bath transformation…
spa indulgences

There’s nothing more relaxing than a long, hot shower, or a luxurious soak. And if you’re doing everything you can to save water on a day-to-day basis, there’s no reason not to enjoy the occasional indulgence. Make the experience a real treat with spa-like accessories to transform just getting clean into a bathing ritual that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Here are a few of our favorite spa indulgences.

 

watch your head…
decorating around a sloped ceiling

The charming attic bedroom, or the renovated bath tucked in among the eaves. They’re classic examples of using what space you have. Those charming spaces also tend to come with some unusual architectural features, the most challenging is the sloped ceiling. On the positive side, they can be cute and cozy, and may even include a skylight. On the negative, they can feel crowded and the lack of headroom on the sloped side can feel awkward at best. Instead of knocking out walls, or moving to a different home, embrace the ceiling and decorate around it. Continue reading

the illusion of size…
making a small bath feel larger

Small Bath

A compact powder room is a wonderful thing. A compact master bath is not so wonderful, but with the trend toward smaller homes, designers are moving away from cavernous bathrooms. How can you open yours up and bring the illusion of space without a full renovation? Oh, it’s surprisingly easy! Continue reading

take an eco-friendly bath…
building and decorating green

Bathroom

Whether you are tackling a full bathroom renovation or just want a quick, cosmetic update, it’s easy to make your space just a bit greener with a little thought and planning. A few minor changes can reduce the carbon footprint of the renovation itself, lower water usage in day-to-day life and make the space much more eco-friendly.

Tackling a renovation? Look into sustainable flooring options and do the same for wall tiles, counter tops and tub and shower surrounds. Install ultra-low-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads and sink taps. Salvage whatever materials you can and consider purchasing recycled or salvaged vanities, cupboards, countertops and any other fixtures. You’ll save money and reduce the footprint of your reno. Whenever possible, opt for organic materials over synthetic and when it comes to paint and adhesives, opt for ones with low- to no-VOCs (and check back tomorrow for the facts on low-VOC products!) Continue reading