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Shark Attack Restroom!

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What a crazy coincidence that, on the same day I read This Article, I found myself in what I am calling the Shark Attack Bathroom (!) which is located at the tail end of the Sharks exhibit at the New York Aquarium. Let’s take a safe peek.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Ladies Room

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To be at an exhibit called Pink Jungle (at NYC’s Makeup Museum) and then to be further surprised by the discovery that they have a Pink Ladies Room is to be a very happy girl indeed. So. Much. Pink.

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The bathroom was also very clean and well-stocked with supplies. All good.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Bathroom from the Carrie Stettheimer Dollhouse

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One of the most popular artifacts at the Museum of the City of New York is the Dollhouse of Carrie Walter Stettheimer (18691944) which weaves together the fashion and style of New York’s Gilded Age in miniature form. Stettheimer (sister of artist Florine Stettheimer) worked on the 12-room dollhouse over the course of twenty-five years, from 1916 to 1935, creating many of the furnishings and decorations by hand.

stettheimer dollhouse bathroom photo by gail worley

Styles vary from room to room, yet the wallpapers, furniture, and fixtures are all characteristic of the period following World War I. The dollhouse is particularly notable for its original, miniaturized works crafted especially for Stettheimer by renowned avant-garde artists of the 1920s, including a 3-inch version of Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp. From the Limoges vases in the chintz bedroom to the crystal-trimmed candelabra in the salon, Stettheimer infused her artistic sensibility into every detail of the house. The dollhouse measures approximately 28 inches tall, 50 inches long, and 35 inches wide.

Take a video tour of the Stettheimer Dollhouse, where this Pink Bathroom can be seen at 1 minute 13 second mark, at This Link!

Eye On Design: Sea Beauties Vintage Wallpaper

Sea Beauties Wall Paper
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Designs inspired by nature form the largest group of more than 10,000 wallpapers in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Often, a wallpaper theme would tie-in with the room’s use: designs of food were popular for dining rooms and water motifs dominated in bathrooms. The modern bathroom. with a designated space indoors, running water and flush toilets, had been developed by the late nineteenth century.  Given the concerns for hygiene and running water, ceramic tiles were the preferred wall-covering because of their durability and sanitary nature. For those on a budget, early wallpapers imitated this look with varnished tile patterns.

Sea Beauties Wall Paper

Around 1910, bathrooms shifted away from this sterile, hygienic look to become a more pleasant, decorative room that was harmonious with the home’s decor. Some moisture-resistant coverings were introduced in the early 1900‘s, but general-use wallpapers at this time were printed with water-soluble pigments and thus were unsuitable for use in bathrooms.

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By 1934, the development of washable wallpapers coincided with a new array of decorative papers that had no hint of their sanitary past; rather, scenic designs featuring more panoramic views, as seen here, became popular, appealing to decorators and homeowners who wanted to bring the outdoors inside.

Panels 1 and 2

Sea Beauties Scenic Wallpaper (1920 – 35, Ideal Wall Decoration) seen here in this three-panel set, contains a lively underwater view of fish, shells, coral and plant life in their natural habitat. Multiple sets could be used to wrap around the bathroom, creating an immersive environment.

Panel 3

This early water-resistant design is printed in oil colors, so it could withstand the moisture and occasional splash from the tub, giving the wallpaper both a practical and decorative purpose.

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Upper Manhattan.

Sea Beauties Wall Paper

Product Review: POTTYMINTS Disolvable Air Freshener!

Potty Mints Booth Display
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There is no delicate way to put this: when you share a home with other people, maintaining the quality of the bathroom “atmosphere” is an ongoing consideration. It’s easy enough to light a match or spray some room fresher into the air, but when a solution that’s both discrete and longer-lasting is desired, I’ve got just the thing for the occasional malodorous situation: POTTYMINTS.

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