Saturday, 19 June 2010

Decorating Nightmare!

Dan and I rent our apartment.  We LOVE it.  Great location, quiet [now that our drunk neighbors have been evicted], good neighbors [now] but the fittings and decor are heinous.  Builders paint every wall in this country "Marigold", and the floors in our bathroom and kitchen are an "orange marble" linoleum.  Really, really, disgusting.  Exhibit A:

 As you can see, I've tried to jazz it up a bit with a decent shower curtain, and some pictures on the wall, but it's still not that great.  I might paint the walls [depending on whether our landlord will let us - I have a degree in Interior Design to persuade him...].  We'll see.

Anyway, what brought this to mind [besides having to look at my bathroom every day], was a post by sfgirlbybay from the other day about her equally frustrating renters bathroom dilemma.  What do you do when your stuck with this crap?  Since I can't get the image of her bathroom out of my head, I've decided to dedicate this post to dealing with her bathroom dilemma.

This is the 1930's, cotton candy bathroom.  Totally trendy then... not so much now [though I love that metal vanity and the painting].  Not even nice enough to be called vintage.  So here's the inspiration for the update:

The Retro/Vintage Scan Emporium

Fun and colorful.  Very obviously vintage.  Let's bathroom accessorize!

In the UK:

1. Bellasole Mirror, £94.50 at Not on the High Street; 2. Photography Blackpool Beauties - Getty Images, £157.50 at Heal's; 3. Gessate Jug, £23.99 at Zara Home; 4. Flamenco Shower Curtain, £98 at Anthropologie [in love]; 5. Damask Bathmat, £58 at Anthropologie; 6. Turquoise 'Droplet' towels, £1.60-£16 at Debenhams; 7. Water Hyacinth Linen Bin, £35 at John Lewis; 8. Molton Brown Global Gift Set, £20 at Heal's; 9.  Round Diamanté Photo Frames, from £8.95 at Graham&Green; 10. Westminster Basin Taps, £55.20 at Homebase.

In the US:

1. Gone Surfin' Wall Art, $59.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; 2. Antiqued Gold Round Mirror, $149.98 at Pier1; 3. Amy Butler Coventry Fabric Shower Curtain, $39.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; 4. Seville Willow Hamper, $29.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; 5.  Mira Vase, 24.99 at Crate&Barrel; 6. Embossed Frame - Dark Pink (4 x 6"), $24.99 at Target; 7. DKNY Spring Tree Bath Rug, 29.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; 8.  Delta Windemere Polished Brass Double-Handle Bathroom Faucet, $78 at Lowe's;  9. DKNY Boucle Bath Towels, $7.99-$16.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; 10.  Calypso Orange Candleholders, $1.95-$2.95 at Crate&Barrel.

Now to figure out what to do with mine...

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