Reader's Bathrooms: A & J's Beacon Beauty

Reader's Bathrooms: A & J's Beacon Beauty

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 7, 2007
(Welcome to Bathroom Month! We're taking inspiring bathroom submissions from our readers and giving gifts in return. Join us. All info is here.) Welcome to Allyson & Jim! Hello there, Apartment Therapy! So this is our little bathroom. We bought the house three years ago, and this was the first major overhaul we did. Aside from the aesthetic reasons that made it necessary(the walls were papered with flowered contact paper!), we needed to replace some of the pipeline when I accidently let a washcloth slip down our massive drain while giving our son a bath!... So we figured if some of the walls were coming down, we might as well make them a lot prettier when they went back up. We used the penny round tiles in celadon from Ann Sacks for the walls and floors. The color is really soothing and vintagey next to all the bright white porcelain. I have actually spoken with the woman whose grandmother was born and raised in this house in the 20's and 30's, and she said that the bathroom used to be a closet, which explains 1) why its so tiny and 2)why we have no closet in our master bedroom. Her grandmother said that all the houses on our block had outhouses back then and that herfather was a plumber who put the bathroom in himself. They were the first family on the street to have indoor plumbing! So anyway, we were dealing with a very tiny space. We wanted it to be clean and modern, but still be in keeping with the rest of our hundred-year-old house. We installed molding around windows and baseboard to match what we had throughout the house. I really like the way the formal molding finishes off the space and warms it up a bit. We went with the smallest sink and toilet we could find. Both are from Kohler (the toilet is the " Rialto" and the sink is called " Parigi".) The faucets and towel bars are also Kohler, from the "Bancroft" line. We ordered the porcelain shelf from a website called vintagetub.com. The tub is the original, we just reglazed it. It is the deepest tub I have ever seen - you can sink in all the way up to your chin! The sconces are from Rejuvenation, the style is called "Adrian". The window has the shades sandwiched between 2 panes of glass, and they let in the most beautiful soft light during the day. Having all the sunlight pouring in really helps open up this teeny tiny space. So that's our bathroom! Hope you like it as much as we do.... Sincerely, Allyson & Jim Beacon, NY
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