Sneak Peek

It’s been a bit quiet on line here at ADA, I have been absorbed in the REAL world, I know. Finally making decorative decisions. I know. And you know the way it is in the real world: rushed, complicated and possibly compromised even before you have got to installation.  Currently we’re still in demolition… IMG_2874But you need to be ready right? I handed over lighting plans for the house before Easter  and of course for these to be actually useful a vision on final furniture layout is required. Kind of satisfying.

upper house level

These are my vector works doodles. Get the idea? Each floor cuts into a steep hill with the main rooms above to get the valley views,  it kinda works. Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 08.43.59The interior delights involved in finally living in our own house again are starting to leave me slightly breathless. Of all the spaces internally the one I am most looking forward to is our bathroom, is it something girlie within?  The vision of …

tim walker vogue Well not quite Kate… but plentiful fluffy towels, lashings of hot water and  a space to enjoy visually.  I thought I’d start by reviewing all my favourite bathrooms, but I didn’t, I jumped straight in…

master bathFully planning the layout, otherwise (know thyself) I would have got seriously distracted by aesthetic choices: colours, materials, finishes.  But maybe we should start with this?  All the bathrooms below are on pinterest but without my incisive (ahem) insight.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 13.33.21There’s the iconic new releases, this bathroom by Maddux Creative made the cover of WOI and was inspired by Le Meurice.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 17.48.26Proof white marble and classic hotel bathrooms never go out of style. Add a touch of whimsy with a toile du jouy recess and you’ve got it nailed.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 17.48.58just lie back in that bath tub,  raise a glass and congratulate yourself.

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There are others, possibly less budget sapping… this was a champagne kind of bathroom right? which pack an equal design punch.  Remember when they posted Jenna Lyon’s pad, (can’t wait for her next one) but meanwhile:

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 12.46.46Forget you’d freeze your booty in this shower and focus on the chic planes of colour and materials: layered grey, plaster wall (plus shelf), salvaged chevron flooring put  together with fittings that ooze old school charm. Note the colour contrasting sanitary ware: gold and nickel, no problemo. Destined to be ‘inspirational’ again and again and …

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 19.15.57yawn. Moving on.

photo 3Faye Toogood did good with this chevron chic: uber-slick in its floor to ceiling coverage.   Haphazard  colour-play lightens things up and  classic bath fittings give it soul, note the ‘hero’ Windsor chair. Me… I’d like a shower screen, but clearly it interfered with the lines.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 12.45.02Abigail Ahern played with scale, using her signature accessories and massed plants against a matt brown box,  letting the chandelier take visual centre stage over the centrally positioned bath.  Nailed it for boho meets East London.

Neisha Crosland WOINeisha Crosland famed for her patterns and textiles creates luxurious harmony with beautiful stand out pieces: the Bagués wall lights, sunburst chandelier and curated symmetry all the calmer in their pared back palette. Seriously grown up.  Properly SW3 London. My country heart would like  a little more texture and visual layering to feel relaxed:

But are we afraid of colour? not I. Although all Hail to India Mahdavi where blood red unites pattern and scale is a seriously bold hotel scheme.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 12.44.48Fun for a night or two but we generally want our home bath to be relaxing.  Use colour and pattern to lift the spirit and draw the eye, take your spiritual pick:  flashes of sunshine yellow,  swathes of calming blue or charming layered patterns.

These baths may have given you seriously grand ideas (me too!) but our restoration is affectionately called the ’shack-attack’, a 70’s horror being completely overhauled, I keep reminding myself it backs onto wild flower meadow and miles of beechwood.  Rustic Luxe, Refined Country, Field Charm, Soft Modern, Country Chic  are the only stylistic overhauls and journo-puns available here. Country? I love it…

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 18.28.16But Ben Pentreath’s cottage charming isn’t quite the girlie glamour I had in mind.  And there’s only so much rustic-wood I can take,

photo 1Be it chicly contrasted by uber-modern

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 13.38.05layered up with clean white

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 15.59.12Or California-Country-Epic (ie. not Cotswold appropriate)

So Modern eh? They are often chic but not my idea of relaxing.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 13.32.42I am sucker for wall into ceiling, Alice in Wonderland, moments. Briefly.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 15.40.48Would love  that surreal floor and the repurposed cabinet. Briefly.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 15.43.09Geometrics and vibrant gold work, fabulous statement ’tile wall’: tick, double-tick but ALL briefly, not ‘daily’…

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 A bathroom is primarily hard surfaces and geometric lines, I want to make mine softer, more organic but still indulgent. Which brings me to my all time favourite ‘country’ bathrooms, the tear sheets which have stayed the course.

photo 1-1Soft glowing colours, jewel tones against rustic touches. Country Chic. I could move right in.

photo 3-1Deffinitely Rustic-Luxe all those textured neutrals. I like it’s ‘glammed up basics’ approach, those chunky woods off set by masses of jewelled mosaic.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 12.48.13This ‘Refined Country ‘ from Emery et Cie (via Retrouvious here) has been on my lust list for so long that I am still slightly scratching my head, why doesn’t my bathroom have their zellige tiles?

It does have encaustic floor tiles, these were the starting point, I always start with one ‘anchor’ choice:Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 11.36.33

What I like is the idea of a pattern within a pattern, the organic flow over the geometric hexagons.

So I want some natural materials with these right? marble springs to mind, that Le Meurice inspired bathroom, hhmm. So those double sinks I have been promising myself, the large shower, the long shelf above the bath: calacatta marble.

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 11.45.02 Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 11.45.32Complete with girlie vanity,  but in  fresh ‘Theresa’s Green’ (not black as above) layered up with Pale Powder and Green Blue, just need some tiles to complement:

IMG_2943Get the idea?

Then follow the shades of green with layers of hexagon,  so this goes above vanity:

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 15.10.39And then degradé colour hexagons for the curtains, which neatly brings in couple of accent colours:

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Hardware and lighting are in contrasting materials, brushed steel modern taps lit up by classic pillared lights in weathered brass.

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This should all be on a lovely mood board right? But I don’t have time. I’ll give us a little collage to get the idea.

 So a sneak peak into bathroom plans.  There’s a lot more work to do… but once I’m ready to dim the lights and run that bath, you’ll be the first to know…

image credits:

please see my pinterest board for inspirational bathrooms.

my bathroom sources: Mandarin Stone, Fired Earth, Davey Lighting, Vanderhurd,  Farrow and Ball and unknown Murano flower ball yet to be sourced but in my grasp.

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