HOUSE: Newburgh

Shower curtain!

I had a bit of a freak-out last night when I went in the bathroom with the shower curtain I’d been planning to use (and which I bought three years ago, mind you) and discovered that it is just TOO SHORT to look right. It’s standard length (72″), but the proportions of the wall coverings and the visual weight of the black floor tiles really do demand a much longer curtain.

Custom it is, then! After work today I’m running up to Kiitos Marimekko to buy five yards of Mauste fabric in black. A bit (okay, a LOT) more than I was planning to spend on a shower curtain, but it’s going to look amazing. I’m going to extend it all the way to the floor. Drama!

p.s. Reprodepot has Mauste fabric on sale for only $25/yard, but they only have two yards left. Not enough for my project, sadly…

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  • Reply laura February 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    That fabric is mad! I see so many things in it that I don’t think I should share. Oh, why not. Brains. Ferns. Steak. Perhaps I need therapy. 🙂 Good luck with the sewing!

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    HAH! You’re right, that does look like a t-bone!

  • Reply Lisa February 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Great idea! Do you know where to buy the shower lining by the yard too? I’m a NY metro designer, but I can’t seem to find custom shower liner..

    I renovated my bathroom last year with my boyfriend, and I completely understand the lack of sleep/tears/frustrations. You’re doing such an amazing job, it kind of makes me want to buy a new place to re-do. 🙂

  • Reply puck February 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    That is one whacked out shower curtain. But in a good way!

    I am working on a bathroom post of my own… The bathroom is ready (just in time) for Bowie’s birthday party… the kitchen, well… I am hurrying.

    My shower curtain is pretty and ruffly. We are polar opposites with that one! LOL!

  • Reply Corey February 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Shower curtains are tough to match with the size and scale of the print to a bathroom. I failed on the first go around with the shower curtain from Anthropologie, and from now on will be more careful. In the future I promise to dry fit the curtain on the rod BEFORE drilling the holes for the rod. 🙂

  • Reply Katja February 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Oh, it’s going to look amazing! I love the Mauste fabric, we have one pillow case made from it and I have some fabric so I could make one or two more 🙂

  • Reply Mel February 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Oooh, funky! I like it, I like it very much!

  • Reply Karrey February 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    What was the old shower curtain? K and I went back and forth so many times about our curtain that I was practically driven to tears. Eventually, we just took a fabric shopping trip and picked some out that we both liked to sew up a custom one.

  • Reply Laura February 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Love your house, love your style, love your sense of humor but . . . I’m not feeling it with this fabric. I don’t know what it is — I love all the colors, but something is just not there. Your taste is so spot-on, just make sure you love it 100% before buying the fabric. I do love your idea of extending it all the way to the floor — got to get those proportions right or it will always bug you.

  • Reply nic February 27, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Anna- First of all i want to say that i love, love, love your blog- i’m slightly obsessed! 🙂 and anxiously awaiting the debut of your new bathroom…question- that has nothing to do with your bathroom, my bathroom, or any bathroom for that matter… the two danish chairs that you have in the living room- how much fabric did you need to cover them? (yds?) i know they are basically just wrapped, which is what i’d like to do for the time being? any idea of the yardage?

  • Reply suzanne February 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    oh. i love it.
    and i love that store…as dangerous as it is!

  • Reply coral February 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    This going to look Crazy with your black tile floor! And I mean that in the best possible way. I love it when people take risks in small rooms like a bathroom.
    Drama indeed!

  • Reply imolly February 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Is it pvc-coated or normal cotton?

  • Reply lauren alane February 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    i love the choice! ok and i have a random question about that bathroom–what kind of shower rod are you using? is going to be a corner rod? i am curious to see the photos once it’s all done! i just wondered how water will not get all over the tile at the end of the tub.

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Lisa: I don’t know where to buy liners by the yard, but you can get them in extra-long lengths at Bed Bath & Beyond. For extra-wide, try Vintage Tub.

    Karrey: I don’t have a photo of the old (and beautiful) shower curtain unfolded, but you can see a bit of it here.

    nic: Gosh, I have NO idea. I had a ton of linen on hand, and we just wrapped and stitched. If I had to guess, I’d say we used about 2 yards per cushion (so 8 yards total for 2 chairs).

    coral: This seems totally normal to me — I can’t imagine using a plain shower curtain in such a small bathroom. Small spaces are where you WANT bold prints like this!

    imolly: It’s just cotton. I’ll be using it with a liner.

    lauren alane: We use a corner rod with an extra-wide liner that wraps around. You can get good ones from Vintage Tub.

