I just can’t stop looking at this photo. I found it thanks to a fantastic (and very funny) home-reno blog that I follow, called Victoria Elizabeth Barnes (“Restoring our 1890 Victorian”). In the blog Victoria recounts the adventures that she and her very patient husband, Paul, are having as they do a major, major renovation of a home in Philadelphia. I always look forward to her posts, not only because they are well-written and amusing, but because I see so much of my compulsive I-want-what-I-want self in her.
Anyway, Victoria of late has been writing primarily about the kitchen-renovation planning that she has been doing, but previously she was on about the bathroom re-do. And in both cases she has drawn inspiration (and posted photos) from the home of Pilar Guzman, the editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living. Guzman and her family live in a brownstone in Brooklyn and it is, of course, perfect. (What else would you expect from someone highly placed in the Martha Stewart empire?)
Well, actually … to my taste the house is a bit too heavy on the dark-wood front. (You can get the whole tour and decide for yourself here.) Victoria absolutely adores the kitchen:
And yes, it’s gorgeous. But I couldn’t live with all that heavy dark Victorian wood. I need lightness and brightness, especially in the kitchen.
Ah, but that bathroom! And it’s only the guest bathroom! But I would be happy to make it mine. I love the high, high ceiling; the Manse has high ceilings (though probably not that high). And the old clawfoot tub and the very modern walk-in shower. And especially the bright-white subway tile on the wall and the smaller tiles on the floor. (The tiles, marthastewart.com tells us, are from Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, and I have been drooling over the stuff at the Ann Sacks site, which is here, this evening.) And I especially love the fact that there is a great big window allowing light to stream in – which, combined with all the whiteness and brightness of the room itself, mitigates and complements the dark wood moulding around the window.
I could so totally be happy with that bathroom.