Monday, September 27, 2010

The Luxury of Baths and Closets

Even though we generally want a small house, a generous master bathroom connected to separate walk-in closets is my dream and the one thing on which I will not compromise.  It would be a luxury that I would soak up into my bones like sponge and savor all day.  The one time my husband and I went on a date this year, he laid on the bed and watched me get ready while I chased Little Man around.  The romance is officially gone.  I long for the day when I can get out of my luxurious bath, put on a bathrobe and sit in privacy in front of the vanity to primp and then head to the closet to get dressed without ever going in my bedroom. 

I love the simple elegance of this bathroom.  I think it is by Gianetti Home (Velvet & Linen).

Look at all of this light coming in through these continuous windows.  Also, check out that hot (and totally out of my price range) copper tub.  I love clawfoot tubs, with or without the apron.

This bathroom is done by Eleanor Cummings and featured by House Beautiful.  How funky.  What an uncoventional use of space and color!  The wood in front of the bath rub and the shutters make it look so rustic, but the combination of the arch with the courageous use of color add personality.  I find it to be romantic and fun.

This is Goran Visnjic's (Dr. Luca Kovak on ER) bathroom.  I love the color.  Can you tell that purple is my favorite? I also love the Mediterranean feel, with the colorful tiles and iron in the windows.  Would it blend well with rural Pennsylvania? Maybe not.  I swear I was meant to live on the Mediterranean.  I love the arches, the wrought iron, the beautiful glass tiles.

Now this - this would blend.  This is the genuine authentic real thing.  With the clawfoot tub, clapboard siding and billowing white curtain, this bathroom would totally fit in the house I grew up.

I love this too (below).  This is from Trina at A Country Farmhouse.  She renovated this house, and it is absolutely an inspiration.  She has such attention to detail.  Everything from the fixture on the wall, to the wainscoting, the hexagon floor tile,  the air grate, the clawfoot tub, and the victorian table.  I am pretty sure my mimi (grandmother) had that foot stool.

This is also from A Country Farmhouse.  She really has a way.  I love the privacy shutters on the bottom half of the window.

Still from A Country Farmhouse.  Check out the walk-in closet with vanity at the end of the wall.  Armoires and dressers work in the place of built-in cabinets for a lot more charm and authenticity.

From a practical viewpoint, the natural light coming in (below) where you do your make up has to help with the end result.  ( I need all of the help I can get - I am terrible with make up!).

This walk-in closet is a dream.  You should know my existing closet is so narrow the hangers don't fit with the door closed - it's at most three feet wide and eighteen inches deep.  I dream of a bathroom that I can walk directly out of into a closet like this to choose what I am going to wear.

By the way, From the Right Bank has a great post today on renovating her closet. 

What is your inspiration for a master bathroom and walk-in closet? 
What is your favorite bathroom?
Your favorite closet?


  1. Hi there!
    I was just popping in to read your post and am completely flattered that you mention our bathrooms! The upstairs bath has changed a bit...and sad to say, that the sweet Granny footstool is no longer with us. She was relocated to our car so that I could keep my feet up on road trips (pregnancy swelling) and then somehow, by accident, was left behind when we loaded the car up with some furniture!! Poor sweet footstool, I hope someone nice adopted her.
    My dream bathroom and walk-in closet would have plenty of natural light! Light always makes a space so inviting - and also, makes it feel bigger.

  2. Those are some beautiful and inspiring spaces...and Trina's home is just gorgeous.

  3. Aw, thank you for the shout out. It's interesting you combined baths and closets in this post too because I'm thinking of carrying over the wallpaper that I posted today into part of the bathroom it's attached to. :) Thanks again. Hope your week is off to a good start!

  4. My most favorite bathroom ever, which I will never have, is this:

    I like the "simple elegance" image--I don't want a lot going on in the bathroom and that one says clean, fancy/feminine.

  5. Hi!
    Loving that 1st bathroom!

  6. Love the first image and the last...both are fabulous! I love making gems out of closets!

  7. ~*Love Trina's (hubby,me and two sons)all share a cramped 1930's bathroom..its charming..but sooo small!~*:)Rachel

  8. I love these beautiful bathrooms ~ lots of sunlight and windows are my favorite! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week.

    God Bless,

  9. Have always loved the first image... and that last. Oh my goodness. How great would that be?

  10. Just got your email! I think the first one is by Gianetti Home (Velvet & Linen) and the last one... I am not sure!

  11. What great images! I love them all. We're renovating our master bath right now and the inspiration was sort vintage/glam/chic. Confused? Lot's of white, glossy tiles, carrara tiles, and mirrors. Can't wait till it's done so I can post it! Love the country farmhouse bathroom the best. As far as my closet, it's organized, but what I want is a whole other story!

  12. Oh, I hear you! The thought of never leaving my "bedroom" but going from bathroom to walk in closet... sounds so amazing. I hope you get that dream someday! I love all the photos you've chosen for inspiration. In fact, some of them make me drool a little. Love that vanity by the window - small and simple but so gorgeous.

  13. Fabulous spaces. That first pic would envelop me in the morning, I wouldnt want to leave!

  14. i so badly want a closet like the one in the last pic...all white, spacious and organized!

  15. a claw foot bathtub...and a walk in closet....

    a whole room for indulgence...


    love your images....

    melissa x

  16. Ooh, I love the bathroom with the continuous windows and copper tub...LOVE:)

  17. Wonderful bathrooms and closets are such a luxury, and to have a vanity...heaven!

  18. These are such luxurious bathrooms and closets-love them all. I already checked out From the Right Bank closet on Monday and i love her wallpaper and the gorgeous mirror. Lovely inspiration here too. xx


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