My idea of Turkish delight has nothing to do with candy, unless it’s eye candy — like the incredibly exotic sink faucet in a basin lined with stylized tulip Iznik tiles. Embellished, handcrafted, and clearly made of brass, the faucets are Turkish. I’ve been saving the photo because it’s so unusual (at least here in the US) as well as beautiful. This is likely a travel photo. But during the late 19th century, Middle Eastern themes and motifs appeared all across the decorative arts — from oil paintings to accessories — as Europeans traveled through that part of the world and many were used in Victorian homes.… Continue Reading
Features in bathrooms such as tile, sinks, faucets, shower fixtures, lighting, hardware and decorative accents.
Sculptural freestanding bathtubs add a Wow! factor to any house.
Years ago, when I wanted an amazing focal point for my bathroom, I fell in love with a traditional slipper tub on claw-foot legs. That was one of the few freestanding bathtubs on the market at the time. Long and deep, it delivered an unforgettable spa-like experience every time I sat back for a long soak while looking up at the stars through the skylight we added in the ceiling. 100% bathtub bliss! Today, my choice might be the same. But freestanding bathtubs come in so many styles, shapes and materials there is no absolute answer to the “which is best” question – only options, plus a few basics to keep in mind.… Continue Reading
I’ve been brushing up on my shower research and was happy to discover that shower systems are getting more adventurous. Still, the two long standing types of controls — pressure balance valve and thermostatic mixing valve — continue to be used. So once I decide which system to shop for it’s easier to choose among the dazzling number of shower system choices available today. The shower is a very expensive purchase and in-the-wall plumbing sets it in cement, so to speak. Right now, I’m considering systems from Graff, a top-rated brand, founded in 1922 in Wisconsin.… Continue Reading
As vessel sinks have grown in popularity for bathrooms the notion of an enclosed vanity or cabinet has given way. A vintage or antique table has far more character and style. A table also takes up less visual space than a cabinet, which helps a bathroom look larger than it may be. I call these “collected” bathroom table vanities. A shopper with a good eye often can snag a bargain table but the hefty beauty with scalloped legs and a heavily embellished apron [top] isn’t likely to fall in that category.… Continue Reading
Custom towel racks combine the decorative and practical.
It’s great when accessories do double duty especially in a bathroom where space can be tight. A house in Italy features a charming ladder towel rack which has a sweetness due to the heart motif and bamboo bars. This is a piece a talented carpenter could easily copy and it would look good painted, too.
An industrial approach in a cottage bathroom from Mark and Sally Bailey’s book “Simple Home” consists of exposed copper plumbing pipes being bracketed to the wall and used as a place to hang towels. Allison explored Exposed Copper Piping around the sink last year.… Continue Reading
A tropical setting beckons to open air bathing.
Architect Valentina Audrito designed her tropical home to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out, so why should she stop with the master bath? The Balinese location begged for an outdoor bathtub and Audrito delivered an exquisite open air space. A custom, egg-shaped tub is perfect for a long soak. Framed mirrors on the enclosed courtyard walls replicate windows with their reflected views. Just inside, cement floor tiles add color and pattern. Strings of capiz shells, en masse, cover the ceiling. Contemporary design is in Audrito’s bloodline – her father, designer Franco Audrito, created such cult objects such as the lipstick-red Bocca lips sofa in the early 1970’s.… Continue Reading