LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.09.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.09.09

Abby Stone
May 9, 2009

050909-hng01.jpgHunting for our first apartment, we were shown one choice where the bathtub was in the living room; the toilet was shared with the next door neighbor. Needless to say, we declined. Bathrooms are, for us, one spot in the home where little luxuries - a bubble bath, a good razor, a fine soap - pay off daily. This week's LA Times Home and Garden section puts the spotlight on the bath as well as on the kitchen (another spot where little luxuries pay off; if yours needs help, check out our kitchn cure), highlighting the trends at the annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show. Links to the stories on the LA Times website, and more, after the jump...

A Tour of the annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show reveals 5 new trends: Black, sculptural, smart, glamour, green were the trends at this year's annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show. "Private bath culture has become more about lifestyle and attitude," Martin Koch of Kaldwei, who makes the striking black tub pictured said. "No one takes a bath simply for hygiene any more."

Glamorizing the toilet: Designers take on the most utilitarian fixture of all: The can, the loo, the john. No matter what you call it, it's no longer just utilitarian. Not since the Victorian era has the toilet lived up to another moniker: the throne. "There is a trend today to make something that has always been an eyesore into an art form," says Julien designer Troy Adams

Bathrooms swimming in the lap of luxury: Whether big or small, the most utilitarian room in the house is getting a luxurious makeover from rainfall showers and water filters to Japanese-style sinks, high-thread count towels, soaking tubs, heated towel racks and radiant heat floors. It's not just about luxury; it's also about escape.

greenPots are eco-friendly and eco-chic: Made from renewable rice hulls these green pots come in stunning 1970s colors and already filled with sculptural succulents or flora. For more from David A. Keeps, aka The Scout, click here

[all images via LAT: courtesy of Kaldewei; Laufen; Veronique de Turenne; Courtesy of Happy]

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