2.17.10 Interiors

Soakingtub 790 xxx
Have you ever seen Woody Allen's movie by that name? It's among my favorites of his (along with Crimes & Misdemeanors, Hannah & Her Sisters and Annie Hall) and is sort of an ode to Ingmar Bergman. Geraldine Page is absolutely brilliant as a neurotic/depressive/perfectionist interior designer. Perhaps I could use her help in the upcoming remodel of our bathroom. It's simply got to be done. The toilet is literally sinking into the floor. We updated this tiny room in our snug cottage (circa 1935) when we first moved in 5 years ago, adding some grey paint (the same Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain that is featured throughout the house), a burlap shower curtain and a few simple, decorative touches—striped Turkish towels, a large Mexican ceramic owl, a couple of small paintings. I also feel the lack of a bathtub keenly since we no longer have our place in the city. So we’re resolved to make some changes, even though I can’t imagine how we’re going to “make do” with our bathroom out of commission. I’m pondering the idea of adding some color, even though the room is small, because the rest of the house is mostly quite neutral.
Tub2 790 xxx
My initial ideas include a compact Japanese-style teak soaking tub like the ones above, though the rest of that top image is much starker, sparer and whiter (and roomier) than anything we'll have. Hopefully we'll be able to manage a separate shower. I'm considering Heath tiles (possibly in "paprika"!); a slate floor; some sort of trough sink, maybe in copper or poured cement; and a wooden toilet. What are your thoughts on this?


check out remodelista from the last few days...some nice utility sinks, one of which was a trough, if I'm remembering correctly.
Lisa on February 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm —
I like the combo of slate and paprika. Proportions are everything in small rooms so think about the size of the tiles on the wall and floor. You can have fun with a larger shape like 6x12" tile on the wall rather than small squares. Tho if the grout is contrasting it might feel too busy with a dark color. As for getting along without a bathroom, If you wait until warmer weather you can set up an outdoor shower and "go" camp style!
suzinn on February 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm —
Was thinking of the vertical rectangular tiles Heath makes; although had also been fantasizing about Moroccan encaustic tiles...
laura on February 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm —
since it's a small bathroom, consider having a bit more fun...I love your idea of the moroccan tiles!
alex on February 18, 2010 at 6:10 am —
We have a 4 ft club foot tub for your outdoor use.We may sell it when summer comes. Then you could have your soaking in the summer in it. Set it under an outdoor shower. Love the ideas. I'd like a soaking tub myself, just big enough to sit in. I'm for bright color in bathroom since the rest of the house is neutral. I love bright colors.
vivian on February 20, 2010 at 7:06 am —