Daydream Bathrooms

July 18, 2012

I received news yesterday that was a perplexing mix of good and bad. If you recall, I have a water leak appearing in my kitchen ceiling which is below a bathroom. The guys I had look at it are pretty sure they know the cause, and it should be pretty inexpensive to correct. That’s the good part. The bad part is that we can not know (at least at this point) for certain that their suspicion is without a doubt correct.

See I was hoping they would find a very clear and obvious hole in a pipe. It’d be a sure thing. That’s definitely the problem. Fix it, and never worry again. Instead they determined that the plumbing is all perfectly fine, and the only conclusion they could come to is this: I splash water outside the tub when I shower. You can imagine my indignation. I have in fact considered this as a possibility but dismissed it because I am very careful about not making a slippery wet mess.

My dad very graciously pointed out that perhaps it is not an issue of me being messy but rather the way the (40-year-old) tub is installed makes it prone to this. Perhaps it is sloped oddly, and the seal between it and the floor seems questionable. That coupled with the fact that the shower knobs drip incessantly does make one wonder. I cringe to admit this, but I did find a bit of water pooled right where the tub meets the floor this morning after my shower. HOW DID THAT GET THERE?! I still feel indignant about it, but this theory seems to be on to something.

So that’s the latest in the world’s-most-elusive-leak saga. The plan now is to observe closely for some time and try to determine if this theory is correct. The only plan I wanted to have was no plan, because it would be fixed by now. Call me Grumbly McGrumbleton.

Coincidentally I have some bathroom photos for you today. If someone could give me like five grand I would just gut that infernal bathroom and make sure everything is perfect and water tight and lovely. A girl can dream.

Without meaning to, I only selected one bathroom today that has any sort of vibrant color. I do seem to gravitate towards simpler, less intense colors for the bathroom, but they sure did vibrant right in this instance. Also I love artwork in a bathroom. Lonny Mag via My Favorite and My Best.

Wonderfully casual and clean. An old chair as storage for towels is a favorite idea of mine. Sternfield Design via My White Room.

You may recall this image from Design Voice Survey #16, which I sadly have not been able to post the results for. I love this bathroom so much I thought it deserved to be mentioned again. The vanity is like a dream, no? Photographed by Brandon Barré.

Guh. A dream bathroom to be sure. I don’t think I will ever tire of white marble. And the fiddle leaf fig tree is absolutely the cherry on top. Love those trees! Designed by Betsy Burnham via Shop Talk.

This is exactly the kind of shower surround I need! Absolutely no chance for water to get all over the place, and it’s positively lovely too. The home of Pete and Bailey McCarthy, photographed by Paige Newton via Design*Sponge.

Oh man I love this so much. I think vanities made from unexpected types of furniture are magnificent. This for example looks like it was simply an occasional table in another life. For some reason baskets stuffed with clean towels is my idea of heaven. I may be slightly cuckoo. And finally: that mirror is hanging from the ceiling! Clearly they were working with some space constraints here and found this ingenious way to include a mirror without affixing it directly on top of the window. It blocks a minimum amount of light and is the perfect bit of rule-breaking to lend a playfulness to the room. Would you agree? Designed by Antonio Martins via desire to inspire.

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  • Reply Cathy (InspiredDesign) July 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I agree! This last one is genius! Inspiration to think outside the box.

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  • Reply Vita Ranella August 14, 2017 at 11:44 am

    do you know where the Brandon Barre photo is from?? I want to find designer and manufacturer of that vanity. Thank you!!

    • Reply christinajoy August 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Hi Vita! I’m sorry I do not know anything about the image other than the photographer. You could click through to his site and see if there is contact info there, maybe they can help you. Truthfully it looks like it could very easily be custom and/or a vintage re-purposed piece. It is GORGEOUS though, I hope you find something!

      • Reply Vita Ranella August 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        thank you so much for your quick reply! I appreciate it!! 🙂

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