As you might have spotted over on Instagram, I'm collaborating with C.P. Hart to create a brand new beautiful bathroom in my new London home. When I visited their showroom in Waterloo (little known fact: the actual working bathroom in the showroom is unlike anything you've seen - or felt - before; check it out - I won't spoil the surprise) I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted my new bathroom to look like, and it involved brass, blush pink, a freestanding bath, maybe a bit of grey and green.
We sat down around a plate of cupcakes (things were going well already), and one of the team produced two moodboards. "We thought this was the kind of thing you'd like," she said. It was like they'd been raking around inside my brain (although I suppose a sift through my Instagram feed is pretty much the same thing) because there it all was: the pale pink the brass, the grey, the bath, the greenery.
You might recognise my previous bathroom. It went all kinds of viral on social media - and then Susie Lowe's lovely pic of my littlest room won The Pink House 'Best Wow Factor' in this year's inaugural Pinterest Interior Awards.
But lovely as my last bathroom was (and hopefully still is, unless its new owner has ripped it out in favour of an avocado three-piece, scream face emoji), it didn't have any pink (apart from the little Pantone espresso cup of flowers I styled the pic with). So although I'm feeling the pressure to create a room as popular as my last one, the fact I can pull out my colour trump card (surely we need another term - "obama card"?): means I feel just a little less nervous. And I'm not just planning pink, oh no; I'm planning pink and GOLD!
Luckily for the long-suffering Pink House Husband and our joint bank account, when I say gold in the context of bathroom design, I obviously mean BRASS. Hilariously (Wallace-and-Gromit-teeth emoji), when planning my last bathroom, I informed my (not very experienced) bathroom company of the need to source gold taps, assuming they'd know I meant gold-COLOURED taps. To PHH's horror they returned a week later with a couple of 24-carat options... Finally I found the fabulous brass Barber Wilsons taps and shower head that made the room extra special, and went so well with the Osborne & Little gold fish wallpaper.
So here, as part of my research into the very best blush-and-brass bathrooms the world has to offer, are three of my faves (plus an added bonus: the amazing C.P. Hart collab with House of Hackney, see top). Which is YOUR favourite? Or do you have any other pink/brass bathrooms you think I absolutely MUST see? Please comment and add links below.
BLUSH & BRASS BATHROOM no.1
I first saw this bathroom on Instagram a few weeks ago and I fell in love. Because why wouldn't you? Katie - @comedowntothewoods on Insta - has transformed her formerly peach palace into a sumptuous, stylish, colour-loving castle, and this bathroom is my favourite thing about it. I especially love how the faded grey geometric tiles (which work wonderfully with the Fern & Grey mirror) show off the perfect pink of the bathtub (Cast Iron Bath Company). A splash of marble is always a good idea, the vintage style Cedar & Moss lamps add a boudoir touch, and the dark panelling (painted in dark denimy Kigali by the Paint and Paper Library) and washstand keeps it all looking super-classy. Loving your work, Katie!
BLUSH & BRASS BATHROOM no.2
I just can't stop staring at these Artedomus tiles. I love that they're square, I love the pattern made with the white grout, and I love that exact shade of pink and how it's having a full-on affair with the brass. The two (TWO!) round mirrors against the endless tiny squares is nothing short of a genius touch. And yes please to having a full wall of marble just because you can. Click HERE for more info on this room, which was designed for Rebecca Judd by Aimee Tarulli.
BLUSH & BRASS BATHROOM no.3
The Pink House Husband just walked in, and, fool that I am, I decided to show him this blog post in progress.
"I'm just looking for inspiration for our new bathroom," I said, brightly. "What do you think of this one? Isn't it amazing?!" I directed his gaze to Blush & Brass Bathroom no.2. He stared at it for a second.
"Yeah, I quite like it," he shrugged. "Except for the pink tiles."
"But that's the ONLY PINK BIT," I snapped, panicking. "And obviously we have to have pink in The Pink House's bathroom. OBVIOUSLY. I mean look - I've just written a whole blog post on the subject. And I even have MOODBOARDS!"
Turns out, PHH doesn't give a shit about moodboards and blog posts and has decided that blush - or fuchsia or Millennial; it's all the same to him - isn't coming anywhere near HIS bathroom. Of course I will eventually triumph over this ridiculous declaration (what does he expect? Bucket-loads of blue?), and thank the lord he doesn't read my blog. In the mean time, here's a really masculine pink and brass bathroom. Look at the raw materials, the manly marble, the setting plaster pink. And actually, I rather like this more primitive take on a glamorous colour scheme. Plus a touch of the rough and ready might just help me in my campaign (it has before...). Watch this space (and @pinkhouseliving) for updates...