Everyone was has ever renovated a house knows that the bathroom is one of the most challenging rooms to design. This is because bathrooms are generally the smallest spaces in a home. Therefore it is essential to use available space as efficient as possible. And with our busy lives for most of us a bathroom is not only functional (for a quick shower in the morning) but also serves as a peaceful oasis after a hard day’s work. It is a place to escape from everyday stresses, and to relax and recharge your batteries. When designing my own bathroom I used an online tool to make the best design choices and to help me visualize all possible options.
Villeroy & Boch, a European company with 267 of experience in designing bathroom products, has two very handy tools. With the Bathroom Planner you can easily create a clear floor plan based on the dimensions of your bathroom. The 3D view provides a clear depiction of the interaction between your bathroom furnishings and sanitary facilities. The zoom feature is very handy as it allows you to view the bathroom from different angles, as well as giving you an impression of how the bathroom will look when you step into it. When creating the bathroom of your dreams with the Bathroom Planner you can win the actual bathroom that you have designed. Isn’t that exciting? This contest runs from 7th May until 31st July.
With the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Inspirator you can find inspiration and explore a wide selection of design options. By mixing and matching various products, colors and shapes you can define your personal style. Both tools are very intuitive and user friendly.
Soon I will be off to Tuscany, Italy, for a few days. We will be staying near the town of Lucca in a lovely small hotel which is well known for it’s exquisite food. I will be sharing some images when I am back but in the mean time I would like to show you another gorgeous hotel which is tucked away in the tiny Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The stunning Hotel Monteverdi offers seven magnificent rooms and suites, each of them uniquely decorated with the most beautiful furnishings and art work. I especially love the rustic elements of the exposed ceiling beams and stone walls. Designer Ilaria Miani very well succeeded in combining modern furnishing with a traditions style. More information is available on the hotel’s website.
This colorful Santa Barbara beach abode belongs Gina Tolleson, a former model and Miss World 1990, and her three sons. The three bedroom family home, decorated in a nomadic chic style, is perfect for their outdoor life style. The colorful, global furnishings and textiles are sourced on Gina’s travels to India, Morocco, South America, Bali and Africa. The bright pink wall of the outdoor room (3rd image) was inspired by a 40th-birthday trip to Rajasthan. What I love most of this home is the uplifting and fun vibe it has!
This gorgeous bohemian chic home with mid century elements belongs to Elizabeth, a macramé artist (which explains the beautiful wall hangings), musician Tim McTague and their three children. The Florida house was fairly new when they moved in and did not have the advantage of an older home which often have lots of character and architectural details. But over the years the family has turned the interior into something special and unique. Vintage furniture pieces, various textiles, the guitars and the macramé hangings give the space a lot of character and personal charm. You can see and read more about this home on Design*Sponge.
Messy charting cable are now history! IKEA has created a collection of furniture and home accessories that make charging a lot more available, yet a lot less obvious. These products are called wireless chargers, because that’s what they are: a range of products that make it possible to charge your smartphone, without cables. They blend in beautifully with your home, and can easily be placed where you need them the most. All without having to chase after outlets or hide messy cables. IKEA: “With smartphones being such a natural part of our lives, we want the charging part to become a natural part of our homes. As a result, we’ve created a collection of wireless chargers that make charging a lot more available, yet a lot less obvious (goodbye messy cables!).” You can see the entire range here.
This bedroom is a good example of how a rug can give color and warmth to a room. Imagine this space without the kilim style rug and it a bit cold and plain. Also, a large rug can cover up a floor that is not that beautiful. This particular wooden floor has a yellow tone (which I do not like) but with a large rug this is less noticeable. More rugs and vintage items can be found throughout the entire home, which you can see here. Similar vintage kilim rugs are available from Le Souk. At the end of the post you can see some with pink tones.