Bathrooms

The Crown: Shout Outs

I completed the full season of The Crown and got pretty sucked in towards the end.  There are gorgeous manors and castles and palaces throughout, so here is just a hodgepodge of things that stood out to me.  

The sofa fabric in Clarence House is lovely.  I can now see why this style of furniture was once considered high class, before it's descent into 90's Country Style.

These lamp posts are exquisite.

Best two minutes in the whole show is when Elizabeth goes to her underground fashion lair for a dress parade. 

If I dig deep down, I can honestly say I might murder someone for this wallpaper.  

Lucky for me, two weeks ago Town & Country Magazine posted and image of Aerin Lauder's office on Instagram, with a wallpaper credit, which lead me down a Google rabbit hole until I discovered Lee Jofa's Beaujeu Wp Multi.  It is the wallpaper of my dreams. 

Fresh from the bag

 I Smile Back (2015) - A serious film about mental health.....but that's not what this post is about

I Smile Back (2015) - A serious film about mental health.....but that's not what this post is about

Being a set dresser is a hard job (especially on a low budget film like I Smile Back).  There is never enough time, or money, or help, and god forbid you are the reason people are waiting around.  So it always makes me chuckle when I see sheets that are clearly right out of the bag (check out those creases!) because I have been there.  I have thought, "Should I steam these......nah, no one will notice."

The Escape Artist

 The Escape Artist - Bathroom in at an opulent banquet hall.  

The Escape Artist - Bathroom in at an opulent banquet hall.  

Just watched The Escape Artist, an awesome lawyer/stalker British mini series.  Could someone explain to me what "making silk" means?

Anywho, in the first episode David Tennant leaves his cell phone in a bathroom at a work event (right by the sink), and something about the bathroom really spoke to me.  I love the band of green.  And I love how the tiles have that slightly askew vintage quality.  I love how the sinks are urinal-esque the way they jut out.  And even the soap dispensers are working for me (something I never thought I would say).  

Subway Tile + Dark Grout

   Victorian style  kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Victorian style kitchen by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

As soon as I get a chance to redo a bathroom or kitchen, I am going to work in subway tile and dark grout.  

This style is called "subway tile" because it was used in the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century.  It is simple, classic, and inexpensive.  It does not have to be paired with dark grout, but I like the added geometry of it.  And I think it would be great for a bathroom because dark grout can hide a lot of scum.  

Note:  DIY sites say dark grout can highlight sloppy work, so don't phone it in.

Stoker (2013) - Surprisingly, the least creepy room in this house.

  Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

  Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel

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Jeffrey Alan Marks used this look on the show Million Dollar Decorators when he redesigned the bathroom of his Crossfit gym.  He said he likes the look because it reminds him of a 50's locker room in a boys prep school.  

  JAM  on Million Dollar Decorators

JAM on Million Dollar Decorators

Chalk Headboards

I know I just wrote about the show Finding Carter, but I have more to say.

 Finding Carter: Season 1, Episode 2 - Carter's bedroom in her new home....which is way too decorated to make sense in the plot timeline.  

Finding Carter: Season 1, Episode 2 - Carter's bedroom in her new home....which is way too decorated to make sense in the plot timeline.  

Carter's chalk headboard must be the envy of all teens (and people who wish they were still teens).  It reminds me of the headboard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had in 500 Days of Summer.

500 Days of Summer - Bedroom of a guy who doesn't believe his girlfriend when she says she doesn't want to get too serious.  

I was planning on posting lots of other pictures of chalk headboards, but most of the ones on the internet are really phoning it in.  Although, I do like this one:

I appreciate the crown moldings and I like how the bed on the right uses an actual chalk board as a headboard.

Although, the fact that they did chalk rugs exposes these pictures as styled rooms and not actual functioning bedrooms.  I have a feeling that this was a catalog shoot for Anthropologie (just a hunch).  

Jazzing things up with tape

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It is a common occurrence for a friend of mine to move into an apartment with an unattractive kitchen/bathroom/etc.  They ask me how they can spice things up, and I throw a bunch of suggestions at them: paint/collage/drape/vinyl/etc.  More often than not, they end up learning to live with the eyesore because they are not ready to put in the work/money to try and solve the problem. 

Well, who ever asks me next is in luck, because I am going to suggest washi (after reading about it on Design Sponge) .  It seems like a much more user friendly alternative to vinyl, and a much easier solution than painting.  I am not sure if it ends up being cheap or pricey.  I guess it depends on the project.  

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I painted this wall in my dining room the old fashioned way, but I suppose I could have achieved a similar effect from using this tape.   

Speaking of my dining room, I should really write a post about how to paint stripes on a wall.  All in good time. 

Unexpected Anthropologie

When did Anthropologie.com become such a great source for interesting furniture?  There are so many unexpected and outlandish pieces.  Can you believe that this is a chain store with a branch in your local mall?

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But the strangest thing of all is this massive (overpriced) LARPing tent, that is moments from being swept out to sea.

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A Sink to Die For

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I started watching this completely hilarious show called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.   It is about a Sherlock Holmes-type flapper who solves crimes in Melbourne, Australia.  

The series opens on a man dying in a gorgeous old bathroom.  I just love a good washstand sink.  I have had my eye on this Restoration Hardware model for ages, but its a bazillion dollars (on sale for $1395), and only comes in chrome or nickle (and everyone knows I live for brass).

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I suppose the style isn't for  everyone.  I love all the exposed under bits, but there is no room for storage, and minimal counter space.  In reality, maybe it's more of a guest bathroom sink.  

Minimalism: WHERE IS THE STUFF?!

I was poking around, and I stumbled on this picture posted on My Minimal Heart:

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AND THEN I WAS THROWN INTO A DARK RAGE!!! WHERE IS THE STUFF?  WHERE IS ALL THIS PERSONS STUUUUUFFFFF!!!!!  (stuff stuff stuff stuff stuff.....that's the sound of my voice ricocheting around this empty room)

okay, just breath.... get yourself under control.

I swear, here and now, that I will not post pictures like this, and make it seem like this is attainable by humans (Hillary is still allowed to).  

People own things, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.  Super extreme minimal decor makes the most beautiful photographs, but I would never steer a client in this direction because the second I turn my back they are going to want to :

read a book and put it down when they go to sleep

plug in a phone charger by their bed

not sleep on the floor

Everyone has stuff, and making that stuff look good is, in my opinion, what it's all about.

House of Cards

Hahaha more like House of Amazing Bathroom.  Can I get a "What What"?! 

 House of Cards - Season 1, Episode 5

House of Cards - Season 1, Episode 5

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Why yes, Kevin Spacey, I do want to get in that tub.  

I mean, just look at this place:

Claw foot tub on a raised platform

Classic white tile with dark grout, accentuated by a black stripe and decorative edge

Window with thick trim and dark shutters

Arched ceiling

One could only call the storage options 'ample'. 

So let's just face facts.  This is a great bathroom (if you aren't a shower person).