Someone fortunate enough to have, or build, a home where natural stone is a structural component in bathrooms understands the appeal of living with a surface that’s tactile and textured, has integral color, and is as old as the Grand Canyon. Where I live, many stone houses date back to pre-colonial America as I detailed in my tour of Ulster County Stone Houses (though that was limited to exterior views). The maxim is that rooms with stone walls stay cool in summer and warm in winter, subject to efficiency of the heating system.… Continue Reading
An eclectic bath is prized for its original or unique concept and looks and may mix styles, represent a regional look, or fall outside a traditional style definition.
In ancient French bath in a manor house retains its antique atmosphere.
How charming and quintessentially French is this unfitted bath in an updated manor house in Champagne? Of course, it could be Sweden or Belgium too. Styled to look cozy, the room has a settee, a chair and a privacy screen in front of the window. It also appears to be L-shaped, with additional sanitary facilities out of view (or in another room entirely, which sometimes happens in old houses).
In the days before indoor plumbing, servants would have filled the freestanding slipper tub by hand, using buckets of hot water.… Continue Reading
This second decade of the 21st Century has become something of a gilded age, at least where bathrooms are concerned. Gilded walls – so very Klimt – are gaining acceptance, particularly in powder rooms where a little goes a long way. Until now, price has been an obstacle, but that has quietly changed. The diva of all gold bathrooms may well be the one designer Michael S. Smith created for a Fifth Avenue apartment in New York [top]. Inspired by Armand-Albert Rateau’s iconic 1920s bath for couturier Jean Lavin, Smith has called it a “bath as a piece of jewelry.” Around the tub he used a mix of gold, white-gold, and rose-gold Davlin tiles by Ann Sacks.… Continue Reading
Rustic bathroom ideas include an enchanting tub alcove with an unexpected twist.
Once you notice an interesting material used indoors, you start seeing it everywhere. Such is the case this week for me and corrugated tin. When I looked at this photo, which has several rustic bathroom ideas, with I couldn’t quite make sense of the potted plant and how the wall seemed to be hovering over the floor until I researched. This charming tub vignette is in Lantliv i Norregård, a Swedish shop. Its alluring features could easily be recreated for real life.
The soft grey and cream painted checkerboard floor is the perfect starting point. … Continue Reading
But one thing is for sure: black provides the elegance and drama whether the materials used are as humble as local stones or as sophisticated as a handmade glass mosaic. I’m not partial to a relief wall in a shower [top] because, let’s face it, it trap stuff on those mini-ledges and need to be scrubbed with a brush periodically. But if you’re going that way, the result is as wabi sabi as it gets. It helps to build in Nyanyi Beach, Bali where native volcanic stones are available to create a stunningly beautiful shower [top].… Continue Reading
Pattern can be created by the shape of field tile.
In Morocco, where tile is an art form, pattern is not restricted to surface decoration or even to the size of their glazed earthenware tiles known as zellige (also zillij). Often it is a function of the actual shape of the tile or by a combination of shapes and colors. We recently discussed the lantern or arabesque shape in our recent Kitchen Backsplash Tile Intelligence post as these are especially trendy. We also noted that arched scallop or fish scale tiles had begun to appear in our Scallop Tile Bathrooms post.… Continue Reading