Make-Over: A Dated Bathroom Becomes a Tranquil, Moody Oasis

Are you a shower or a bath person? I love a soak in the evenings - the hotter and more bubbles the better! We lived in an apartment for one year without a bath and I missed it so much. To me, the bathroom has always been a place to escape, and unwind after a long day (preferably with a great book and a glass of wine!).  It seems Jeska Hearne, creator of the beautiful blog Lobster & Swan (and owner of beauty and lifestyle shop the future kept) and husband Dean feel the same. The pair recently stripped out their dated bathroom in East Sussex, England to create a tranquil oasis in which "to inhale, exhale and let the peacefulness soothe the senses" and the result is a-ma-zing! 


The bathroom had been in a semi-ripped out state for a while, and the couple longed for somewhere they could relax surrounded by plants and incense!

The pair took inspiration from rustic bathrooms filled with reclaimed treasures and were looking to find "as many beautiful textures and finishes" as possible.

I was thrilled to see one of their sources of inspiration was Nadia Dole's bathroom which James Gardiner and I captured for my first book Modern Pastoral! I'll never forget the peaceful spot, high up on a hill in Vermont which felt entirely private, save for the odd deer and bear wandering passed the window! Check out more bathrooms that inspired their renovation here.


Due to a busy schedule, the bathroom was a year and a half in the making (without a shower or sink - yikes!), and now their haven is finally complete. The space is a delightful patchwork of of items they've bought, salvaged or made by hand against a deep, rich Off Black hue.

"We love the mood and darkness in here, at night we can sink into the bath with the windows open and feel at one with the night air. In the day the sun filters in through the frosted glass and reflects the gold and white highlights of the vases, pots, frames and decorations."

The bath caddy was "made in minutes" from driftwood, this rustic bath tray* is similar,  antique wall mounted brass candle holder.

"The colour throughout is Farrow and Ball Off Black, we used Modern Emulsion for the walls and ceiling and Estate Eggshell for the wooden panelling – (made from upcycled doors that we rescued from a house that was being knocked down in our village)!"

"The handmade curtains around the sink hide a multitude of cleaning products and other bathroom paraphernalia that is uneasy on the eye!" 

Curtain from Green Fibre, the bath and sink taps are by Bristan Renaissance (found on ebay) 

 "Black walls also make a great background for plants, each frond and leaf is visible and highlighted."

Rectangular Shower Tray from Victoria Plum, tiles from Mandarin Stone. 

Be still my beating heart!

Could you imagine going for a look like this in your bathroom? Just in case you're feeling super inspired - there are a load more pictures and a complete write-up of all the items in this beautiful space over on Lobster & Swan here.

Before you get out the sledge hammer - you might also like to scroll through this bathroom archive (loving this traditional Swedish bathroom with a modern twist - one of my all time favourites!).

What does your dream bathroom look like?

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend -  see you Monday!


Photography: Lobster & Swan shared with kind permission.

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My dream boudoir!

Baths in the bedroom. Some people love them, some people loathe them. Which camp are you in? If you fall into the latter camp, perhaps this lovely bedroom in The Apartment by The Line in New York will change your mind? Captured by Katarina Matsson, this beautiful boudoir has me dreaming of transforming my bedroom and hanging out there all weekend pampering myself, and reading books and magazines (I'd just need to do away with my office space to make room for the bath - but hey, who needs work?!). Could you imagine hanging out here?!

These lovely photographs were taken by: Katarina Mattson / Ett Rum Till

Oh so wonderful! Could you imagine?!

You can see a full tour of The Apartment here - and if you're in New York, it's a concept store not to be missed! Find out more about opening times here.

Get the look: Flag halyard chair,  Flos floor lamp, source a Beni Ourain rug here, white linen duvet cover.

If you're not in New York anytime soon, there are a few other wonderful 'apartment' style concept stores dotted around including The Apartment, Copenhagen and The Loft in Holland. Such an inspiring way to shop, don't you think?! 

I can't believe it's the weekend already - where did the time go? I'm certainly not complaining though - as my girls and I are busy packing for a long weekend in Mallorca to visit my sister and nieces. I'm already dreaming of a cool glass of sangria! How about you - any fun plans?

Have a fab one - and see you Monday! 

PS If you have time this weekend you must check out Katarina's instagram feed - so inspiring! 

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The perfect space for a Sunday lie-in

Since Sunday is the perfect day for a lie-in I had to share this bedroom and bathroom from the weekend home of designer Kali Cavanagh featured in Inside Out Magazine. I could spend my whole day flitting between these two rooms. Or perhaps rolling out of bed and into the roll-top bath and back again! How about you?

Stylist: Julia Green. Photography: Armelle Habib for Inside Out
Have a lovely relaxing Sunday and see you tomorrow!

