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Spa Day Rituals – How To Have A Spa Day At Home

Spa Day Rituals – How To Have A Spa Day At Home

We’ll come right out and say it, it’s not always practical getting to the spa. With kids, full-time jobs and a household to run, not many people have the luxury of time. And with all the stress of everything else that makes up day to day life, we’re sometimes guilty of skimping on the “me time” we really need. Self-care and a little bit of pampering every now and then is just what you need. If you can’t get to the spa – you just need to get a little creative to have an indulgent experience – and one in the comfort of your own bathroom.  

So, how exactly do you have a spa day at home? A little bit of fuss and a lot of bubble bath goes a long way! Read our favourite ways of slowing down and de-stressing
with a relaxing spa day at home below.

Spa day at home jacuzzi bath

You can’t have a spa day without a “jacuzzi”. Begin your day of relaxation by drawing a hot bubble bath. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your favourite “chill” playlist, light one of your favourite scented candles and have your favourite fluffy towel closeby whilst you get into that novel you’ve been meaning to read for weeks. 

Need to ready your skin for the summer holidays this December? Your next step is to apply some luxurious Charlotte Rhys Salt Scrub for silky smooth skin. Scoop a small amount of the scrub into your hand and gently exfoliate your skin in small circles. Rinse the scrub off and your skin will feel magically refreshed and moisturised again.

Charlotte Rhys body cream

As you step out of the bath, Moisturise! Moisturise! Moisturise! This is such an essential part of taking care of your skin. Use a luxurious, delicately-scented moisturiser to nourish your skin after patting yourself dry and putting on your favourite pyjamas. 

Spa day at home nail painting

Beautify those nails! A good spa day is not complete without a mani – so take the time to carefully paint your fingernails and toenails with your favourite colour. Even if it’s a bit finicky on your own, every time you look at your lovely painted nails you’ll thank yourself for taking some you time! 

So there you have it, our favourite things to indulge in at a spa day at home. Cheers to a wonderful morning, afternoon or evening, and time well-spent giving yourself the you-time you deserve!

 

P.S –

If you’ve been searching for that perfect bubble bath, bath scrub, foot ritual, soap, moisturiser or other bath products, allow us to let you in on the best kept secret… Charlotte Rhys bath and spa products have been keeping us pampered for years, and can now do the same for you! Visit our online store to find out about all the luxurious products we have in stock just for you, and make a purchase when you find what you’ve been looking for!

Modern Bathroom Design Is The New Luxury

Modern Bathroom Design Is The New Luxury

They say that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured, which is why there is no shame in adding a touch of modern luxury to your home, starting with your bathroom (it is the most important room of your home, after all!). Research has shown that the average person spends around 92 days in the bathroom over their lifetime, so it only makes sense that your bathroom has is a sanctuary finished with luxurious fittings to add to the experience.  

In 2019 we have seen all sorts of trends – from statement walls and open showers to opulent free-standing baths and functional design for small spaces, but none have stood out as much as the common thread that have tied them all together – the chic minimalism that has become the core focus of many bathrooms this year. 

With so many people approaching their bathroom redesign with a “less is more” attitude, we had to ask ourselves, what is it about these spaces that people are so drawn to? 

modern bathroom design with garden wall

It Feels Good

There’s no denying it – luxury feels good. But it feels even better when it’s simple and understated. Modern bathroom design focuses on clean lines, sleek surfaces, and ZERO clutter. The whole look and feel of this style of bathroom is basic. 

Stripped down aesthetics that feature natural materials and neutral tones, complemented with pops of colour by way of decor and other elements – what’s not to love about the simplicity and timeless appeal of modern bathroom design?

modern bathroom design with livingstone bath

The Space

Space is synonymous with luxury, and a core feature of modern design. We’re not saying that small bathrooms can’t achieve the same effect (they can, when expertly designed and outfitted with the best bathroom fittings on the market). 

But the combination of space, clean lines, feature pieces and minimalist design of a modern bathroom comes together to create something magical, memorable – a retreat that demands for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the clean ambience of your most private sanctuary.

modern bathroom design marble textures

The Textures

Whilst modern bathroom designs do place focus on simplicity, natural materials and neutral colour palettes, that doesn’t mean they’re dull and drab – in fact the understated elegance of unpretentiousness is what sets them apart. 

