Friday, July 31, 2009

Turning to the Parlor Bathroom...

Just back from a trip to Ikea (for a planter that wasn't there anymore - don't you hate when that happens??). While I was there, spotted these silver Ribba frames that I think would be great with some black and white photography.

So now my attention has turned to our parlor floor bathroom (<----If you're new here, click here for a look at the before.) I haven't put an ounce of effort in here since we finished the renovation - I think its time to remedy that.

Parlor Bathroom

So now I have the frames - just need to figure out which prints to order. Do I use some of the photos from Paris like this?
BathroomMockup copy

Or should I push my lazy butt out into the world and take some architectural photos of Grand Central Station (my original plan) or Brooklyn architecture? Either way, I want to decide this weekend.

What do you think????

Once these photos are up, I think I just need a couple of other items to call this room "finished for now". First a little bit of softness under foot with a little rug. I'm liking the looks of this one but not sure if I want to go with cream. Maybe this one?

And finally, I need to find a tub caddy for the clawfoot. I don't use it that often but when I do, it would be nice to have something to set a magazine and bubbles on. This one from Pottery Barn is tempting but a splurge at $70. It's in a polished nickel finish which is a big plus. Mix matched hardware annoys me.

On the other hand, there is a $15 chrome one sold at Walmart that is hard to resist.

48 comments:

  1. that tub caddy is genius! i didn't even know such a thing existed and figured i was destined to wrinkly book/magazines b/c they always seem to fall in the water! [i'll have to check out walmart for the cheapie version though.]

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  2. Go for the Walmart one. I love the idea of Brooklyn architecture. Love the bathroom!

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  3. Oh wow! I love the tub caddy. I am heading to Walmart.com now....

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  4. Shannon10:46 PM

    I would so splurge on the bath caddy. That stunning bathroom deserves it. I don't think it's a purchase you'd regret.

    Also, my vote is for Grand Central station.

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  5. My votes are - (1) Brooklyn architecture; (2) JC Penny Bath Rug (check out West Elm also - I bought a nice bath mat & matching towels on sale recently); and (3)splurge for the PB bath caddy :)

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  6. love the bathroom. i have the same tile... but, not marble. i'd say paris photos!

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  7. Bed Bath and Beyond has a nickel bath caddy for $30...although it has a few "clever" appendages.
    I would buy the Wal-Mart one and a can of nickel spray paint...It is like $5.00.
    Also I vote for the Grand Central photographs and the cream rug.

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  8. Looks like your bathroom door is upside down! (larger flat area at the top, not bottom) Was that intentional?

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  9. I say do something different. go out into the city and take some pictures.

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  10. Keep looking for a less expensive caddy. I have bought them for jobs much cheaper and very workable. You might try BB &B or look at Crate and Barrel, Pier one, Cost plus maybe. For some reason PB is expensive on those goodies. Love the local photos idea... best of luck!

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  11. okay ignore my previous advice!!!!! all of those others are ugly compared to the PB one....

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  12. Hey...check ebay for the PB one.

    LOVE your bathroom...go take some amazing NY pics...it'll be poifect!

    I like the idea of the grey rug.

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  13. I'd use pictures of Brooklyn architecture or Central Park. Bed, Bath & Beyond to checking out the caddy. I like the Target rug because of the color. A cream colored rug will spend more time in the washing machine than anywhere else.

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  14. My vote is for more regional b&w's in the bathroom. Brooklyn or NYC. I also like Linda's suggestion to take them yourself.

    Also, I would opt for splurging on the bath caddy or keep looking rather than settling for one that you don't LOVE.

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  15. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Telephone building (Bell-Tell Lofts), Dime Savings Bank, Brooklyn Bridge.

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  16. HOLY CRAP! that's one pretty bathroom!! LOVE those floor tiles. i am coveting some penny tiles myself. anyway..went over to look at the before..JESUS! it looks like the bathroom in the shining! was there an old woman corpse in there when you moved in??!?! scary man, just scary. GREAT work by you!
    love your blog.

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  17. My choices would be the grey rug, the $15 chrome bath caddy and photos of Grand Central.
    Whatever you choose I know you'll make it work. xx

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  18. This washroom is already fabulous...Any little accessories that you though in...will just add to it's fabulousity!

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  19. Gorgeous bathroom. Def take your own pics of New York!

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  20. Definitely voting for pictures of New York! Do you have a Pier One near you? They have a beautiful tub caddy that was once $49 and is on clearance for $10! I just got one and I love it! :) It even has a special part to slide your wine glass into!

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  21. You know what would be fun are photos of vintage/elegant bathrooms. Do you have old hotels or restaurants with fancy ladies rooms?

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  22. That is seriously one phenomenal bathroom! And huge which is so not New York.

    You lucky girl!

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  23. Wow. That is such a gorgeous bathroom! Your taste is impeccable. I vote to splurge on the Pottery Barn caddy. I can appreciate wanting some Brooklyn photography in your space, but I also think the bathroom looks so luxe Paris that your travel photos suit it beautifully. Can't wait to see the next round of photos!

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  24. Um, can I come live with you? That bathroom is sheer divinity. I am so jealous! Gorgeous tile, gorgeous fixtures. I'm voting on Grand Central photos - I'm absolutely insane about the ceiling in there.

