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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday and Thrifty Treasures -- My Bathroom

Well I finally found a rug for my bathroom! I've been avoiding my bathroom because I could not find a rug and even though the bathroom is on our 2nd level the tile floor was cold in the morning!


And since I am showing you my new bathroom rug I thought I would share the rest of my bathroom. When I was designing our remodel/renovation I was not sure if I should have 2 common bathrooms in the main hallway or his/her bathrooms in the master suite. My husband really does not like me using his bathroom because I am sort of messy and my long, brown hair seems to be everywhere! So I did a quick survey when I was at the gym working out and 9 or 10 women voted for his/her bathrooms! It was nice to have someone else make a decision for me.

As soon as I started designing the master suite I ran into a problem. I could not design a layout so the bathrooms were on an exterior wall, which means our his/her bathrooms had no windows. A windowless bathroom did not bother me in the least but my husband wanted his window. I must have tried fifteen different layouts and a bathroom window was just not going to happen. But I did put a window in his bathroom and further down in the post you will see what I did!

I have to explain that taking pictures of a bathroom is difficult and due to the many angles most of my pictures look crooked. Believe me my bathroom is not crooked any where!

Here's my bathroom as you enter and the vanity/sink area. The Bainultra Air Tub which I call my bubble tub is wonderful and I use it at least 3 times a week. I really did not want a tub in my bathroom because I wanted to keep my bath as small as possible, but my husband insisted that I get a massage tub. One of the reasons I was hesitant on the tub was due to my allergies. But the BainUltra tubs circulate air not water so the chance of mildew is very low. I was sold!

And yes that is real brick on the wall above the tub surround. Because of the stained glass window I wanted the surrounding walls to look like the exterior of the building and I love the look of an exposed brick wall.



Because of the size of the tub and I had to put it on an angle to get the 5' tub into my bathroom so the tub deck became a major vocal point. I found the Victorian reproduction botanical tiles and being a horticulturist I could not resist using them in the tub surround.





And to give my husband his window, I found this gorgeous 1800s Stained Glass Window which came from a church in England. The window is installed into the common wall between our 2 bathrooms. Well, it's not an exterior window but it sure gives the impression that there is a window!

StainGlass Window

And here is the stained glass window at night. The crystals hanging down in the picture are from the small chandelier over the tub.

Stained glass nite

And in each of our bathrooms I had obscured, beveled glass doors installed just to allow more natural light into our windowless bathrooms. I love these glass doors!


The is the toilet niche. I put half privacy walls in most of our bathrooms to make small niches for the toilet area and I love the look. When we moved in 2000, our new home had older American Standard toilets and 2 new American Standard toilets. The new toilets were horrible to the point where we rarely ever used them. So when we did our remodel we replaced all the toilets with Toto and I can't tell how wonderful the Toto toilets are. This may sound funny, but I love my Toto toilets!


Now for the bargains I found for my bathroom. First of all, I finally found a waste basket! I could not find a waste basket that was any where near the color I wanted. Finally found this ceramic flower pot marked down to $2. Love it!

waste basket

Next is my marble sink that I found on Ebay for $50! I don't know how I do it but I splash water everywhere when I am using a sink. So I decided to get a large sink for my bathroom. Well, it's not easy to find a large bathroom sink and I was considering installing a small kitchen sink! But then I found this gorgeous marble sink and it had a wonderful vintage look to it. Love it!


I've always had problems with towel racks. I can never hang my towels so that they were neatly hung with all edges matching. So to avoid the towel problem I decided to install towel hooks in all our bathrooms. And I found these wonderful reproduction hat hooks at the flea market for $4 each. I bought all that were available and just had enough for each bathroom to have 2-3 hooks.

Hint to Moms everywhere: If you have trouble with your kids leaving towels on the floor, install hooks and assign one hook per child. Then if the hook is empty and there's a towel on the floor then you know exactly who is not following procedure!


Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit Susan's site and you'll find some fabulous ideas freely shared by many gracious and highly creative people.

And Thrifty Treasures is hosted by Rhoda of Southern Hospitality. Please visit Rhoda's site to find some super treasures all for a bargain price!

