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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


Classic Glass Apothecary Jars in the Kitchen

apothecary glass jars

apothecary glass jars

Classic glass apothecary jars are not just for the bathroom or to serve candies or cookies at a sweet table. See how Darleen of Darling Darleen uses them to keep citrus fruits in easy reach. It reminds everyone in the family to eat their daily portions of fruits. If you host a brunch, her idea would create an awesome centerpiece.

Or fill them with pasta if you are hosting an italian dinner. You can find similar apothecary glass jars at Pottery Barn.

PB classic glass apothecary jar used in a bathroom

+ Citrus in Jars from Darling Darleen
Classic Glass Jars for pasta storage – as seen on Apartment Therapy
+ PB Classic Glass Apothecary Jar $39-$69 USD at Pottery Barn


Bijoux Glass Domes by Kiki van Eijk for Secondome

Bijoux glass domes by dutch designer Kiki van Eijk

Bijoux glass domes by dutch designer Kiki van Eijk

Bijoux is a new collection of glass domes created by Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk for Secondome. I like the lines of her serving pieces. They will be presented at Maison et Objet this week.

fabrica glass domes cake stands bowls and pitchers for secondome

In 2008, Fabrica made a unique glass serving ware collection for Secondome. It contains 14 mouth-blown glass pieces: cake covers, roast covers, pitchers and sculptures. The whimsical pieces cheer up any table. Rita Botelho played with wine glasses to create her glass domes. Sam Browm created Futiles, a series formed by a fruit bowl and two pitchers. Yukihiro Kaneuchi imagined the happy cake stand. I like the Martians glass domes by American designer Becka Citron.

+ Bijoux by Kiki van Eijk for Secondome
+ Secondome Glass Martians Third by Becka Citron for Fabrica $552 USD at Yook
+ via Moco Loco


Glass Beverage Bottles by Lifefactory

carry-on glass beverage bottle by lifefactory

carry-on glass beverage bottle by lifefactory

A glass bottle is ideal for liquid since it is cleaner and will not form an after-taste.  The silicone sleeve of the Lifefactory bottles protects the bottle by reducing the chance of breakage if it falls.

With a choice of 6 colors for the sleeve, each member of the family can easily identify which one is his/her. Plus, the silicone sleeve provides a tighter grip. A bottle holds 22 oz (650 ml). The best thing is that the bottle with the sleeve can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

All components are FDA-approved and are compliant with US, Canadian, and European safety standards. Naturally, I would not suggest them unless they were bisphenol-A (BPA) free, phthalate free, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) free.

Lifefactory’s glass beverage bottle $21.99 USD


Colored Glass Accessories

colored glass accessories :: tealight candlehoders flower bottles and vases

colored glass accessories :: tealight candlehoders flower bottles and vases

If you are looking for home accessories to punch up your interior, look no further than colored glass for inspirations. I spot a collection of tealight candleholders with a scalloped edge at Zara Home that would be great for indoor and outdoor dining.

There is no need to put flowers into the flower bottles and vases. They look pretty on their own. They would add an exotic touch to any decor. Although Mulberry Hall is based in England, they shipped worldwide. Sadly for us, Zara Home is not available in North America. Still, these vases are a source of inspiration.

+ Toke Tealight £4.99 each at Zara Home
+ Flower Bottles and Vases £30 – £45 at Dartington Crystal
+ Amber Clematis Flower Bottle $38.40 USD at Mulberry Hall, which carries more models
+ photo of the flower bottles and vases: Living etc – May 2010


DIY Etched Glass Water Bottles

diy glass etched water bottles

diy etched glass water bottles

This is an idea that my foodie friend Alexa Clark‘s did for her birthday party. It is easy to do, it repurposes something that we do not use anymore and it is affordable. Alexa decorated used wine bottles by etching H20 on each bottle.

As you can see, she even recycled her cut stencils and the cut letters which produced two patterns. I am not sure if it is due to the color of the glass but the green wine bottles are prettier. You could also try it on a clear glass bottle.

