Our Favorite Things: May 2010

Beautiful Works for the Bathroom

By Seattle Mag December 31, 1969

This article originally appeared in the May 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

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Beautiful Works for the Bathroom

Hot Hardware
As with any room, it’s the details that make design truly shine. Drawer and cabinet knobs and pulls from Chown Hardware (12001 NE 12th St., Bellevue; 425.454.7420; 333 NW 16th Ave., Portland; 503.243.6500; chownhardware.com) beautifully bring the bling with collections by Edgar Berebi, featuring patina flowers and starfish ($57) studded with Swarovski crystals, and Baldwin, with its sweetly simple crystal flowers (shown above; $15). We also love Anthropologie’s (University Village; 206.985.2101; downtown Seattle; 206.381.5900; The Bravern; Bellevue; 425.451.7171; anthropologie.com) extensive selection ($6 and up), which runs the style gamut from perky (ceramic calico frogs and bold geometrics) to pretty (glass-and-iron script monograms).

Recently debuted at ecohaus (4121 First Ave. S, Seattle; 206.315.1974; ecohaus.com), Sustainable Solutions’ fluid collection of faucets ($238–$690) feature strong architectural designs that also evoke the natural world. Each faucet is smartly equipped with a low-flow mechanism that easily regulates water usage.

Bathing Beauties
Exfoliate in style with Anthropologie’s (anthropologie.com) superabsorbent,  natural sponges ($12 and up), sculpted of sea wool harvested from the Mediterranean into sensuous coral shapes. Soaking fans will love the Fiat Luxe Felted Soap ($14) coolly covered in anti-fungal wool: bombs away, and its essential oils of amber, lavender or verbena fizz into action. 

You’ll find all manner of invigorating salts, scrubs and soaps, including a funky Geometric soap ($8.75), crafted from lavender culled from their own fields at Pelindaba Lavender (City Center, Seattle; 206.264.0508; Bellevue Square; 425.451.7407; Friday Harbor; 360.378.6900; pelindabalavender.com). It’s well worth a day trip to Pelindaba’s organic farm (33 Hawthorne Lane, Friday Harbor; 206.264.0232), open May to October, especially during the San Juan Lavender Festival, held on the farm, July 17-19.

Cool Cover-ups
Wrap your shower in style with Velocity Art and Design’s (251 Yale Ave. N, Seattle; 206.749.9575; velocityartanddesign.com) Marimekko shower curtains ($49), available in summery colors or muted, woodsy patterns, or DwellStudio’s  too-cute cotton shower curtain ($66), showing animals on parade, paired with its colorful, cotton bath mats ($56).

A bath dressed in Ann Sacks’ (115 Stewart St., Seattle; 206.441.8917; 402 NW Ninth St., Portland, 503.233.0611; annsacks.com) Beau Monde mosaic collection (starting at $99.56 per square foot) is guaranteed to get a gasp. Whether gracing a floor or wall, these tiles, available in stone and artisan glass, come in impossibly pretty patterns, including the dramatic Montgomery 1 (shown above with a Michael S. Smith Console, $3,200 and up, and a Circe Bath, $4,824 and up) that features rich rounds of light Calacatta Tia filled with splashes of Emperador Dark marble.

Originally published in May 2010


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