Think – a combination of marble, statement open shower, premium bathroom fittings, brand new fluffy towels – stylish, luxurious, perfection!

modern bathroom design bathroom butler fittings

The Fittings 

So, you could say we’re biased. But premium bathroom fittings are probably the most important feature of a modern bathroom – aside from their function, their design doesn’t get any better when compared to other inferior fittings on the market. 

More so than that, top of the range fittings add a touch of finesse to break up the clean lines – something that all modern bathrooms need, and provide your sanctuary with the right type of technology it needs to be eco-friendly without sacrificing quality or style.

Final Words –

Modern bathroom design changes your life. When you spend so much time in your bathroom – it’s only right that it is a sanctuary befitting of all your needs and requirements. We don’t see modern bathroom design losing its appeal any time soon. 

If this is the style for you, well what are you waiting for? Your ultimate modern bathroom is just a meeting away. Get in touch with us and let’s set up your first meeting and let’s start putting your dream bathroom together.

Timeless Bathroom Design

Timeless Bathroom Design

We get it. Your bathroom is not a space you rip up and remodel on a yearly basis for the fun of it, just because trends come and go. Remodelling your bathroom requires significant investment, financially and emotionally. Regardless of taste, it’s important to consider what your bathroom will look like when what’s hot now, isn’t so hot in a few years to come. 

To ensure your bathroom remains sophisticated and on-trend in the years to come, we’ve put together a small guide on things you should consider during the most exciting part of your bathroom remodel – choosing all the elements that will make up your new bathroom. Read on below for our top timeless bathroom design tips! 

Wall Colour

Mint green and salmon took over in the 80’s. We know what you feel when those bathrooms come to mind – happy nostalgia (I mean, those are the bathrooms we grew up in, right?) with a slight shudder of horror imagining your brand new bathroom looking the same way. That trend took homeowners by storm back then and looking back now, that’s exactly why you should steer clear of modern trends that come and go. When you’re deciding on the wall colour of your new bathroom, stick with lighter, neutral palettes that evoke a sense of fresh sophistication. 

We particularly enjoy stark, white bathroom walls. Bright, white walls keep a bathroom timeless, making the space feel clean and open. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to apply this to your permanent fixtures as well. Inevitably, things will need to be replaced as the years go on, and replacing fixtures of a specific colour is absurdly difficult once a colour fad has fallen off the radar. 

White walls also have this uncanny ability to complement any other colour, and balancing the starkness of the white with colourful towels, art, rugs and other accessories is a great way to keep your bathroom up to date. Trendy decor is easily changed and replaced to keep up with the times.

White walls also complement other elements of your bathroom – particularly when you want to draw attention to a certain feature, like marble floors or tile backsplashes. But stark white spaces come with needs. In particular, the need to be complemented by textures and quality fixtures, as we discuss below. This is one timeless bathroom design trend that will never go out of fashion! 

Timeless Textures

A timeless bathroom design doesn’t have to be dull and drab, void of personality. Adding texture by way of eye-catching features that don’t overwhelm the space is easily done but has to be done right. Careful attention is required when deciding what elements you are going to use to add texture to your new bathroom. 

Black & White

Black and white colour palettes work with almost any design style and never fail to present a polished look. This combination can be complemented with cute little pot plants or colourful bathroom linen to prevent a too clinical feeling. It is important to note that the ratio of white to black makes a difference. Use more white for a cleaner, brighter feel, or more black for a dramatic effect. The beauty of it is that the choice is yours, and choosing a black and white colour scheme means your bathroom will never go out of fashion.

Marble

Incorporating marble, granite or quartz into the mix brings an elegant, timeless appeal to the space, with these textures almost always working well with surrounding colours. Natural materials come with their own unique colouring and patterns. Whether you opt for natural materials on walls, floors or countertops, they bring a distinctive lasting element to your bathroom that no other element can.

Tiles

Tiles have featured in bathrooms since the Romans invented bathhouses, so it’s no surprise that adding a feature wall with a splash of tiles can serve as a classic addition to your new bathroom. 

