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My Tips for a Spacious and Luxurious Bathroom for Montréal en Santé Magazine

bathroom design tips :: montreal en sante spring 2013

If you are thinking about renovating or redecorating a bathroom, I invite you to read my tips on how to give your bathroom a boast in space and style on the Spring 2013 issue of Montréal en Santé. I talked about family bathrooms with a dual faucet sink, a communal shower, stylish light fixtures up to how to achieve better circulation and an airy feeling. Continue Reading


Balcon and Bénitier by Inga Sempé Are Now Available in Ceramic

balcon and benetier by Inga Sempe

The Balcon collection that French designer Inga Sempé created for Moustache was originally made in beech wood. A white ceramic version of the shelf to screw and the tidy to screw are amongst the few new items that Inga Sempé will present at Maison & Objets Paris 2013. The Balcon series is great to deposit small everyday objects or to hang next to your bath.

top picture: White ceramic Bénétier (a tidy) and Balcon by Inga Sempé

balcon shelf and benetier (tidy)balcon collection in beech wood for moustache
Balcon collection in beech wood for Moustache

Her new Vapeur lamps with coloured patterns will be presented at the same time. Stop by Moustache booth, Hall 8 – Stand B23 to see them.



Meet Duck Harry, which is Not a Rubber Ducky

duck harry

duck harry

Don’t be fooled by what you see at first sight. I was thrilled when I thought that they modernized the rubber duck that is the companion of every child’s bath time. But it is not the case. Duck Harry can’t float! Instead, Icelandic designer Hlynur Atlason created it as a multi-purpose item. Intended usages are a a toothbrush/toothpaste tube holder when you put it on the side, a doorstop or a paperweight. I wonder if we could use it as a bookend.

So, what your verdict? Would you give Duck Harry a chance? Or, are you disappointed, like me, that it can’t float? Having said that, Duck Harry would look great as a doorstep for a nursery or a bathroom.

+ Duck Harry, in yellow or black $28 USD at Kontextür


Blood Bath Props for an Horror Movie Halloween Party

Butcher's Apron and blood bath shower gel

Butcher's Apron and blood bath shower gel

You can scare your party guests in an unusual room of your home, that is the bathroom, with the Blood Bath collection by Spinning Hat, a London based gift design company. Designed to recreate an ultra realistic horror movie shower scene, the products range from a shower curtain, bath mat, shower bath, a butcher’s apron and Dead Tired pillow cases.

Butcher's bloody Apron packaging

Do not throw away the box of the Butcher’s Apron, seeing it is enough to put your guests in the mood. The possibilities of scenes are limited by your imagination. You do not have to stage the obvious.

blood bath shower curtain and bath mat

Blood Bath Shower Curtain $19.99 USD at Think Geek
Horror Movie Bath Mat $19.99 USD
+ Butcher’s Bloody Kitchen or Grilling Apron by Spinning Hat  $17.94 USD
Blood Bath Shower Gel £4.99 at Spinning Hat – since they are out of stock at Think Geek

HOME + GARDEN MODERN architecture

What I Like the Most from this Geometric Hamptons Guesthouse

adjacent bath

adjacent bath

This huge guest house has plenty of things going for her (in French, a house is female). It unusual shape delivered fabulous spaces beautifully filled with high-end finishes and modern furniture. My top ideas to steal from this project are:

The adjacent bath is practical as more people can use its components at the same time. The blue tiles from Ann Sacks is stunning; sadly, I could not find which model it is.

modern kitchen

The kitchen cabinets are a mix of custom made (upper cabinets) and a Bulthaup kitchen system (lower cabinets and island). It shows that you do not have to stick to one company to achieve the design you are looking for.

nurseryworks bunk beds

I rarely look at bunk beds as a design inspiration but these ones caught my eye. The Duet Bunk Beds from Nurseryworks provides storage under the bed and at the end. You have a choice of wood and colors.

cabana room

The cabana room is inviting and provides tons of storage.

+ Geometric Hamptons Guesthouse from Architecture Digest – photos: Scott Frances


Owl Theme for a Bathroom

give a hoot shower curtain

give a hoot shower curtain

The owl theme is popular for a nursery and invites. Now, you can have it for your bathroom decor. Last Friday afternoon, I took a few hours off the baby world for a quick stop of one of my favorite stores in Montreal, Maison Simons. I often buy at Simons my everyday kitchen linens. I stopped by the bathroom department to check the bathroom accessories since I need a soap dispenser for my baby son’s bathroom.

orange chenille bath rug

I stopped by the shower curtain section. Changing the shower curtain is a quick and easy way to update a decor. The Give a Hoot shower curtain caught my eye. I would coordinate it with that orange chenille bath rug. I like it so much that I’m contemplating the idea of putting this playful theme in my baby son’s bathroom, even though I already bought a shower curtain.

orange and blue bathroom accessories

Consider these bright bathroom accessories to continue on the orange and blue theme. The colors are invigorating as the idea that Spring is here.

orange and blue bath towels

Note that Maison Simons now runs an online store. Unfortunately, only a subset of their merchandise is available online.

