March 11, 2007

Inspiration: Brighten Up the Bathroom!

Posted in bathroom, details at 6:36 am by homehappy

A simple, yet great idea from ApartmentTherapy: Put a beautiful flower (or two) in a small vase on the sink, to transform a cold bathroom into a bright and lively one.


Here’s another related tip from BHG: Instead of spending lots of dough on lots of flowers to fill one large vase, create striking and inexpensive centerpieces by filling a cluster of small vases with a few stems of flowers. The colored-glass vases are flea market finds that glow in the sunlight.



Zen Bathrooms

Posted in bathroom at 6:16 am by homehappy

Twist of Lime

limebath.jpgBath adornments are kept to a minimum, allowing the natural materials and clean lines to speak for themselves. Limestone tiles cover the ledge wall and floor; a limestone slab tops the vanity. Undermounting the sink and tub keeps the attention on the surface materials.

Make a splash with a burst of color in towels and accessories.

A twin medicine chest doubles storage space over the sink.

Glass block windows let in light, but shield from prying eyes.

Stacked bamboo boxes and slatted floor contribute a new texture.

Comfort in Contrasts


This bath is a study in contrasts. White trim, fabrics, and fixtures stand out against a wall palette of cool blues and tidewater greens painted in a mosaic design.

The room’s soft color palette suggests hues of the nearby ocean.

A mahogany mirror and wood chair serve to anchor the cool tones.

Silver accents shimmer on the sink, light, and accessories.

Shells perched on Lucite shelves continue the subtle ocean theme.

Sea of Glass

aquabath.jpgMosaic tiles in two soft shades of blue-green give this updated 1950s bath the look of ocean water. Underfoot a terrazzo floor shows off specks of aqua. Long horizontal windows on three walls infuse the space with light but allow for total privacy.

Tiles in a darker aqua surround the tub area with watery hues.

The large wall mirror is bordered with tile, giving the look of a frame.

Concealed behind a door is a pull-out laundry bin in the vanity.

Accents of chrome and glass distribute sparkling reflections throughout.

All bathroom ideas via BHG.

Apple-Green, Stripy or Vintage?

Posted in bathroom at 6:06 am by homehappy

All have their charms! (From Better Homes and Gardens.)


Coating the walls a fresh apple green keeps with the contemporary style of the neutral sink unit. A tall, frameless mirror is sleek and draws the eye up to the unusual tubular light fixtures and high ceiling. (Source)


Wide stripes lend a crisp feel to this simple bathroom. Get the look by painting your bathroom wall white, then taping off evenly sized stripes. Paint the stripes the same color, or use two coordinating colors like the ones shown here. (Source)


Here’s a new bathroom with reproduction fixtures, offering modern-day convenience with old-world style. A vintage mirror and sconces offer appealing patina and texture while the floral mosaic tile floor adds a bit of color to the space. (Source)

March 10, 2007

Invisible Towel Shelf

Posted in bathroom at 11:26 pm by homehappy


Create the illusion that your towels are floating in mid-air with the Conceal towel shelf by Umbra at Unica Home. (Via Shelterrific.)

Bathroom Accessories

Posted in bathroom at 11:00 pm by homehappy

When it comes to bathroom accessories, think sleek and simple. I’m partial to cool blues, although black and white is a timeless colour combination and can look elegant… in the right sort of bathroom. Ditto for accents like letters and floral patterns.


1. Adler Lacquerware Bath Accessories at Linens ‘n Things.

2. Black + White 5-piece set, unfortunately discontinued. (Via DesignMilk.)

3. Blue + White Coordinates, unfortunately discontinued. (Via DesignMilk.)

4. Veratex Westside Caddy at Linens ‘n Things. (Via DesignMilk.)


5. Shadow Vine Bath Coordinates at Target.

6. Black/White Cosmo Bath Coordinates at Target.

7. Solid Blue Bath Accessories at Kohls.

8. Blue Resin Bath Collection at Target.

9. Fun Bath Accessories at Bed Bath and Beyond.

10. Croscill Asian Inspirations Bath Accessories at BedBathStore.

Space-Saving Bathroom Tips

Posted in bathroom at 4:36 pm by homehappy

Even baths with minimal measurements can offer full-scale convenience. Here are some ideas to help you transcend those spare-space problems.

Blue Bathroom

  • Replace a bulky vanity with a sleek pedestal sink. To make up for lost countertop space, add a narrow ledge to the wall behind the sink.
    • Investigate tub options. Choosing a nonstandard size or shape may allow more efficient use of floor space. Check out corner tubs, old-fashioned freestanding units, small-but-deep soaking tubs, and models specifically scaled for small spaces.
    • Improve efficiency with special cabinetry fittings: pull-out laundry hampers, tilt-out waste cans, drawer organizers for cosmetics and toiletries, and appliance garages for personal appliances.
      • Be creative with shelving. Stack a corner with out-of-the-way wedge-shaped glass shelves. Stow rolled towels in a wall-mounted wine rack. Build a labyrinth of recessed cubbyholes in spaces between the wall studs.
      • Use pocket doors instead of hinged doors, so there’s no need to make room for swing clearance.
        • Make a small space feel larger with mirrors, shiny metals, and glass. Reflective materials create the illusion of more space. Glass lets the eye see through a solid surface.

        From Better Homes and Gardens.
        (Click for more tips on bathroom planning.)