One trend that has never gone out of fashion are subway tiles, that bring both a touch of contemporary style and easy maintenance to your bathroom. Subway tiles have made a statement in bathrooms since the 1900’s – and being small and hardy means they are easy to clean – win-win for style and hygiene! 

However, it is important to consider the scale and scope of individual elements in your bathroom. Overdoing the tile can have the opposite effect of tying all the features of your bathroom together, and make the space feel cluttered and enclosed – a definite no-no when designing a bathroom meant to be ageless. 

 

Fixtures

Freestanding Bathtubs

The freestanding bathtub is perhaps the most classical and enduring element your bathroom could feature. Since the freestanding clawfoot bathtub became fashionable in England in the late 1800s, we have been equal parts adoring and committed to relaxation and self-care. Considered enchanting, sophisticated and the epitome of luxury, a bathtub wrought out of solid rock can never go out of fashion in our opinion! 

Simple Fittings

We don’t need to tell you that simplicity is key to keeping your bathroom timeless. 

Trends have their time and place, however, specifically when it comes to environmental consciousness in the bathroom. In this instance, opting for fine fixtures that are considerate to the environment will not hamper your efforts in designing a timeless bathroom. 

Faucets and basins tend to go out of fashion as time goes on, but keeping it simple and green mitigates the risk of your bathroom going out of fashion any time soon! 

Lighting

We know we keep on harping on about it, but bathroom lighting may be the one element that makes the biggest difference in the agelessness of your bathroom. 

A combination of ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting makes a huge impact on the ambience of the space, and is key in establishing a beautiful, lasting bathroom sanctuary.

Storage

One trend that never goes out of style is bathroom organisation! Counters that are free of clutter give a feeling of a pristine, dirt-free space. In conjunction with open shelving, bathroom baskets, drawer separators and functional design – an organised bathroom is a key component of ageless luxuriousness. 

Final Words –

If you’re in the market for a timeless bathroom design, our team offers the latest insight to ensure your new bathroom is ageless now and in years to come. Whether you are revamping your guest water closet or master retreat, OXO will assist you with conceptualising the bathroom of your dreams into reality. Contact us now and let’s get talking! 

 

Bathroom Organisation Tips from the Experts!

Bathroom Organisation Tips from the Experts!

We can all agree that some days getting it together for the morning rush is difficult, especially when the sun hasn’t even risen yet. So you can bet that if there’s anything that will help make our morning routines easier, we’re in! 

Having a clean, organised bathroom can really help speed things up when it comes to getting ready (it also means you can luxuriate in that extra 5-minute lie in you’ve been craving all week). It’s also a better, more relaxed start to your day as you enjoy getting ready in a calm and clutter-free bathroom (and who couldn’t use more relaxation in their day?)

Sometimes the disorganisation is overwhelming so you overlook it. But you need to take ownership of your dominion and take the steps to a cleaner, brighter space and ultimately happier you. Now is your opportunity to get rid of the clutter! Now’s the time to put into practice all the following bathroom organisation tips you’re going to read!  

 

First Things First

Organising your bathroom should always start with a good spring clean and declutter session. This is perhaps the most important step of cleaning up your bathroom because, honestly, there is no point in organising a bucket-load of products that you don’t actually need. 

The truth is, we tend to accumulate a lot of products that are halfway finished, that we’ll “use one day” (you never do), and other items we think we need to hang on to (you don’t). Many beauty and hygiene products only last between six months to a year, and you’ll only be able to use so many in that time, so there’s no use stockpiling what you’ll never get to utilise. 

When you open your bathroom cupboards to begin tidying this weekend, ask yourself the difficult questions that will set you on the path to a more organised bathroom and happier you. If you have to think about the answer, chances are that you don’t need it. As you assess your assortment of products, keep the following questions in mind;

  • Do I use this? Not to be confused with “Will I possibly use this one day?” – You either do or you don’t, so you shouldn’t have to think very long about it.

     

     

  • Do I need this? How many extra toothbrushes do you really need? Do you absolutely have to keep those half-finished bottles of body lotion? Do you actually wear that nail polish? Assess what you need on a regular basis to avoid stockpiling products that have a lifespan. Selectively identify what you use and donate or chuck out the rest.

