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take a tour…

… of our new bathroom.

But before you do, why don’t you take a peek at the old bathroom:

I quite liked how this room looked, with the pretty blue and white tiles and the blue scumble painted walls that I had done. The problem with it was that nothing really worked: the basin and bath taps provided merely the faintest dribbles of water, and by the time the (incredibly shallow) bath was full, the water would already be getting cold. So, after fifteen years of living with it, we finally had had enough.

Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Our New Bathroom!

The room is pretty small, it’s about fifteen feet long and six feet wide, which is just long enough to squeeze a (not very long, but very very deep) bath into.

The result has been fantastic. Not just how the room looks, which is a lovely improvement over how it was, but in terms of its functionality. It actually feels as though we have gained a whole extra room in our house.

Our house was built in the 1920s, and I was keen to give the room something of an early Art Deco feel. The fabric on the blind is a William Morris pattern, and the taps are copied from a turn of the century original. I love the taps!

On the wall opposite the bath are  cupboards. This end of the room is where functionality was more important than aesthetics. The top cupboards contain all of our potions and lotions, as well as the electric toothbrush. The bottom cupboards are actually laundry bins that pull out. Because there are three of them we can now sort laundry as it goes into the bins. The wire baskets inside them pull out and can be taken straight to the washing machine. It’s a genius detail that I love! I also really like having these sculptures to look at when I’m lying in the bath.

I also really like that there is no shelf or mirrored cupboard above the sink. All the ones I saw looked too modern; I liked the simplicity of a bevel-edged mirror with wall lights on either side of it. I’m so happy with this new room!

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(Yet another) teapot, and some Art Deco details

You might remember that back in April we painted our front room. The idea was to decorate and furnish it in a style compatible with the age of the house. Our home was built in 1924, so we thought that Art Deco colours and furniture should fit in beautifully. Well, one insolvent furniture company, and one less than impressive curtain and window seat supplier coughlauraashleycough later, we are slowly getting there. I’m planning to make a set of needlepoint cushions, but my enthusiasm for this project waned somewhat with the will-we-won’t-we-get-our-furniture-or-our-money-back shenanigans.

This weekend Steve and I went to an Art Deco fair. We had bought a 1930s round walnut nest of tables from a supplier in Wigan, and had agreed to collect it from them at the fair. While we were there we also found a beautiful walnut domed display cabinet and, item of my fantasies, an Art Deco silver teapot set.

The silver milk jug and sugar bowl are just visible in the display cabinet above, along with the rest of the tea set. The tea set itself is a Royal Albert one from the 1930s – I particularly love the spires of hollyhocks and arches of roses.

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