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Columns, stained glass and oil paintings probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you’re thinking about bathrooms. Well, believe it or not, not everyone’s bathrooms are as utilitarian as yours.
Members of the Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared Facebook group are sharing their weird and unusual bathroom designs and you’ll be surprised how different they are from your regular shower, sink and toilet combo. And who knows, maybe they’ll make you realize that a chandelier and some carpeting is what your bathroom was missing all these years.
Check out people’s craziest bathroom designs in the gallery below!
#1 Our Bedroom Has A Master Bath Attached, That’s Hidden Behind A “Painting” Door. Makes For A Good Panic Room As Literally No Visitor Has Figured It Out Without A Prompt
Image source: Cassandra Bader Dupre
#2 When We Moved House And Walked Into This Bathroom Our Mouths Dropped. We Had Never Seen A Roman Bath In A Rental Before
Image source: Cameron Olson
#3 Chicago Bungalow Circa 1930. Beautiful Pink Crackle Subway Tile. I Would Never Change It!
Image source: Jennifer Yager
#4 My Moms 1929 Original Bathroom In Her House. The Shower Was Redone But They Saved Most Of The Tile To Redo It. The Floor Of Course Is Not Original In The Shower
Image source: Ayla Fisher
#5 Here Are The Untouched Seventies Bathrooms In My New House
Image source: Sarah Balentine
#6 My New Home, I Bought This Because Of This Bathroom!
Image source: Laurie Steele-Slaughter
#7 Mine Is My Favorite Room In The House. 1910 Victorian
Image source: Lora Davis Winkle
#8 I’ve Been Seeing Endless Photos Of Bathrooms And I Was Like Wait My Bathroom Is Cool Too
Image source: Kimberly Caruana
#9 Thrifted Bathroom
Image source: Katie Fletcher
“The bath was a swap for a table and chairs. The rack inside the bath I found in a friends back yard. The fireplace on the left was salvaged, the plants were all gifts. The white glass panel with a mirror came out of a skip, the horn was in the attic, the boat was a gift from a friend who had been left it by an uncle and they didn’t have a home for. The sink was a skip find, the rugs from charity shops and finally Gingerbollox the cat who was on Gumtree.”
#10 Sunken Tub With Original Vomiting Swan Hardware And Zen, Rock-Garden Alcove
Image source: Maggie Bee Crowley
#11 My Great Grandparent’s Upstairs Bathroom. This Was My Favorite Room! I Always Said That I Would Keep It The Same If I Ever Were Able To Own It. I’m Sure It’s Not Everyone’s Taste
Image source: Carissa Reilly-Weedon
#12 It All Started With The Antique Galvanized Wash Tub Found In A Junk Store That I Turned Into A Sink Set In My Old Dining Room Buffet Now Repurposed As A Vanity
Image source: Regina Raichart
#13 The Window Is Covered Over With A Rainbow Reflecting Window Cling
Image source: Olivia Dupont
#14 The Real Estate Lady Said “I Would Keep The Subway Tiles, But You Can Easily Paint Over That Crazy Blue!” What?!? I Love The Bright Yellow With This Blue!
Image source: Trina Matteau Holub
#15 My Grandparents Half-Bath. Which Eventually Functioned As A Painting Studio For My Grandma. I Think She Was Obsessed With Owls
Image source: Abigail Andresen
#16 This Is My Lavender Bathroom. The Waif By Keane Is One Of My Favorite Thrifting Finds. One Of My Sons Says She Stares Right Through His Soul. I Had No Idea Where I Was Going To Put Her Until We Redid This Bathroom
Image source: Amy Grimley
#17 Are We Sharing Unbelievably Ugly Bathrooms? I Got Y’all Beat. Satan’s Bathroom. Even The Ceiling Is Black!
Image source: Toriander Colbrunn
#18 This Is My Bathroom In My Apartment, The Mirror Bathroom! Even The Countertops Are Mirror!
