A lovely selection of rooms for you this week even if I do say so myself so pour yourself a cup of something (tea, coffee, ambition) and let’s go for a wander starting with this gorgeous bathroom.
I have featured the work of my friend Bianca Hall before and once again she’s pulled it out of the bag with her new bathroom. She converted a bedroom into a bathroom to make a generous, luxurious space and then converted the former, smaller bathroom into a utility room with adjacent narrow storage cupboard (perfect for the vaccuum cleaner and spare linen etc).
Now I know she spent a long time searching for the right bath and, as someone who can be impatient when it comes to details, I would probably just have settled for a standard freestanding tub. But Bianca never settles. She wanted an arch – so she had to find the right builder and she wanted a beautiful bath and both decisions have paid off handsomely so there’s a lesson in there for the impatient among us – and I say “us” advisedly.
The vanity was custom-made and has masses of storage and the pink marble tiled shower is just a thing of beauty. I have included a shot from inside the shower so that, with the three images you get a full sense of the room. Yes it’s big but hell it’s beautiful.
And because you will ask – here’s the utility room. The cupboard is painted in Attic by Little Greene and the floor is from Mandarin Stone. For more details on this you can visit her blog and I think the bathroom is due to be uploaded soon but there is, of course, her instagram.
Now staying with bathrooms, this is a grand use of the fashion for checks. I love how the patterned floor has been picked up in the square wall tiles but in a plain colour and am very much coveting a pink and white check floor like this for a kitchen. Or a bathroom. I’m not fussy – I’ll take either!
We’re not done with bathrooms yet; the soft pink colour is present in all three we have looked at so far but here now is the scallop detail as seen in the lamps either side of the mirror and the pretty jute rug on the floor. Now Josephine @sundayandstory did have several of these so if you like them it’s worth getting in touch with her and if you’re into the checks she has just launched a very pretty range of check rugs as well. Definitely one for the address book.
The other common denominator – apart from generous spaces is the inclusion of a little wooden stool. I have long said that bathrooms should be decorated like any other room in the house and adding wall lamps, rugs and vintage wood is the perfect way to achieve this and create a space that’s warm and not too clinical. If you haven’t got space – and I appreciate that most bathrooms don’t – then consider a vintage shelf – more storage is always needed and that will do the same job.
Last week I showed you the Susie Atkinson wallpaper borders which is such a clever and this week I bring you wooden trim or edging. Not everyone has panelling and not every house suits the more traditional style of cornicing but Camilla Hampton Interiors has come up with these lengths of pre-shaped MDF edging which you stick on and paint any colour you like. Another great solution for adding instant character to a room no matter what the period.
And here is the same thing in a bedroom created by Sandra Baker, of @the_idle_hands, has used a similar idea in her newly redecorated bedroom – because, of course, it also works perfectly in a period property if you want a modern twist on cornicing. Sandra bought hers on Amazon – where a quick search reveals that the first one that comes up is by Camilla Hampton anyway. I think it’s such a great idea – between the wallpaper borders and the wooden trim let’s go. But maybe not all in the same room.
And if you’ve read this far: A few weeks ago you may remember I wrote a post about storage which segued into a conversation in the comments about living with dementia and future-proofing your home and it, as it turned out, I was already writing about this very subject for The Sunday Times Home section. Now, as is often the way of these pieces, it had no publication date fixed. Until the Queen missed her speech at the opening of Parliament due to “episodic mobility issues” and suddenly there was a deadline. The piece came out yesterday and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to both Elaine and Jane, whose comments on the original post contributed greatly to the final feature. You can read it here – there may be a paywall but I think you can have a free trial.