More Bathroom Love

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 28, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath

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{Rozanne Jackson via Southern Accents}

I really do enjoy designing bathrooms…it’s always such a challenge – boy is that a euphemism!  I find them to be much, much harder than kitchens – and at times equally as expensive!  This post really doesn’t have much of a point…really it’s just about pretty pictures of bathrooms I like…

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{Elaine Griffin via Southern Accents}

I think I will forever love this bathroom.  Forever.

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{Nate Berkus via Point Click Home}

I love this vanity…it’s so clean and utilitarian yet so elegant.

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{Jamie Drake via Point Click Home}

Jamie Drake, restrained…I like it!

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{Cynthia Rowley via Point Click Home}

Cynthia Rowley is so awesome…this bathroom just simply rocks!

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{Above two images via Velvet and Linen}

Ahhh, I just love looking at the bathrooms designed by the husband/wife duo of Steve and Brooke Giannetti.  Every detail is executed flawlessly – trust me, they only make it look easy.  This kind of “perfection” requires and amazing eye, experience, and really great craftsmen.  I’m sure they could both attest that the, “devil is in the details.” Whenever I’m debating on a tile pattern detail or cabinetry embellishment I always scroll through Brooke’s blog, Velvet and Linen, to study their bathrooms and kitchens.  Simply Gorgeous!





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I was flipping through the latest Bathroom Trends magazine today at work and came across this gorgeous bed and bathroom designed by Jamie Herzlinger. Inspired by 40′s drama and the work of Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, her personal Master Suite has plenty of sparkle.

The Master Bedroom’s walls are finished with Venetian plaster, while the Bathroom walls are dressed in Donghia Raffia.  Jamie is certainly all about texture…the club chairs are upholstered in a Donghia silk paired with white linen piping.  Of course I love the mirrored night stands – FABULOUS!

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I love the exotic wood on the cabinetry, and I find it interesting that she chose vertical graining (horizontal graining is all the rage right now – guess she’s one step ahead).  I LOVE the custom whimsical mirrors and the Urban Archeology light fixtures mounted on marble mosaic tiles.  Notice the “x” bench for her vanity area.

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The large curb-less, frameless shower is covered in Bianco Carrara slabs with a nice, large bench.

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Jamie is able to continue the clean-lined feel with this structural freestanding 6′ tub.
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The floor plan shows how truly unique this bathroom’s floor plan really is.  This might possibly be one of my favorite bathrooms…clean-lined yet glamorous, loaded with exotic woods, mosaic, and white marble – what’s not to love?





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I love searching for one-of-a-kind finds on Ebay.  When I saw this bamboo beauty I was instantly inspired to create an entire room for a young glamazon around it.  I decided to only use Ebay finds to finish off the space! 

The first order of business would be to spray paint the headboard a glossy white.  

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I think these gold end tables have a youthful feel…to dress them up a little bit I would have my stone fabricator cut me a couple of carrera marble tops.

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Two “Bourgie” lamps by Kartell on each table adds modern-baroque-glamour. 

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This desk is so fabulous, but the bright blue color…not so much.  I’d have it lacquered white or robin’s egg blue ASAP.   
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I’d use this as the desk chair, I love the punchy yellow color!  

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What girly-girl doesn’t love a little animal print??  This rug would be great underfoot.  

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The piece de resistance, a pint-size blue opaline chandelier!  

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Black and white stripes are always chic – I’d install this wallpaper on the ceiling.  

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Ebay has tons and tons of Pottery Barn Kids bedding…I think this is appropriate for a young girl but still a teeny bit dressy.

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Now for some glamorous storage – I LOVE this pair of armoires.  

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I love the juxtaposition of this frilly venetian mirror over the lucite desk.  
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These slipper chairs are just too cute to resist!  To introduce a little pattern, I’d cheat and cover them in hot pink Paradise by Quadrille.  

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I love, love, love the colors in these portraits…we’ll pretend they’re portraits of the young girl’s glamorous grandmothers.
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I couldn’t resist this hot pink vintage flamingo!  

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Last but not least, every girl needs a dollhouse!  How fabulous is this vintage Barbie dollhouse?!





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…but I still LOVE it! I spotted the orange colorway in the Z Gallerie window last night and was completely smitten! If you couldn’t commit to the whole Greek Key look (because it’s a lot of look) then a couple of shams would really add a punch to simple white bedding.





