Last fall my husband and I took another world-traveling adventure to Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand. It was my first time in Asia and it was amazing. The culture, the food, the architecture… it was all a wonder for the sense and I found several sources of inspiration for Interior Design.
Our hotel in Cambodia had a very interesting bathroom… from top to bottom, the entire bathroom was made of concrete (sans sink, toilet and mirror). The vanity and bathtub were made in formed concrete. The walls and floor are all concrete. It’s such an interesting design concept.
Please excuse the photo quality. These were taken with my phone.
I realize that this design concept is employed most likely because concrete is relatively inexpensive and easily accessible. However, the idea of using concrete in this way makes for a very interesting bathroom. It’s a modern and sleek, yet industrial look. Imagine the ease of cleaning this bathroom! The whole room can literally be hosed down.
Now, I realize that this particular bathroom is quite dark and many of you will dismiss it on that basis. Therefore, I have many other all concrete bathrooms to consider.
Notice the addition of concrete floating shelves and a bench seat in this shower.
This concrete bathroom has a wonderful organic feel with the addition of pebbles and the sculptural wood chair .
This concrete bathroom adds a little glamorous bling. It’s an eye-catching combination.
via Rue Magazine
As with most design choices, there are pros and cons to using concrete in bathroom. Concrete is resistant, can be built on the spot, is quite low-maintenance, is light on the pocket and can be custom-made to your imagination! You could have your bathtub formed to be the ideal comfort for your body. The disadvantages are that it is heavy material and also semi-permanent. Once you install it, it will be quite a feat to move it around!
So what do you think of a concrete bathroom? Do you love it or would you leave it?
By the way, Cambodia is a treasure and I highly recommend a visit! We visited the temple complexes around Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a wonderful and vibrant city, like Asia meets New Orleans. Our concrete bathroom was in a splendid little hotel called the Khmere Mansion Hotel.
Regardless of the size of your Foyer, every entry should be GRAND.
The entry is your welcome. It is your first impression. It is an opportunity to tell the story of who you are, what you are about, and establish a tone for your guests.
The following post covers the elements of good foyer design. I live and Colorado for most of my clients, the primary family entry is through the garage (and we love a good mudroom because of it). Consequently, the foyer is really for guests. Therefore I’m addressing it as such. If you live in a city, you may be the primary user of the front entry. These tips still apply, but you likely need quite a bit of storage as well.
The obvious lighting choice is in the form of a chandelier or pendant. Something eye-catching is always welcome here. However, you also need to ensure adequate light levels for activities and creating a welcoming environment.
However, if the overhead lighting is not enough, I’m a fan of adding a lamp…
via Nate Berkus
via Chinoiserie Chic
A Place to Set Items Down
Your guests will likely have something in their hands. The best guests come bearing gifts after all! At the very least they may have a handbag and a coat to remove. Give them a place to set these items down upon arrival. This can also double as a display place for your family treasures.
A Place to Sit
Not all foyers will be large enough to accommodate a place to sit. And in fact, the place to sit most often becomes just another place to set stuff down. However, if you live in a climate where weather may dictate a need to change or remove shoes, seating is a must.
A bench, small chair, stool… the forms are many, but the function is all that matters. A clever tick is to add the place to sit under the place to set things down.
This is your opportunity to tell visitors who you are and what you and your family are all about. Accessorize and really show your style! There are many options to add some personality.
Wallpaper or Bold Paint
via House Beautiful
More Grand Entries to Inspire
Because these spaces just got it right.
Tennille Wood of Beautiful Habitat: Design & Decoration Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award
Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and around the World
Beautiful Habitat of Colorado has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The interior design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.
“I am very honored to receive this award. I am grateful to my wonderful clients who entrust their home to me, collaborate with me on a beautiful design, and have been so kind as to give me a positive review on Houzz” – Tennille Wood
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Tennille Wood and Beautiful Habitat among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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Tennille Wood is Colorado’s only Internationally-Trained and Award-Winning Interior Designer who specializes in remodeling the homes of leading professionals in high tech, bio tech and other demanding industries.
Tennille, who designs custom furniture, draperies, bedding, and more, is known for her remarkable ability to update and upgrade interiors. Her designs are a refreshing balance of livability and style. She creates interiors known for a fusion of color, boldness and casual elegance, taking clients further into their own self-expression. Her company, Beautiful Habitat Interior Design & Decoration, is among the most prominent design firms serving Colorado’s front range and mountain areas.
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