Wood Finishes in the Bathroom

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom | design-vox.com

Wood is a material that most minds don’t leap to when it comes to bathrooms. We all know that wood is susceptible to water damage and the bathroom is the wettest room of the house. But it is possible to treat wood to be more resistant to moisture and the payoff can be huge in terms of adding warmth and texture. The floor is the most obvious surface to install wood but there’s many more options as well, like the ceiling! Don’t you just love this rustic bathroom?

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

Here they’ve (perhaps wisely) foregone wooden flooring and instead used unpainted wood for the cabinetry as well as what appears to be plywood on the ceiling. Plywood is somewhat of a trendy material right now but I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan. I understand the cool factor of leaving something looking unfinished, I just do not find plywood attractive. The rest of this bathroom is heavenly, though. Here the brick wall works in tandem with the wooden finishes keeping the room earthy and warm despite its concrete floor.

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

A wood-clad tub is an even more unconventional use of the material, and it’s lovely! Hopefully they sealed the wood thoroughly and dry splashes immediately… probably not the most practical tub for a family with children. But ooo so pretty. I’m particularly fond of this bathroom’s hanging towel bar. I’ve never seen anything like that before and it feels both luxurious and whimsical. Fun!

one | blood and champagne
two | Alex Kennedy, photo by Eve Wilson, via The Design Files
three | Wood Melbourne, styling by Stephanie Stamatis, photo by Tara Pearce, via The Design Files

Super Glam Bathrooms

Super Glam Bathrooms | madduxcreative.com | design-vox.com

This bathroom is truly on another level. This is a bathroom fit for royalty. It hurts my brain a little bit to imagine using this room. It’s almost gone past being a room meant to serve a function and entered the realm of being art. Okay I may be overreacting just a touch but seriously look at this place.

Super Glam Bathrooms | thedeanhotel.com | design-vox.com

If you can’t afford miles of marble you can still have a totally glam bathroom. Black makes a space dramatic and sexy. Pair it with brass and you’ve got an easy recipe for glamour.

Super Glam Bathrooms | nuevo-estilo.micasarevista.com | design-vox.com

Modern + Traditional = almost always a good idea. Ornate frames take this room from run-of-the-mill to wow. The old, textural pieces pair especially well with the clean, sleek white tile. A juxtaposition made in heaven.

P.S. Sorry it’s been sooo long since I blogged. Work has been crazy!

oneMaddux Creative via dustjacket attic
two | The Dean Hotel via Yatzer
three | Nuevo Estilo via dustjacket attic

Tile Talk and Changes at My House

How are you all? Sorry I’ve been so sporadic with posting lately. There’s been a lot to distract me. Work’s been busy, I’ve been trying to teach myself to cook instead of relying on so much processed food, and my fiance Chris is moving in with me very soon (squeal). The era of living on my own is coming to an end and it’s pretty weird to try and wrap my head around that. It will be a huge adjustment for both of us, but of course it’s also very exciting.

There’s been a little bit of updating going on in my condo, but nothing really blog-worthy. I got a hand-me-down dryer from my father-in-law-to-be which is awesome since my old one was practically unusable (it liked to rip clothes). And now I’ve just ordered a shiny new dishwasher because my old one (which I’m pretty sure is original to the ’70s structure) finally kicked the bucket. I also finally painted the lower stairwell, which had been one of the few surfaces that I still hadn’t painted since I moved in. It was yellowy and covered in holes and crayon marks. Yeah. Feels so good to have it a clean light-mid gray.

So with this whole fiance and eventual husband situation I will now of course have to get any home updates okayed by him, but the good news is he doesn’t care about it all nearly as much as I do so I will still have quite a bit of creative freedom. For years we’ve been saying that Chris will need a man cave and he will get to furnish and decorate it how he chooses, while I will have pretty much free reign in the rest of the house. We’ll both have veto power though which I think is wise. :) Chris does surprise me sometimes by randomly showing interest in interior design. There’s a sofa at JCPenney that he has had his eye on for like a year now and often we’ll be at the mall and he’ll say, “Can we go see the Darrin sofa?” I got him to go into The Tile Shop and he actually had fun critiquing the displays with me.

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One thing that is definitely clear with my taste in tile is that I like it to be in the white/gray/black family. I have a very hard time with tan/brown tile. I could possibly handle a subtle creamy color but it’s not my first choice. I find beige colors in general feel outdated to me more often than not. I think too many people choose beige because they’re afraid the cooler neutrals will feel too… well, too cold. It’s good to be mindful of that possibility but honestly it’s not that big of a deal. Something as simple as warm light from a fixture can pretty much take care of that. Plop some pink flowers on your counter. Boom, warm room.

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Mmm, black ceiling how I love you. This room would feel way less cool and much too stark if the ceiling had been painted white. I’m not so much a fan of the hide rug, I just don’t like that kind of rug and it seems especially odd in a bathroom. But can we talk about those lights? Genius. This lighting scheme works particularly well because of the room’s high ceilings. The lights have a lot of empty space to occupy, whereas a room with standard 8 foot ceilings, especially a smaller room, would probably feel crowded and weird with multiple pendant lights like this.

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Gorgeous tile, but I particularly enjoy the cheerful pop of blue in the sink (that is then mirrored in the accessories), and of course the brass fish shaped faucet. That is a fish, right? Or a dolphin? Something like that, haha.

oneDonald Lococo Architects via nicety
two | via The Beautiful Soup
three | Design*Sponge

Find Your Zen in the Bathroom

Find Your Zen in the Bathroom | sarahlavoine.com | design-vox.com

I don’t know about you, but for me the bathroom is not a place of relaxation and pampering. My bathroom is windowless and small. I have a tub (combined with shower) but I have taken approximately one bath in it. I have serious bathroom envy. I see photos of spacious rooms, stand-alone soaking tubs, beautiful tile, etc. and I hope I might have that one day. Although at this point I would be thrilled just to have some freaking windows. I love how the above bathroom has a whole wall full of windows, and wow that’s a lot of storage space.

Find Your Zen in the Bathroom | magnusmarding.com | design-vox.com

We need to stop for a moment and appreciate the utter gorgeousness of this bathroom. Talk about luxury.  Those window panes kill me. The matching brass hardware is to die for. Brass is sort of anomaly in my opinion, because on the one hand it is being used liberally by a lot of top designers and bloggers to the point that I worry its popularity may be nearing an end, but at the same time I believe that there are a lot of average home owners who are still appalled by brass and can think of nothing but the 80s when they see it, and not in a good way. I for one am fully on the brass train and I hope to see it stick around for a while. There is bad brass out there for sure. I haven’t been able to articulate what exactly makes some brass finishes good and others bad… I just know it when I see it, haha.

Find Your Zen in the Bathroom | triciajoyce.com/photographers/alec-hemer | design-vox.com

This bathroom manages to feel both glamorous and rustic, which is usually a combination I enjoy. Crystal chandeliers are pretty much always a good idea. As are gigantic mirrors. The vintage style tile and tub make the space homey and not overly flashy, as do the lovely worn wood pieces. I dig it.

one | Sarah Lavoine via desire to inspire
two | Magnus Marding via desire to inspire
three | Alec Hemer via desire to inspire

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