Heard of the “Bathroom Blogfest”? Well, thanks to Christine B. Whittemore, you’re reading a bit about it right now (thanks CB).
According to Christine, “This year’s theme “Stuck in the 60s?” is inspired by Mad Men, the show that has captured the imaginations of many for its portrayal of life in the 60s when social and cultural taboos meant that many critical aspects of life – like bathrooms – were ignored, glossed over and treated dreadfully.”
What’s my take?
Well, it’s often been said in design that “what’s old is new.” I’d like to give that one a makeover…
“What’s old is new, but sometimes, it just plain sucks and needs to go!”
Think about it.
Who doesn’t want a bigger, more well-lit bathroom? I haven’t met anyone yet who prefers a closet-sized loo with a tiny, powder-blue tub and water-wasting toilet.
When it comes to a retrofit, have you ever have someone stuck in the past redo a room, then you learn about a fantastic option you could have had… say, heated floor with 7-day programmable thermostat like mine :)… but it’s too late now that an out-of-date point of view was steering the design truck?!
Or, what about your glass block throwback and baby-blue tile that be would in-style, sort of, if only it had x or y product or installation method/tile size/pattern?
How about a sustainable “green” retrofit?
Dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and shower heads, low-energy lighting… all of which would have gotten you laughed at in some showrooms years ago… are now top-of-mind and show forward-thinking. They also add value to your home, much more than, say, a wall sink with rusty steel legs and exposed trap, perhaps?
All the best,