It Floats!

After that last post, I couldn’t stop thinking about the bathroom shelf situation. And something felt not quite….. right.

I just wasn’t sure about mixing the industrial shelf with the more polished vintage vibe of the ‘loo. I worried that a shelf that would look cool in a different kind of space, might just look cheap when mixed with the rest of the finishes in the bathroom.

And then I got an email from CB2. And in it, I found a floating acrylic shelf. Since I’ve been wondering how I could possibly work these (swoon alert!) into my home and coming up pretty well empty, I thought this pretty shelf might be a good compromise.


What I really like about this clever shelf is that it will pretty much disappear (given that it’s clear) yet the shine will work well with the other polished finishes in the room. And, since it’s basically invisible, I can style it up any way I choose. M will be So Thrilled at the prospect of having to hang another thing on the wall!
(He lives for it, I promise. Particularly when there is levelling involved. Good times. ūüėČ )

Happy weekend, everyone. (Maybe I’ll run into you at CB2…)


In An Ideal World


We finished our bathroom renovation about two years ago (to be honest, I’ve sort of blanked out the whole event in an involuntary act of sanity preservation…). But we still don’t have the train rack I thought I wanted for added storage.


Thing is, the only place to put it is on the wall above the toilet. Where the widest possible train rack that will fit ¬†can be a maximum of 24″ wide. The two-foot wide train rack is, it turns out, a rare beast, seldom seen in the wild.
I managed to find this one:


BUT it has hooks along the bottom and that seems kind of weird to me– I mean, I don’t really want to hang towels above the toilet, dangling down near the toilet….
See where I’m going? I mean, I’m absolutely NOT a germaphobe. At all. (Ahem.)

BUT those hooks trouble me. I just don’t want my towels that close to the toilet.
On the other hand, I think they will look strange with nothing on them and, while I could dangle a cutesy little tchotchke from them, I am sorta trying to minimize the number of such items in my life.

So I was pretty excited to discover an appropriately-wide option with a bit more practicality– I could actually stash the extra t.p. on top, could put extra soap in a container on a shelf, could put the extra hand towels on one of the (higher) shelves. This shelf would enable me to clear some stuff out of my very full linen closet, too = win, win!

It is also less fancy than the ones I’d been looking at. I am trying to mix fancy and industrial, to avoid an overly matchy vibe in our house, so I think this style could work.
(I’ll know better when I see it in person.)


Sadly, the multiple shelf version is too tall, at 32″. It looks like I will be compromising going with the two-compartment option. I can hang it high enough to get the hand towels a safe (?!) distance from the toilet, I can still put t.p. on top and it will add functionality to both the bathroom and the linen closet.

I’ll keep you posted.

I don’t want to set the world on fire


But I do like to have matches on hand in the bathroom.
You know, for those, erm, moments when a match would come in handy…

I like fancy matchboxes and fancy matches, but I am, at heart, too cheap to splash out on them.
I buy your garden-variety, grocery store matches.
This little project (15 minutes, tops!) was inspired by my desire to have nicer match-storage in my bathroom.


Scissors, a pretty jar (with a lid is best, so the matches don’t fall out when you strike the match), some sandpaper and a glue gun are all you need.


Cut a circle of sandpaper the size of the bottom of the jar and glue it in place.
Put your matches in the jar and you’re done!


(Full disclosure: get very, very fine sandpaper– mine was too rough and it did not actually light the match, it just destroyed the match-head. I had to swap it out for a finer grade.)


It’s true: I am a shameless devotee of IKEA. If you are anti-IKEA because you are still scarred by the whole Billy bookcase experience, then I urge you to reconsider.

They have really come a long way since their early days. They have, in short, upped their game.


I admire people who, when their homes appear in fancy magazine spreads, readily admit to owning pieces from IKEA. Stylists know it’s a great source of accessories and finishing touches. I am always a fan of great design that won’t break the bank. My dear LHR tells me all the time that¬†that is my super-power: the ability to make something inexpensive look expensive. Maybe she’s right. I think it has more to do with being willing to¬†see what looks good, regardless of price. I don’t care if something cost a lot or a little- if it looks good and makes you happy, then it’s money well-spent.


The IKEA booth at IDS2013 was A.MA.ZING. I thought I’d share a bit of the bathroom installation with you because it is the perfect example of what IKEA does best: provides us with great looking “low” items to mix with beautiful “high” items in order to create a gorgeous room on a budget. In this case, the beautiful antique tub and the truly stunning bones of this “room” are the high-end bits; the accessories, chairs and rugs are from IKEA.


Quite a beautiful mix, don’t you think?

Project Shower Curtain, Round 2

Here is another set of ideas, all courtesy of West Elm, for my sister-in-law’s bathroom.
She liked the first round, but was worried that the first shower curtain would not work with her paint colour.¬†I found a swatch of her paint online, and I know what she means: ¬†the white curtain with the subtle pattern would not really add any “zing!” to the room.

Benjamin Moore’s “Balboa Mist.”

How about a wide, modern, horizontal stripe and a geometric take on a floral for the accessories? ¬†This colour palette is still neutral and soothing, but packs a bit more punch. Monogrammed hand towels are cute, too, don’t you think?

Stay tuned for the final (and my favourite!) round of suggestions in Project Shower Curtain on Monday!

Shower Me With Ideas

One of my sisters-in-law is in the process of renovating her master bathroom. The room is big and worked just fine, but the style and finishes were dated. She is a young mum with a modern sensibility and good taste– her house is gorgeous, thanks to her good eye and sense of style.

But, when we got together recently for a family Thanksgiving celebration, she told me that she is flummoxed over having to choose…. a shower curtain! Yes, it’s true: after all the hard work and the gazillions of pleading/bossy/begging phone calls to contractors, homeowners can feel just plain overwhelmed when the time comes to choose the finishing touches. It’s as if all the energy has gone into to making the BIG choices– tiles, vanity, countertop, faucets…. And then there is nothing left over for the final decorative choices.

So, she asked for some help. Since I LOVE this part of decorating the best (Fabric? Accessories? Yes, please!), I was only too happy to have a little think on her behalf and to put together a couple of inspiration boards for her.

Here is the first one. Everything is from West Elm, which I love for it’s sensible price points and high style. I love that West Elm understands that decor is a big investment for most of us and that most of us need to live with our decisions for a long time. But they manage to make very useful, stylish stuff that also stands the test of time without being boring– their designers have a sense of humour, of whimsy. (How cute is that tissue box, shaped like a little ceramic house?)

Here is my first recommendation for A’s shower curtain and a few little accessories to tie in with the circle/geometric motif.