Image source: Krissy Renèe
#19 Meet The Psychedelic Orange Bathroom. Corner Toilet, Stuccoed Walls, Wondrous Wallpaper, Orange Formica Vanity
Image source: Fredrika Loew
#20 My Bathroom. People Either Love It Or Really Hate It
Image source: Chalise Walker
#21 My Parents Pepto Bismol Bathroom
Image source: Megg Lamm
#22 I Also Didn’t Care For It When I Bought This Place 30 Years Ago, But I Ended Up Decorating Around It
Image source: Willow Carver
#23 Here Are The Untouched Seventies Bathrooms In My New House
Image source: Sarah Balentine
#24 Our House Built In 1939 Came With This Crazy Under The Stairs Bathroom We Call The “Mole Hole”. There Are Three Steps Down Into This Powder Room. It’s Kind Of Fun Directing Our Guests To It After They’ve Had A Bit To Drink
Image source: Beatrice Kerr
#25 My Grandparents Built This House In 1985 And I Bought It 2 Years Ago. This Is My Favorite Room! (All Except For The Pink Carpet)
Image source: Sarah Monte
#26 This Is Our Guest Bathroom In Our Mid-Century Ranch
Image source: Melissa Coward
#27 The Bathroom In Our Rental Property. It Had A Maroon Toilet Too But It Was Broken And Had To Be Replaced With A Boring White One
Image source: Bianca Sasha Moore
#28 Metallic Zebra Print Wallpaper And Cow Print Plush Curtains Ps: This Is In A Basement And Those Are Fake Windows
Image source: Kell Nelson
#29 You’ve Seen The Lavender Bathroom. You’ve Seen The Lime Green Bathroom. I Humbly Add My Jarringly Bright Sunshine Yellow Round Kiddie Pool Sized Bathtub!
Image source: Leslie Fahey
#30 This Is My Parents. Instead Of Changing It When They Bought The Place, They Just Embraced It
Image source: Sarah Carter-Leiterman
Millennials aren’t just about avocado toast, although the distinctive green, often mixed with peach, is a clear menu favorite around the world. The Y—a new 6,000-square-foot eatery in Moscow featuring a first floor with two open kitchens and 200 seats divided between a casual dining area and coffee shop and formal areas up above—is a textbook example of that generation’s preferred flavor.
“We took inspiration from how the ‘70s vibe touched on this generation,” a look that’s prevalent throughout the city’s up-and-coming Hamovniki neighborhood, says designer Alina Pimkina of New York City-based Asthetíque Group, who headed up the project with partner Julien Albertini.
The pair also name-checked film director Wes Anderson as a muse; his love of ornament and obsessive symmetry clearly inspired the brass birdcage-like lighting above neat rows of custom chairs in the first-floor dining area. “We pay extreme attention to detail,” says Albertini, “and that makes the place feel very unique, modern, and luxurious.” Rather like the restaurant’s clientele itself.
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Other wall finishes are so two thousand-and-late
Plaster has been a go-to construction material since, at least, the time of the ancient Egyptians. In more modern times, it featured prominently in residential construction in the United States before World War II. Its popularity across human history has been driven by how easy it is to manipulate—and its incredible durability. Plaster produced perfectly flat, uniform walls before the dimensions of lumber were standardized in 1924.
As the saying goes, everything old is new again: Plaster wall finishes have quietly become the preferred choice for high-end home renovations, replacing other options like paint, wallpaper, or exposed brick.
Plaster wall finishes have popped up lately in projects by influential designers and architects across the country, and we’ve seen homeowners showing off their newly renovated plaster wall finishes on Instagram. The plaster finishes in the renovated Pennsylvania farmhouse recently featured in Curbed’s House Calls column give the walls a coarse texture that matches its rustic feel. We sought to find out what’s driving this trend.
With technology advances and experimentation giving plaster color palette and texture options as broad as paint, plaster is helping designers and architects break the dull uniformity of walls—the thing that plaster made possible in the first place.
“What’s attracting people to plaster today is the ability to have a little bit of surface variation, to have more character in this otherwise flat surface,” said Los Angeles architect Emily Farnham. “It’s one of the things that I think people have a hard time with in new construction; the whole cold, clean regularity of all of the surfaces.”
