A Little White Bathing Beauty

February 17, 2013

 

Happy February!  Busy with projects inside and out.

I’m well into the major disorder of another remodeling project in my own home… this time my master bath. I’ve been wallowing again in the world of toilets, tile, shower drains, and light fixtures (not to mention paint samples).  Got me thinking about a project completed 2 years ago (a total gutting + remodel of my daughter’s bath, finished just in time for her to go off to college). Now it serves as a guest bath. Anyway… it was really a lesson in “pulling back”– as in respecting the period style of our 1937 “cottage” and not going gaga with things like color-changing LED’s in the shower, etc.  We kept things very restrained and simple (kind of hard to do). Would like to share!

 

 

 

 

 

Design inspiration really began with this sweet little freestanding chest I spotted in a Ballard Designs catalog. It was the perfect width (43″) and height (35″) for a vanity and easily (sort of) modified to accomodate plumbing below. We had to remove the innards of the top drawers to accomodate the sink. But it had a lovely painted finish– off-white with toffee colored accents and super solid construction (and was a fraction of the price of a custom-built piece).

 

 

 

 

I  simply added a Caesarstone quartz countertop in ‘Jerusalem Sand’  and VOILA~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely, yes?  And my 6 ft. tall daughter no longer has to crouch to brush her teeth!

 

 

 

 

 

So,  my vision for this little space was “all white”.  I chose simple clean white subway tile for the shower (Daltile/Biscuit) and covered the entire room (floor to ceiling) in painted (C2 Paint ‘Milk Mustache’) beadboard. The color is creamy enough to add some warmth and complement the fixtures (Kohler ‘Biscuit’ bathtub and sink), without turning too yellow. Love this inset medicine cabinet w/beveled glass from Rejuvenation (adding 2 more of these beauties to my next project).

 

 

 

 

For contrast, I went with oil rubbed bronze fittings (Kohler).  But, getting to the point of “pulling back”, I will gush about this bathtub choice!

 

 

 

 

Bowled straight over?  Maybe not, but you should be!  Seriously, we had an original Kohler Mayflower corner tub (circa 1937) in this place.  The contractor had to smash it to smithereens (did you know that cast iron does this?) to get it out of the house. It was carried down in little buckets from the second floor and out the door. I really had envisioned a clean, glass door shower thing in its place, but after multiple sketches and bids– it wasn’t working. AND we would be losing the only bathtub in the house. I remember when it hit me… way late in the game, that maybe simply replacing the corner tub, which would mean some sort of shower curtain again (gasp!) might be an option. When I googled ‘corner bathtub’, there it was! My original enameled cast iron Kohler Mayflower, updated and available under the same name in 2010!  I found an angled shower rod at Signature Hardware and a pair of (yes two) matelasse shower curtains at Ballard Designs.  It’s a dreamy little corner!

 

 

 

 

The other odd (but really nice) feature was a window here. It provides nice (though northern) light and with the wooded setting,  privacy is not an issue with trees leafed out in the summer.

 

 

 

 

But in winter,  this glass Tiffany-inspired panel (lots of of  black-capped chickadees in the trees outside this window) does the trick.

 

 

 

 

I was just fine with keeping everything tone-on-tone but my daughter wanted a drop of blue in the room and fell in love with these  gorgeous mosaic floor tiles– they look salt-glazed with tones soft blue and sand. Sorry!  Still searching for the source (a small tile place in California).

 

 

 

 

So…  warm white all around with bronze finishes, dark woods and neutral artwork– these are a series of  sepia photographs (evocative of our sojourn in Sydney) from Robert Billington.

 

 

 

 

Sweet little basket w/bird  (perfect for little hair bands, etc)  from Wisteria adds a bit of whimsy.

 

 

 

And a cocoa and cream Turkish fouta towel (thanks Cup of Joe for that idea).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘”pulling back thing” resulted in a perfectly functional, affordable and pretty little bath.  I’m keeping that in mind with this new project as I cruise the aisles at Ann Sacks.  I am splurging on a few little things but so far have resisted the linear shower drains and the rainfall showerhead.  Doing beadboard again… painted the perfect “off-white”, of course.

 

Another post.

 

 

RESOURCES:

Paint: C2 Color Milk Mustache

Toilet: Toto

Undermount Sink and Bathtub: Kohler

Shower and sink faucets: Kohler

Countertop:  Caesarstone in ‘Jerusalem Sand’

Sconces: Restoration Hardware

Vanity: Ballard Designs

Medicine Chest: Rejuvenation

 

Until next time~

 

 

Cape. Cod.

July 15, 2011

 

 

 

Took a wee break this week and did a little road trip up to Cape Cod.  A dear old friend has a summer house there.  The thought of just an afternoon on her porch, maybe in the hammock, made the 8 hr. white-knuckled trip from DC up I 95 totally worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My real reward?  A cool morning breeze through open windows with sounds of footsteps on crushed oyster shells and a golden retriever nosing her way through the bedroom door for a friendly wake up.

 

 

 

 

 

So, not going to divulge exact coordinates of this little slice of heaven…suffice to say it is historic and sweet–a close-knit summer enclave of weathered shingle cottages, bikes, and “sail & sizzles” by the community “yacht club”.   I did indeed unplug for a bit but found myself with camera in hand and brain  “adrifting” straight to those pesky little color and design things. Like

 

 

 

 

 

this perfectly pretty and casual little dining room–with just enough blue.

 

 

 

And a little more blue ~

 

 

And a little more blue complementing crisp white bead board, and the warm orange-y tones of old pine floorboards and antiques.

 

 

 

Whimsical touches from MacKenzie- Childs in a powder room

 

 

 

And a local artist ( hand-painted ceramics) in the kitchen

 

 

More porch love.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks (again) and love to my dear friend, Lauren.  Bye-bye Cape Cod.  And sorry, Snookie!  You are NOT welcome here.

 

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