Many Purposes

etched glass storage jars on martha stewart

You could do your own glass etching projects to write the table numbers on bottles or votive holders. Or you can create your own etched glass storage jars, like those on Martha Stewart.

March 16th, 2010 Update: A fun idea that @jennifersquires shared with me on Twitter is to etch drink glasses with your kid name and day of the week. Then you can drink out of the same glass all day.

Glass Etching Tips

A few things to know if you are new to glass etching:

  • Make sure to clean very well the surface.
  • You may want to put painter tapes (they are easily to get off than the regular tapes) on close-by areas to make sure no etching cream touched them.
  • Remove all the bubbles from your vinyl stencil and that the edges are stuck tight to the glass before applying an even thick coat of etching cream.
  • Wear rubber gloves and uses a brush or a popsicle stick to apply the cream. Make sure to cover completely the area that you want to etch.
  • Work in a well ventilated area.

+ photos: Etched glass storage jars on Martha Stewart


Chalkboard Jars at Pier1 Imports

chalkboard jars glass canisters at pier 1 imports

I bought these jars for my husband’s birthday party. I needed them for setting the dessert table. They were, and still are, on clearance at Pier 1 Imports. The chalkboard band is very practical. I really like them. They are a good size. I can fit 1 kg of nuts in the medium sizes (I have three of those). If you are looking for glass canisters, check out if they are some left at a store near you.

+ Chalkboard Canisters $10 & $14 USD


Reusable Glass Straws by GlassDharma

glassdharma bend straw

I was curious and skeptical when I read the email from the PR agent of GlassDharma. It seems like a good idea but I did not know how practical their idea was. To judge by myself, I accepted their offer to send me a sample their Simple Elegance and their Beautiful Bend straws.

Both models are available in 2 lengths and 2 widths. The wider version is for milk shakes and smoothies. I tested both models with my morning grapefruit juice. I really enjoy their straws. I did not test the milk shake version yet but from looking at it, I feel it should work fine.

Notwithstanding the beneficial effect on the environment to not throw away the straw after each usage, these glass straws are more fun to sip with. An added bonus!

Cleaning Instructions

The straws are dishwasher-safe. The only drawback is that it may require a little work for you if you do not rinse the straw as soon as your finished using it. I then wash it in the dishwasher to sanitize it. If it is left to dry without rinsing, simply soak your straw in warm soapy water and then use the right size cleaning brush, sold separately and in kits. Other accessories include Hemp Soft Sleeves and Bamboo Hard Cases for protecting and carrying the straws to picnics.

Located in California, GlassDharma found so far a small number of retailers in the United States and Canada to carry their unique products. Each straw is hand-made in the United States.

+ Store locator for GlassDharma – US and Canadian Store
+ GlassDharma Bend Drinking Straw (Standard Size) each $10.50 CAD, set of 4 with a cleaning brush $40.50 CAD at Gone Shopping
+ GlassDharma Simple Elegance Drinking Straw (Ex-Large Size) each $10 CAD, set of 4 with a cleaning brush $38.50 CAD at Gone Shopping


Lit your home with Havana or Capri by Jonathan Alder

Havana and Capri :: 2009 lighting collection by jonathan alder

The few items of the latest collection of Jonathan Alder caught my attention. Let’s start with lighting. Contrary to lots of designers, I restrain the recessed lights to the bare minimum in my decors. I prefer to display gorgeous lamps for their decorative and functional input. The latest lighting collection by Jonathan Alder allows you to do it at a really reasonable price.

If you are looking for an industrial lamp with a feminine side, look no further than Havana. When I look at the single light Havana, I almost see a hanging dress. I love it! It is a uniquely shaped task fixture. Available with one or three lights, the Havana pendant is designed for an art and craft studio, to lit the kitchen island or to hang low over the dining table. A table lamp and a floor lamp complete the series.

Capri is an entire lighting collection with two lamps and two pendants. Each Capri light is made of colored glass with polished nickel accents. The hardest thing is to decide which one you like the best between the Capri Teardrop lamp, the Capri genie or the Bottle Pendant or lamp. You do not have too since you could very well mixed the three models in a same room. They are available in blue, green, orange, white and gray.

