Wednesday, 13 May 2009

I saw something nasty in the woodshed....splish splash!

Well...not any more you didn't, Aunt Ada !! ;-)
Apart from a few finishing touches (painting the door frame, adding a few new towels etc) our new bathroom is just about complete!

Normally a decisive person, I must have gone through the paint charts and fabrics so many times, dithering... and driving Mr Snippets crazy in the process!
A big thanks to him ! ;-)

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would choose yellow is my least fave colour!
However, Farrow and Ball 'Hound Lemon' and 'Pale Hound' are not exactly your normal 'run of the mill' yellows..and I am pleasantly surprised at the result.
In fact... I am 'chuffed to little mint balls' !

And so here follows a few photos of prettiness...
but not before I say a huge thanks to Pete Wills, the craftsman to whom we are so grateful .. he gave us such class workmanship, thoughtfulness and care throughout... and a lot of laughs!
(and he patiently put up with me for three weeks!)

This needs saying, as no doubt everyone will look at the bathroom and swoon at the fripperies til the cows come home...but underneath all of that is the real work, the toil and the expertise.
Pete, you are a star!

I could not decide on fabric for the curtains..I'm a fabricaholic and initially purchased some Philip Jacobs Delphinium fabric..but it just didn't work with the paint colour.

Looking through my own stash, I came across the perfect match!

I knew then that I could pick out any of these colours...and so having discarded all the pink things from the previous bathroom....I got them all out again!!!LOL

These Zinnias,which were a present from my dear OH, a few years impulse buy in Topsham, I recall.

The towel ladder from Liz at Pretty Practicals.

This girl has been in every bathroom that I have ever owned, I think!

I wanted a mix of old and new..and here is one that I didn't cut up!
And then...

The bath mat saga!

As you can see, I have ended up with two bath mats.... the story being that the first one arrived ( from John Lewis ) damaged on the underside!
They told me to 'bin it' .....''BIN IT?' I mended it! ;-)

A touch or two of CK in the corner!

Naturally, magazines are a 'must' in the bathroom!

I've had this lovely magazine rack for years.
Dallas Simpson is the artist famous for many of those 'wide eyed' children pics.

Little flashes of colour!

And finally...this gap above the sink is waiting for a yet to be any ideas would be greatly appreciated ! I'm open minded... but again I am dithering!

And just in case you didn't see it as it once was...

I do think that from now on, I'll enjoy my bath times, don't you?
Splish splash! ;-)


Jane said...

Oh Sal, it looks absolutely beautiful. We are desperate for a new bathroom (it's avocado green ....say no more!)
Congratulations on a wonderful job,
Jane x

Cowboys and Custard said...

It is such a transformation Sal.. I love it. You will be having 3 baths a day now then?
As for mirrors.. well I have always favoured the plain round glass ones with the chain to hang.. vintage of course.

Michele xx

Carol said...

Sal the bathroom looks really cosy.
You picked a winner on the colour chart. Funny this, I was looking at that paint chart today! we are going to re-decorate my Mum and Dad's kitchen, i kept looking at that yellow and thinking what a cheerful sunny colour it was.
Carol x

April said...

Sal it's gorgeous

April xx

Kitty said...

It looks beautiful. I don't think I'd ever choose yellow, but my mum has yellow in her kitchen and bedroom and both rooms are absolutely gorgeous. I think I need to reassess!


summerfete said...

Its simply marvelous Sal!
Far nicer than Ms Allsopps attempt!
Love the colour!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Oh Sal it is beautiful and the colors a perfect. Bravo! I need to do a bathroom remake on mine too.

Floss said...

What an improvement on your 'before' picture! I really, really like light bathrooms (our downstairs one is so gloomy) so this one's a winner for me!

Shabby Chick said...

Very pretty Sal! I love the yellow, and the curtains are so cheerful and gorgeous. I wish I'd been a bit more adventurous in my bathroom now but one day I might pretty it up a bit :)

Mel xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

That bathroom is beautiful. Yellow is so cheerful, the room is wonderful.

sweetmyrtle said...

that's a great tour of your bathroom Sal.. it is looking lovely. if i was you i would hide in there and read magazines amm day!
hope you are well,
with love

Country Bliss said...

