Thursday, January 21, 2010

Start Your Engines ...

For almost a year, our upstairs bathroom has been a disaster zone; broken into pieces, missing walls and tiles, bathtub and shower, and the only walls left a fan deck of paint colors. Why, you ask? A myriad of reasons: money, time, decisions, time ... time. But, it's time to start the engines because this Saturday the tub and shower walls are being prepped for tile and the tub will be installed along with the very expensive shower/tub faucets and heads.

Taking time to make an informed decision was lengthy, but well worth it. Months of pouring over images and looking through tile and light fixtures, sizing up vanities, mirrors, and re-working wiring to allow for a towel warming bar and a few overhead fixtures. Today, I thought it a good idea to look through that inspiration file once more ... and in doing so, I picked my favorite images to share with all of you:

I love the clean feeling that this bathroom gives with its white beadboard and soft gray walls. Of course, I saved this picture for the feeling the image gave me as a whole, but my favorite parts of it, and the pieces that I have taken for my own bathroom: the bamboo textures of the towel caddy and chair, along with the brushed nickel/white combination of the light fixtures and faucets.

In this Sarah Richardson bathroom, I fell in love with the wall color beneath the chair rail. A soft misty green-gray color, paired with white. Fresh, spa-like, and a perfect fit with the colors we already have throughout. Additionally, those simply framed black and white photos with heavy white mats are just spectacular. Look for something similar in the CdlV bath.

The soft cherry woodtones of this vanity were the perfect color for the white and soft blue-gray colors in this bathroom. The CdlV vanity, though smaller, also is finished in cherry. I'm so looking forward to the bathtub being in place so that the flooring can follow, and the whole room can come together.

Masculine and simple, this bathroom would be my idea of nearly perfect. However, the bathroom at CdlV could never have this configuration. Instead, I've borrowed this photo for the photography.

The patterned floor is much more patterned than the planned floor at CdlV, but black and white is certainly in the plan. In fact, the tile has already been purchased ... it's a matter of figuring out the band of black Scott and I can both agree on. Doesn't it look fantastic mixed with the brushed nickel and zebra hide?

This image is gorgeous, for so many reasons. It feels a little like flower cutting studio meets bathroom to me. But CdlV took inspiration from the linen shower curtain, white tile behind the tub, and the fresh but simple window treatments.

I'm still on the look out for this footed mirror. If anyone knows where one can be found, please let me know. On the other hand, isn't that manufacturing steel towel tower fantastic!?

And finally - the muse. The perfect wall color, subway tile, black and white floor, and brushed nickel faucets. This, is the goal. Keep your fingers crossed for Saturday ... and of course, as it all shapes up, I'll keep you in the loop.


  1. Love the pictures! I'm in the middle of a redo myself and love your picks! Susie~

  2. This is my favorite floor tile in the whole wide world!! As soon as my "ship comes in", I will do the very same in MY humble bath...
    Come on, ship....come on!!

  3. Love that Cherry vanity! Clean bathrooms make me so happy, I think it's b/c everywhere I've lived (up until now) the bathrooms were horrible - think pea green toilet and yellow tub tile with maroon trim wallpaper....Uggghhh.

    On another note, I always love the songs you play on your website... simply fabulous!

    Have you heard about The Bloomingdale's Big Window Contest? Drop by my blog to read about it and cast your vote for Eddie Ross!

  4. I love these pictures, and my favorite is the "flower cutting studio meets bathroom." How wonderful is this bathroom? I also like the brown bathroom and the first one for the faux bamboo (which I adore). I'm going to redo a bathroom this year and appreciate these ideas. --Delores

  5. Beautiful...all of them. Love the stand mirror.

    Nothing like the smell of shiny new bathroom. hmmm. That didn't sound great. You get my drift though.

  6. We are going to start a bathroom redo in a few weeks. Your pictures are wonderful.

  7. Artie-I am "in the process" of redoing my powder room. Every time I think I have settled on a look, I see something new. You didn't help :) Your perfect bathroom picture is my perfect one too. I would love a claw foot tub in my master--love the dark wall color and the art! Keep us posted with your progress!

  8. Probably not the correct color for you, but...

  9. Can't wait to see ! BTW-did you know that my grandfather built most of those houses where you live?

  10. Great inspiration pictures Artie. It's so hard to make those decisions, isn't it? I love the look of the open vanities but then I'm never sure about all the plumbing showing. That does seem to be the look these days.

  11. I can't wait to see how it looks. I love seeing the pictures. We are in the early stages of planning to redo a bath here...we will do our own work, scary. I'm looking for ideas all the time.


  12. What are the dimensions of your bath? I also love the mirror and the muted colors with great accents you so obviously love!

  13. I'm in that broken bathroom stage where there are just too many decisions to be made so I'll simply deny that there's a problem and use the other bathroom. Until my husband threatens to divorce me over it (again). Getting closer to some final choices though... the 3rd pic you show is the most like the direction I'm going. Love the warm wood against creamy tile and a soft wall color. Have fun getting your reno started... and keep that momentum going!

  14. You have a big job ahead of you! Have fun with it! The mirror looks like an antique shaving mirror. I hope you can find one you like. ~~Rhonda

  15. Good luck on your reno and hunt for the mirror Artie. I am sure the finished project will be absolutely awesome. -Brenda-

    P.S: Re the mirror; you might consider doing a websearch under: antique shaving mirrors and/or pedestal floor mirrors.


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