Posts Tagged ‘bath’

So black and white

July 4, 2012

Bathrooms are often seen as a functional space rather than a room to really be creative with – which is why I like this scheme so much. It may be black and white, but the tree-print wallpaper and elegant French-inspired furniture gives it that little something extra. Add to it the black tiles on the bath panel, a glass candelabra and some luxurious towels, and you’ve got yourself a bathroom to be proud of.

Laurie

Beautiful Bathrooms

April 25, 2012

What is a bathroom to you? Purely functional, or somewhere to relax and unwind? For some (and I’m talking about my other half here) it’s just another room for gadgets… underfloor heating, LED taps, showers with steam functions and of course, a waterproof TV. Currently embarking on a bathroom revamp ourselves, I was pleased to discover that incorporating the latest technology doesn’t have to mean your bathroom can’t be beautiful too, as this scheme, complete with  TV and fire, depicts. Let us know what you think…

Laurie


What’s up doc? The Year of the Rabbit, that’s what…

February 3, 2011

I might just have finished getting over one New Year’s Eve party when another great excuse to celebrate has come my way – it’s now officially the Year of the Rabbit!

Chinese New Year is here and we’ve shifted from all the chaos and action of the Year of the Tiger in 2010 to a calmer, more relaxed state of affairs for the rest of the year, according to the Chinese Zodiac. It’s true that the last year has been a pretty busy one, so I’ve been on the hunt for some cool, zen-like rooms with an oriental influence to post.

Chinese-inspired relaxing green room | decorating | decorating advice | roomyenvy

This modern four poster bed has got my pulse racing...

Proving that you don’t necessarily need to splash a full can of red paint around to get an Eastern feel to a room, this almost country-feel bedroom featured on housetohome has really caught my interest. I personally don’t really like the inlaid cabinets (let’s be fair, they have been everywhere for a few years) but in this relaxed setting they look gorgeous. I’m totally coveting the convex mirror/ branch wall ornament combo over the fireplace as well. Even if looking in it in the morning might give me a bit of a shock – fisheye effect anyone?

Moody oriental-inspired dining room

Sophisticated conversation only at this dining table...

The same goes for this glam oriental-inspired dining room. I’m a big fan of the printed fabric panels (mainly because it’s so easy to make some yourself with a wooden frame and fabric remnants, super cheap) and the black laquer chairs offset the dusky colour on the walls perfectly. My only criticism is that the room’s a little dark but some carefully understated low lighting should sort that issue out. I like to think I’d  sit neatly at this table and making witty conversation over dim sum, although the reality is I’d probably be tucking into a takeaway from my local cheap and cheerful Chinese!

Japanese-inspired teak bath | bathroom | bathroom decorating ideas | roomenvy

Rub-a-dub-dub.

Finally, how gorgeous is this Japanese-style bath? Looks a bit tricky to get out of, but I bet a soak in this tub would be second to none….

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Summer of Love: top 3 bathrooms

September 10, 2010

Bathrooms are top of my agenda today – and I’m determined to find three amazing schemes to appear in my Summer of Love shortlist.

1) Top of the list is this little beauty from Fresh Home. The floor-to-ceiling windows create a seamless flow between inside and out, and the view is to die for! All I need now is a white fluffy robe (and maybe a personal masseuse) and I’m good to go.

Roomenvy - room with a view - Freshhome.com

Summer of love - Bathroom with a view - Freshhome.com

2) Now the next bathroom might not have the same wow factor, but its elegant design and country-style accessories have completely won me over.

roomenvy - Summer of Love - Bathroom

roomenvy - Summer of Love - Bathroom

I love the roll-top bath and decorative screen – not to mention the white-painted panelled walls. It’s the definition of cool, calm and collected. Bliss.

3) Last, but not least, is this luxury bathroom from Livingetc.com.

Summer of Love - Bathrooms - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Bathrooms - Roomenvy

This amazing bathroom has a bespoke combined shower and bath that creates a truly stunning feature. And the best part? It’s big enough for two!

Feeling inspired? See which hallways made into my top 3 and for more bathroom inspiration, check out Housetohome.co.uk.

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Friday’s fetish – relaxing bedrooms and then some!

June 18, 2010

Bathrooms don’t usually get me this excited but I can’t stop daydreaming about these breath-taking schemes on Freshhome.com.

Not only are they the ULTIMATE in relaxation – check out the views!! My little bathroom  (which barely HAS a window) has definitely been put to shame. Humph.

Roomenvy - room with a view - Freshhome.com

Roomenvy - room with a view - Freshhome.com

I don’t think I’d even leave my house if I lived somewhere like this… Although I’m slightly concerned there are no blinds….