Plaster is typically made from limestone (calcium carbonate) or gypsum (calcium sulfate). It’s mined, cooked, and ground into a powder. Different additives, like sand or marble, are added to the powder to give the resulting plaster different textures and colors. After mixing the powder with water, it’s coated onto a wall or board using a trowel.
Because it’s so durable, designers and architects can use a plaster finish on interior andexterior walls, giving a home a strong connection to the outdoors and a cohesive and holistic look throughout.
There’s also an artistic quality to a plaster wall finish: It is hand-applied by an artisan, which can leave traces of brush strokes and variation in textures. Venetian plaster, which is a polished-plaster mixed with marble dust, gives a wall the illusion of depth on a flat surface.
“With Venetian plaster, there’s a method of painting where you get a much more rich finish throughout your whole place,” says Saoli Chu, lead designer at Block Renovation. “You can add more pigments and different sheens to get an overall look. The people who go for it often times do enjoy the more artisanal experience.”
Plaster is also an eco-friendly product that doesn’t emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are bad for air quality, like some paints do. It can’t support the growth of mold, and it has no impact on a landfill. The underlying material of plaster is naturally occurring limestone and gypsum, so a plaster wall finish is, quite literally, a coating of earth for your walls.
Plaster wall finishes generally last longer than paint jobs or wallpaper do; after plaster dries, it hardens, stone-like, similar to its original form as raw limestone or gypsum. In addition to wall finishes, plaster today is often used to construct surfaces that need to be hard, such as a squash court. It’s also used in curvilinear design and for ornamental moldings. If a building needs to be quiet, like a library, architects might use acoustical plaster walls because they absorb sound.
“It’s a healthy interior environment,” said Foster Reeve, whose company, Foster Reeve and Associates, does plaster wall finishes and moldings, among other things. “There’s no mold. Installed properly, it is forever. If I put a molding up … it won’t move. It can’t move. It’s stone.”
Before World War II, most homes had interior walls made of plaster, constructed using the now obsolete scratch-and-lath method, where coats of plaster are applied to a board made of horizontal strips of wood. Because they comprised layers of dense plaster, pre-war buildings tend to have rock-hard walls, as anyone in New York City who’s tried to hang art or a mirror in one can attest.
But building a plaster wall or applying a plaster wall finish is a labor-intensive process, and when World War II started, labor was scarce. At the same time, the invention of dimensional lumber led to the arrival of wall paneling—first button board and later drywall, a panel of gypsum covered in paper. When the post-war home construction boom hit, builders chose drywall; it was quicker, easier, and cheaper to install. Walls made of plaster became a feature exclusive to older buildings..
What was gained in the speed of construction was sacrificed in quality. Drywall is flimsy enough that you could punch through it with your hand. Trying that on a plaster wall would shatter someone’s hand. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Atlantic noted that the city’s historic Pitot House remained almost entirely unscathed; among other factors, its walls are made of plaster.
The plaster walls in today’s newly renovated homes aren’t many inches thick, as in the days of scratch-and-lath, but the product’s time-tested durability remains. This durability takes patience: Where painting a wall may take 30 minutes, a plaster wall finish might require multiple coats that take up to four times longer, not to mention the time it takes to wait for each coat to dry before applying the next one—as long as 10 hours. Plaster wall finishes are also messy, as they require water onsite to mix the powdered plaster.
The additional labor means additional cost, so in residential use plaster finishes tend to be limited to high-end renovations for wealthy customers.
But as plaster has become a more popular choice for wall finishes, new companies have sprouted it up to meet the demand by offering a variety of new finishes and applications. Chu, who works primarily on bathrooms and kitchens, uses a plaster called Tadelakt from Morocco because it’s thicker and more water-resistant than a standard plaster finish.
Browsing through the different finishes on the websites of companies like Texston and TerraBriosa can be confusing and intimidating, as names like “Frascatti Artisian plaster” and “Marmorino lime” are more word salad than clear and intuitive naming device.
