There is no question that white is the most popular choice for bathrooms. It makes sense to match your plumbing fixtures and choosing a scheme that includes white is a simple way of doing this. I do love the clean and simple look too but there is something about a black bathroom that I can’t help but be drawn to. Black might seem like a dramatic choice in a small space but these bathrooms prove that black is both sexy and warm.
When it comes to design, bathrooms and kitchens are extremely important to me. Now of course, I can do quite a lot with paint and furniture but for me the real fun is taking a blank canvas and breathing life into it. Tiles, tubs, sinks – it’s a gratifying puzzle to put together. These rooms are always complex to design (and come with a mountain of installation headaches) but there really isn’t anything else that can compare to a good one. Here are some recent favorites of mine that have got me daydreaming…
There are few things more luxurious for a bathroom than a freestanding tub and there are a few good reasons for that. They usually require a different type of plumbing than a normal tub, which can make them challenging to install in a retro-fit or renovation situation. They are a better choice for when you are designing a room from scratch. I also think they look much better when you have the luxury of a lot of space – all the better to show off the tub’s elegant shape. Why bother to install one in a tight space? But if you can make it work in your space they really make the perfect focal point for your bathroom.
Ultra-chic plumbing fixture company Brizo has been a partner of fashion designer Jason Wu since 2006. Wu was a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund and was also the designer of Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Ball gown. Brizo sponsors Wu’s runway shows during New York Fashion Week and every season sponsors some very lucky design bloggers to attend both the shows and a sort of Brizo/design bootcamp. (Dear Brizo – *ahem* Pick me next!)
The next natural step for this collaboration was for Wu to actually design a few fixtures himself. When I first saw these last week, I actually gasped out loud. Let’s face it – plumbing fixtures can sometimes be strictly utilitarian. Many are plain old boring and many of those that have been designed to appeal to the masses come off rather poorly, in either form or function. While I have yet to see these pretties in person (they officially launch next spring), I have no doubt that they are as functional as they are beautiful. Now I just need that perfect edgy client to spec them for.
The star of the collection is the Odin faucet. It is a limited edition – only 1,000 pieces are being created, which is sure to mean they will sell out in the blink of an eye. The faucet is equipped with SmartTouchPlus™ Technology, which means you start and stop the water flow by merely touching the faucet at any point. The Odin is currently available for pre-order and those that do will also recieve a signed and hand numbered illustration by Wu, along with a Jason Wu for Brizo keychain. (The keychain seems oddly superfluous but the illustration would be obviously be fantastic in a custom frame in your elegant new powder room.)
The fixtures are all available in your choice of matte black with chrome or brushed nickel. EDITED TO ADD: I was just informed by Brizo that the faucet was designed by the Brizo team, not by Jason Wu himself. Also, while 1,000 Odins are available for pre-order the faucet will be widely stocked come next spring. Thanks for the info Brizo!
If you are looking to give your space a dose of style- whether you are splashing out or on a budget – drop me a line. Check out my Hire Me! page for more details.
Today I’m starting a new feature here at Callooh Callay. I’ve totally fallen head over heels for Pinterest lately and I’ve been busily pinning away for the last few weeks. It’s so much fun and so easy to use! It took me awhile to really get into it but I can now readily admit that I am totally addicted. It’s such a great way to catalogue all the wonderful things I come across from all you amazing bloggers out there. And so I thought it would be great to share some of my recent pins with you on a regular basis. Away we go!