Monday, April 28, 2014

10 Real Cottage Bathrooms

We're getting close to wrapping up the April edition of Every Room In The House.  This month we've been partying in The Bathroom, and I thought before the party ends it would be fun to show you bathrooms in real Wales' cottages. 

1. Nibley Barn


Nibley Barn - Wales



So much of this bathroom speaks to a traditional cottage: the deep well windows, exposed structural beams, and wide plank floors. Even the antique chair between the commode and the pedestal sink, and the hanging mirror over the sink transport us to earlier times.

2. Kiln Cottage


Kiln Cottage - Wales






 White beadboard in front of the tub and sink maintain a classic cottage feel.  I like the use of a shaving mirror here where the slanted wall would make installation of a mirror above the sink problematic. 




3.  Erwarton Cottage

Erwarton Cottage - Wales






Beadboard cabinetry painted green and simple white wall tiles create vintage cottage appeal.



More green beadboard covers the tub surround.  The tub itself looks antique.  If it isn't, it's a good reproduction. 




4.  Nanternis Cottage

Nanternis Cottage - Wales









Green painted diagonal planks marry a white stone wall.  The top mounted farm sink is a nice touch.

Again, painted beadboard fronts the enclosed tub/shower.  Green subway tiles keep the color flowing.
5.  Schoolmaster's Cottage
Schoolmaster's Cottage - Wales



A fireplace and floral patterned tiles make this a very romantic bathroom.



6.  Little Llanvolda
Little Llanvolda  - Wales




Painted plank floors and half walls give a hint of color to this neutral bathroom.  Love the beautiful claw foot tub.

A skylight brings light into the space.  Once more a shaving mirror is used.  (I think these mirrors are growing on me.)


7.  Beaufort Cottage
Beaufort Cottage - Wales




Rustic beams and brick tiles add contrast to the white in this cottage bathroom.  A free-standing pedestal tub rests in front of the window.





Surprise!  A purple wall.  I love the double sinks on the table base and the slate floor.



With its seamless glass walls, the shower is hardly noticeable.


8.  The Two Acres Cottage
The Two Acres - Wales





Exposed wood ceiling beams and a wide plank floor reveal the age of this cottage.  I like the way the top of the planked door is cut to fit the slant of the ceiling.  To me this just adds charm.
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A quaint window and green beadboard around the tub multiply the charm in this bathroom. 


9.  The Nook

The Nook Cottage - Wales



The Nook's bathroom successfully mixes traditional with modern.

The large bathroom boasts a rough-hewn stone sink and a split-face limestone wall.
 



Here's a closer look at the tub's unique faucet.


10.  St. Margaret's Cottage

St Margaret's Cottage - Wales





Lots of white here.  The curtain and fabric hamper soften the room.  Plank half walls and coved ceilings create an inviting retreat. 

So tell me, did you find a favorite amongst these cottage bathrooms?

A special thanks to Blaentrothy Cottages for allowing me the privilege of sharing these lovely cottages.

Check out more bathrooms at Every Room In The House - The Bathroom.










I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Every Room In The House at A Joyful Cottage
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
 



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY - Bathroom Cabinet



Bathroom storage can be a challenge..  Solving the problem can range from adding a wall cabinet -- to a total bathroom remodel.  That's fine if you own your home.  But what if you're renters like we are,  and the only storage available is two drawers in the vanity?



When we moved into our apartment last July I liked our nicely fitted bathroom. 



It's dressed up with beadboard.



 
It has a nice shower.
 

But there's that only-two-drawers-in-the-vanity thing.  Definitely lacking storage in this bathroom.
 
 



Between the shower and the entrance door is an open space.  We could have placed a chest there, except that's where the heater vent was installed and it needed to remain clear.

Fortunately, the heater is just above the baseboard with clearance on either side, so my very creative husband built a cupboard to fit the space and clear the heater .



He picked up the pine material at the lumber yard.  The doors were made from shutters we found on clearance at a local shop; we paid $10 for the pair.



Interior shelves hold all our essentials and extra towels.

I chose to leave the wood natural, as it fits in with the light wood in the bathroom.  When we move, the cabinet can be used in Dennis' studio or my workroom. We may decide to paint it at that time


This primitive cupboard is cute and joyful.  It solved our storage problem inexpensively, and Dennis says it was fun to build.

How have you solved storage solutions in your home?




I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Every Room In The House at A Joyful Cottage
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What We Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
 




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First Quilt Completed -- On to the Second

Hello my Cottage  Friends,

I hope your week is off to a great start.

As for me, I'm happy to have completed a project.  Remember the quilt I started last October?  I finished the quilt top in my beginners quilting class, and it's been sitting in my workroom waiting for me to take a machine quilting class to finish it.  Several weeks ago I completed a class in free motion machine quilting, and last week I used my October quilt as a guinea pig to try out what I learned.  The quilt was already pretty wonky -- my piecing skills have improved considerably -- so I didn't hesitate to practice some radical free motion quilting.  It's pretty amateurish, but that's okay.  I learned a lot.


I finished binding the quilt this afternoon, and washed it.  I love the way new quilts look after they're washed the first time -- the crinkly look they acquire.

So yeah, I'm happy it's done.  And now I'm ready to begin my second quilt.


 
 
It's a 63" x 74" quilt in the Piece of Cake pattern.  I'll use the 3 Sisters Lario Layer Cake by Moda to make this quilt.


I've got the pieces cut out and plan to start sewing tomorrow.  Anything that's a "piece of cake" sounds good to me.   We've been so busy with house plans and getting bids that I'm worn out.  (More about all that later.)   

How about you?  What are you doing this week?

On another note, if you have a bathroom post you'd like to share at Every Room In The House, please do.  It doesn't have to be a recent post.  We're partying in the bathroom the entire month of April, and I'd love it if you'd join in the fun.  Here's the link: Every Room In The House Party - #4



I'm sharing at these lovely parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What We Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
 





Friday, April 4, 2014

French Rooster Painting


 
Lately I've been having a bit of a love affair with French décor.   It all started with the French script bottle I created and blogged about.


No, wait.  I have to go back farther to my post on bedrooms featuring toile.

Horchow: Sherry Kline Home Collection "French Country" Bed Linens and Houndstooth Quilt Sets

And, come to think of it, maybe it's actually not all that recent -- my love affair, I mean -- as I did blog about French cottages over a year ago.

"Postcards from Brittany 20 - Thatched cottage, La Briere, France" photo by Michael Foley Photography:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelfoleyphotography/2887992487/in/photostream/
Some Rights Reserved.

Today I added to my French stash with a rooster my artist husband painted for me.  Isn't he gorgeous?  (Yes, my hubby is gorgeous, however I'm referring to the painted rooster.)



The subject came from a photo by Jamie in Toulouse, France. . .


Untitled by Jamiecat on Flickr.  Used in compliance with Attribution License


Jamie captured the rooster perfectly, and we want to honor him and his work.  Thus, the inscription on the painting.



Thank you, Jamie. 

Now here's a question for you, dear friends.  What sort of décor are you attracted to these days?


I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Shabbilicious Friday at Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Be Inspired at Common Ground