With only one day to go before the guy comes to install the marble hex tiles (a 4-day process, apparently), I’m starting to move a little closer to picking out the finishing details for our bathroom. Because the room has so many details (wide moldings, beadboard, vintage clawfoot tub and sink, Victorian hardware, wall-mounted cast iron radiator, etc.) in such a small space, I’m trying to keep everything else very simple and clean.
1. Teardrop pattern to paint/stencil on the wall. I’m going to keep it contained in one area, possibly on the wall above the tub.
2. Stainless steel GRUNDTAL bath accessories from IKEA. I’m a GRUNDTAL devotee, what can I say? This stuff is amazingly cheap, really good quality, and it looks great.
3. Kartell componibili storage unit. For storing extra TP, hair dryer, flat iron, etc. I think the lower, 2-level model is probably best. I’ll put a round cork mat on the tray and keep shampoo (thank goodness I use one that comes in a nice bottle!) and soap on top.
4. LOMMAREN corner mirror cabinet from IKEA. I can’t believe how hard it is to find a simple corner mirror cabinet! This one is perfect. I love how tall (31″) and skinny (12″) it is. The proportions are just right for my bathroom, and there’s lots of storage space inside.
5. LACK shelf from IKEA, painted yellow. We’ve had an oak veneered (they used to be covered in real wood, not “birch effect” plastic) LACK shelf sitting in storage for years and years, and it takes paint beautifully. I want to mount it high on the wall above the tub for extra towel storage, and as a graphic counterpart to the black teardrops.
6. Organics Bath Rug from Crate & Barrel. WHY is it so hard to find a bath mat that (a) is thin enough that it will dry quickly, and (b) doesn’t have a rubber backing, so it can go in the clothesdryer? It don’t know, but I finally found this one at C&B.
7. BASISK pendant lamp from IKEA. It’s kind of funny how IKEA always seems to have just the right thing, regardless of price. This is exactly what I had in mind for the bathroom—white glass (matte with a glossy band at the bottom) and polished nickel, 8″ diameter. AND it cost $15. (Why exactly do people complain about IKEA?)