     

  • Does this have a place in my cupboard? Everything you own should have a designated space. If you have too much of one thing, then the surplus needs to go. Getting rid of excess products helps you save space and arrange your belongings for easier access and quicker morning routines.  

     

  • Does this bring me joy? Perhaps the most important question of all! This phrase, by Marie Kondo – goddess of decluttering, encourages you to hold each item in your hand, and ask the question: “Does this bring me joy?”. You’ll know the answer right away, and that will help you rid your bathroom cupboards and counters of everything you don’t need.

Clutter-Free Counters

 

 

Once you have decluttered your excess beauty and hygiene products, you need to turn your attention to other problematic areas of your bathroom. 

Cluttered counters are one of those areas. Keeping as few items on your bathroom counter as possible creates a fresher, tidier space. Using a tray to store your essentials helps you clear your counter with ease when it comes to cleaning day, and also brings a pleasing aesthetic to your bathroom. Note: your tray shouldn’t take up more than ⅓ of the counter space, or it will hinder your morning routine as you get ready! 

 

Hidden Storage 

 

Not to be confused with hiding the clutter, incorporating additional hidden storage inside your bathroom cabinets can make the difference for the organisation of your bathroom as a whole. Whilst you may have rid your excess products, organising the remaining items for seamless use can still be a challenge. Few people know how to effectively use their limited bathroom cabinet space for better storage, but using wesh mire baskets help with holding a variety of items which tend to get muddled up as they are frequently used. 

 

 

 

Drawer Dividers

 

Cabinets sorted, you need to focus your attention on your bathroom drawers. Beauty and hygiene products come in all shapes and sizes, and those smaller items tend to get lost in cluttered bathroom drawers. Using drawer dividers can make all the difference – giving every item a “home” and making it that much easier for you to find what you’re looking for as and when you need it. 

 

 

Organisational Containers 

 

Keeping things organised and accessible is one of the main reasons to declutter, but moreover, it makes a huge difference to the general cleanliness of your bathroom. The containers you use to store things also play an important role. Items should be organised by category and placed into the appropriate vessel when necessary. For example, glass apothecary jars are attractive storage options for supplies like cotton balls and cotton swabs, but you should rather use bathroom baskets for your additional towels. 

 

Laundry Bin

 

 

Tired of having dirty laundry splayed across bathroom and bedroom? A stylish laundry bin will help keep those dirty, wet towels and other unmentionables hidden from view, and also make washing day easier as you haul your laundry to the washroom! 

 

 

Final Words

Organising your bathroom doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Creating a more functional space that is organised and clean with just a few changes can make your morning routine that much quicker and enjoyable. 

 

 

Looking to design your ultimate, clutter-free bathroom? 

OXO’s expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to give you a guiding hand when redesigning your bathroom. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Timeless Small Bathroom Ideas

Timeless Small Bathroom Ideas

Packing A Punch In A Small Bathroom Design

 

Making use of a compact space is challenging at the best of times, so how does one make the most of a small bathroom when it is undoubtedly the most important and utilised room in your home? 

Well, clever storage and chic finishes can make even the smallest of bathrooms not only practical but beautiful too! Here are some of our top tips for packing a punch when mapping out your plans for a small bathroom design. 

 

Small Bathroom, Big Dreams

 

Beautiful Small Bathroom Design

Configuring your bathroom in such a way that there is enough space between your toilet and the sink, your shower and towel rail can be tricky, especially if you have limited space and an unconventional layout. That’s where a little bit of creativity and a splash of astuteness comes in! 

 

    1. Not-So-Traditional Corner Sink
      Bathroom sinks can sometimes be cumbersome, disrupting your movement as you try and get to the toilet or your shower. There is nothing more frustrating, especially if the space can be used more effectively!

      This not-so-traditional corner sink, right beside your toilet, works a lot better than being placed awkwardly alongside the shower. Now you can wash your hands, and see yourself too!

       

    2. Float Your Vanity
      Floating your vanity helps make the space appear visually bigger, and frees up some much-needed floor space when you step aside to wash your hands. 

