I would like to first note this is not our bathroom (though a sick, project-hungry part of me wish it were)! This is from the unit across the hall from us, currently on the market. It’s a one bedroom with several of the original details in place, including this bathroom.
I love seeing pictures like this because I’m obsessed with research. Even though I have no intention of going full-hog 1920s, I like to see what things looked like then. So many of the elements in this bathroom are still very much relevant today–a swap of hardware and fittings along with repaired tiles and a gorgeous shower curtain, this would be a perfectly lovely bathroom. And as much as some people like to declare subway tile “over,” it’s a classic.
I wish I had snapped a picture of the kitchen sink. We went into the unit originally to look at the french doors; we’re trying to figure out if we should go the Home Depot route there or if it’s really worth finding salvage doors that fit. I wanted to see if the original doors had the wavy glass or not (they did not), and ended up touring the rest of the apartment. The kitchen! Giant, giant farmhouse sink. The rest of the kitchen was essentially nonexistent, but that sink!
We’re really hoping whoever buys the apartment doesn’t intend to throw out all these goodies, or destroy the floor plan. The unit definitely needs work, but could be such a gem with the right vision! I tried talking my parents into buying it but I don’t think fourth floor walk-up living appeals to them, for some reason.
If we ever get around to re-doing our bath, I’m keeping these images in mind.
I’ll just go ahead and admit I’m feeling rather confused about lighting these days. Some days I think I should go traditional–not necessarily period-specific, just very classic, befitting of a pre-war apartment. Something Charlotte York Goldenblatt would approve of. There’s a lot from the Aerin lighting line that would work so well, particularly this flush mount for our entry. I’m completely obsessed with it: the scallops, the brass detail, the opalescence!
But then I wonder if this is all getting a bit too fancy. We have a pre-war, sure, but it’s a walk-up. In Queens. It was never a doorman luxury building. We don’t have central air and there are house rules about window A/C units facing the street, so a ceiling fan is a must in our living room. Can you have fancy-pants light fixtures within spitting distance of a ceiling fan? If that question sounds crazy, welcome to my neurosis.
I suppose it would be helpful to have a fully realized vision for the apartment. So far I’ve been kicking around English country/chinoiserie chintz (you are free to blame Downton Abbey). With the history of the neighborhood and building, I love the idea of referencing gardens and the outdoors, which is the whole MO of English country. Not pretentious and certainly comfortable. With a smattering of chinoiserie because I just can’t quit the stuff. Tole lanterns then? Or more industrial like Hicks pendants? Vexed, I tell you, vexed!
So yes, lighting. It’s not the end of the world to not have a clear idea of what to do yet, but the current lighting is such a drag: My lovely dining banquette is here, looking a bit listless with the odd Craftsman-ish chandelier. They are not a cute couple.
Any lighting wisdom out there?
I’m at a self-inflicted standstill with the apartment. There are many things I could be doing that are low cost –stripping hardware, painting the hallway, freshening all of the trim with a coat of paint– but there is only so much necessary, boring work I can handle!
Fortunately, I got the call today from MGBW that my banquette and sofa will be delivered this week. I haven’t wanted to do anything in the living room without seeing the new sofa in person, but now! Now I can actually begin to think about painting the room again.
In my head, Deep Caviar still makes total sense to me for a wall color. Then I rounded up these images and noticed all the brown rooms I liked used yellow as an accent. Oops. I did find one room with a pale blue sofa, but gosh if that color combination feels like the early oughts. Another moment of insight: all of the rooms feature a neutral rug, not a color fest like mine. Lots to consider here, but nonetheless, still very excited to see my custom furniture orders in person!
“Fontainebleau” by Cole & Son
I’ve been quietly obsessing over the new collections from Cole & Son. Historic Royal Palaces came out last year, and the very latest is Folie.
I love the versatility of the collections; both include borders and friezes, so you can use a painterly faux paneling with greek key trim and a toile panel (if you’re so inclined!). I actually ordered a sample of “Palace Maze,” but sadly the colors don’t quite work for me–a shame since it’s a beautifully graphic pattern.
“Palace Maze” by Cole & Son
“Tivoli” by Cole & Son
“Queens Key” by Cole & Son
“Rosseau” by Cole & Son
“Versailles” by Cole & Son
You can order samples through Decorators Best or check the Cole & Son stockists.
I don’t think I’ve fully processed this yet, but we are, in fact, going to Morocco in May. We booked the flights and riads, so we have a basic travel itinerary in place. But what we haven’t figured out is what to do!
We fly into Tangier and immediately leave (I believe our itinerary says “GTFO of Tangier”) for Chefchaouen, a small city known for its vibrant blue buildings. We’re staying three nights there so we can do some leisurely exploring.
Then we go to Fez for two nights. I will admit I mostly insisted on this city because of their leather goods–I really want to get my mitts on some poufs!
The final leg of the trip is Marrakesh. We’re there four nights, split between two hotels. Ever since I designed a feature in Lonny on the El Fenn, I’ve wanted to stay there. It’s a splurge for us, so we’re making it work by going a bit cheap on other riads, which is not a difficult thing in Morocco!
One day in Marrakesh will definitely be dedicated to shopping in the souks and another to just lounging it up at the fancy riad. So that leaves a full day of doing proper tourist things.
So, if you’ve visited any of these cities, what is essential to see or do or eat?