It's looking beautiful, the colour is so pretty.
Yvonne x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Ooh it looks flippin fab!

I have a new blog -

Josie said...

it looks great, very cheerful
Josie x

Simone said...

Your bathroom is beautiful. It certainly has the feminine touch!

Country Cottage Chic said...

Fab-u-lous!! Even Aunt Ada would approve (maybe you might find Seth soaking & brooding in there?)


Josie-Mary said...

Looks fab sal, I could just to with a long soak to sort out my tried legs!!! I love the magazine rack, have you tried Otto's for a mirror?? or what about my place??? We have a 20% off event next week... I can email you a invite :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

You have to accept the inevitable, Sal, you just cannot manage without your signature pink. The new bathroom looks lovely. You will sit in the bath (pink foam I hope) and revel in its beauty - just don't let the water go cold!

Jane W said...

Beautiful bathroom. It looks so different to how it did before. I love all the extra little bits and bobs - they are perfect.

Anonymous said...

That looks gorgeous Sal!!!
Sooo much better than before. I'm not a yellow fan either but I like 'that' yellow or maybe it's a lemon? ...whatever it works and looks lovely!
I'm not sure, but you could maybe try that crinoline lady mirror that you bought recently(...the one who'd laughed her head off!?) above the sink??? The floral garden on the mirror might tie in with your pretty curtains?
Fab job...well done!
Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

galant said...

Ooh, Sal! A woman after my own heart! We chose F&B Pale Hound and Hound Lemon for the woodwork in our hall and our sitting/dinimg room (with, for the walls in the said sitting/dining room, F&B's estate emulsion in Gervase Yellow.) As you and I know, and perhaps others don't, these are very different shades of yellow from what is normally considered yellow - they have a hint of lime in them and they do change colour with the light that the room receives during the day. I just love these shades, they are my absolute favourites on the F&B range. And, as well as cerise, which you have a lot of in your bathroom as accent colour, terracotta (which we have in our sitting room) goes equally well, as does really inky Chinese blue. The room looks absolutely wonderful. I'm trying to persuade Himself (but not succeeding) that tongue and groove would look lovely in our tiny shower room, but instead he wants wallpaper, as in last weeks' Kirstie Allsopp programme. I don't mind just as long as we can get rid of the awful tiles which we chose (about the only real error we've made, I think, in the decorating stakes) when we moved in. They are too pale and insipid (sorry, tautology!) but then, in 1985, pale pinks and blues were all the rage and that was what was on offer!
Margaret P

THIS'N'THAT said...

Looks great Sal. In fact its inspirational. Our bathroom is on our LONG list of things to do/have done and I've just promoted it to the top ten!
Lesley X

Professor Yaffle said...

Oh! How I wished I had little mint balls ;)

tracey said...

your bathroom looks lovely. i love your blog. i live in paignton and cant wait to get over to the shop and stall you have recomended in totnes. havent been there for a while such a great town. im planning to do my bathroon soon im going for english lavender and cream with venetian glass mirrors

Professor Yaffle said...

Well now tis all done and said I thought I would .....
But No!
I am made from mud and clay
I am not pink
My name is not Cath
I might leave the seat up

christine said...

What a beautiful bathroom! I was just thinking of trying yellow out in my kitchen and adding pictures of herbs and spices. Your post confirms yellow is a great choice! :)

Hen said...

Looking good, Sal. How many times a day are you going in there just for a little peek? I'm sure you'll choose a lovely mirror, vintage dahling!
Hen x

Mary Poppins said...

