I have a husband, six sons, a son-in-law, and three grandsons, so it makes sense that our main bath leans in a masculine direction.
Maybe that's why I also love to collect vintage man gear that seems always relegated to dens and offices. And to men. But I know tons of women who are attracted to the Ralph Lauren style, canvas, and old leather.
As it turns out, a bathroom can be incredibly hard to photograph.
There are the mirrors to work around, and all that practical stuff needs to be stowed away. But I like having great looking practical stuff so that you can leave it all out!
Aren't bathrooms interesting? Who isn't tempted to peek inside all those cabinets and drawers? But you won't find many in this small bath. I just took out a small chest of drawers that I've had in here for years, and there is no medicine cabinet to peek into either.
I want to make other changes in here, and taking a few "before" photos actually helps with that. Things stand out that you don't notice otherwise. Other than paint (eventually) there won't be any major renovations. Only cosmetic changes.
I'm sure I'll keep the vintage mood. But I have already taken out a few things that were only taking up space. In a small bath everything has to earn its keep and be easy to clean. The little wicker bottle gets to stay.
I found that the vanity drawers and cupboards were being under used, and removed anything I might toss if I were moving. So much gets accumulated over time that you never give a second thought to.
I like the apothecary suggestion of necessary rooms, and have an old purple glass jar for soap alongside some reproductions. We use both terry and vintage towels. I like the ones with a loop sewn in for hanging.
Chamber pots are a great accessory for a bath. I wanted a big antique basin and pitcher too, but no room!
Almost everything on the wall will change. Maybe the curtain too.
An old cigar box for guest soaps. My inspiration for this was my DIL Sharon. She has a big basket in her bathroom in which she tosses all those hotel freebees she comes across in her traveling job.
I'm using an antique newspaper rack for vintage towels, but the newspaper can be tossed in here too. A small calender or notes could be posted here.
An old locker basket holds tissue rolls.
Paper towels make it quick work to tidy up a constantly used loo, and even encourages people to clean up after themselves!
I found these mysterious old pages in the back of one of the drawers.
I already like the small changes. Removing the chest of drawers made a big difference in space. A little can go a long way. But I have a sudden impulse to go shopping for lotions and potions, and shop Bath and Beyond! Any excuse for indulgence. . . . What are you up to this week?
Hope it's fun!
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