Leigh Herzig, an interior designer based in Los Angeles, says consumers should ignore the names, choose one on the basis of its aesthetic, and then let the architect or designer tell you if your chosen option will function properly in the room.
“There are other plasters out there, but 90 percent of the market is based on the lime plaster,” she says. “The plaster that we’ve been using for centuries is lime plaster. Whatever is added to it is what distinguishes it.”
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Musen Design has made a name for itself throughout Taiwan for its artful residential interiors. The firm’s signature minimalism recently transformed a former restaurant in a rundown building into vibrant new location for Turning Around, the salon of a well-known stylist in Tainan.
The 1,000-square-foot space, with an addition 300-square-foot exterior space, utilizes the original arched, load-bearing wall to form separate salon and social spaces that retain illumination from vast windows overlooking a neighboring park. “Because of the surface lighting and reflections from the custom mirrors, the pure, white theme, which met the proprietor’s demands and also suits the brand, brims with life,” says design director Eric Cho.
Small details add interest, such as a small forest of potted plants arranged throughout and metallic wallpaper applied to the interiors of the arched passageways between spaces. “We applied gold lacquer in some details,” Cho says, with a nod to the previous incarnation of the space, “which lets the shop’s customers enjoy a visual feast along with their salon service.”
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American design cooperative Colony’s latest presentation, Pas De Deux, imagines a duet between design and art. Helmed by founder Jean Lin, the show pairs like-minded designers and artists to showcase inspired textiles, objects, lighting, and furniture.
An interactive installation by wallpaper producer Flat Vernacularinvites visitors to continue the pattern with paint. New York-based lighting design and manufacturing studio Allied Maker partnered with ceramic artist Michele Quan of MQuan Studio to produce stoneware sconces with painted patterns. Ame, an evocative lounge chair by Studio Paolo Ferrari, comes upholstered with a cascading textile produced by Hiroko Takeda and inspired by Japanese straw rain gear. Another favorite: KWH’s expertly-crafted Cove/Arc credenza below Hidenori Ishii’s acrylic and resin painting, its yellow and orange flourishes giving off mirror vibes.
Other participants from the Colony stable include Vonnegut/Kraft, Fort Standard, Moving Mountains, Grain, and LA-based Klein Agencymaking its Colony debut. The pièce de résistance: sound artist (and Jean’s brother) Jasper Lin’s ambient auras fill the space while wispy hanging fabric baffles rhythmically move to the score, courtesy of gusts from programmed fans. The subtle effect adds a theatrical touch fitting of the performance. Open through May 31 at 324 Canal Street, 2nd Floor.
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One color dominated this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair: Orange, in its many variations.
It’s visible in chairs, tables, carpets, shelving units and wallpaper. There were booth dividers that utilized the color to great effect; even the carpet at the entrance to the event utilized the color.
Dizzying in scope — there are more than 900 exhibitors across four days, located within the massive Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan — ICFF is one of the year’s biggest design events and the anchor of New York Design Week. Vendors come from all over the world to show their latest designs for furniture, hardware, plumbing, rugs and wallpaper.
Aside from shades of orange, another detail we noticed at ICFF this year: curves, in everything from furniture to lighting and accessories.
The wackier the better. We had a chance to sit in these chairs designed by Mojow, which used inflatable air-filled cushions on simple, modern frames of both wood and metal. They were sturdier and more comfortable than you’d imagine.
Along the same lines were these felt busts from Floquem, a brand from Mexico. The one above is called ‘Lil Marc,” who was “born and raised in the streets of Brooklyn.”
One of our favorites at the show was the work of Eny Lee Parker, who works out of a studio in Bushwick. On display were tables, chairs and lights she designed that look like irregularly-shaped Ken Price sculptures that had been modified into playful furniture. The ceramic bases are unglazed, which gives them a rough edge.
Bushwick-based Souda made deconstructed furniture that nodded toward both tradition and progression. Pictured above are a pair of the Bluff Side Chairs, designed by Luft Tanaka.
