Thursday, January 18, 2007

good stuff



this is a beautiful tree of life mural from the vanyavilas hotel in ranthambhore, india. it is made of silvered glass set in plaster. i wonder if i could make a bathroom like the one above with a mirror mosaic set in polished concrete for the walls. i really like the bathroom in this photograph, especially the wood flooring (teak? mahogany?). i'm fairly confident i we could do it ourselves but i have always been afraid of the cleaning aspect. will it always smell funky? do you leave a hatch to clean the floor drain? has anyone built a bathroom in this fashion? i would love some feedback!

10 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

Afraid I can't give any advice re: the wood flooring, but I do think the tree of life mural would look so striking in a bathroom like that. You should go for it!

BTW, what is the tapestry-like scene in the box below your blog title? Very intriguing!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I know that baths in Japan are done in this fashion, and also I saw one in HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style": it was in a house made of shipping containers, in case you want to look it up.

On another vein: I adore your site. Kudos. Will write you again soonest.

Terry

Anonymous said...

Hi again. The wood bathroom I wrote you about is in a building called "Studio 320" designed by Joel Egan and Robert Humble of Hybrid Seattle Arts and Architecture Collaborative.

Their website is at http://www.hybridseattle.com/, and their particulars are
info@hybridseattle.com,
1320 East Pike St.
Seattle, WA. 98122
Tel: 206-206-267-9277.

They seemed very accessible and might be amenable to answering questions about wooden bathroom floors.

Studio 320 was featured on "Small Space, Big Style" Episode HSSBS-305.

Good luck; I hope they can answer your questions.

Terry

My Marrakech said...

I think that mural is so beautiful. But how would you do it?

pinkmohair said...

Even a mural like that done in mirror pieces would be stunning. I really am craving things in silver, white and lt. blue/aqua right now. ICE.

No info about the wood floors. It is so humid in India, however, that excellent drainage must be important.

Amy said...

wow TERRY! i am going to send them an email now and see if they will write me back with their experience. if they respond i will let you know. THANKS!

and maryam, i think i could use the mastic for wall tiles to attach the mirror bits. not sure about a concrete for the walls. i would want that smooth plaster finish but moisture and regular plaster don't mix. maybe if i covered walls in cement board and cover cement board in chicken wire to hold concrete.....that will take some research! maybe there is some kind of plaster that can get wet - or a stucco type material. it would take some thinking but i bet it's possible!

Amy said...

peak of chic, the banner at the top of my page is from my favorite piece of needlework ever. it's german circa 1736 and i really love it!

The Peak of Chic said...

Amy,
I know this post is about the lovely bathroom, but I just have to say that the antique needlework scene is stunning.

Anonymous said...

Hey Amy:

Glad I could sort of help. Please do email: tgraves12@yahoo.com.

Terry

PS: I too love the needlework piece. It's stunning. I wouldn't have thought as late as 1736 though.

Amy said...

i am just going to have to post the whole thing!