HOUSE: Newburgh

Bathroom planning continues…

The marble hexagon tiles for our bathroom are sitting in our hallway, waiting patiently for a floor to be installed in the bathroom so they can become a permanent part of the house. Before that can happen, though, we need our plumbing work to be done! Plumber #3’s estimate arrived yesterday, and while it’s higher than we were hoping or expecting, we have full confidence that this guy will (a) SHOW UP AND DO THE WORK, and (b) do a great job. Right? Right! The extra money is worth having to go through all of this for a 4th time, believe me.

By the way, the last time I mentioned the marble hexagons, someone asked for my source—we bought ours at Fuda Tile.

I’ve been trying to choose just the right color for the outside of the clawfoot tub, and I think the center color here (Benjamin Moore “Blushing Red”) might be the winner. It’s just the right amount of pink without being a full-on magenta.

Finding the right light fixture for the ceiling is proving to be tricky. The scale is difficult since our ceilings are high, but the room is very small. It’s going to be the sole light source in the room (except for an alley-facing window), too. Decisions! I know I don’t want anything fake-antiquey (no Restoration Hardware, etc.). I’ve been thinking about the Kartell Gé pendant, possibly in clear or blue, but I’m not sure I’m love with it.

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  • Reply katie March 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Anna, Love that pink! Love it!! Good choice. Fingers crossed that this plumber makes it happen.

    What about a pendant from Niche Modern? Not sure how much light they give off or how bright they are, but by golly they are just GORGEOUS!!!

    Or maybe a Glo-Ball pendant by Jasper Morrison?

  • Reply kelly March 25, 2008 at 10:01 am

    love the tiles! (and love the idea above for a glo-ball)
    i’m constantly inspired by what you are up to!

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 25, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Those light are beautiful (LOVE the gray Binary pendant), but way too expensive. Same goes for the Glo-Ball! I’m trying to keep the lighting around $200 (or less, of course), if possible.

    We have a couple of Glo-Ball-ish IKEA FADO pendants elsewhere in our house, and I’ve thought about putting one in the bathroom, too…I’m just worried that the moisture will eventually make the metal parts get rust spots.

  • Reply beth March 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Wow. I love that paint color! Cannot wait to see the results.

  • Reply heather March 25, 2008 at 11:25 am

    hi anna,
    i’m a first time poster, but i love seeing all of your progress… thanks for sharing it all!
    i think the tiles are great – they will be amazing installed. it could just be my monitor but i really like that watermelon red and the rose parade color too.
    does the blushing red color have a little more purple in it?
    have you looked on ebay for a vintage fixture?
    i think this one could be nice: link

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 25, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Heather, that fixture is really beautiful! I wish there were more time left on the auction so I could mull it over a little longer. Hmmm…hmm…

    And yes, the Blushing Red is a little more blue than the ones on either side of it, which complements the tile nicely. Rose Parade is my 2nd favorite, I think! 🙂

  • Reply modernemama March 25, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Love, love, love the marble hex tiles. It kinda makes me wish I’d gone for marble after all in my powder room renovation. Oh well.
    I’ve always had a hankering for the Mars drop light at ylighting but never had anywhere to put it.

  • Reply heather March 25, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    oops – i didn’t realize it ended so soon! this one is also nice:

  • Reply mrslimestone March 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see your pink tub.

    What are the rest of the fixture and choices look like? I’d be concerned about putting a colored shade in a bathroom – its going to tint all of the light in the room.

  • Reply read me... March 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    On reading your post I instantly thought of the Jasper Morrison Glo Ball too… the price is high, but worth it. We have the ceiling fixed one in out living room & i love it!

  • Reply read me... March 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    p.s. LOVE the tiles too…

  • Reply Laura March 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I love hex tile! Good luck w/your project!

  • Reply Vicki March 25, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I think that is what our bathroom tile looked like when it was put in…Unfortunately, ninety years later, it’s worn down and dingy-looking. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way to deep-clean and polish it, or if we should just give up and put in a new floor. But seeing as it’s our only bathroom, and there’s a 400-pound clawfoot tub that would have to be moved…

    I’m curious, what’s Evan’s opinion about a pink-red tub?

