All this rambling about luck was not entirely innocent, you know I always have an agenda. Do you remember Catherine from Mill Valley, the lucky winner of the Domino decorating contest? You think I'm obsessed with her don't you? Mmmm you're right.
She and I have kept in touch. I never thought of her as lucky for winning. Her win was no Vegas slot machine deal. She had a vision, she made it happen, and she made it happen by doing most of the work herself with great ingenuity and playfulness. And no this is not a dilettante with too much money and time on her hands. She is someone like us, with a budget and a job. She did not hire a decorating pro either.
I told her I call her style modern Marie Antoinette, (mostly since seeing the Sofia Coppola movie ) but her style is much more than that, and not so easy to define. One thing is for sure, it is not like anyone else's.
With the prize money, she transformed a room into a lovely bathroom that is so her. Here are the pictures , and because it's always fun, she has also sent me the before pictures and her notes. Read to the end: this is still a work in progress and she asking for your opinion.
Catherine says: "There was no question when I won the Domino contest that I would FINALLY get my claw foot tub and redeo my most disgusting hall bath! The vision, for years, was to install a large casement window with the tub right underneath so I could look outside to the garden/trees/sky when bathing in deep water for my middle age aching body. (UGH). Everyone asks why the hall bath instead of the master bath which is as disgusting. Simple answer: I could not afford to move all the plumbing to get the tub under window and the hall bath is also the one guests use so why not make it my bath also.
I researched and purchased everything myself and then had the white laminate floors installed and a large window installed in the 12 inch thick concrete wall. This was the biggest cost.
My vision included silvery vines and leaves on the ceiling and draping down the walls here and there. And a small beautiful crystal chandelier for above the tub.
I knew I wanted a "furniture" piece for the vanity. Fortunately I found the perfect french looking piece and a small lovely sink that was set into the top. New low flush toilet and nice hardware.
I have done all the painting and just had to paint/stencil the tub.
(Corine's note: Okay, now the before pictures, hang on to your desktops.)
"I had demoed out a small corner shower two years ago and set an armoire against the wall for storage. There was an ancient vanity, tiny avocado green mosaics on the floor, part of the ceiling was gone from a leaking roof and the walls were an orange peal texture. It was gross.
Aqua blue and just a splash of coral red were the colors. No plastics bottles! I put the shampoo and conditioner in a silver vintage curette set and the teacups hold soaps etc.
HOWEVER, I came to a halt in the decor process. It all felt sort of cold, too much white, something off. So it really is a work in progress and any ideas would be appreciated! Or I may continue....What would you do?
Thanks for all comments!"
Well, Catherine, I would personally not change a thing, but you remember this link you sent me? What about a nice funny/subversive piece of art on the wall by Artist Tracey Emin: like this one: