Cottage Bathroom: Close to Done

DSCN0979I’M OUT IN SPRINGS these rainy days, enjoying the shut-in life. Bring on the cabin fever. I’m busy with query-writing, soup-making, and savoring my newly renovated bathroom.

(Go here for ‘Before’ pics.)

I came out here Wednesday from Brooklyn, not knowing if I’d have a flushing toilet (the plumber hadn’t called me back). I do.

I have everything I need, except a sink. The plumber didn’t get around to installing it — a vintage pedestal still sitting in the basement instead of the bathroom — before going on vacation for a week. OK. I’m sure he deserves a vacation.

DSCN0961My initial reaction — I hadn’t been out here in a month, having decided to leave the contractor to it, and not try to micro-manage things from afar — was generally positive. I just wasn’t sure how I felt about the turquoise grout I chose for the floor and subway-tiled shower walls. I had thought it would be kicky and fun, but my first impression was not “kicky”; it was tacky. For about a day-and-a-half, I toyed with the idea of asking Miguel  to re-do the shower walls with white grout. But then I decided I don’t care that much. And by today I’ve decided I *love* the floor and even like the shower walls. The problem with colored grout on white tile, I’ve realized, is that it emphasizes irregularities, and old houses have irregularities.


So be it. It’s a cottage. It’s grout. It’s not important. Onward. (This is why I didn’t become an interior designer, even though I went to school for it: no head for details. I hope God is not really in them.)


I love the wainscoting and my new medicine chest, below, found for $50 on Court Street in Brooklyn (there’s an orange sticker inside that says ‘Hub Towel Supply Co.’) I’m using it in place of the carved yard-sale mirror, which is too large to hang flat anywhere in the room, now that the wainscoting, topped by molding that projects 1-1/2″ from the wall, is in. (I hadn’t thought of that.)


Speaking of projecting from the wall, the light fixture I ordered from Rejuvenation, which I like and which (whew) casts adequate light — it takes a 100-watt bulb — doesn’t quite clear the medicine chest, which is 5-1/2″ deep.

I’ve called and ordered a new fixture with a deeper projection — 9″ instead of 6″ — and will have that installed when it comes. Rejuvenation will exchange it and I only have to pay for shipping.

See what I mean, though? I’m a broad-stroke person. Not good with details, at least not the first time around. Good thing I’m my own client.

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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8 Responses to Cottage Bathroom: Close to Done

  1. Cherie says:

    I sure hear you on the do and re-do thing. Some of us creative folks have our hands full, and life is too short to sweat the small stuff. I just finished my cottage bathroom re model and love it…went way low budget, but it is sooo cute, found a great claw foot tub as well!

  2. cara says:

    Aloha, Cherie! I briefly entertained the idea of a claw-foot tub, but I had the perfect 5-foot alcove so went with a regular one. Do we get to see a picture of your new bathroom?

  3. Terry says:

    Does that door ever rock!!!

  4. Cori heffernan says:

    I like the grout. I think once summer comes and your backyard is filled with color it will look even better.

  5. Adrienne says:

    Bellisima! This is just perfect!
    I just returned from Greenport and and I’m obsessing over the bathroom reno there. I love the “all white” look and I’m contemplating an iridescent blue floor tile. We need to meet and chat!

  6. runfeferun says:

    I love the colored grout!

  7. cara says:

    Thanks for the vote(s) of confidence, folks! I’m now liking it, too. It was just a tad shocking that first day. It’s kind of like when you move furniture around. It looks odd at first, you’re not used to it. But you sleep on it and wake up the next morning and it’s fine.

  8. Nancy says:

    As one who has seen the turquoise grout, I think it’s whimsical and fun! And yes, sitting on the pot and looking out the glass door to the woods beyond is divine.

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