Sun at Six, a design studio located “on the border of Bed Stuy and Crown Heights,” according to Creative Director Antares Yee, uses classical Chinese joinery in their furniture. On display was the studio’s second collection, made in collaboration with artisans in Guangzhou, China.
Williamsburg-based designer Katie Deedy of Grow House Grow showed us some of their new tile and wallpaper designs. Inspired by Caravaggio and lightning bugs — among other influences — they feature ribbon-like patterns, florals, leaves and a strawberry print.
More orange could be found at Most Modest’s booth, which showed metal shelves and corrugated metal planters.
The fair had specialized sections dedicated to Dutch, Spanish and British designers. Some of our other favorites included sleek faucets and handles in many different finishes from longtime East New York maker Watermark, the handwoven pillows of Ssen Studio and sleekly minimal shelves from the Stille collection, designed by Standard Issue in Brooklyn and manufactured in Kalamazoo, Mich.
[Photos by Susan De Vries unless otherwise noted]
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Wallpaper is back, and with a fury. Actually, it never really left us, but suddenly there is an explosion of bold patterns, vivid colors and outside-the-box options.
Contemporary architecture is often the stomping ground for engaging or fascinating elements of design, and wallpaper is standing tall in both modern and traditional interiors today.
“Wallpaper is back and hot, hot, hot!!” says Brenda Blaylock, owner and lead designer of of Grandeur Design in Fort Worth. “It is the big statement in the room and gives a room its unique personality. Wallpapers are inspired by nature, history, technology, social trends and so much more. We personally love everything metallic and urban.
Distinctive materials and textures and impressive artistic direction are coming into play in more homes and businesses. Design companies are flying their creative flags higher than ever and this competition means more varied and breathtaking offerings like one-of-a-kind art found in wallpapers and murals.
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“I am noticing that people are embracing color and intricate pattern again. The whole mid-century, pale palette craze was a bit overblown, and perhaps people are once again embracing more of a visual feast. After all, beautiful never goes out of style,” says Jennifer Gracie, creative director of Gracie Studio, which is based in New York but has a showroom in the Dallas Design Center. Gracie has a history-rich, family-owned business that has been around since 1898.
Hand-painted, artistic wallpaper has always been a classic option, but it is showing up in many applications now.
“We are fortunate that for our 120 years, we have always had clients wanting the hand-painted, highly detailed designs we specialize in, and we are introducing several designs which are inspired by antique wallpapers from our archives, but we also have more modern adaptations with simpler color palettes,” says Gracie.
Wallpapering one focal-point wall can be very captivating and bold in a room, but some people want their walls to have one unified theme.
“I am seeing more and more interest in wall papers that create an entire scene going around the room. In the 1990s I had scenes like this hand-painted. Now, it is 100 percent wallpaper that I am using, with the wallpaper acting like a huge canvas of art enveloping a room,” says Kay Genua, owner of Kay Genua Designs in Fort Worth.
That’s the delightful part about the wallpaper craze right now — there is sort of a liberating freedom to it all. It is almost safe to say that ‘anything goes’. You can find a floral paper that reminds you of the 1980s or find one of the most abstract prints you can imagine — it’s out there. And it’s OK to use them. The trick to pulling it all together is toning down your furniture, textiles and accents for the busier patterns and art.
There likely was a time when you cringed at the idea of textured wallpapers. But today, you don’t hear designers nixing them. Wallpaper heavy-hitters like F. Schumacher & Co. carry some incredible textured wallpaper options.
And you won’t hear that shiny, metallics are dated, because they are big right now.
One with nature
Metallics and textures aren’t the only trends. Companies are looking to nature for design inspirations, too. Innovations is one of many wallpaper companies that are combining art with nature.
“Our Watercolor collection’s hyper-focus is on brushstrokes, on the process of making art and the fluidity of materials. [It] channels the waterfall paintings of Pat Steir [an American painter and printmaker],” says Victoria Mayer, marketing and merchandising coordinator for Innovations, which is based in New York, with a showroom in Dallas.