  • Reply lee March 26, 2008 at 2:59 am

    The hexagon-tiles are perfect!
    I have the kartell-pendant in my bedroom, and, despite it’s very plastic-look, it really is quite warm.
    The moser pendant from louis poulsen is another great one.

    good luck!

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 26, 2008 at 8:46 am

    mrslimestone: The tub and sink fixtures are traditional, no-frills Victorian with a chrome finish. There aren’t a ton of options out there for split-tap sinks and clawfoot tubs, so we went with the plainest styles. The new toilet is a Toto. In a dream world with unlimited money, we would have gone with Starck Axor fixtures (and maybe even a tiny Happy D sink), but…$$$$$$$.

    Vicki: Try scrubbing your tiles with Barkeepers Friend (you can find it at BB&B or Williams-Sonoma). Once they’re clean, I’m pretty sure there are sealants you can use on both the grout and the tile itself. Definitely try to salvage the old tiles! New ceramic hexagons have a grout line that’s way too large, and a slightly rounded top edge — that’s why we went with marble instead of ceramic. I almost always prefer old tile over new, but our bathroom had a beige vinyl floor (ew…) and we had to rip up the subfloor, anyway.

    Oh, and since Evan was the one who picked out the paint swatches in the picture up there, I’m pretty sure he’s OK with having a pink tub! He’s pretty fearless when it comes to color in our house, much more so than I am. 🙂

  • Reply biba March 26, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Hi Anna, i’ve never posted before but wanted you to know i LOVE your blog so much i read through the entire thing nearly every day! Love your style and your scavenges – fab! So inspired i’ve even started my own blog. Please never stop blogging…. 😉

  • Reply Mary Kate March 26, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Hey Anna, I’m pretty new to your blog … so enjoy getting to see all the pretty, quirky, adorable, interesting, & downright gorgeous things you’ve chosen & how you’re putting them together to make your home… all the lil things that say so much about who somebody is & what their life is like!
    Loving the pink tub…

    And Bruno is adorable…that pic u posted on Jan 3(cold weather) just breaks my heart:-)

  • Reply my little apartment March 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    LOVE the tile. so glad you went with marble!

  • Reply Sarah March 27, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Pink tub, brilliant!

    Unrelated, utterly:

    Not to be an insane stalker, but I kinda think I saw you in the GSP mall on Saturday, no?

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 27, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    HAH! Sarah, yes, that must have been me! How funny. Where was I? Making the billionth circuit around the place trying figure out where I was? I hate that mall SO MUCH…even more so than I hate most malls. The layout is like concentric circles of Hell. Every time we go there we swear we’ll never go back, and I’m pretty sure we actually meant it this time…

  • Reply jennifer in sf March 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Oh, thanks for the Barkeeper’s Friend tip. I too have ninety year old hexagons in my bathroom, and so far the grunge has resisted all of my efforts!

    And that pink will look awesome on a clawfoot.

  • Reply Sarah March 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    It’s now my local mall, we only will venture there if we can be in and out before 1pm on a weekend.

    I think I saw you when we were on the way to Bigelow Chemist, probs, since we only go to maybe 3 stores there anyway. I looked up and was like, “Hmm, that person looks sooo familar…” and then Monday morning I finally realized it may have been you, or possibly that I’ve been in HR too long and now everyone officially looks vaguely familiar to me. Glad to hear I am not losing my mind!

  • Reply Katie April 9, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Anna. I am also relatively new to your blog, but I just wanted to tell you how fantastic your place is! I love seeing it and how you are changing it. And the Blushing Red tub is going to be just incredible. Good luck!

  • Reply Erin April 13, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    You should also be sure to check out some of the new BM Aura paint colors. I was recently looking for a reddish color – couldn’t decide and ended up settling on this new color which is beautiful … The paint is amazing.

  • Reply anne November 25, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I know I am a little behind…but I am so excited to see the finished bathroom!

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