So, here it is. I think the size is really great– generous but not too big.
|When I bought this rug for our home in Germany, I never imagined it in the bathroom, but I really love it in here.|
At first, I was a little distressed about not having any cupboards or anything, but moving this big dresser from Germany in here solved all of those problems. In the top drawer, I have put in boxes for each of us, and arrange all of our toiletries and things we need in each one– it works out very well! Then the other drawers have plenty of space for towels and other stuff, keeping it all out of sight, which is the main goal.
OK, fun fact #1 about British people and bathrooms: They are completely freaked out about mixing hot and cold water! The box on the right in the shower is the special water heater/ hot-cold mixer for the shower, which has two dials to help you get it right.
|Also notice: no shower curtain or shower door. One must keep all of the shower spray carefully contained on three sides. The glass panel swings away when you need a bath, but this set up also makes for a whole lot of water leaking onto the bathroom floor.|
There are separate hot and cold faucets for the bath tub– too dangerous to mix the water inside the pipes down there, I guess!
Temperatures are also strictly segregated at the bathroom sink, which is a REAL hassle! We had this in our house in Portland, but that was only because it was 100 years old. This one is modern.
By the way, my distaste for labeling continues into the bathroom, and I found these pretty pump dispensers to decant soap, shampoo, etc. into. I love our view out this window, into our garden below. At night if it’s clear, you can see tons of stars out this window– we are lucky to live somewhere with very little light pollution!A couple more things I love: Our towels. And the radiator that keeps them warm and dry. When we were getting rid of everything before our move to Germany, I had the forethought to order some basics like dishes, sheets and towels from Zara Home to be delivered to our apartment when we moved in. I splurged on good towels– and plenty of them– and have been glad I did ever since!I hope it’s not awkward to have these two staring into the shower… But I love this portrait I found for a couple euros at the flohmarkt.Also, let’s just take a moment to enjoy the anemones. Happy Spring!OK, moving on… I don’t have a picture for this British bathroom quirk, because it’s about what’s missing rather than what’s there: There are no electrical outlets in British bathrooms. Not one.
Not even a light switch! Light switches are worked into the ceiling, with a string to pull for turning the light on. When I first got here, I didn’t really get it, and thought it was super impressive that every bathroom was equipped with an emergency alert system– the kind of pulls I saw only in hospital bathrooms in the USA!
Nope, that’s how you turn the light on, because what could be more dangerous than some kind of electricity in the bathroom? Water! Current! Death!
So people do not heat style their hair in the bathroom, or anything like that. Sometimes there are special outlets that are just for electric shavers installed in bathrooms, but not in ours. Luckily, I rarely use a hair dryer or flat iron– but when I do, I have to plug it in somewhere else in the house– usually in the dining room, where there’s an outlet close enough to a mirror.
I’m still trying to figure out what the big deal is. Yes, the voltage here is higher, but it’s also high in other European countries, where you can flip the light switch on, or plug a radio into the wall. Even without the electrical options, we like ours. I am thinking it would be great to paint this room a warmer color at some point, too. What do you think?Just standing around in my bathtub… That’s safe, right?