Name: Rob & Barb
Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan
Amount Spent: @ $10k
The Blogcast Interview:
Our bathroom makes you feel like you are standing in the sand looking at the ocean with it's many hues of blue.
We are both from the warmer climes and near the ocean, so we really wanted a space that gave the feeling of being on a tropical beach, and what better place than the bathroom where you can close your eyes and float away soaking in the tub.
In addition, our bathroom is very practical and has ample storage (considering its typical NY size). Here are our favorite features:
Curved shower rod: makes the space in the shower/tub much feel much bigger and brighter (it lets in more light from the overhead fixture).
Double, simultaneous shower heads: A key requirement for the shower was that the main and the handheld be able to run at the same time.
Let's just say that when saving time (and water), no one gets cold waiting for their turn.
Cubby hole in shower: perfect for bath goods.
Blue-blend mosaic glass tiles: While under the water in the tub/shower, it looks so beautiful to be surrounded by these mosaic tiles.
Sand-like floor tiles: Standing barefoot on the floor, with its natural sand color and semi-rough tiles, feels cool unlike a real beach's hot sand (radiant floor heating was out of the budget).
Glass vessel sink – We loved this vessel sink, but found it hard to make it work with a vanity that provided any real storage. This vanity wasn't intended to work with this type of sink, but we made it.
With the storage basket underneath, we have the storage and the contemporary look.
Mosaic mirror – Adding something homemade to our bathroom balances with the rest of the more modern furnishings. Amy, Barb's sister made this for us.
Halogen light: Our bright natural light makes each glass tile shine and also makes it appear sunny.
Square vent grate: this necessity was given attention to match the square mosaic tiles.
For the cubby in the shower it is best to tip the bottom surface forward and towards the right (rear of shower) so no water gets stuck in there.
When purchasing a sink faucet, consider a taller one so the sink can be easily multi-functional, (ex. For rinsing a mop, hand washing clothes, or washing your head perhaps).
Nice baskets are a pretty way to hide some ugly bathroom goods.
Coarser tiles work better in a bathroom versus smooth tiles – eliminates the slip factor.
Bond Bath – shower/tub fixtures (Don't recommend. Slow delivery, terrible service)
Faucetdirect.com – towel bar/robe hook (great selection the only place I could find the set to match the shower/tub fixtures w/o having to go back to Bond Bath).
Lowes (in Orangeburg, NY)– glass bowl sink, vanity, toilet (great place to get non-city prices)
Bella Tile – glass mosaic tile, floor tile (great service, timely delivery, highly recommend)
West Elm – bath mat/shower curtain (loved it before I learned it was a subsidiary of William-Sonoma).
brookstone.com - Curved shower rod (the only place I could find it).
Bed, Bath, and Beyond – storage basket.
Online via froogle.com – mirror/tub (froogle is the best if you know what you are looking for).
Random lighting store on Bowery – Square Halogen light (shop around the prices seem to be set at random)
Home-made – mosaic mirror (thanks Amy!)