    3. Open Your Shower
      These days, you can get away with not having a door on your shower. Open showers are designed to maximise bathroom space, and not only visually increase the size of your bathroom, but also provide a convenient “step in, step out” style that is perfect if you need to “rinse and run”.  

    4. Wall Mounted Toilet
      Installing a wall mounted toilet brings an instant modern aesthetic and is a great choice if you have a smaller bathroom, as the bowl and actuator plate are the only parts in the room, meaning the bowl is much closer to the wall – saving you precious floor space and legroom.

       

    5. It’s All About The Lighting
      Oh so important, no matter what room in your house! Adding a few warm tone lights or will enhance the luminescence and reflectiveness of the room; creating a brighter and roomier-feeling space.

       

    6. Round Mirrors
      Making use of a large round mirror in your bathroom is certainly not new, but does it pack a punch in a smaller space! Suspended just above the soap shelf, with it comes a stylish modern aesthetic, opening up the space the only way a mirror can!

       

    7. Strategic Tiles & Colour Schemes
      When it comes to small bathrooms, you need to be strategic with colour. Dark walls will make the room feel smaller, light walls will make the room feel larger. To add a bit of contrast, you can get by with darker floor tiles and lighter walls, and switching up the styles to create a statement!

       

    8. Less Is More
      As with anything, and especially in the context of a small bathroom, less is definitely more! Designing your bathroom for the space available, and keeping it clean, uncluttered and in tip-top shape will ensure it is always a welcoming space that won’t get you feeling claustrophobic. 

Need Help Redesigning Your Small Bathroom? 

OXO’s expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to give you a guiding hand when redesigning your small bathroom. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Bathroom Tile Trends For 2019

Bathroom Tile Trends For 2019

As a leading stockist of luxury bathroom and sanitary ware in Southern Africa, we see it as our duty to stay up to date with local and global bathroom trends that are constantly evolving. This gives us the insight we need to guide our clients on what’s hot, what’s not, and advise on the best buys for their particular style. Creating timeless bathrooms with a modern edge is part of our love for what we do, which is why we have put together this comprehensive guide to bathroom tile trends for 2019.

If you’re in the midst of redesigning your bathroom, you know there are countless styles to choose from. Victorian meets Metro, Contemporary meets Futuristic – the choices are endless! Allow us to guide you on this years’ wonderfully outlandish tile trends that we think are here to stay!

 

Hexagonal Tiles

Liquidred Colourful Hexagonal Bathroom Tiles

This year, it’s all about colour and dimension! Hexagonal tiles have been making a resurgence recently, and we’re seeing them in all combinations and sizes. The beauty of hexagonal tiles is that they can be used on a larger scale – covering floors and walls, or as a statement piece on a single divider in your bathroom. Bold motifs and striking design, with colour patterns that create complicated and visually arresting styles – what’s not to love?

 

Subway Tiles

Liquidred Subway Bathroom Tiles

Subway tiles are one of our favourite design features. They are timeless, work with almost any style – Victorian, Modern, Industrial (you name it!) – and can be switched up simply by playing with colour, arrangement or size. This adorable quirky bathroom design features a combination of purple and rose gold, and those subway tiles most certainly make a statement! The checkerboard style of the tiles adds a subtle texture to the space, giving this bathroom a dimension it otherwise wouldn’t have. Paired with the truly exquisite LiquidRed accessories – we’re in love!

 

Metallic Finish

Geberit Metallic Bathroom Tiles

Gorgeous and up to the minute – metallic bathroom finishes bring an edge to your bathroom that only a hint of shine can! When you combine a metallic finish with hexagonal tiles, magic happens. The metallic hue brings an unexpected depth to the space, and coupled with a rich, matte statement wall – well, you can see the result in this truly unique Geberit styled bathroom.

 

Matte Finish

Showerline Matte Bathroom Tiles

Matte finishes are here to stay. These gorgeous, oversized subway tiles in a checkerboard pattern are soft but powerful, and leave an impression long after you have seen a bathroom that features them!  Whilst matte tiles are great for their easy maintenance – their low sheen means smudges and water marks don’t appear as easily as on glossy tiles, they do need quite a bit of lighting, so make sure your bathroom flows with natural and artificial illumination!