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Seeing as how my apartment is a chock-full of furniture, I’ve decided to put further furniture acquisitions on hold until we finally find a place to call our own (although I might get crafty with a headboard). My focus has been shifted towards accessories. I’ve spent way too much money snagging up accessories that are just so-so from major big-box chains and then hating them 6 months later. In fact, I have an entire walk-in closet full such impulse purchases. Now I’m focused on buying things I really love – flea market or high brow. Here are a few pics of my favorite accessories that I’ve had my eye on…

{I’d kill for these obelisks from Mrs. Howard – and the lamp for that matter}

After seeing Paloma’s post on these Penguin Classic books, I think these are a must have.

I’d take a Nola lamp in either color!

This lamp would be PERFECT in our Master Bedroom – I’ll take a pair!

I call these the Poor Man’s kaleidoscope! Great for on a wall or on a table.

This Iomoi tray is on my birthday list! It’s hard to pick just one tray!

Designer Gary Spain (see amazing photos – here) uses busts and boxes in this tablescape and I love both!


One of my favorite coffee table-scapes ever!

Last but not least, they may be a little creepy but these vintage glove molds are perfect for draping jewels!





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Spring at Leontine!

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 09, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath

I love, love, love getting all new bedding.  The new spring designs from my favorite bedding source, Leontine Linens are making me drool!  I don’t know how I would ever pick a monogram, their choices are practically endless.  Even just two shams would be a great addition to a simple white duvet.













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Without Further Ado…

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 05, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath

I got a lot of really awesomely bad entries for my “Ugliest Bathroom Contest.”  It was a tough decision, but you really can’t beat big game “Out of Africa” wallpaper paired with brown plumbing fixtures.

John-Clark Brown, the winner of the contest, said he did not attach any inspiration pictures because a prison cell would be better than what he has.  I can’t say I disagree, I mean at least you’d get a stainless toilet.

A close-up of the lively wallpaper.

Now the Design…

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The first thing I went to for inspiration was a cheerful (not fearful) wallpaper.  It was important for me to show that wallpaper shouldn’t make you feel like prey in your own bathroom.  The pattern I chose is “Damask” from Walnut Wallpaper. I kept the fixtures classic in case they are a little scarred by the current Jumanji-esque paper and the yellow and white was a little too bold.

For the floor I chose a basket weave by Michael Smith for Ann Sacks.

I like a white tile with beveled edges for shower walls.

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Ballard Designs’ “Bradford” Mirror ties in the black on the floor and keeps the room crisp.

The bathroom is very small, leaving no room for sconces on both sides of the mirror, so I had to use of own my favorite lights, the Simple Scallop fixture from Circa.

Williams Sonoma Home’s Greek Key Towels keep with the “clean and classic” vibe.

I chose the Strande Faucet and Fittings on sale from Restoration Hardware because I liked the crystal levers (I gotta have my touch of glam).

Last but not least, the vanity is the Clermont Vanity by Kohler.

Hopefully John-Clark and his wife will be pleased with my selections, I can’t wait to hear!





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Brown and Yellow, Eh?

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 28, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Color


I’m always anxious to see what color pairing will be hot next (like the new grey/yellow).  When I saw this bedroom by Phoebe Howard I wondered if I would ever think to put these two colors together.  I think the repetition of the fabric and the graphic statement made by symmetry and rhythm (to throw out some ol’ elements of design) make this bedroom really work.





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I guess this is unofficially bathroom month @ MG, because I just can’t get enough.  I am working on a lot of bathroom designs at the moment and am always looking for new inspiration.  This bathroom designed by Benjamin Dhong for the 2008 San Francisco Decorator Showcase was love at first sight!  Thanks, Desire to Inspire!





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Little Bath Upgrade

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Budget Design

With my contest deadline approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to mention a little upgrade everyone can do in their bathroom to freshen it up a bit. Suzanne Kasler mentioned in House Beautiful this month that she favored Restoration Hardware’s Metal Apothecary Accessories. I love getting new bath accessories, finding just the right set to match your bathroom style is fun (and important). Here are a few of my favorite pics…

Polished Nickel is my favorite choice of finish for plumbing fixtures, so this set from Williams Sonoma home would be perfect in an elegant bath. I like these jars to go with it…

I love having my cotton balls and q-tips in a handy jar, but I don’t want it to feel like a doctor’s office.

Traditional blue and white in a traditional bathroom, of course!

For a modern bath, these Umbra “Crinkle” accessories would add a sculptural quality to the space.

For a minimal space, I like these Resin Bath Accessories from CB2.

I love this Mediterraneo Toothbrush Holder by Alessi.

If you can’t quite swing marble countertops, these accessories according to Gump’s, “evoke the baths of European luxury hotels.”  Sounds good to me!

Williams Sonoma Home Bone China Accessories.

Other great resources for bath accessories are Marshall’s and TJMaxx.

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