Shower time

Ecocamel Jetstorm Plus and Orbit shower heads | H is for Home

We’ve had our current electric shower unit for some time now – it must be nearly 15 years, come to think of it. We’re probably due an upgrade, but our list of items that need some money spending on them is pretty long at the moment – exterior walls need pointing, the roof needs repair, the boiler is playing up etc… and that’s not to mention the camper van fund which has stalled a bit this year. The actual shower unit still works, so we’re not at the urgent stage, but the water flow certainly isn’t anything to write home about.

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Perhaps we could improve that for the time being, we decided. And then the lovely people at Ecocamel came to the rescue, sending us two new shower heads to try out – the Jetstorm Plus and Orbit models.

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They’re both ideal for electric showers and incorporate the Ecocamel ‘Aircore Technology’ which injects air directly into the water stream, so you get a powerful shower whilst actually using less hot water as an additional benefit. The Jetstorm Plus head has three adjustable spray settings allowing you to achieve the ideal shower flow for you – the Orbit has clusters of nodules for a powerful and even spray.

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They both look good and have wipe clean rubber nodules to prevent the build up of lime scale if you live in a hard water area.

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We’ve been trying them out this week and we’re delighted with the results.We’ve really noticed a difference when showering.

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Perhaps your shower flow is poor, or your shower head is old and tatty, or you’re interested in the eco-friendly energy and water savings they offer. Whatever the reason, they’re very easy to replace – universal fittings mean that you simply screw off your old shower head and screw the new one on – two minutes, and you’re done!

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How to make the most of a small bathroom footprint

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No matter what the shape and size of your home, youll always want it to be as stylish and comfortable as you can make it. When it comes to the bathroom, the three key things people look for are practicality, storage and luxury. Even if you’re dealing with a footprint that’s rather small, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve this by paying close attention to detail with your design features. Here are a few tips to get you started…

Start with the tiles

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As soon as you start to put colours and tiles on your walls, your bathroom can instantly appear larger or smaller. If you’re already dealing with a tight footprint, go for lighter, elongated tiles that give the appearance of a brighter and longer room. Try to stay away from pure white, as this can often be a little too dazzling.

Instead, light grey and ivory make good off-white colours which will still enhance any light that hits the walls. Consider adding a border tile too, which is again a slim, long design, so that the person entering the bathroom is instantly given the impression of more length.

Think about fixtures and fittings

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Next, it’s time to think about the bathroom furniture. If space-saving is your ultimate goal here, then you need to look at a variety of different designs and styles to find what you like. For example, a large, traditional roll-top bath would be completely impractical for a smaller bathroom, but you could get a corner bath with shower that has traditional features, so that you still have the look and feel you desire. Consider additional items like floating toilets, where the cistern is concealed within the wall, so as not to take up precious floor space.

Start thinking vertically

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Now that you have your colours and fixtures all in place, in order to make this space usable, you’ll need to turn your attention to storage. Whether you have three children and their bath time toys to worry about, or you’re a leisure-lover with dozens of pampering products laying around, don’t think of your walls as dead space, and start using them more creatively. You can opt for the more conventional wall-to-ceiling units, or go for hanging compartments and shelving units that can be easily moved as your needs change.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to use every single nook and cranny in your space. You can easily have vanity units built to conceal pipes and such, but can you use that space for anything else? If you have an awkward recess in one wall, look for what tailored storage solutions there are around, so that you can turn it into something useful.

We hope this post gave you some inspiration – if you have any more ideas for small bathroom solutions, please let us know in the comment section.

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Creating a vintage look for your bathroom

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The vintage look is certainly a popular one to adopt, and there are a great deal of elements and intricacies to consider when it comes to exactly what style you’re trying to recreate. Pebble Grey take you through some of the aspects of planning your perfect vintage bathroom.

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Plan in advance

You probably already have a good idea about your own likes and dislikes when it comes to bathroom décor, and we’re specifically aiming to create a vintage look. So how do we take that from your mind to reality? The first step is to figure out exactly how much room there is with which to work. Now, that isn’t to suggest that it’s impossible to create a stylish and welcoming vintage bathroom with limited space. Only that resorting to some ingenuity in using the available space might be necessary.

