How to get people to use the vintage hand towels in the bathroom

One of the very first parties my husband and I threw when we were first married was for a bunch of his work buddies. Moments before people were due to arrive he walked out of the bathroom and asked me if we had any regular hand towels. I had just ironed and arranged some very pretty vintage linen towels and I told him we didn’t own regular ones. He shook his head and told me no one would use the pretty towels.

My mother always had “good” towels on display in the bathroom and then there was the cupboard full of towels we were supposed to actually use. I guess that was true all across the land and yet was an idea I had not adopted from my childhood. I want to use the pretty stuff. Plus I only paid about a buck for each one of those pretty embroidered linens at estates sales.

I assured my husband I would fix the problem. I went in and smushed up the towels so that they looked like someone might have already dried their hands on them giving the okay for the next person to use them as well. It worked! After the party was over I checked and those towels had all dried lots of hands. If you come to my house today and need to dry your hands you will find some smushed up linen hand towels on which to do sale linen towelsestate sale linen towels

A Librarian’s Bathroom

Is it a bathroom? Is it a library? It’s both! It is a librarian’s bathroom. Actually, two librarians. My husband’s niece and her husband just finished adding a master bath in their craftsman home in Portland.  It is quite spectacular. Almost everything in it is custom-made for the space. The flooring and fireplace mantel were both milled from the houses original framing that was removed for the remodel. Just look at this light-filled space!a librarian's bathroomThe room has two skylights, french doors and a stained glass window. It is the definition of a light filled room. The stained glass window lives over the tub.stained glass window

Are you ready for more? You are not going to believe what one gets to gaze upon while reclining in a bubble bath.electric fireplace across from the bathtub

With the flip of a switch a crackling fire appears for your bathtime enjoyment. A little surprise is hiding behind the art….artwork hides bathroom cabinet

I know. Amazing. I am not done. Let’s have a look at the bathroom sinks, shall we?library-bathroom-sink-cabinetry

Jim and Juliet’s contractor repurposed an antique asian cabinet into a sink base. He also adjusted the doors so they can be opened with a simple push. The mirror is so great.vintage mirror used over bathroom sinksschoolhouse electric lighting

The shower is roomy with a skylight to brighten your morning. It has a bench seat and a cubby for storage.

skylight over the shower

One more treat for you. French doors leading to a balcony that is large enough for table and chairs. balcony off the bathroombathroom balcony

They repurposed vintage windows along each side for more light. Here is one side:side-light-vintage-window-in-balcony

Some darling signage happening:          vintage-raven-shoe-sign

Juliet chose a built-in tub because her cats keep her company as she bathes. They couldn’t perch very easily on a free-standing tub. Loretta the cat very kindly demonstrated. kitty-takes-a-bath

bookshelves in the bathroom

So there you have it: a librarian’s bathroom. If you are interested here is the contractor’s website entry.

Lighting: Schoolhouse Electric

Tub & Sink: Kohler

Toilet: Carmona

Faucets: Pfister

Cabinet door: Plywerk

Cabinet door art: Ted Davee’s “Crow Film”

Fireplace: Valor

Cabinet: Cargo



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