The captivating designs in collections from Calico Wallpaper also entwine with nature. Its Wabi collection features designs called Bloom, Lichen, Foam and Lotus. The newest collections are called Flora, Palette, and Sumi.
Many companies are channeling marblelike art in their wallpaper and mural designs. Mammoth marbled swirls can be found in Calico Wallpaper’s Sumi line in a bold pattern called Tempest, and Olivia + Poppy, a wallpaper company in Houston, offers marbled-inspired patterns and murals.
Olivia + Poppy offers large-scale murals and offers clients the option to design their own papers.
Working with wallpaper
Be sure to inquire about lead times when you are working with designers or directly when ordering artful wall papers. They are worth the wait, but can take a little time to perfect. Wallpaper comes in a variety of sizes too, rather than one standard size like in the old days. Some have a wider width or come in mural-sized panels.
Many of today’s wallpapers are also “greener,” having refocused their manufacturing processes to respect the environment and protect consumer safety. Look for companies that provide PVC- & POA- (Olefin) free options. Many are leaving out plasticizers, phthalates, formaldehyde, chlorine, halogen and heavy metals. Some papers are “Class A” fire rated. This means that although they will certainly burn, they can possibly reduce how quickly a fire spreads.
Many wallpapers can contribute to LEED credits (some products say up to 6 LEED credits). When shopping for a wallpaper, ask for a specification sheet for a particular design and see what your wallpapers are made of and whether they will be earth-friendly.
Other options online
If you want to do some research on the Internet before committing to a wallpaper, there are quite a few artists with their own shops, and Etsy.com is seeing some unique entrepreneurs roll out their talents.
Sweet Pea Wall Design is just one of the wallpaper art shops out there that offer simple solutions to interior design, and some cater to those who can’t commit.
“Our wallpaper is a peel-and-stick material that comes off with a firm pull whenever you’re ready to take it down, leaving your wall just as before with no messy glue to scrape off. It’s a total game-changer for renters and indecisive decorators,” says Emily Marotta of Sweet Pea Wall Design in Bristol, Tennessee. Her shop is on Etsy and she works with artistic printer Leo Cacatian.
Marotta says her products are “tackier” than other papers, and she means this in a totally good way.
“You don’t have to be concerned about it falling off the wall weeks or months later,” she says.
The paper is also washable and requires very little elbow grease to install, and prep work is minimal, Marotta says.
“Some who have worked extensively with traditional wallpaper find removable wallpaper to be slightly trickier to seam match when applying, but it’s extremely easy to peel off the material and re-apply (many many times!) if you find you made a mistake aligning the seams between panels. To make the experience as easy as possible, we can create custom-sized panels to fit individual walls,” she explains.
Marotta contributes to some of her designs, but she also works with other artists in creating her company’s wallpaper and mural designs.
The Flora collection was created by Jessa Bray, a Florida mural artist and designer.
“The wallpaper gives the look of a hand-painted wall mural. It’s one of our favorite offerings,” Marotta says.
Kay Genua Designs www.kaygenuadesigns.com
Grandeur Design Company www.grandeurdesign.com
Olivia + Poppy www.oliviaandpoppy.com
Gracie Studio www.graciestudio.com
Calico Wallpaper www.calicowallpaper.com
Innovations in Wallcoverings www.innovationsusa.com
F. Schumacher & Co. www.fschumacher.com
Sweet Pea Wall Design www.etsy.com/shop/SweetPeaWallDesign
Incorporating marble in any room scheme certainly adds a classic charm but it can sometimes come with a hefty price tag.
If you’re looking for ways to add a touch of luxury to your home, but would rather save than splurge, then consider marble accessories and marble-effect pieces.
From marble-effect wallpaper to marble coasters and even gemstones, here are some of the best ideas from Pinterest…
With the start of 2017, we’ve said farewell to some tired interior decor trends that have worn out their welcome. Once considered innovative and edgy, those bad boys are now giving us the blahs.
But, when one trend goes out, another must come in. It’s the design circle of life.