Orange chenille bath rug $30 CAD at Maison Simons
+ Zesty citrus bathroom accessories $5 – $20 CAD


Bathroom Storage Ideas

bathroom accessories apothecary jars umbra

Often the smallest room in the house, bathrooms are easily overwhelmed with jars, tubes, linens and other necessities. We rounded up some smart ideas to help reign in countertop clutter.

bathroom accessories apothecary jars umbra

Clutter Clearers
Glass or clear acrylic vessels provide easy access to cotton swabs and soap, such as in a guest bathroom where you don’t want guests searching through your vanity drawers or medicine cabinet to find what they need.

Apothecary jars are a popular choice synonymous with spa style; glass adds a hint of sparkle, yet the shapes have an old world, luxurious feel. This version from West Elm (available in both small and large sizes) helps save counter space with stackable cylinders.

Umbra’s Capelli organizer also uses the cylinder shape with tall columns designed to hold bathroom beauty appliances like a blow dryer or curling iron.

Sleek Storage

With an organic shape and neutral colour, these round Igloo containers would work well in any room of the house. Their small size and un-fussy approach to stage is well-suited to bathroom necessities.

Leave it to Alessi to create the sleekest options to house bathroom essentials. The Birillo series include smart dispensers for cotton pads and cotton swabs. The divided sections in the cotton swab dispenser also make it a great option to store tweezers, nail clippers and other small items.

Other Options

Also from Alessi, the characters on these cotton swab containers add a bit of whimsy to a kid’s bathroom. They’re practical too, since the pull top raises the contents to make them more accessible for small hands.

bathroom accessories alessi pisellino

For a customizable option, check out this all-in-one organizer. You can rotate the outer clay frame around the bamboo base to create adjustable storage for your toothbrush, makeup brushes, tweezers or other items.

bathroom accessories bamboo matteria

To add a hit of colour and femininity to your bathroom, don’t overlook ornate, shapely glass pieces like the Yngaren collection at Ikea. You can find similar options at thrift and antique stores.

bathroom accessories ikea yngaren

+ Stacked Apothecary Jars, $34 – $49, West Elm
+ Capelli Organizer, $30, Umbra
Igloo £35 for a set of 3 bowls
+ Birillo cotton pad dispenser, £17.00, Alessi
+ Birillo cotton swab dispenser, £17.00, Alessi
Pisellino cotton swab holder, £18.00, Alessi
+ Small organizer, €29 , Matteria
+ Yngaren bathroom collection, $8.99 – $14.99, Ikea


Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Grooming Gifts for Him and Her

grooming and body care products for valentine's gift ideas

grooming and body care products for valentine's gift ideas

The Canadian indie bloggers of Style Collective – I’m a member – decided to do a round-up of what we consider to be awesome gift ideas for this Valentine’s Day. I split the gift ideas into 3 parts. I start this coverage with what you can use on your bathroom.

1. Sameera of

“Have your man try something new and shave the old-fashioned way with Natural Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Soap ($5.95 CAD) and the Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Brush ($7.47 CAD) for a more comfortable, quality shave. You can warm up together in the tub with Aura Cacia aromatherapy ($3.59 CAD), and sip mugs of Cocoa Camino ($8.59 CAD), which offers a yummy-licious array of indulgent cocoa products.”

It sounds like a great date, Sameera. These products are available at

2. Janine from BeautyGeeks

“For him, Gillette Fusion ProGlide and Kiehl’s shave oil together deliver the closest. shave. ever. The Dermalogica buffing cloth is a bracing a.m. body wake-up and exfoliating superstar. For her, the LoveFresh gift box, with delish Pomegranate sugar scrub and body butter, is loaded with natural oils and moisturizers for silky, luscious limbs.”

I would like to try the scrubs. It sounds marvelous.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, $14.99 at drugstores; Kiehl’s Close Shavers Shaving Formula 31-0 Shave Oil, $26 at; Dermalogica Ultimate Buffing Cloth, $24 at; LoveFresh Body Goodies Scrubalicious Gift Box, $42 at

3. Claire from ChickAdvisor

“Nothing says sexy time on Valentine’s Day like a shower. We can’t get enough of these cheeky Soap & Glory products. The flirty scents contain delicious notes of citrus, bergamot, mandarin, jasmine and freesia on a mix of musks, sandalwood, vanilla and amber. As for the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, the name alone is enough to make us want it.”

