Monday, October 25, 2010

splish splash : bathroom on the brain...


1-2-3-4, tell me which one you adore

We've decided to try and redo the bathroom before we have company at Thanksgiving. Our contractor said that means we need to start asap! He's coming over on Thursday to discuss the specifics and I am having trouble decided on exactly what to tell him... starting with the sink. I love all 4 of the above options. I know it is kind of a no-no to have a pedestal sink in your only bathroom, but I just love the look. We are planning on having some floating shelves for extra storage and we are not Costco shoppers so I don't forsee a need to house 47 rolls of tp.

I was sold on the simple look of white subway tile about half way up the walls and white penny tiles with black grout on the floor. (Or, depending on how hip I was feeling the day we place the order, black penny tiles. Take that, Parisian chic!) But today at lunch I snuck out to Restoration Hardware for inspiration and saw a display bathroom with grey subway tile, oooh... So pretty, kind of a game changer. So, I am now on a hunt for that.

Onto the fascinating yet vitally important subject of toilets. I either want something really cool, or don't really care. What constitutes really cool in my book? Industrial chic. Tankless (a.k.a. Sloan valve, I just learned), like what you see in every rest area, department store, and, actually, many boutique hotels! What do you think? Too much? Too truck stop? Or too cool? I just love the extra pop of chrome, not to mention how fun it is to flush with your foot. We were at Lowes tonight and I am astounded to see that while No, they don't carry classic penny tile, that is special order, ma'am, they do have an abundant selection of padded, embroidered toilet seat covers. You know the ones... Why?
which flush makes you blush?

Other than that, I'll paint or wallpaper above the tile, add some simple and inexpensive chrome fixtures and find a pretty vintage mirror to hang. Thinking about closing off the door to the bedroom closet to make more wall space for a proper towel bar (and more space inside the closet, too, desperately needed), but that might add a lot to the pricetag, so we'll see. We have a shower curtain similar to this one (in Kate Spade's guest bath), I think it will stay for now. Maybe someday I'll get it together and learn to do some of this myself...

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11 comments:

Along the Ausable said...

whatever you decide, i'm sure it will be fabulous. yes to the grey subway tile, regular toilet and #2 sink. but, that's just me. ;)

Michele said...

Where will you put the kleenex box?

TPS said...

I never buy kleenex! I just use TP or if I'm sick, it just goes by my bed. I know, weird. It's just something that seems like a waste of money to me. And some of the designs out there on the boxes are just bad!

L said...

Yeah I actually bought a bamboo tissue box cover. That idea used to seem totally ridiculous to me...

Zoo Keeper said...

FYI - when we redid our bathroom the hubby was in charge of getting the new toilet. He decided on a "comfort height/ oval seat" kind (yes - it had a tank...) Apparently, after some research, this design is most comfortable for when men, uh, um, have the time to "linger". I swear - he still raves about how much he LOVES "his" toilet just about every other time he uses it!! (and we remodeled about 4 years ago!!)

TPS said...

omg, ZK, I am actually sort of glad I don't see D, well, ever, because I would have a really hard time holding back the giggles next time we met! That is great.

brettjsmith said...

For the record, we only bought the 36 pack of TP when we shopped last weekend. Far below the Costco 47 count pack

JuneBug said...

order or preference... 2, 4, 3, 1

2 far outweighs all others, to the point where I actually love it.

how much water do those toilets use? i suggest getting a more euro model with the wall mount flush buttons: one for #1, one for #2.. i know it is possible to obtain in the US as our science museum as them, but dunno how hard they are to get

not wall mounted flush, but still: http://bathtubstore.com/p/53/222-hermes-contemporary-european-toilet-with-dual-flush-tb309.html?utm_medium=comp&utm_source=froogle

don't knock TP hoarding. that is one of my biggest fears... running out of TP. and with two kids' bowels on the fritz? yeah... we go through our share.

TPS said...

June!!! That toilet is as stunning as a toilet can be, it is like a Jonathan Adler sculpture. Who would not want a toilet named Hermes?

Christine said...

3, definitly #3... I so wanted to do a sink like that one...but in a closet of a cottage I needed space to hide even 2 rolls of TP!! We went with the white subway tiles in the shower...and black grout! Stunning. White and black tiny hexagon tiles on the floor and wainscot on the walls... Can't wait for you to see it... boring everyday toilet! And not Kleenex boxes...like you I don't have enough extra horizontal space! Can't wait to watch this come together.

Katie said...

Tera, I think mom was kidding/mocking you.

Christine, the bathroom sounds beautiful! I love darker grout with white tile - gives it an instant vintage look.

June, great choice on that throne!