The second thing to consider is exactly which style you prefer to emulate, as this will dictate the fittings and décor in which to seek out. Do you want a more rustic, old-fashioned style with authentic wooden furnishings and striking marble highlights? Or a fantastically vibrant 70s style room filled with bright complementary colours?

Decorative centrepiece

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A particularly striking design choice in a vintage bathroom would be decorating your bathroom around one specific furnishing, so that it comes to function as the centrepiece of your bathroom. This can work regardless of the exact era you intend to replicate.

Authentic wooden panelling for either your floors or walls will make your bathroom feel much more inviting and warm over more clinical white bathroom tiles It will stand out beautifully, and won’t limit your available space by any significant amount. With traditional baths slowly taking a back seat to showers in the modern day, a claw-footed free-standing bath will also work in any vintage style as your centrepiece. That said, you can choose to customise this a little.

Most styles will fit in an old-fashioned bathroom, but a vibrant coloured bathtub can function as the centrepiece of a 70s style bathroom just as well. If you prefer this approach, you could also consider, instead of lots of collaborative colours – like pink and yellow together – having a mostly plain yet stylish bathroom, with the bath being central and standing out as your one dazzling splash of colour.

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Make use of what you have

However, many houses simply don’t have the space to make such bold decorative statements. If you find yourself lacking in space for something like that, look elsewhere to draw attention. For example, an elevated-cistern toilet with pull chain can even add to the appeal of a vintage bathroom.

Storage can always be a concern when it comes to decorating a smaller bathroom, but there are still options available to you. Modern bathrooms often make use of reflective metals like chrome in their furnishings, so when planning your vintage design, look for copper and brass to fit perfectly. With that in mind, over a modern vanity unit, opt for a traditional pedestal sink flanked by coloured cabinets that complement the sink.

When it comes to designing, everyone will have a different idea of what will constitute their own perfect bathroom, so planning out the space and décor long in advance will ensure that you’re left with a room that is perfect for you.

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Selecting the perfect bathroom vanities for your bathroom

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The bathroom is amongst the most important rooms within a property, and one of the most vital aspects of the bathroom is your chosen bathroom vanity or vanities.

Bathroom vanities are multi-purpose pieces of furniture that are often used to conceal unsightly plumbing. A bathroom vanity also serves as a cabinet, so you can use them to store toothpaste, soap, razors, aftershaves and any other toiletries you may wish to keep out of view.

Furthermore, a bathroom vanity can also be used as a foundation for a bathroom mirror, though the mirror won’t be in-built or connected to the unit. As such, your bathroom vanity can act as a centrepiece for the entire space, so you need to choose wisely to make sure you select the perfect option for your bathroom.

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How to choose the right bathroom vanities

Firstly, be sure to choose a bathroom vanity of an appropriate height. The majority of bathroom vanities are manufactured at a standard 30-inch height, and whilst this may prove suitable, it could pose problems if you’re either particularly tall or especially small – you don’t want to be crouching or stretching when brushing your teeth! A good way to determine the best height vanity unit for your needs would be to visit a local home improvement store and to compare different sized units in person. From there, you can look for components of the same size online if you would prefer, where you’re likely to find a much wider choice. Also, you’ll have to think about the height of that bathroom mirror that will be located above your bathroom vanities for the same reason.

You also need to remember that your vanity unit is not simply to look at, but to use as well. It’s all well and good selecting a bathroom vanity with a stunning timber finish, but you have to make sure it’s up to scratch with regards to an appropriate level of storage space and overall functionality.

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The size of your bathroom vanities is another crucial element to consider; height is an aforementioned massive factor, but the width of your unit must be thought about too. You’ll only have a specific, limited space available to situate your bathroom vanity, so you should look to secure the perfect size and not waste any of the available area. Should you select a vanity that’s too long, you could encounter problems such as blocking off a portion of your toilet or another bathroom fixture.

