Sounds super fun, right? A little artsy, a little crafty; a great excuse to flip through magazines and browse furniture and hardware stores. The problem, of course, is that to do it all properly, you have to devote some time — which is precisely what I haven’t had lately. For the past several weeks, my day job (where I’ve been billing about 70 hours a week) plus a few ambitious weekend commitments (such as riding 100 miles last weekend and an overnight jaunt to New York for the opera this weekend) has kept me working around the clock with little time to eat and sleep, let alone design a bathroom.
And so the unthinkable is about to happen: Next week, when our design projects are due and we’re supposed to present them to the class, I will not be anywhere close to being done. (gasp!)
|My incomplete floorplan and elevations.
This is why I’m only auditing the class and not taking it for credit.
BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t know what I would do if I had the time! In fact, I’ve imagined an awesome bathroom for Amanda. Keep in mind that it’s a tad fictional, given that I’m working with room dimensions set by the curriculum and not Amanda’s real bathroom; also, I haven’t taken budget into account — though I promise it’s all totally worth it.
My only quasi-complete elevation starts to give a sense of what the room would look like:
Before I jump into the details of the design, here are some of the considerations that guided my choices: Anyone who knows Amanda will know that she’s drawn to the colors blue and green. She loves texture and pattern, especially those that remind her of her world travels. She enjoys luxury but isn’t fussy or formal. She likes the notion of a 19th-century cabinet of curiosities but also appreciates clean, modern lines. Her heritage is French, she lives in Colorado, and she has a slate-colored cat with an obscene amount of fur. She’s feminine (though not girly) and isn’t afraid of the unusual.
And so . . . the floor would be natural slate tiles . . .
|Slate tile from Home Depot|
and the walls would be painted green and stenciled with a Moroccan motif in white (basically the same colors as below; the pattern itself is negotiable, though this one has a nice feminine quality).
|Chez Sheikh stencil from Royal Design
(in fact, this may be the stencil she has already used in other rooms)
To add architectural interest and prevent the Moroccan pattern from overpowering the room, the bottom third of the walls would have paneled wainscoting painted glossy white.
|Beadboard would be cool and would add nice vertical lines,
but other types of paneling would work as well.
And the bathtub? Every gothic heroine needs an awesome bathtub from which to climb out into a a diaphanous white nightie.
|Restoration Hardware Victorian bathtub with shower extension|
For the vanity, I picked this piece inspired by an elegant 18th-century French style, but with a more rustic finish. (My initial inclination was to paint it white, like the wainscoting, but this brown color is really growing on me and could provide a nice contrast against the green and white and slate.)
|Vanity from Restoration Hardware’s “Maison” collection|
|A sconce, also from
|This one is from Waterworks|
|Adamas jute rug from West Elm|
But jute, too, is kind of rough, so a smaller sheepskin rug would lie on top of the jute rug, in front of the vanity. So comfy! (And I really just love the idea of a floor layered with slate, jute and sheepskin — the colors and textures would be wonderful.)
|Sheepskin rug from Pottery Barn|
As for the walls, there’s already a lot going on with the Moroccan stencil. BUT, to get that cabinet of curiosities feel, let’s add some curiosities:
|And framed exotic butterflies to hang above the towelrod above the toilet.
(I bought this one while shopping with Amanda and have it hanging in my
own bathroom. The blue would look great with the other colors in this room.)
And on the countertop (or window ledge — I may have added a window to the bathroom), flowers. Because a bathroom should always have flowers, either fresh cut or potted.
|You can order this orchid from Pro Flowers|
I think the only other primary feature that hasn’t been discussed would be the door. Right now it’s a regular swinging door — I would propose converting it to a pocket door so that Amanda doesn’t lose the floor space to the swinging door (that, at least, is shown in the floorplan above).
And there you have it. I haven’t included photos of the towels (they’d be plain white) or other hardware/accessories (like towelrods and wastebaskets and whatnot), but I think those are pretty straightforward and would be selected in keeping with the same aesthetic approach as the other elements.
What do you think?