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Spread Date:  3/25/2006

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A RELAXING BATHROOM TO REFLECT ON THE BLESSINGS IN MY LIFE

At the end of the day, I love to take a relaxing bath with candles and reflect upon my day and the many blessings in my life. So, I wanted a very comfortable slipper claw feet bathtub to set the mood, and of course we all know you need an awesome old chandelier above the tub!

We started by having the entire room gutted and raised the ceiling. Taking an old dresser, my husband cut a hole at the top for a sink, and resized the drawers to make room for the plumbing. Walking thru my house I found the perfect mirror for above it, and next had the electrician install my two favorite old beaded sconces with dimmer switches for those and the chandelier.

I decided to keep the room with whites and neutrals mostly, and in order to make it all look elegant and chic, it would need a dark distressed hardwood floor with beveled edges. The walls were painted a light tan and the bead board and trim white for contrast.

Every bathroom needs an old statue, so I used my favorite lady statue and in our garden found a cement pedestal to sit her on. A great urn with roses and goddesses in the detailing sits next to the tub and will be filled with roses and hydrangeas from our garden. But I needed something for the white towels and washcloths, so I had an old and heavy cast iron stand with glass shelves and original chippy white paint, and it was just perfect!

I had been saving two pictures for the new bathroom. One is a large vertical watercolor painting of roses in the Paul De Longpre style and the other is a sepia picture of three maidens frolicking in a rose garden with bluebirds flying.

It definitely is a very relaxing bathroom and I enjoy my evening baths with the lights dimmed and the candles lit~~a perfect way to end a busy day!

THEN, in the hallway outside of the bathroom there is a large wall that you see from the bottom of the steps. It needed something elegant and dramatic. I found an incredible late 1800ís large 4 feet by 6 feet painting of a lady and cupid with roses. My husband was afraid I was going to use that wall for old oil paintings (Hey, you can NEVER have too many old rose paintings!) so he came up with the idea of hanging that painting on the wall and putting a carved console table with cherubs in the leg detailing in front of it. By adding a few beaded domes and candleholders, a perfect outside entrance to the bathroom was created!




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