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Unread 06-28-2011, 10:09 AM   #106
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What a cool looking bathroom! I love the fresh, bright, modern look.
Your tile scheme is one of the few I've seen, that's not reminiscent of ancient Rome.
I took a road trip recently and visited a fast food place en route, the restrooms were tiled in an etruscan/roman scheme. I'm just glad the roman influence did not extend to their menu, how about stuffed doormouse with boiled tree fungus, to go?
Enjoy your new bathroom,
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Unread 06-28-2011, 10:16 AM   #107
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Woooow, that's a really nice bathroom Ellie, it's certainly different which makes it special. I like the way the niches worked out and as well the border blends in perfect.
The bathroom has detail and a real clean look to it. Thanks for posting pictures, it has inspired me to continue on.

Oh and thanks for your help.
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Unread 06-28-2011, 06:23 PM   #108
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Susan, Frank,

Thanks for the kind compliments.

We DO love uncluttered modern design. The thing is, it's actually really hard to achieve that style without the result looking sterile or institutional.
Also, this being a kid's bathroom we wanted to incorporate some playful elements into it, hence the mosaic strips (they reminded me of hard candy when I saw them at the tile store).

One of the things I've learned from this project: the need to plan to the smallest detail and to draw every possible option on graph paper. This helps to anticipate the small details, such as: at what height do the decorative strips run, and what do they meet as they run round your room.
We actually just got lucky with the mosaic strips meeting the niches where they do, (it could have been much worse) as we gave no thought to the tile pattern while installing the niches. Big mistake on our part, if we had placed the niches with the tile pattern worked out in advance, we would have made sure that all mosaic strips would intersect both niches at the same height, or at least symmetrical, as in 1/3 from the bottom at the lower niche and 1/3 from the top at the upper niche.
I'm sure there are other details that fall short of perfection, it's just that the expert eyes on this forum are probably much too polite to point them out to us.

As to the Romans, I think I prefer their architecture too their cuisine! Did they really eat door-mice and tree fungi?
I have to agree with you though, it does seem odd to me as well, when I enter a perfectly respectable victorian house, a formal colonial or maybe a cute cape cod cottage, only to find myself back in ancient Roman times during a visit to the loo. But, I do really like a lot of the intricate or rustic designs, on this forum and elsewhere, that seem to be inspired by the Romans. The thing is, it's just not for us. We are living in a house that was built in the 60s and that takes it's cues from Bauhaus style as well as California modern and we try to stay at least somewhat true to the original architecture.

You can see my finished hall bathroom here
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Unread 06-29-2011, 09:00 AM   #109
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hopefully next fall we will tackle the complete reno of our powder room. I'll make sure to plan the tile pattern ahead of time, as I can see that it's not a good idea to rely on luck!

Yes, I think that I heard somewhere that these things were on Roman menus. Maybe Wendy, our resident history geek, could tell us some more interesting tidbits....
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