  • Reply LIMOM February 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I love doing something great with the shower curtain, but DANG that’s a lot of black. I actually used Hetkia for my shower curtain. I’ll be honest, I don’t love your choice, but you’ve nailed it so far so forge on sassy gal!!

  • Reply puck February 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    OK, Anna… it’s up! Please check out my new room when you get a chance:

    Again, I can’t wait to see more pics!! 🙂

  • Reply AlwaysMod February 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Great choice…we’d love to post a pic on our blog when you’re done!

  • Reply sarah February 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    i thought i was the only one who bought random house things way in advance. i’m doing it right now from all the way in holland for when i’m back in texas in a few years & want to have nice things waiting for me (which are stored in the extra room at my mom’s right now). i’ve convinced myself it’s okay since i won’t have to buy it all at once when i arrive & won’t get stuck settling for things i only sort of like since i need it right away.

    good luck with the shower curtain. i bet it will look great!

  • Reply coral February 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I totally agree about the bold patterns, its more the black on black that I find so surprising and dramatic, especially since most of your house is more about white with pops of dark. And I can just imagine how well all those round shapes – brains, pebbles, clouds, whatever -are going to play off the mosiac tiles.

  • Reply Jo J in NZ February 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I love the idea of “buying random house things way in advance”, as Sarah puts it. Even when they don’t work out.

    I bought a set of wind chimes in the Seattle Art Museum shop in 2003 “for my deck”. Lots of people pointed out that I didn’t have a deck: I was living in a small greige apartment in London which belonged to a friend, and waiting for my divorce to be finalised.

    Fast forward five years and the chimes now hang on my deck, overlooking the most amazing lake and mountain range in the Southern Hemisphere (imho!)

    It’s good to vision.

  • Reply Fiona February 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hey, if you want to sell that shower curtain, let me know. I am always looking for that one on Ebay! I would use it to make a roman blind for my bathroom.

  • Reply Fiona February 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    (the old one, that is!)

  • Reply Charley (Canada) February 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    1st reaction was, “Bloody Hell!!”……I’m intrigued though if you pull it off. My powder room looks like a French Tart’s Boudoir so I’m not hurling any stones. Can’t wait!

  • Reply Eva February 28, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I love black,I love the fabric and I can’t wait to see the whole bathroom when is done. Great choice!

  • Reply sarah February 28, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I love that there are other crafters/DIYers who also get obsessed with projects. Can’t wait to see the finished photos.

  • Reply desiree@lookiloos February 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I Can’t wait to see it. BTW I love repotdepot!

  • Reply lindsay February 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see what this looks like in the bathroom. I just painted our bathroom a deep grey…the rest of our house is light, and I felt we needed something to ground the place. I would love to do something printed for the shower curtain, but I’m afraid it would be visual overload…and the bathroom needs to be serene for me…it’s usually my only alone time.

    This fabric is a very bold choice!

  • Reply Victoria February 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I actually have the shower curtain that you were planning on using – and I find it’s too short too. I find it mind boggling that the standard length for curtains is so short – seems ridiculous!

    Can’t wait to see the finished result.

  • Reply fly March 1, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Your blog is amazing.

    have you seen this?

    it’s a wood floor and the flowers are made of rope.

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    fly, that floor is WILD! I’ve never seen anything like that before — totally amazing. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Reply Helena March 2, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hi Anna! I had a great laugh reading about all the things that the fabric pattern resembles “Brains. Ferns. Steak” Just want to share a bit of boring knowledge…(which you might already know?) The name of the fabric “Mauste” means flavors or spices in Finnish, so what you see is probably rosemary,thyme… maybe a pear?? I do recognize the brainy-looking-things as cloudberries! Though the brains, fearns and steaks sounds a lot more fun!!

  • Reply malo March 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    What a great great choice. It’s going to look fantastic. I love that fabric but havn’t thought of it as a shower curtain before (obviously – your taste is one of a kind).
    We have Karhunputki in our bathroom and it looks nice but a bit boring compared to this.

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