In the first two installments of Design 101, we talked about getting a design plan off to a good start and we spent a little quality time in the bedroom. Today, we are dissecting “Designer Secrets” concerning the bath.
Let her rip!
Always and never are such definitive terms. In a perfect world, this would be a great rule of thumb, but this isn’t a perfect world. If you think it is, I’m moving in with you for a while. Living with
a crazy an overly optimistic roommate never hurt anybody, until somebody snaps from trying to maintain the illusion of perfection and go postal on you.
I have lot of towels from back-in-the-day that are
definitely probably older than you. They include: two very thin towels, handed down by my mother, that I adore and use solely for my hair (I mean really, how long do you last with a hotel-fresh heavyweight before you can’t hold up your head anymore?); two chocolate brown ones Hubs “borrowed” from his boss thirty years ago, and a smattering of unfortunate holdovers in pastel and jewel tones from the matchy-matchy era of design, aka the 80’s and 90’s.
I think it’s wasteful and irresponsible just to pitch them, so I plan to reuse them until they are reduced to threads, and then repurpose them as shop rags. At that point, I will do what I’ve been doing for years and replace them with white or off-white towels.
As Myra said, there is something comforting about the sense of cleanliness and order of white, and I would add off-white to her statement. I love a swanky spa with row upon row of fluffy white goodness, so I figure treat yourself the same way at home. Plus, when you have overnight guests, you won’t ever have to scrounge up a pair of matching towels, because they will all be the same. Whether you use up a few of those Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons that never expire one at a time, or drop a few thou at Frette, just grab the whitest ones and you are good to go.
As to Myra’s claim of refinement: As far as appearances go, I agree. Honestly though, if I say something inappropriate while lounging on fine white linens it doesn’t make it any more acceptable. I may be an equal opportunity offender, but I do prefer to be on hotel quality bedding while practicing my craft.
I agree 100%.
This is the norm for new homes, but it wasn’t that long ago when almost all houses were built with shorter cabinets. In design, you always need to be thinking a few years down the road. I know a 30″ high vanity seems like a smart move when your kids are small, but they won’t be little for long. When remodeling, go for the taller base cabinet and buy a sturdy step stool. Your six foot tall teenager will thank you in 2017.
I wonder why he chose to use 5? It’s an odd number, but whatever. Hooks are great, especially if you use a towel more than once. (If you aren’t already doing that, you should be. Hug a tree; hang a towel.) However many you decide to use, Robert advises that they be hung at 68″ above the finished floor so that you don’t put your eye out, Ralphie. It seems Mr. Stiln was paying attention in codes class.
If you have towel bars, don’t feel like you need to run out and replace them because some designer says so. Just use them to hang dry towels. A bar is only good for one wet towel. Use it to air dry more than that at once and you’ve got a bacteria factory, not a bathroom.
When your ship comes in, your dreams pan out and your lottery ticket is a winner, go get yourself a bevy of heated towel racks. They come in an assortment of styles and are the ultimate luxury accessory.
I completely agree with Mr. Southern, and it goes hand in hand with this:
That’s a good place to start, especially if there is a resale in your near future, but there are exceptions to this rule. If it’s your forever house and you are 4′ 11″, 66″ may cast the same kind of shadows as a fixture hung over the mirror. If you are taller than average, it may not offer enough light where you need it. If you are Shaquille O’Neal, you hire an architect and a design team and let them figure out how high it needs to be.
If you are Shaq, why are you reading this blog? You should be practicing free throws. Yes, still. Someday, before you die, somebody is going to ask you to shoot one on camera, just to see if you can. You need to be ready.