October 31, 2011

Inspiration: The Blue Mosque & Le Bain

Bathroom ReDo
Blue Mosque photo; Turkish Hand Towels; Medallion Shower Curtain; Bellocq TeaBrooklyn Hard Candy; Soap Pump 
We have a beautiful photo of the ceiling of The Blue Mosque in Istanbul in our bathroom. We've had it hung there since we moved in four years ago. It's a large print, that up close looks kind of fuzzy, but the further you step back, the more in focus the image becomes, revealing the intricate beauty that embodies the ornament of the mosque. It's so lovely and it will always remind me of the two crazy weeks I spent cruising around the Mediterranean Sea with one of my closest friends on this earth. 

In my recent effort to spruce the house up a bit, the picture served as the perfect jumping off point to take our bathroom in a new decorative direction. Since our bathroom is fairly small, we decided to keep the color palette light, so as not to make the space feel too enclosed, but allowing for darker, richer accent pieces. While visiting New York in September, I picked up a beautiful Turkish Hand Towel at ABC Carpet & Home; a tight weaved chevron pattern in a deep eggplant color that compliments the blues and reds in the picture. I found a lovely white shower curtain with varying shades of blue medallions on West Elm's website that's the perfect length (74" in length because our shower rod is a bit high) and style. In an effort to keep costs low, we repurposed a few objects we had into bathroom accessories. We brought a jar of Brooklyn Hard Candy home with us from New York and after eating all the delicious candy, we're now using it to store Q-tips. Same story with our tin of Bellocq Tea, after enjoying the "Little Dickens" out of  the tea, we cleaned out the canister and it now holds our toothbrushes. Last but not least, we finally added a real soap dispenser to the bathroom; sorry Mrs. Meyer's, the plastic pump just wasn't cutting it anymore. 

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