Potties Part 1: Wood in the Bathroom

I hate to break it to you but, despite the title of today's post, we will not be showing any X-rated decor, instead I'll be focusing on real wood from real trees and how sometimes it's found (totally and completely behaving itself) in the bathroom. Ok, backing up:  the hubs and I are finally starting to talk seriously about redoing this builder-grade-crap-pile of a guest bathroom we've been living with for the last 2 years, which is throwing me into an indecisive whirlwind of overwhelming choices.  Did I ever mention that I'm bad with decisions?  I am.  Anyway, I was going to line up a bunch of different pictures of  bathrooms with various tile choices and force you all to tell me which was best when I realized that there are a TON of bathrooms out there with wood floors.  So many, in fact, that I decided the topic deserved it's own post.

I've looked at this picture a million times (it's in my bathroom file but I'm not sure why) and I just today realized it had wood floors.  So I'm indecisive and unobservant.  Great.  Anyway, I thought to mineself: self!  what the hell?  Aren't those floors going to warp.  I thought wood floors only came in bathrooms that looked like this:

Wood floors here are no surprise, and yes, they are lovely.  They seem to be in good shape so I don't know why they wouldn't work equally well in a modern bath.  Apparently, other homeowners share this thought:

I also came across a few painted wood floors in bathrooms:

But the award for my absolute favorite use of wood (floors) in the bathroom goes to this little gem.  The view doesn't hurt.

What do you guys think?  Would you ever lay wood floors in a bathroom?

Random Dreamy Bathrooms

A couple of weeks ago, Sherry asked us to start a dedicated bathroom blog.  While there's no chance in hell that it will happen, I'm more than happy to spend a day or two day dreaming about the bathroom I most certainly will call my own one day.  (I keep trying to break ground on our guest bathroom remodel, but every time I ask matty to bring in the jackhammer some new long-lost friend gets on the horn asking for a weekend crash pad.  pashaw.) Anyhoodle, enjoy.


I'm going to guesstimate that my bathroom has roughly 400 square feet of tile-able surface.  How much do you think this treatment would run me?  Under $12, right?

I know we've shown this before, I don't remember where it came from, but I still think it's magical.  Are you all 86ing the idea of black mirror tile throughout the bathroom of a house I plan to sell one day?

If the Lamp Shade Fits

We both had potty porn on the brain today

Les Carnets du Design

Via Desire to Inspire

I fell head-over heals for this space when I first spotted it on Completely Totally Madly

Les Carnets du Design

It's that outdoor-while-indoor thing we love!

Bo Bedre

Living Etc

I wish it were more practical

Living Etc

I love this space but I hate red.  What color would you make it?  Yellow?  Blue?

I'm not sure where I found this.

Happy Bathing, y'all!


Resolving to Tear. It. Up.

I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions.  Seriously, I have enough guilt already, I don't need to make myself feel even worse by failing to cease one of my (really not that bad) vices.  Besides, when was the last time you ran into someone in August who looked all crazy fit and they said "yeah, it was my New Year's resolution to stop drinking, eat healthy, and go to the gym"?  Don't lie, it was never.

I do think, however, that the New Year is a grand time to look back on the last year to consider what you've accomplished and compare that to what you'd like to achieve.  This is where the drinking comes in.  Once you've nursed your hangover it's time to get crackin.  I have lots of goals delusions of grandure both personal and professional for 2009 but I also have a ridiculous list of crap I need to take care of around the house.  Mainly, some big, expensive, overly-involved renovations.  I swear on all things holy, I will not let 2010 peak it's ugly head around the corner until my guest bathroom is completely gutted and looks a little more like one of these rooms:
Because I'm working with a laughable budget and Matt is a genius with concrete, I'm guessing there's going to be a lot of this going on.  Minus the lame bench and utterly useless mini-counter.
Overt your eyes from the vassal sinks and focus on the counter, tub and poufy things.  See, concrete, not so bad. 
But then again, I do love the idea of a concrete floor and tub juxtaposed against a wooden counter:
Don't give me none of your "where do you put your junk" jive talk.  Here are some solutions:
Nothing makes my heart race like neatly folded, matching linens.  Sigh. Of course, one day I'm going to have a gaggle of kids running hay-wire around this joint so I may need something a bit more practical:
Nice.  But in dream fantasy land, this Nakashima style counter would be the crown jewel of my bath:
I know, I know, why bother even showing another bathroom after this, it's potty perfection.  But we'll move on none-the-less:
Lemme tell you,  I really don't like chandeliers in bathrooms.  And don't try to sell me on those new-fangled chandelier shower heads either, they're even worse.  It's like, I'm trying to relax and take a bath then BAMB!  I'm assaulted with an electrocution fantasy.  You're talking to a girl who shuts the toilet lid when she blow-dries her hair, so, nope, no convincing.
Here are some other things I don't want in my salle de bain:
  • Glass or fancy painted vassal sinks.  Or any other vassal sinks.  I'm ok with raised sinks, but no bowls, please.
  • Anything not gold.  
  • A big deep cabinet, common in rentals.  Hey home builders:  these things are too deep.  All the stuff in the front gets knocked over when we're trying to reach to the back.  A cabinet should be no deeper than a towel folded in quarters (the only way to fold a towel, right?)
  • pedestal sinks.  pretty, yes, functional, no.
Here is what I do like:
God give me the strength not to knock down all the walls in my home in order to achieve this look.  Breathtaking.  And, well, are we sure the kids will need cabinet doors?
Since I don't have the stunning view, a wall treatment link this should do the trick:
I'm going to pass on the clock and the embroidered "sanctuary" towels.  Gross.
A big, bold shower curtain should liven up the joint, too:
While I'm not a fan of the country-cute, I'm not too mad at the idea of patch-work.  What I really love about this curtain is the scale.  I want mine to reach all the way to the top of my 10-foot ceiling.  Lika-so:
Ok, you got me:  it's not a bathroom, but that is EXACTLY what I want my shower curtain to look like.
And it shall surround this tub:
I love how the legs look all robot-y.  Ok, ok, we're scratching everything and moving in a new direction:  Gold Transformers!  I want everything to look like a giant pixelated transformer dipped in gold.  Where are my smelling salts??!!
If I can't wrangle a bunch of shiny robot toiletries, this Starck tub should fill the void.
Or, I could just scrap the tup altogether:
Left: Murdock Young; Right: Sorry dude, I can't remember where I found this.
Ok, so there's a tub on the left, but that oval glass shower is clearly the star.  And yes, I know, I know, kids need a tub.  What's with those babies, why can't they just shower like normal people?  And get jobs?
When I was in Virginia in October, my mom and I went to go pick out faucets for her renovation project. Surprisingly, she didn't choose any of my selections:
Note:  that dolphin comes in gold.
Who says no to a gilded dragon head faucet?  A crazy mother with "professional architects" that's who.  Whateves ma, you're going to be crying a river of tears when we have the renovation face-off.
And finally, just so you can get a firm grip on what I'm up against, here's the dreaded bathroom as it stands today:
See, it's going to be great, so long as we get rid of every. single. thing. in there.
There you have it, 2009 goal numero uno.   Of course, if I were going to make a real-life, honest-to-gosh resolution, it would surly be one that all of you would appreciate:  I would work on my spelling.  But, hey, I've managed 30 years without knowing the difference between sense and since, what's one more?