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Chocolate Bath

Annie Brahler chocolate wall paint with white tile from House Beautiful

Now that I have your undivided attention – no melted chocolate, just paint!

The master bath in this Illinois Victorian is contrast of brilliant white and creamy brown.  The paneled lower walls and crown moulding are painted bright white.  The upper walls, even the ceiling, are painted a dramatic dark chocolate – a bold move that visually lowers the high ceiling and creates intimacy.  A vintage clawfoot slipper tub is fitted with a freestanding British telephone faucet.  The hexagon floor tiles are another classic choice.  The hex tile is repeated on the glass shower floor, while subway tile covers its walls. … Continue Reading


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


Black Lacquer Console Sink

antique marble sink on black lacquer console table by Melanie Pounds

The desire to create an illusion of more space should never override function.

I was enamored with interior designer Melanie Pounds’ home when it was featured in a local Birmingham, Alabama magazine – especially her White Oak Cottage Kitchen.  Despite having two children and two pets, the couple purchased a small cottage and relied on her design skills to make each room feel larger.  While Pounds did not sacrifice aesthetics, it seems she did sometimes sacrifice the ease of day-to-day living, as shown in the master bathroom.  The unique scalloped marble sink, a flea market find, sits atop a custom black lacquer console. … Continue Reading


Chicken Wire Chic

top hinged hutch door with chicken wire insert

Finding its way from the barnyard into the main house, this material has some homeowners crowing.

When we were building our cottage, I mentioned using chicken wire on two hutches in our kitchen.  I was met with a blank stare.  Would it have sounded better in French or Italian?  Probably not in my southern accent.  Whether it’s fabric backed or as-is, chicken wire is being used in many decorating styles.  The khaki-green lake house guest bath [above] is by designer Barbara Westbrook.  She created a casual sink cabinet with visible towel storage.  The marble top mimics a vintage washstand with the shelf and side brackets.… Continue Reading


Red White and Blue Bath

blue double soaker tub and oriental rug bathroom by Mary Watkins Woods

Use an unexpected color scheme and furnishings to add personality to a space.

This Fourth of July baby usually shies away from red, white and blue interiors, but this master bath soaker has me searching for my Mr Bubble.  The deep blue double slipper tub is an unanticipated color choice by designer Mary Watkins Woods.  Furnishings chosen for comfort take the space from typical bath to relaxing sanctuary.  A well-worn antique rug has seen worse than the occasional damp feet.  The wood frame chair is upholstered in a Scalamandré fabric that plays off the pair of lacquered red coat stands – a surprise replacement for boring towel bars. … Continue Reading


Modern Acrylic Furniture

Plexi-Craft custom white acrylic bathroom vanity on wheels by Robyn Karp Interiors

Contemporary acrylic pieces are a clear winner in design.

German chemist Otto Rohm was in the process of developing safety glass for use in automobiles and airplanes when he inadvertently cast the first acrylic plastic sheet.  It became commercially available under the trademark Plexiglas in 1936, and instantly became a design sensation.  Its physical properties allow the material to be heat formed, machined and bonded with nearly invisible joints.  But shear beauty is what has kept it a favorite in the design world.

A leading source of designers, architects and design-conscious consumers is New York based Plexi-Craft.  While acrylic pieces are thought of as modern, their Contemporary George II chairs have a slight traditional feel when paired with a pedestal dining table, proving flexibility goes beyond material characteristics. … Continue Reading