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  25. Your photography is a-ma-zing but I kind of like the idea of doing something NYC-ish (either option is great). And LOVE the frames - great find.

    I also say splurge on the caddy! I'm with you on preferring the finish.

    I LOVE YOUR BATHROOM!

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  26. I'd probably be booed for mentioning that Walmart has tub caddies, they're just basic though, no fancy hardware but the right finish. I vote for the Paris pics.

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  27. First, I think you should go with the Grand Central Station architectural photos. They would really complement the feel that the octagon and subway tiles create. I think you should splurge on the tub caddy. Chances are the one from Walmart will look ok for a while, but then begin rusting (like the shower caddy in my shower I got from BB&B). I bet the Pottery Barn caddy lasts much, much longer. Your home is just so very beautiful!!

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  28. What a stunning job on this bathroom, true to the character of the home.

    You take such great photos, my vote would be for you to see what you can come up with yourself...Janell

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  29. I have been stalking your blog for a while now, but never commented. You have some great ideas, so I am sure it will end up looking great, whatever you decide. For what it's worth, my opinion is:

    -Grand Central
    -Pottery Barn Caddy (amen on the rust/nastyness factor)
    -Hit up Costco for a bathmat. I am not sure if they have the Turkish Spa Collection online, but the best bathmat ever. They are very similar to the restoration hardware ones. Only you can get like 25 of the costco ones for the same price.

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  30. The bathroom is to DIE for gorgeous, but I agree, needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to cozy it up a bit.
    Have you considered a towel bar - loaded with soft, squishy towels where you're thinking of the artwork??
    Do love the artwork idea, especially if you go with Brooklyn/NYC images.

    I'm a fan of white bath rugs, just so classic - yes, they get dirty, but get a good-quality cotton one, and you can bleach it if/when needed.

    RE: the bath caddy - go with the nickel plated, you'll feel better BUT I recently saw a lot of nickel-finish bath accessories at HomeGoods, if you have a convenient location.

    Great post!!!

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  31. I love your parlor bathroom. Its so fresh. I have it saved in my inspiration files!

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  32. Love the bathroom, especially the clawfoot tub. Had one in an apartment I rented when I lived in San Francisco. Rejuvenation has the bath caddy's for $50. I used them for lighting and thought their customer service was great. Here's the link:
    http://www.rejuvenation.com/fixshow1079/templates/selection.phtml?n=v&tab=room&setting_id=65

    Love the Paris pics but Brooklyn architecture or Grand Central Station gets my vote. It fits the subway tile / hex tile design in your bath. Paris photos might lend themselves more to solid block marble baths IMHO. Does that make sense?

    Can't wait to see more pics. Good Luck!

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  33. What a beautiful bathroom! I love the tile. You have flawless taste!

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  34. Absolutely love this bathroom! Totally awesome! Absolutely fabulous!

    http://glitzer.etsy.com

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  35. now that is one stunning bath.

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  36. I am new to your blog - love it! And, your bathroom makeover is amazing - very impressive :)

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  37. I would go with the Paris photos, love all that you have posted. I think i would go for the Pottery barn caddy. As posted earlier, a great bathroom deserves a great caddy. Plus you dont want to risk rusting on the tub with the cheap one. Check out www.thebathworks.com, my best friends husband owns this store in Nashville, TN. i am sure they have some really neat options for a caddy. He is the only french and english bathtub restorer in the US. I like to brag about him because i am so proud, but if you recall the movie "The Holiday" the tub Cameron Diaz sits in is his tub.

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  38. Love the idea of Brooklyn photos and I like the gray rug from Target. Take if from me, white/cream in the bathroom gets dirty sooo fast! Are you planning to add any pops of color in the room?

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  39. Your bathroom looks stunning!!! Love the tile!

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  40. I would go for Brooklyn architecture in the frames. Also, I would splurge on the PotteryBarn bath caddy - I bought a less expensive bath caddy a few years ago and it developed hideous rust spots within a year.

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  41. I just love this bathroom! The little tiles on the floor are just like ones that I found that I'd like for my Mr. to do. So, my vote is for local architecture from the city and the white rug to keep it crisp in there! Love, love, love your style!

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  42. Paris photos
    JCP rug
    Walmart caddy

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  43. I would call the PB outlet to see if they have it...then they will ship it to you if they do.

    Also, I vote for your own architectural photos of NY for the bathroom!

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  44. I vote for NY photos with that fish eye lens of yours (just love those shots). From what I recall you don't use this bath that often, so I would go with the Walmart caddy since it will not rust as easily due to its infrequent use. I love your floor without the rug, truly floor candy ;o). I think you could get away with no rug and just get some nice towels to add some softness to the room. Just my 2 cents.

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  45. That Wal Mart bath caddy will rust... spend a few extra bucks on something that'll last more than 3 months.

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  46. We hung 3 of those silver Ribba frames in our kitchen next to the stainless steel fridge - LOVE how they contrast off one another. Which reminds me, I still haven't posted good pics of our painted kitchen (November 2008).

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  47. The bathroom tiles and it's through create design about sharing news looks for really wonderful. I have watch for every bathroom design.

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