I like the vintage packaging.

Soap & Glory Clean, Girls body wash, $9.99 CAD; Scrub ’Em & Leave ’Em body buff, $14.99 CAD; Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, $9.99 CAD; all at Shoppers Drug Mart.


Preview of my Kid Bathroom: Work in Progress

vanity and walls kid bathroom

vanity and walls kid bathroom

We upgraded all the fixtures and finishes in our second bathroom. I want to design a bathroom that feels calm, is gender neutral and one where my upcoming son can grow with. In fact, I am jealous of some of the details.

bathtub tiles

I am really happy about my choice of materials. The unifying element are subtle horizontal lines. The color scheme is blue, white and gray. The starting point was these rectangular (4×16 inches) white textured tiles. They look great and were affordable. I added two blue glass tile borders in a shower/tub area and continue the pattern on the vanity wall.  I only need 8 sheets to do the entire bathroom. Therefore, the glass tiles was not a too expensive splurge.

I found the vanity at Home Depot. It is a little high for a kid but finding a ready-made vanity that could fit my plumbing holes and that comes without a top and sink can be a challenge. Anyway, I prefer that the bathroom is not only designed for kids. I already made sure that the toilet and the bathtub will be suitable for the needs of a toddler.

tiles and vanity top details

I selected a laminated vanity top to keep cost down. I selected Brushed Aluminum by Arborite (that is apparently discontinued). It has similar horizontal lines than the tiles on the wall and on the floor (not shown).

The walls and the ceiling are painted P5004-24 (Baby Hugs) while the small accent wall is P5005-41 (Pinstripe) by Para Paints, which nicely donated the paints to decorate the rooms of my home. I selected the ULTRA Kitchen & Bath paint for the bathroom.

I can wait to see it when it will be all done. It will not happen before February since I now concentrate my efforts on the finishing touches around the rest of the home.

+ 48 In. Cognac Casual Vanity by American Classics $499 CAD at Home Depot
+ Loft Over the Counter Sink by American Standard


A Toddler-Friendly Bathroom | Getting Ready for the Baby

pack splat and water bugs by boon

pack splat and water bugs by boon

We are in the middle of a facelift of what used to be the cat bathroom to make it prettier for my upcoming son. I updated the tiles on the walls and the floor. Plus, I bought a new bath sink and a new toilet. What I found is that safety and practicality limit your options to the standard bath fixtures.

At first, I selected a toilet with an elongated bowl. They are prettier. But after talking to a baby supply store, they recommend that I get the classic round bowl because it will be easier to find a toilet training seat. Even though I know that more brands are planning to launch models for an elongated bowl and chances are that by the time he will need it the market will have evolved, I prefer to be safe.

More Standards to Consider

As a future parent, I believe that we must consider proportions and select bathroom fixtures that are adapted to a little child’s scale. Let’s start with the toilet height. Opt for the standard 15-inch high instead of what they call ideal height.

I kept our old bathtub which looks brand new for the same reason. I tried to find a nicer tub but all the new models are at least 17 inch high; most are 20 inches high or more. We have a 20-inch high bathtub in our master bathroom. I find it hard to reach the bottom when I wash it. There is no way that I will be able to safely and comfortably bathe my toddler son with a high bathtub.

Nonetheless, his bathroom will look great. I was creative with my choice of sink, faucet and ceramic tiles. I will show you the results once it is finished. In a few months, I will start to look at bath toys to learn skills and stimulate his imagination.

As it turned out, I made a last design change that reduced the space between my finished wall and the C/L of outlet. I had to buy a 10″ rough-in toilet, instead of the standard 12 inches rough-in toilet. The store only carries it with an elongated bowl. I then discovered that the Baby Björn Toilet Trainer has a dial adjustor which allows you to customize the seat for the precise size and shape of your toilet seat opening. Therefore, problem solved.

+ Boon Bath Toy Combo Pack Splat and Water Bugs $12 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Baby Björn Toilet Trainer $27.43 USD at [affiliate link]


Stunning Swedish Outdoor Hot Tub

bathroom of Katarina Grundströmer as seen on Sköna Hem

bathroom of Katarina Grundströmer as seen on Sköna Hem

This summer home is heaven on Earth. I do not know which view I prefer between the bathroom or the outdoor wood-fired hot tub. This is the summer house of a new star in the Swedish stylist scene (according to Emmas designblog), Katarina Grundströmer.

wood-fired swedish hot tub as seen on sköna hem

Do not miss the rest of her summer home, it’s a place where it should be great to go every weekend.

+ photos: Sköna Hem
+ via Apartment Therapy San Francisco