 

Last Words

So there you have it – four of the bathroom tile trends taking 2019 by storm! Choosing the tiles for your bathroom remodel isn’t going to be easy, but this is a challenge you can have the most fun with! 

We stock a wide range of Douglas Jones tiles that make all the difference in your new bathroom. If you have an idea but you’re not sure where to go with it, our expert bathroom designers can assist! Schedule a design meeting with us and allow us to take you through the process of choosing your favourite tile colours, finishes, shapes and materials to complement your exquisite bathroom in the making. 

Bathroom Lighting Tips

Bathroom Lighting Tips

The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a multi-bodied household where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your haven by giving it the proper lighting. Here’s some important advice to keep in mind when redesigning your bathroom, lighting included.

The four types of light needed for the best bathroom atmosphere are task, accent, decorative and sparkle.

Task Lighting

 

This is the light by which you can best see yourself. Proper task lighting at the mirror is important and we recommend using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to provide shadowless illumination. This creates the best scenario for makeup application, shaving, tooth care and so on.

Tip:
Avoid adding a light above the mirror. That includes recessed lighting in the ceiling which would throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose, and chin. Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, but it can also visually age you by 10 years. People should look their best when they look at their reflection. Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.

Accent Lighting. 



PIETRA BATH - Red

If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art — or, in this case, for an alcove dedicated to your favourite bath products.

Decorative Lighting. 



This adds visual sparkle. Using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom will add just the right touch.

Ambient Light. 



This acts as fill light. In bathrooms with taller ceilings, a cove or cantilever details, ambient lighting fixtures can be installed along the perimeter of the space. Architectural details such as these can hide the fixture and create indirect lighting.

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Sconces on large mirrors at the sink vanities now offer functional task lighting. Recessed cans on dimmers provide ambient light for whatever mood is desired. Dimmers are especially useful in the tub area, where relaxation and romance are priorities. Wall sconces offer additional ambient and decorative light. Large mirrors, both at the vanity and over the tub, effectively reflect all of these layered light sources for the best effect.

Looking for more tips? Get in touch with us to set up a design meeting and allow us to put your dream bathroom together.

Article Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2013/10/15/how-to-light-your-bathroom-right/

Secret Tips To Keeping Your Towels Fluffy

Secret Tips To Keeping Your Towels Fluffy

It’s a hard life, being a towel. All that hard water and friction can really wear a fabric down. Not to mention regular exposure to oil and soil. Even the fluffiest, most luxurious towels need a little TLC now and then, to keep them feeling their best.

If you’ve ever asked the question ‘How do I keep towels soft?’ we can help. We’ve put together some tips to get your towels as good as new.

CUT BACK ON DETERGENT.

Towels feel stiff because they start to build up soapy residue. By using a little less detergent than suggested, your machine’s rinse cycle will have an easier time washing out those last pesky bits of soap.

WASH IN WARM WATER.

Warmer water (around body temperature is best) absorbs detergent better, leaving less buildup on your towels. You can also let detergent dissolve in the washer before adding towels – just start the wash cycle, add soap and wait a minute or two before adding your towels.

REPLACE FABRIC SOFTENERS WITH VINEGAR.

Fabric softeners contain silicon that will make towels water repellent, so they won’t get as good a wash. Instead, soften your towels by using one cup of white vinegar about every six weeks; this will remove the soapy residue that makes towels feel rough, bringing back softness while restoring them to full absorbency. Simply run the towels through a regular washing cycle, then redo them using vinegar instead of soap.

USE BAKING SODA.

This will help loosen up fibres and clean off any chemicals or grime, making your towels softer. Just mix half a cup of baking soda with your normal amount of detergent. As an added bonus, baking soda naturally eliminates musty odours that may have built up – say, if you left damp towels lying around in a gym bag or in a pile on the bathroom floor.

LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD.

Don’t put too many towels in your washer at once. Not only will it strain the machine, it won’t allow enough room to rinse out all the dirt and detergent from your towels. The same goes for your dryer; if you overload it, there won’t be enough air in the dryer to properly fluff the fabric. So you’ll get stiff, matted towels, instead of soft, fluffy ones. For most standard machines, try two or three bath towels at a time, along with hand towels and washcloths.