+ Havana Pendant with three lights $450 USD
+ Havana Pendant $195 USD
+ Capri Teardrop Lamp $275 USD
+ Capri Genie Pendant $195 USD
+ Capri Bottle Pendant $195 USD
+ Capri Bottle Lamp $275 USD


A.J Creation’s Tableware Blends White Ceramic with Vibrant Glass

a.j. creations ceramic and blown glass housewaresI am thrilled by this new find A.J Creation is born when the ceramist Amélie Lucier and the blown glass artist Julien Mongeau decided to unite the two materials to make beautiful everyday housewares.

The results are design products with an attractive tension between the materials. The bold color glass opposes pure white ceramic.

I cannot tell you more at the moment. A.J Creation’s products are supposed to be available at Les Touilleurs, a kitchen store for foodies that I adore. I will go check them out next week.

Christmas Shopping

They also exposed until December 20 at Bure & Linon. The public can visit Bure & Linon:

  • Thursday and Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM and
  • Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

You will find them at Salon des métiers d’art du Québec at Place Bonaventure from December 5 to 21, 2008. The Salon des métiers d’art du Québec is a popular stop for Christmas shopping in Montreal.

Update: I want to thank Josyan McGregor for finding at the shop of the Art Gallery of Ontario the price of the mortar and pestle set. I appreciate your help.

+ Directions to go at Les Touilleurs
+ Directions to go at Bure & Linon
+ Mortar and Pestle Set at AGO Shop – price: $105 CAD
+ Images by Créativité Montréal


Pure Norwegian Design will be at 100% Design in London

100 percent norway at 100 percent design in london

When we are taking about Scandinavian, we talked mostly about products from Finland and Sweden. In fact, I think I spoke more often about Danish products than Norwegian creations.

The government of Norway with the industry has launched an offensive a few years ago to raise awareness about what they produce. They identify UK as an important platform for their marketing campaign.

Again this year, the visitors of UK’s leading contemporary interiors event will be able to see and touch the best of Norwegian design. The trade show 100% Design is scheduled for September 18 to 21, 2008 at Earls Court in London.

100% Norway viewed over the years

It was announced that 100% Norway 2008 will be once again curated by Henrietta Thompson. The upcoming stand has tripled over the size of last year. In 2006, 100% Norway stand was colossal. The 2006 stand exhibited cutting edge Norwegian architecture including a view at fashion, furniture and city bikes. From macro, the stand went micro as 100% Norway 2007 zoomed in to the creativity found in glass, porcelain and textile design. The theme for 2008 is not yet public. I will keep you posted.

Where to shop for Norwegian design?

One of the glass pieces showcased at 100% Norway 2007 is this beautiful Blue Wing Butterfly vase by Catherine Maske. The artist made a statement since her vase immortalized a national butterfly that is close to extinction. For more outstanding glass ware, check out the 100% Norway: Glass summary on Norway: the official site in the UK.

The desire to draw more attention to Norwegian design does not only come from the government. Two citizens, Marianne Lien and Lasse Altern Halvorsen, opened a store full of Norwegian products called Pur Norsk. My board let you admire the inside of Pur Norsk brick and mortar store in Oslo. Pur Norsk also cater to foreigners through their international online store.

Scandinavian Surface specializes in patterns for any surface: fabrics, wallpaper, building facades, interior decoration details, kitchenware, barware and more. They manufacture ProPiece, a line of coated polyester wall-to-wall decorations. ProPiece looks like a mix between wall decals and wall papers. I like even more their collection of coasters, serving trays, plates and cushions.

I particularly like from Scandinavian Surface their Bread Coasters which are side plate made of laminated melamine. You use them for bread rolls or snack meal. Every one of the six patterns are cool and cheerful. The bread coasters are sold in pair.

I will keep you posted on the development of 100% Design, London as more news arises.

Learn more: 100% Design and 100% Light in London
Buy online: Pur Norsk
Learn more: Coasters and plates by Scandinavian Surface – price: 32 ? for the pair at Pur Norsk