Archive | Cottage Bath

A cottage bath is informal and simple whether the style leans to country, rustic, primitive or shabby-vintage.

Tranquil Turquoise Bath

glazed turquoise tile shower guest bathroom by Steven Gambrel

A soft color scheme and classic design create a timeless guest bath.

According to Benjamin Franklin “guest, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”  Too bad Ben didn’t have a bathroom as nice as designer Steven Gambrel and partner Chris Connor for his guest to wash away the stench.  Bathed in turquoise hues, this guest house space pampers lucky invitees.  The glass shelf over a stone topped washstand provides an extra landing zone for toiletries and accessories.  Instant character is added with the unique light fixture selections.  Their circular shapes offset an otherwise linear space.  Custom glazed tiles cover the shower walls and ceiling – its large window offers a stunning view of Sag Harbor Cove. … Continue Reading

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Sideboard Turned Vanity

mahogany sideboard made into a double sink master bath vanity For the Love of a House blog

Repurpose an antique sideboard into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for the bath.

DD2′s master bathroom remodel has been put on hold while we play the waiting game – the vanity is on backorder until mid-April.  Although I keep revisiting the option of repurposing a vintage piece, I don’t think it’s the right choice for her house.  While it is important to do what you love in your home, resale comes to mind and going vintage would most likely scare away many potential buyers in her neighborhood.  That said, this Jacobean sideboard would be perfect with its dark stain and shelf below for fabric lined baskets – important for a room lacking in storage. … Continue Reading

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Beachy Bathrooms

seafoam green vintage bath with clawfoot tub and starfish and shell collection

Who doesn’t love bathrooms with colors and motifs that suggest the ocean?

I’m crazy about simple cottage bathrooms with vintage tubs. I know they aren’t breaking any new ground, they’ve been shown on every blog from here to Patagonia and they are even taking a seen-one-seen ‘em all quality. But still… What I find attractive is their lack of perfection and eccentricities like shallow shelves around the tub wall used to display a starfish collection – totally impractical as one wrong flick of a bath towel would prove. But this was one of the first photos I collected when I started on our house and this color inspired my seafoam guest bath.… Continue Reading

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Pink and Green Feminine Bath

romantic pink, green and white feminine bathroom with claw foot tub alcove

Layering fabrics helps create a romantic tub alcove.

Pink and green is a favorite color combination to use for little girls, but it’s seldom seen in grown-up baths.  The not so young will dream about evening soaks in this beautiful space.  Eyes are immediately drawn to the cluster of crystal chandeliers above the clawfoot tub.  The visual impact is greater than the now common single fixture usage and their strong statement is matched by the generous use of fabrics.  Shutters provide privacy on the lower half of the windows with gathered sheers above.  The scalloped edge echos the bottom of the chandeliers, while the pom pom fringe is repeated on the side panels and rod pocket valance. … Continue Reading

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Shades of Purple Bathrooms

blue-violet bathroow -- clawfoot tub and walls

Violets can range from periwinkle to plum

Purple became a favorite color when I was a teenager and I’ve always worn it. And while it had a wild in/out swing over the 20th century — in vogue during the 1920s and ’60s and out of style otherwise — its current revival for home decor seems especially strong.  It’s everywhere from kitchen cabinets to bathrooms like these today; often combined with yellow and it looks quite right with countrified interiors. I’ll make a pitch for blue-violet window and door trim – like the one in the cottage bath — particularly in climates with strong light.… Continue Reading

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Bathroom Blues

bathroom with white tile painted with Sherwin Williams Hinting Blue

What could be more natural than the color of water?

Thoughts of a light, bright and soothing color for a bathroom reminded me of two that work well with white tile and beadboard.  Both are light but vivid blues I have long admired – Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light  – which is pale but intense and much like the color of the sky or the Pacific ocean. Boston designer Frank Roop used it effortlessly in the charming master [top] with white beadboard, antique-style clawfoot tub  plus a pool-hue mosaic floor installed like an indoor-outdoor carpet. Windows high up on three sides of the small space give it an especially etheral quality.… Continue Reading

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