all beautiful. My fave.