• October 9, 2007

Bathroom Dreaming

This is a bathroom I would be happy to get ready in every day

Bathrooms, Inspiration

bathroomdreamingBathroom designed by Nate Berkus Associates

The other day I stumbled across a bathroom designed by Nate Berkus for Billy and Katie Lee Joel. I find this bathroom so peaceful and serene. I have been looking at it every day and wishing it was my bathroom.

Nate’s decorating philosophy can be summed up with the tagline, “Love the Way You Live.” I find that so seductive…I want to love the way I live!

Sadly, I think our tagline is more along the lines of “Purchased a very RUNDOWN House. Living in the house while restoring it for 5+ years. Ran out of patience and money. Wonder if we will EVER get this house finished?” or just the short and sweet “NOT Loving the Way I Live.”

The photo doesn’t do our bathroom justice. It is much worse in real life. It is hard to see the paint peeling off the plaster, the sink that still doesn’t work, or the lack of a shower. Three years ago “brushing our teeth in the bath tub” still seemed funny…now, not so much.

I really hope 2008 is the year we can afford to tackle our bathroom. I am getting desperate!

Comments { 15 }
  1. Danny

    Love the subway tile, floor, and window–you are way ahead of the game (okay, after three years, maybe “ahead” is not the best word!). But after seeing what vintage fixtures are available, and FINALLY finishing our bathrool restoration after 18 months, I say call John Armstrong to start looking at tubs, toilets, and sinks! I think your bathroom will ultimately make Nate Berkus’ creation pale by comparison.

  2. Nate

    I was laughing out loud about brushing your teeth in the bathtub. What we go through for our old houses! I really think that they should be more cooperative while we try to restore them considering the consessions we make in our lives!

    That bathroom is amazing, but I think I’d have to convert the master bedroom to the bathroom to do that, I mean, who has a bathroom that big? Mine’s much closer to yours in both size and condition. Good luck with your continued progress!

  3. Kristen

    Ooh, but the potential is there! It’s a lovely space. I don’t know how you’ve managed without a shower for so long though. It’s quite a feat.

  4. Karen

    If you added a similar (but cheaper) chandelier you’d be halfway there.

  5. Eastward

    Sorry, anything with that many lights hanging over my head while sitting in a tub full of water, is not my idea of relaxing. Besides, it’s just God-awful gaudy.

    Hang in there folks. Five years of restoration to compensate for 90 years of steady neglect — and to get it nearly back to the condition of day one is an amazing and laudable feat.

  6. mom

    I think that first bathroom is pretty. It looks tranquil and relaxing. But, I agree with Eastward about having all of those lights hanging over the tub.

    Eastward also has a good point in that that you HAVE managed to accomplish a LOT in five years.

  7. Scott

    We have been working on our house since july of 2001 and still haven’t finished. It’s cost a lot and we haven’t even been as true to the original as you. Have tried hard to compromise between restoration and renovation with an emphasis on restoration. Probably spent 70,000 so far and it’s only 1300 sq ft. Oh, and pretty much done everything myself, except for central a/c, and driveway. But, hey I think I could build my own house at this point. Sometimes I’ve had to do those things that make us feel better about the house and our progress and life in general(because as you know a lot of projects take a long time with little visible change). Bathroom would be a huge psychological bonus for you.

    Plus, your work and website is a big motivator to a lot of us in our own struggles to restore years of neglect.

  8. Laura

    Your bathroom is beautiful compared to ours…however, we do have running water in our sink and have geri-rigged a shower, which I highly recommend. On the night after we moved into our 1913 bungalow about 1 1/2 years ago (it’s a fixer to say the least) in Portland, we went to the store, bought a metal pipe and a $3 shower head, staple gunned some shower curtains over our window and plaster and screwed the pipe into the top of the faucet….vau-la! You have a shower. Now we never guessed we would still be living like this, but yes, we too, seem to never have enough time or money. We’ll get there….and then really love the way we live.

  9. Raven

    I just stumbled on this post and had to chime in to say that I feel your pain.

    My last house was a fixer downer, if you catch my drift, and I usually had to wash my dishes in the clothes washing machine since that was the only water source in the house. I’d use water from the washing machine for washing myself, brushing my teeth, cooking, etc. Drinking water was hauled from a mountain spring about ten miles from my house. I grinned through it all; I mean, I had a working washing machine!

    Ah, the fond memories.

    Good luck with your house!

  10. Emma

    The bathroom was the first thing I tackled when I moved into my new (oldish)house – I simply could not live with a grey and yellow bathroom, 1970 metal and formica shower, no bath, and the laundry tub and washing machine in the bathroom. I re-did the whole thing on the cheap (thanks to Dad the builder) in white white white, and had my heart set on the pretty black chandelier I brought hanging in the corner. Alas, low ceiling space meant wiring it in would be prohibitively expensive on my tight budget……it was not to be. Hmmm……maybe at the next house?

  11. ruth

    good morning, I have a 1911 bungalow which I have been working on for 3 years. The bathroom looks a lot like yours except an owner before me tiled in the original window about halfway up the bottom window pane (!!?!) …and installed a shower. So I have a shower but it needs to be fixed. Have you decided if you would keep the original window in your bathroom remodel? If not, are you thinking glass block or to just close off the window? I haven’t found any solution yet. Yours in shower perplexity, Ruth

  12. Heather

    Hi! We haven’t tackled the bathroom yet. Whatever we end up doing, we are going to keep the original window. It is the only light source in the room and it would be so dark in there without it.

    It IS a challenging problem. We are thinking about privacy glass in the window, a marble window sill, a clawfoot tub with a shower attachment and a wrap around shower curtain.

    Let me know what you decide in your bathroom.


  13. Artie

    I am so happy I stumbled across this post! I’m gonna go investigate more of your blog – but I had to comment here. We have a bungalow, built in 1923 in Western New York, and it too has some bathroom issues – ones that we’d neglected to take care of because of time, money, and other more demanding projects. Now that we have a little extra money tucked away – we’ve started peeling back the layers of ugly … but it’s still a far cry from done, shoot – even a far cry from 1/2 way … but it’s happening, and there will be no more showering in the “shower” in the basement soon! Thanks for the Nate Berkus inspiration – love it.

  14. Smann

    I just redid one like it… I can relate! When you get ready buy the towel bars by Nifty Nob, they are the easiest to install ever and great quality for the price too!

  15. nick

    Love the chandelier! Can you tell me who the manufacturer is?

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