Take into account the shape of the bathroom vanities you require as well. For instance, you may be looking to install a space-saving corner unit if your bathroom design will allow it. You must decide on your exact requirements, and also ensure there’s sufficient space to open and close the bathroom doors. Many people in the past have bought and installed vanities only to later discover that their doors will not fully open or shut without making contact with a wall, shower or other component within the bathroom.

Ultimately, it’s extremely important to perform thorough research before selecting the perfect bathroom vanities for your bathroom, and to have an idea of your exact requirements from the unit. Colour, size, space, storage capacity and accompanying fixtures such as mirrors all need to be considered. From there, you can set about purchasing the ideal bathroom vanity for your space.

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Get their look: Pink House bathroom

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Whilst looking for a room to feature in this week’s ‘Get their look‘ feature, I came across this bathroom. One word… WOW!  It belongs to lifestyle blogger and journo, Emily Murray. Her award-winning blog, The Pink House, is full of really inspired and inspiring interiors.

The first thing that caught my eye in this photo was that super wallpaper – exotic, opulent and just so beautiful. The colour-matched brass taps, towel warmer and light give the room a sumptuous feel – Cleopatra herself would be delighted at taking her ass’ milk bath in here!

On further inspection, you’ll see how well she has designed and fitted a really, really awkward space. The bathroom is located in the eaves of the house; while all the interesting sharp angles look attractive, it meant that she had to install a ‘kneeling’ shower in the compact space. Storing the ablutionary accoutrements of a family of four hidden away in the custom-built under-sink unit keeps the surfaces clutter-free. The Pantone pink espresso mug of flowers gives a knowing nod to The Pink House.

Pop on over Emily’s blog to see all the before & after photos and read about this successful bathroom redesign. You’ll really love her writing style and turn of phrase.

  1. Overton wall light with prismatic glass globe
  2. Osborne & Little Derwent wallpaper, charcoal, W5796-01
  3. Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’
  4. Ceramic melon knob
  5. Bath fittings
  6. Evnille towel warmer
  7. Pantone 7432 bone china mug, Raspberry Crush
  8. Grubby Cow zesty hand wash (300ml)

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3 ways to find vintage bathroom fixtures & accents for your home

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If you’re always looking for unique and memorable ways to update your bathroom and you want to do something completely different to what you’re used to, you might want to consider going vintage. There are several ways you can go about sourcing vintage bathroom fixtures for your home and it really all depends on where you live. From searching online, to antiquing and attending estate sales. You’ll have your hands full by the time you’re done with your search.

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Plumbers

This may not be something that you’d normally consider but think about it. Who may have more of an inventory of old, broken, or thrown away bathroom fixtures than your local plumber? If you’re looking for super deluxe vintage finds you can search for a plumber Boca Raton or other neighbourhoods with higher than average income demographics. If you live in the state of Florida that is one way to go way outside the box.

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Online

You can go online and type whatever it is that you’re looking for into your search bar and chances are you’ll be greeted with a ton of options in lots of different price ranges. Popular sites like eBay are great for finding pre-owned or used bathroom fixtures. There are also sites that specialise in only vintage fixtures. You can search for specific components by decade or by style. These sites are super easy to use and make sourcing exactly what you want quick and efficient. Just be sure that you’re purchasing your vintage items from a reputable site.

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Antique stores

Antique stores are another excellent way to find vintage pieces for your home or office. Antique stores are usually overflowing with so much inventory that you can often get whatever you need at extremely low prices. Another great benefit of antiquing is that you can usually bargain with the owner and get good deals if you are buying more than one or two items. Another plus is that you’ll often find one of a kind items that no else that you know will have. If this sounds like your Sunday afternoon dream come true, you’re not alone!

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Estate sales

If you live in or near an affluent section of town, there may be estate sales that occur in your area. Estate sales are usually the best way to find vintage goods that may even be super rare at a great price. Some estate sales occur because of the passing of an extremely wealthy person that had no more living relatives. Other reasons for estate sales include divorce or the need to downsize. Either way, the person holding the estate sale is usually motivated to sell as much as they can. What does this mean for you? You can make the most of a motivated seller and arrive prepared with your best offers for the items that you want to take home.

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