Is it normal behaviour to be staring at a photograph of someone elses bathroom for an hour, Mmmmm ;)

It is divine, and very thought provoking as we are in the process of decorating ours. Now we too are going for the tongue and groove and also have a little shower hesd quite similar to yours and we are arguing darlinumg husband and I as to what to have around the bath, he says you cant have splashes of water against tongue and groove from a shower as it would rot the wood, and I say well tongue and groove is so prerty. Well now I have seen yours, has given me some wonderful ideas :)

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the hug earlier :)


Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow--that is one of the prettiest baths I've ever seen! I love the yellow (my bathroom is a soft yellow like that too) but what I really like is the splashes of vivid color you used, it's so cheerful yet relaxing at the same time. Kudos!
Smiles, Karen

Menopausal musing said...

That is the most lovely shade of yellow . . . Boy, but you work fast in your house! x

Ragged Roses said...

What a wonderful transformation Sal, it's lovely. I bought a tester pot of pale hound a few months ago, it's a beautiful colour.
enjoy soaking in your lovely room

LissyLou said...

It's very pretty sal, well done!

Melanie said...

Your bathroom is sooo beautiful. xxx

funkymonkey said...

It all looks wonderful Sal. I wish mine was done.


Suzie Sews said...

your picture, oh my I bought that today at a 2nd market near us, I have loved it for years and thought I would treat myself, although mine is in a yuk frame...
What a beautiful room, it says candles and wine in the evening to me....

Rosie said...

Your new bathroom looks so pretty now and more 'you' I think :)

Wild Rose said...

This is a pretty sanctuary. I particularly like the posters of York ~ now I'm homesick.

Marie x

silverpebble said...

Gorgeous little eclectic touches in your bathroom Sal. I love that little towel rail and the rainbow mat, well, pebbles both large and small are fans of that one

Enjoy relaxing in it x

Sarah said...

Your bathroom looks so lovely now Sal. I love those F+B yellows - very subtle. I was considering painting our bathroom white, but quite taken with the yellows!

MarmaladeRose said...

OOOO! Sal you've all done a wonderful job. It looks beautiful. I'm very impressed.

Yvonne said...

Hello, just discovered your lovely blog. What a gorgeous bathroom. I can just imagine climbing into that wonderful bath and sinking into a tub of bubbly loveliness... it looks very relaxing and restful. I specially love the stripy bath mat!
Yvonne x

kelly said...

That really does look so pretty and peaceful, a perfect place to relax in the tub. I love the colour but I am very keen on yellow to begin with. Great job by all!

summerfete said...

re: Kirsties homemade garbage. I cant believe she liked the gaudy silk flowers in that garden, it was all quite hideous!!

Melanie said...

Hi Sal, thank you for leaving such a nice message on my site. xxx

Redwoodhouse said...

Absolutely have it all spot on, I love it, can't wait to see the mirror...

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

What a wonderfully cheerful bathroom you have now, Sal - would we expect anything else from the lover of all things colourful?!
Well done, you must be so go and relax in a lovely hat bath!
Happy weekend,
Niki x

Anonymous said...

May I thank you once again for choosing our product range to help decorate your new bathroom
Particularly in these times of financial as well as epidemical difficulties.


Farrow & Boar

Nichocacola said...

Oh my, what a delightful bathroom! it is almost worth moving home for ;-)

Actually, the bath is really nice; just what I need after a hard day's work!

It's Me Again, The Mystery Knit said...

Thank you for your recent order.
Can I just verify whether you want me to knit a cover for all 50 loo rolls or just the one?
If for the 50 then may I suggest the size 20 crinoline lady.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Sal
What a beautiful bathroom! I love yellow and that is the colour on my kitchen walls. It is an under rated colour. We have quite a way before ours looks as beautiful as yours, we need to have our completely gutted out but with all the other jobs to be done n the house such as my work room, our lounge and bedroom, it will have to wait a bit longer! Fabulous looking Sal!
Have a great weekend
Isabelle x

Rosie said...

It looks lovely and a big improvement. No surprise I suppose that it is bright and colourful. x

Vintage to Victorian said...

Lovely colour Sal - and as I hadn't seen the 'before' I've just looked at the link and quite understand why it had to be done!!!

I'm sure you and your new bathroom will be very happy!!!!

Sue x