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Bathrooms designer for homes with compatible architectural features, traditional bathroom fixtures, tile and materials.

Eastlake Dresser Bathroom Vanity

Eastlake dresser bathroom vanity - chicdesigninvestments via atticmag

Why affordable antique Victorian washstands and dressers make prime choices for bathroom vanities.

We’ve seen attractive bathrooms where wooden dressers, tables and cupboards were made over into sink vanities. Usually these are designer powder rooms where expensive antique chests or tables were modified.  Any piece of furniture altered for use in a bathroom must be sturdy enough to withstand daily wear and tear, as well as dampness. An Eastlake dresser bathroom vanity, complete with matching mirror, made a handsome addition to renovated attic master bath in Portland, Oregon.

The reno was done as a flip by a company called Chic Design Investments, which showed photos of the project with just a few notes.… Continue Reading


One Wallpaper, Three Baths

bathroom wallpaper - brown and natural Lyford Trellis wallpaper by China Seas - Quadrille via Atticmag

Bathroom wallpaper can add welcome pattern in addition to color.

If there’s one room in my house that I’d wallpaper it would no doubt be a bathroom. Unless tile is used lavishly, bathroom wallpaper is the quickest way to get visual interest in what’s often a rather small space with oddly interrupted surfaces. The right paper can help unify the look and provide a charming backdrop for mirrors, art and accessories. In a previous post called Powder Rooms Papered, I explored a variety of bathroom wallpaper. Here, thanks N.Y. to designer Tom Scheerer who has used the same Lyford Trellis pattern by China Seas for Quadrille in three different baths, it’s interesting to see how a change in colorway and accessories alters the mood and the look.… Continue Reading


My Daughter’s Bathroom Redo

child's bathroom renovation - guest bathroom remodel via Atticmag

A budget friendly child’s bathroom renovation for a young family home.

I recently shared our youngest daughter’s master bathroom remodel in her mid-90’s garden home. While the master was gutted, more budget friendly ideas were used for the child’s bathroom renovation.  That bath is located off the hallway to our grandson’s eclectic nursery and playroom so the cosmetic changes reflect their style and colors.

During house hunting, it was hard for our daughter to look past the navy and red vertical stripe wallpapered and the floral border in the existing guest bath. But Mr. Shops and I assured her it was an easy fix. … Continue Reading


Crazy ‘Bout the Blues

steam bath with 18th century Robin's egg blue field tile and white borders

Why 300-year-old blue-and-white still rocks the house.

As an admirer of blue-and-white tile combos of every description, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to comment on a Delft-tile look from England plus a sweeter one from France. While each could be described as traditional, I’d be remiss to not also call them extravagant – because they so are. But even an over-the-top contemporary bath based on historical-tile style is not always easy to pull off (at any price) and can create a “usable moment,” presumably for someone.

The stately home of British designer Anouska Hempel [top] has a bath based on antique scenic Delft tile.… Continue Reading


Bathtub in Disguise

bathtub hidden under wooden slatted floor

Another modern convenience concealed by a savvy design.

Many do not like to see modern appliances and have unearthed innovative ideas to camouflage refrigerators, washing machines and televisions.  Some take this a step further, such as the guest bath in disguise featured on Atticmag.  While renovating a convent in Tuscany, the desire for a tub did not take precedence over the drive to stay true to the building’s past.  Discreetly hidden under a wooden slat floor, the owner lifts the secret trapdoor to enjoy a soak in the tub. With two shower curtains and the visible raised tile edge on the far side, I have to wonder if this also serves as the shower when the floor is in place.… Continue Reading


My Daughter’s Master Bath Redo

Pottery Barn Clarissa crystal chandelier in the bathroom

Our daughter’s long awaited remodel is finally complete.

For the last three years, our youngest daughter (DD2) has been updating a mid-90’s house to fit her eclectic decorating personality.  Her dining room redo was finished quickly after her move but a master bath remodel topped the list since Day 1.  Some things are worth the wait, and there was plenty of waiting.   But that’s what happens when a project is a total gut, and life and work get in the way of progress.  It was a mix of professionals and DIY (thank you, Mr. Shops!) with a happy ending.  According to DD2,  “I find myself going in the room just to stare.”

The previous basic builder grade vanity, cultured marble counter with integrated sink, pony wall and funky tiled corner shower (complete with soap scum etched glass) was far from appealing. … Continue Reading