TOSS IN A TENNIS BALL OR DRYER BALL.

Having a few unused tennis balls or dryer balls bouncing around in the dryer helps remove lumps while softening and fluffing your towels.

GO EASY ON THE TUMBLE DRYING.

True, it makes towels fluffier, but the heat from the dryer can damage the integrity towels. So use a lower setting or alternate between air drying and tumble drying. You can also partially dry towels on the line and then finish them up in the dryer. If you prefer line drying, shake the towels out afterwards to fluff up the fibres, or toss them in the dryer on a cool setting for additional softness.

There you have it – the answer to the age-old question ‘How do I keep towels soft and fluffy?’ Follow these self-help tips and your towels will stay plush and fluffy their whole lives.

With Compliments: Wedding Bathroom Basket Essentials

With Compliments: Wedding Bathroom Basket Essentials

Getting married? Give your guests a little extra something with a Wedding Bathroom Basket. This great little idea – also known as hospitality baskets or bathroom emergency kits – have become very popular for weddings in South Africa over the last year. Usually, a basket, tray or box, is placed in your reception venue bathrooms and full of first aid items, toiletries, and sanitary products to help your guests with any mini emergencies they may have. And while not essential, the extra effort will certainly be appreciated by guests!

Bathroom Basket List

To help you create the perfect bathroom baskets we’ve compiled this handy little list of items to give you an idea of what to include to help you and your guests enjoy your big day even more.

First Aid

  • Bandaids/Plasters
  • Blister Plasters
  • Party Feet
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunscreen (for outdoor weddings)
  • Bug Spray  (for outdoor weddings)
  • Cough drops
  • Tissues
  • Rennies
  • Painkillers

Beauty Bits and Items to Freshen Up

  • Bobby Pins/Hairgrips
  • Hair Bobbins
  • Hairspray
  • Dry Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Gel
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons and liners etc.)
  • Clear Nail Varnish
  • Nail File
  • Nail Glue
  • Lash Glue
  • Vaseline
  • Blotting Paper
  • Deodorant (aerosol style so multiple guests can use it)
  • Hand Lotion
  • Mints and Gum
  • Toothpicks
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby Powder (can help with sweaty feet and chaffing!)

Handy Tools

  • Stain Remover Pen
  • Lint Roller
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Scissors
  • Earring Backs

Little Treats

  • Mini bottles of perfume and aftershave (you could pick up samples from beauty counters)
  • Body Spray
  • Lollipops

 

Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Bathroom Baskets

  • Grab yourself a nice basket, a pretty decorated box or tray to put your items in but keep in mind the space you will be placing them, make sure the basket isn’t too big for the counter or too small for all the items you are including. If there is no counter space at your venue, ask if a small table can be left in the toilets to hold the bathroom kit.
  • Create his and her baskets for ladies and gents’ bathrooms. Tweak the above list by adding in or omitting items.
  • Collect product samples throughout your planning, they’re free and they are perfectly sized for bathroom baskets.
  • If you have young children attending, don’t put any sort of medication (paracetamol etc) in the basket. Leave these items behind reception and leave a little note in the baskets telling your guests where they can get them if needed.
  • Likewise, keep scissors, needles or glue out of reach from little hands.
  • Ask a bridesmaid or a family member who is offering to help, to organise this for you. Just send them on this list to print out and they can pick up bits and pieces throughout the planning process.

We hope you find this little checklist helpful for your big day! For more great wedding advice and ideas on how to set up your personal or guest bathrooms, get in touch with us!

Original Article: https://www.onefabday.com/wedding-bathroom-basket-list/
10 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

10 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Many people think the kitchen is the heart of the home, but we’d beg to differ! Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – a place where you can rest, relax and refresh! Bathrooms, along with kitchens, are also among the most important rooms buyers look at when you are selling your home. There are a number of reasons for doing a bathroom remodelling project, and you may have different motivations for different projects. Here are some of the most common reasons to remodel your bathroom.

 

ADD A BATHROOM

One of the top reasons people begin a bathroom remodelling project is to add a bathroom. Among the most common reasons to add a bathroom are to create a master suite, turn a closet into a half bath or add a bathroom to a floor that doesn’t have one, such as a basement.

