When we first bought our house, the clawfoot bathtub in the upstairs bathroom, sitting on top of blue laminate floors, sold me. I could just imagine the tranquility of a good long soak, the crisp air blowing in through the open window, the sound of the Roe Jan River lulling me into a state of total bliss.
Three years later, I’m here. It took an incredible amount of work and I’m trying to enjoy it for the next few weeks before we list our house for sale. And I love the design of the room – because it’s totally mine. This bathroom took very little compromise in terms of negotiating features or design ideas. Everything from the floor tile to the fixtures, I chose. And I’m so glad Colin let me have “my bathroom.”
Let’s start with the floors! The tile is my absolute favorite feature in this room – art itself. We got the ceramic from Floor and Decor and they were easy to lay and they feel silky smooth under foot. I knew that the colorful pattern would look amazing with while walls, chrome hardware and wood/natural accents. I also really love the depth the beadboard walls and shaker peg rail/shelf lend the room. It’s so incredibly convenient and home-y to be able to hang my bath towel wherever I damn please.
If you’ve been following along the Instagram journey, you know this vintage sink has been a serious process. I bought this sink before we even closed on the house, from a plumber’s wife in the Bronx for $80. Little did I know that you should NEVER buy an antique/vintage sink without a drain. When I say never, I mean, never, because modern sinks have standard sized drains now. Way back when, they did not, which means finding a drain to fit this sink was nearly impossible.
It took digging through multiple antique stores in upstate New York (thank you Zaborski Emporium in Kingston) to find a drain that kind of fit. When our plumber came to install it, the drain was fine but he needed a custom washer to hold the drain in place. Well, we called a few companies and found a factory in China who could fabricate it for $100. We ordered express shipping and begged the plumber to come out one more time, and it finally worked.
The best part though, after all of that, was installing the finishing touches – adding the pink linen roman shade, the magazine/toilet paper holder, vintage art, antique glass bottles and lush plants to make the bathroom feel like home. I’m so glad to call it mine, even if only for a little longer.
A few of my favorite bathroom things:
- The most attractive toilet brush
- Magazine and toilet paper holder
- Gooseneck bathtub faucet with sprayer
- Signature Blinds Classic Roman Shade in Himalayan Salt
- Fizzing Formula Bath Seltzer in Sleep
- Under the Light of the Moon bath candle with a crystal in it (from one of my fav vintage stores – Damnaged Vintage)