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A More Perfect Bath

Bathrooms. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

OK, that may be a little harsh but no other room in a house (with the possible exception of the laundry room) is so purely devoted to function. Many people renovate their whole house and leave the bath for last or don’t do it at all. For my part, I’m just not a fan of bathrooms. But lately, I keep seeing some wonderful examples of beautiful and functional bathrooms that are making me change my mind about the worthiness of renovating/redecorating them.

I’ve discovered that I like a clean, uncluttered look: lots of gray and white, minimal furnishings, with interesting details… nothing too fussy or frou.

Two examples of my favorite bathroom layout:


Fixtures and fittings all down one side, dark floors, white walls, an uncovered window and a glass short enclosure instead of a tub.

I love gray and white bath schemes:


The master bath in Ellen Rakieten’s Chicago home. Designed by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle. Picture from Elle Decor.

A rustic, industrial look prevails in the bath on the left, refined elegance rules in the bath on the right. I like elements of both looks. (sources unknown)

Some bath elements I love:

Clockwise from top left: Natural stone vessel sink, Pegasus – $380, ‘Chantilly Vines’ mirror, Anthropologie – $128, ‘Perpetual Blooms’ towels, Anthropologie – $9-$62, ‘Strut’ medium table, Blu Dot – $699, ‘Tex-Tile’ in Cotton (12″x24″), Emser Tile – $8/sq ft, ‘Henry’ bath fittings, Waterworks – price varies by finish.

I’d love to have a sleek, elegant gray and white bath someday. In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming! What are your favorite bath styles/color schemes?

The Black Door

I love black doors! The first time I realized I was leaning towards this was when I saw an article in Elle Decoration about an art collector and her husband who’d redone the interior of an old Victorian in a completely modern style. The floors, trim, and doors were a deep, glossy black and the walls were a super bright white. The whole place was flooded with light and the colorful art stood out beautifully. Ever since then I’ve been a fan of the look.

Nate Berkus’ Chicago apartment as featured in O.

Nate Berkus did the doors of an apartment of his  featured in O a couple of years back a blue so dark that in some photos it read as black.

The entry of designer Michael Bargo’s apartment from the last issue of Domino Magazine.

But my favorite of all time was the apartment of twentysomething designer, Michael Bargo, for the Domino issue on style at every age. His whole apartment was totally gorgeous – and featured black doors!

Here are a few more examples of totally cool black doors and entries.

From top left: A black doored entryway from Atlanta Homes and Gardens Magazine, Victoria Webster’s home via Belle Maison, Eve Robinson via CocoCozy, Thomas O’Brien’s American Modern.

Patterned entry hall featuring black doors. Love this one! via Abode Love blog.

From top left: Celerie Kimble’s closet in Lonny Magazine, inspiration from Belle Maison (again!), Tommy Smythe’s kitchen from Canadian House & Home.

A black door peeks out of the corner if this inviting and contrasty entry. (source unknown)

Zach Motl’s micro sized apartment proves you can do dark colors in small spaces. From NYTimes.

What are your favorite colors for interior doors? Have a colorful Monday!