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Blue Creek Home said...

Your ideas for your his and hers bathrooms are wonderful. And they were executed beautifully!
I love the decorative tiles around the tub and the "shared" stained glass window.

Pearl Maple said...

Amazing decore project you have going on here and nice to see that you are finding so many ways to incorporate vintage finds.

~Caro~ said...

Oooh what a drool-worthy post!!

I love love love the ceramic pot turned trashcan! Good idea (though with my kids, it'd get broken within a week!!). Love its colour, my fave colour!!

and that SINK!!!!!!! OMG!!! Love it, want one just like it!!

And the brick wall is awesome!! I love indoor brick walls!

Lori said...

What a gorgeous bathroom! I love the hooks. I might have to do that in my own bathrooms. Well done!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty!! You did a great job.

Wendy said...

Your bathroom looks great! Love the stained glass window.

Katie Kubler said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting! Be sure to follow so you can see when I post an upcoming Getaway! Also, If you Link this post up to my "Trash To Treasures" Party you can get an additional entry!

Anonymous said...

Your bathroom is very, very pretty! May I ask....where did you find your rug? I love the colors.
Hugs from Iowa,

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Your bathroom is gorgeous!


Cindy said...

This is a terrific remodel for bathrooms, so many great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Michelle said...

Michelle, I bought the rug at Tuesday Mornings for $49 just a few days ago. It was red, the right size and I liked the sculpted edge.

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Marsha's Mpressions said...

WOW! Wonderful bathroom!!!!!

Shirley said...

It is truly beautiful and a real surprise to me that this bathroom would be in your farmhouse!! I just love that little rug!

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

A very beautiful set of bathrooms indeed! The rug is just perfect too.

Kayte said...

Wow, this was really fun to get to tour such an interesting, fun, and beautiful bathroom at your house. Everything is so creative. Thanks for sharing!

ImagineCozy said...

Such a unique bathroom. The stained glass and tie is beautiful. Your rug really goes!

bee'nme said...

Oh, what a gorgeous, rich color palette you've used here! LOVE the botanical tiles...stunning. This isn't a bathroom, it's an experience!! Clever use of a pot for a trash can! Thanks for sharing...and yep, the rug is just right for the space...good choice!

Becky S.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

WOW! Just beautiful!!

Debbie at the Shabby Bungalow said...

Wow that is brilliant you are so lucky - our bathroom is so tiny we can;t even put a laundry basket in there - I am very envious :) Thanks for sharing and thanks for popping over to by blog :)

Shauna said...

Wow, gorgeous bathroom!!

Alicia said...

Your bathrooms are all beautiful. So rich and luxuriant! Love them.

Sharlotte said...

Gorgeous! Everything looks so very warm and cozy! Thanks for sharing.

pk said...

Love that stained glass window against the brick.

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Well this post definetly deserves a woweekazoweeeee!! That is one awesome bathroom . I love the idea of the stained glass window as a replacement for the real thing. I like the brickwork and tiles too. I know exactly what you mean about toilets!! The old toilet in the center of our house is the one we love best. It has a bigger seat and bigger back area or something? not sure but it is much nicer...ha!! oh and love that rug!!WOW

Goodwill Haunting said...

Wow, absolutely gorgeous!

Kathleen said...

Very beautiful, Michelle...Don't ever move after all that work!

I am with Joe, though, I want my window!

Tootsie said...

great ideas in there!!! Thanks for the tour of your great have a beautiful room to relax in!

Cheryl B. said...

due to a VERY busy/involved Labor Day Weekend and breaking down/cleaning up from it afterwords, I am just now attempting to catch up on emails, etc.
Michelle, I have already offered to move in and do dishes, now you went and showed me even more of your house, which of course I drooled over o;-p So classy, and yet 'real'. BEAUTIFUL!!!
I have never been a fan of tiles, except the little ones on bathroom floors, and those are probably due to growing up with them and loving them then. Any-ways, My husband complimented the tiles in your bathroom, and I was surprised to find that I too like them :-}