Roomenvy - tranquil haven - Freshhome.com

Roomenvy - tranquil haven - Freshhome.com

I’m officially in love. Summer schmummer, I’d have the fire going all day long.

Roomenvy - beautiful bathroom - Freshhome.com

Roomenvy - beautiful bathroom - Freshhome.com

Sophisticated, sleek and spacious, this bathroom looks like its stepped straight out of a spa.

Roomenvy - bright and breezy bathroom - Freshhome.com

Roomenvy - bright and breezy bathroom - Freshhome.com

If you love these bathrooms as much as me, check out the other 26 – yes 26!! – schemes on Freshhome.com. Enjoy!

Bathroom tubs – the good, the bad, the ugly

February 24, 2010

I’ve been hunting for the best freestanding baths all morning and my top 10 were positively SAINTLY in comparison to these ‘loud mouths‘!

The good …

I adore traditional freestanding baths and I ADORE colour, so it’s no surprise that I really like this bathroom scheme. I’m not even offended that they’ve painted the metal feet.

roomenvy - show-stopping tub bathroom

roomenvy - show-stopping tub bathroom

The bad …

I mean, I’m all for making a bath the focal point, but when it reminds you of the end scene of Ghostbusters …? p.s I’m not sure if I want to know what’s image is tiled on that wall.

roomenvy - marshmallow bathroom

roomenvy - marshmallow bathroom

The ugly …

Button back chair? Elegant. Button back headboard? Classic. Button back BATH? I just don’t agree! And the drapes … oh the drapes. It’s like the set of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

roomenvy - antique bathroom

roomenvy - antique bathroom

QUICK!! Before this happens to your bathroom …

February 5, 2010

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but this SHOCKING  bathroom makes me feel like I’ve stepped into a horrifying 1980s TV programme. I can’t think of anything less relaxing than getting into a ‘hot tub’ and being confronted with a giant SALMON-COLOURED shell!

To ensure this doesn’t happen to you (or alternatively, if you’d like advice on how to install a shell hot tub) join in housetohome.co.uk‘s webchat this lunchtime, 1pm.

I’ll be begging Ros Anderson, Ideal Home‘s Interiors Editor for advice on how to deal with my teeny bathroom space. Hopefully see you there.

roomenvy - shell shocked bathroom

roomenvy - shell shocked bathroom

The ultimate ‘me time’ bathroom

February 4, 2010

How cute is this pretty country-style bathroom? I can almost hear the Enya!

This is what I call a ‘don’t you bother me’ bathroom. Most commonly said through clenched teeth and a look across your face of overall ‘hard day’ weariness (that’s also crying out for a glass of wine … please)

roomenvy - pretty pampering bathroom

roomenvy - pretty pampering bathroom

Housetohome have just the ways to get the look, from choosing a gorgeous bath and making sure you have a chair for painting nails and pampering, to dispensing your lotions and potions in pretty ceramic bottles! … although I do wonder, if I had enough spare time to spend doing the latter, would I be lusting so much after a relaxing soak in the first place?

This is another of those ‘how do they work for 50 hours a week and still have time to fold a point into their toilet paper’ moments.

Anyone looking for bathroom advice?

January 28, 2010

Want something more exciting than a Pret sandwich to look forward to at lunchtime? Why not get fab bathroom decorating tips at your desk?

Housetohome is hosting a webchat with Ideal Home’s Interiors Editor, Ros Anderson, and I know I’ll be picking her brain!!

Click to register for email alerts, or like me, you’ll find yourself in Pret, suddenly realising what you’re missing and making a manic (and embarrassing) DASH back to your desk, tuna mayonnaise flying as you sit down … panting.

room envy - get bathroom advice straight to your desk!

room envy - get bathroom advice straight to your desk!

room envy - Ros Anderson

room envy - Ros Anderson

And if you can’t wait that long, check out hundreds of bathroom decorating ideas from housetohome.co.uk.

Bathroom inspiration: back to the future

January 11, 2010

I must say, my idea of a relaxing bath or shower, is NOT wondering whether or not tonight will be the night I get zapped into an alternative universe – and I don’t think I’d take that risk with these futuristic bathroom designs.

I found them on Freshome, which always chats about the latest bathroom designs … well they don’t get more modern than this! Innovative and funky, yes, cosy and inviting?? … not unless you’re into alien abductions.

Check out this bathroom from Spiritual Mode – scrub a dub … zaaaaaaaaaaaaap!

roomenvy - science fiction bathroom

roomenvy - science fiction bathroom

And be careful when you’re showering next to this MOSAIC VORTEX, designed by Glassdecor. How can the rest of a bathroom look so innocent, while the shower looks like a ominous hellmouth?

roomenvy - futuristic mosaic bathroom

roomenvy - futuristic mosaic bathroom