So that's why it's so humbling to spend time living in another country, for an extended period, to see how they do things - and find that some of them work better than our way!
After a year and a half in Amsterdam, I'm taking a couple of those lessons learned into account in this house.
Lesson 1 - a powder room (also called the 'guest toilet' or toiletten) doesn't need to be big. Let's face it, you don't spend a lot of time in there. You just need to get your business done and get out. Our apartment in Amsterdam had a guest toilet that was 42 inches square. And guess what? The powder room in the Gracious Gambrel is the same size. You see, we have some big structural challenges that prohibited us from making it any bigger. And it's going to work just fine! (one quick note, Dutch guest toilets have a tiny sink with only cold water.....we're not going quite that far!!!)
Speaking of sinks, I love this one I found from Toto!!! It's not big, but it packs a lot of style. Doesn't it look fantastic?
|Toto Wall Hung Sink|
The other details include a fish scale marble mosaic floor in pacific gray, retro style toilet from Toto, brass towel bar from Pottery Barn, antique style sconces with edison bulbs and a matching oral mirror.
Lesson 2 - wardrobes are better than closets. We didn't have any closets in our apartment - just big wardrobes. In fact, when you move, you take your wardrobe with you. They don't stay with the house. And they held a LOT of stuff! Our American closets, by their very design, are pretty inefficient. The walls take up a minimum of 4 1/2" of space at either end. The doors make access difficult. And you always end up with stuff back in the corners that's hard to get to (yup, that's where all the dust bunnies are!).
So while our Master Bedroom has a walk in closet, it also has a long row of built-in wardrobes, with all kinds of special storage elements.
- Toilet - Toto Promenade
- Sink - Toto
- Sconces - Nuvo Lighting Paxton Sconce
- Mirror - Uttermost
- Towel Bar - Pottery Barn Promenade
- Marble Fish Scale Tile - Meeting House Designs