when i was a mom of babies and toddlers, there was no alone time in the bathroom. no 10 minutes to just shut the door, relaxing long showers, or hours getting ready. i was still in life-preserving mode and who knows what my babies would be getting into had i been in the bathroom, taking my sweet time! our bathroom has always been the family bathroom, even though the kids have their own to share. apparently ours is just better ;)
but now that my kids are getting older (and occasionally even showering in their own bathroom!), i can enjoy my bathroom more for the escape it can be! if i’ve got the time (which is still rare, i’ll be honest), i’ll take that extra time to deep condition my hair, or actually put on blush and mascara, or even spend the extra 20 minutes to curl my hair. when i’ve got this time, my bathroom can be a bit of an escape for me. as you can see, its pretty different from the rest of my house. the colors are soothing and relaxing, there is very little clutter, yet still plenty of little details to keep my detail-oriented eyes happy!
1) only the necessities: in the rest of my house i like to see fun collections and lots of bright colors, but in my master bathroom i like clean, uncluttered surfaces. our counter is clear, other than a few daily necessities: q-tips, cotton pads, and miscellaneous nail clippers and trimmers. a few years ago i found these vintage ribbed glass jars at a garage sale and knew they’d be perfect in here! thankfully, we have plenty of storage in both our medicine cabinets and under our sinks, so there’s no need to have all the cluttered mess of daily life out on display when it can be neatly tucked away.
2) think like a hotel: to me the most luxurious part of a hotel stay are the linens. well, that and the fact that i don’t have to wash them! i love to see white fluffy towels piled high, new ones always at the ready. i love white towels because you can bleach them! (thats also why i have white couches) they are also easy to find and replace if needed.
3) easy access: another hotel-type luxury is a having a white fluffy robe hanging close to the shower for the moment i step out. a perfectly placed hook makes warming up straight out of the shower super easy! we opted to use the same hooks throughout our bathroom rather than traditional towel bars. its unrealistic to expect my kids to be able to fold a towel on a towel bar (and look decent), and the hooks are so much easier. plus, the towels dry quicker hanging on a hook rather than folded against itself on a bar. another important easy access tip: keep extra rolls of toilet paper within reach. we always have spare rolls behind our toilet so there’s no excuse to not replace the used up roll!
4) its all in the details: even though i wanted this space to be clutter free, it doesn’t mean i wanted to skimp on the details! we still included the “jewelry”, like crystal door knobs and chrome cabinet latches. a few classic bathroom details i always love are floor-to-ceiling beadboard, crown moulding, subway tiles, and travertine. the colors in here feel beachy to me, without being themed: robin’s egg blue walls and sand colored travertine.
5) invest in luxury: one of the features that makes this bathroom seem so luxurious is the double shower heads. it sounds romantic, but really it was also practical. its quicker to shower many at once than it is to hurry each one in and out, one at a time! another item we invested in was the solar tube above our shower. with only one small window in the whole bathroom, natural light was scarce. but the solar tube brings in so much light!
something i would’ve loved to add would be heated floors. yes, its a silly, huge added expense, but instead i play leap frog from one bath mat to another each morning so my toes don’t have to touch the cold travertine floor!
another luxury i’d love to add would be a bluetooth enabled bath fan! have you heard of this before?! i was so excited when Homewerks offered to send me one to try out in my own bathroom! unfortunately, it didn’t work in our bathroom (we have some wonky building issues with our house!), but i wanted to share with you some of the awesome features of the product! Homewerks Bluetooth luxury bath fan is compatible with most Bluetooth™-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops and works up to 30 feet away. after the initial setup, the fan connects to your device automatically when its within range of the speaker. The Bluetooth Bath Fan generates air movement and provides a high-quality, full speaker sound in your bathroom. it mounts seamlessly into the ceiling where your existing fan is located. this luxury fan retails for about $149 (really not too much of an investment at all!). The Homewerks Bluetooth Bath fan can be found in stores and online at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and True Value Hardware.
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this post is brought to you by Homewerks Worldwide LLC. but these opinions are all mine!