Nifty bathroom solution – 1

I recently had the great joy and opportunity to help a wonderful couple renovate one of their bathrooms. Their new house was from 1898, and last time anyone had done anything to the bathroom was in the 80’s – at least by the looks of it. In order to gain more privacy, one of the two bathroom windows was covered up during this process. Well, at least it was covered up on the inside. You could still see the boarded up window on the exterior. We decided to open it up again, and let the light in. We also decided to get rid of the bathtub. Aaahhh – the SPACE…….!


In order to create more wall space for art work on the bedroom side, we decided to turn an adjacent closet into a linen closet and access it from the bathroom instead. We put the shower in the corner between the two windows, and the toilet behind a little pony wall that separated it from the new closet. This meant that the lavatory and primping area would have to be on the north wall. Only problem was, there was a window there now. Where would you put the mirror?

The answer was laughably simple, yet ingenious if I may say so! Remember those old school desks where you kept books, pens and such under a table top which flipped up? That’s what we did! Not only does the north-facing window provide ample day-lighting, the idea of keeping your battery of bottles, brushes and such in the “desk” radically cuts down on bathroom clutter. To make it extra user friendly, we located one of the electrical outlets inside the desk, in the event of a curling iron or hair dryer. The mirror went on the flip-up lid.

Now you see it...

Now you see it… you don't!

….now you don’t!

In a project like this, a lot of credit invariably goes to the client. Without their trust, open minds and adventurous spirit, these kinds of off-beat ideas are rarely acted upon. From a designer standpoint, I gratefully accept that these are the kinds of clients that contribute the most to your portfolio. It was a project of a kind I wish I had more of – so very fun!


As for the amazing tile work, the credit goes to Antonio, whose patience and exquisite craftsmanship was a joy and a privilege to be able to watch.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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3 Responses to Nifty bathroom solution – 1

  1. So clever, Anna! The layout is great, and I agree with your assessment about the tile setter’s skill and creativity. Your clients must love using that bath!

  2. Pingback: The beauty of clean, Green E-board – put the leftovers on your roses! | The Creative Flux

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