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A romantic old school bathroom with a modern twist

Last week I had a lovely comment from one of you asking to see more bathrooms and your wish is my command! This beautiful black and white bathroom was recently photographed by Skåne based Daniella Witte. It's the perfect mix of old school and modern day industrial with a hint of romantic. I love the retro black square pattern boarder used to break up the white. Such a lovely bathroom.

Daniella Witte (with kind permission) for Residence Via Cocozy
Your kind of bathroom? As I write this the snow is falling silently outside so I could definitely see myself lighting a few candles and having a soak with delicious smelling bubble bath in this tub (with the door closed naturally!).

I spy L:a Bruket products - trending in bathrooms across Scandinavia right now (wonderful products with beautiful packaging).

For more bathroom inspiration check out this calming all white bathroom, free-standing bath inspiration or even alfresco showers?! You might also want to check out my bathroom Pinterest board.

Are you a shower or a bath person? Oh and wet room or dry room?

Have a wonderful day!

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Showering alfresco

What would an alfresco themed blog week be without a nod to the outdoor shower? I've always wanted one and have visions of going for a morning swim at the beach before padding back to my summer cottage through the dunes and showering away the salt water and sand in the garden. I'd then start preparing the long lunch with family and friends....carried!

Hus o Hem

Bo Bedre
Seth Smoot

Do you have an outdoor shower? And let's be realistic here.....would you use one if you did? I'd love to say I would, but I'd also like to be the type of girl who takes a morning dip in the sea no matter the weather......

PS sorry if some of the credits are not accurate, not always easy via Pinterest. Feel free to jump in!

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My home: art in the bathroom

A quick hello from London! Since I am rushing around, I thought I'd share a couple of pictures from my home I took last week. Here are two snap shots from my bathroom. I've always loved art in the bathroom there's something so decedant about it. As bathroom's get a bit steamy I didn't want to ruin one of my favourite original prints so I took a photocopy of the original and hung it in a frame. Conniving or clever? I like to think the latter!

In case you're wondering, the shower curtain is Marimekko and the little bird mirror is from Graham and Green. What do you think about art in the bathroom - do or don't?

I know I've just shown my dining room, but I love this picture as my little four year chose the pink roses at the local flower market in Malmö and they made me smile all week. 

Note: The cushions in the nook are Designers Guild.

Are you more fresh flowers or autumn leaves at this time of the year?

Have a lovely evening!

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Calming all white bathroom

Hej hej! Just back in Sweden after a fab ski trip in Chamonix in the French Alpes! First things first, a relaxing bath over-flowing with luscious L'Occitane Lavender bubble bath :)

Sadly, i can't find the original source of this picture (I wish this was my bathroom but it isn't!). I found this image on Pinterest. Anyone know the original source?

I hope you've had a lovely 'Grand weekend!' Bisous!

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Bath time!

With all the frenzied christmas shopping, decorating, baking etc behind us what we all need now is a little R & R (relaxation & recuperation) before the new year. And, seriously, I'm voting for one of these baths with a roaring fire to keep me cosy.

Picture: Nu by Staff  Woman

Picture: Via Brown Dress with White Dots

Picture: Via From Moon to Moon
 Tomorrow I'll be back with a little inspiration for New Years Eve! Have a lovely day!

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Bathroom / boudoir dark or light?

Now that the weather's so cold there's nothing like filling a deep bubble bath, and soaking with a book and a glass of wine and then swishing around in a dressing gown. The problem is do you go moody, dark and cocoon like, or pretty, bright and peachy? Here's a mix and match I put together to help decide the vibe!

Via Life on Sundays

Via Riazzoli


Pearl Lowe's bathroom from The Times Style

Boudoir feel via September Second 
 Do you know what? Although I loooove the black and gold (and it is so very now), I think I lean towards the pretty, romantic white and peach. What about you? The dark or the light? Or perhaps something in between?

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Making a splash in the bathroom

Hej and happy Sunday! A perfect day to run a deep bubble bath and escape. Check out these bright and airy bathrooms from Danish magazine RUM. I love the use of prints and vintage furniture and accessories to add some warmth and personality. And THAT beautiful patterned floor from Made a Mano? SWOON! What do you reckon? 

Picture: RUM. This Agape bath from Casa Shop has been elongated to make maximum use of space and create a shelf to display some of your favourite things. Just don't over run your bath!

Picture RUM. The bath is from Agape CASA SHOP,  Towel FABRIC COPENHAGEN, the lamp is Bernard-Albin Gras CASA SHOP, Mat from HAY.

Picture: RUM. A vintage stool is the perfect place to store your bathroom books. For similar try Lauritz.

Picture: RUM. The beautiful patterned tiles are from Made a Mono, the towel is from Fabric Copenhagen

Picture: RUM. Find a similar vintage bowl at Fil de Fer, the necklace is from Fabric Copenhagen

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