Adding a bathroom is an expensive project, especially if it is in an area of the house that is far away from pipes and plumbing connections, so you should ensure you thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of such a project.

EXPAND A BATHROOM

Not everyone has the space or the money to completely add a new bathroom, but a good alternative can be to enlarge and expand an existing bathroom. One common bathroom project is to enlarge a half bath by adding a shower and/or tub. You also might add a tub to a shower. Such projects can be done without too much expense and can greatly add value to your home.

ACCOMMODATE AN AGING RELATIVE OR YOURSELF

As you age, you may need to make changes to your bathroom to better accommodate you. That could involve adding rails and a ledge to your shower, for example. You also might need to make similar changes to one of your bathrooms if an elderly relative such as a parent is going to be moving in with you.

UPDATE YOUR BATHROOM

Bathroom styles, just like those in other rooms in your home, can change over time. Green and yellow toilets and sinks were once all the rage but now would be considered severely dated. Remodelling your bathroom to update with the times is a good reason. It might be as simple as painting it a different colour and updating the fixtures or it could require a complete tear out of everything. Updating is something many San Mateo homeowners do to their bathrooms when they decide to sell their home.

IMPROVE YOUR BATHROOM’S UTILITY

Sometimes, a bathroom in your home may need to be remodelled to increase its utility. That could be to add more storage or to improve the ventilation. You might also want to create a walk-in shower or add a bidet. Or you might add a double sink to accommodate a spouse moving in.

FIX A PLUMBING PROBLEM



Most plumbing problems are minor and are issues you can take care of with minimal work and fuss. However, if you have a leak that is in the walls in your bathroom, requiring you to tear out walls or flooring to fix the problem, it can be a good time to do some remodelling as well.

INSTALL WATER-SAVING DEVICES

Just about any bathroom could be improved in ways that will save water, and remodelling to install water-saving devices is a good reason to do work on your bathroom. Some common water-saving devices are low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets.

IMPROVE OVERALL ENERGY EFFICIENCY

While saving water is a good goal in your bathroom, why stop there? There are some things you can do to improve your overall energy efficiency in your bathroom. Installing LED or CFL lights will save you on your electricity costs. Putting in a more efficient ventilation fan can also save money on your energy costs. You can make energy-efficient changes on their own or as part of a larger bathroom remodel.

TO MAKE COSMETIC CHANGES

Many people do minor bathroom remodels simply to make a few cosmetic changes and refresh the bathroom’s look.

Even if your bathroom is still in style and not dated, it may still be in need of a refresh. You may give it a new coat of paint or replace your vanity or cabinets. You could replace vinyl flooring with tile or put an acrylic insert in your tub or shower to make it look new.

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO & CAN

You may simply want to remodel your bathroom for no other reason than that you want a change and it will make you feel good. Nothing should stop you from remodelling your bathroom if you have the desire and the money, but you should try to ensure that any changes you make are adding to the resale value of your home or at least not detracting from it.

Get in touch with us to chat about your dream bathroom and let’s bring your ideas to life!

Genius Storage Solutions for Small Bathrooms

Genius Storage Solutions for Small Bathrooms

Organising your bathroom can be complicated. You have to worry about space, hygiene and placement in a way that suits your family’s style but is also functional for everyday use. If your bathroom is small or cramped, that’s another hurdle to overcome.

The good news is that small bathroom storage ideas do exist. They might be a little more creative than the ones typically displayed in home and garden magazines, but that just means your space will be unique.

There are a few things to consider when thinking about organisation in a tiny bathroom. Are you taking advantage of the entire space? Are you hanging, hooking, shelving and stacking things both horizontally and vertically? Can you do something more efficiently? For example, instead of folding your towels, can you roll them? Is your design actually functional? Will you use it? Will your kids use it? It’s pointless to install clever shelves and hooks if they’ll be ignored by your family.

If this sounds like a lot to think about, don’t worry. We’ve already done the work for you when it comes to finding and curating small bathroom storage ideas. Here are just a few ways to re-organise your towels and toiletries during your next round of spring cleaning.

    • Bathroom Baskets

      Most will agree that baskets make excellent storage. They’re pretty, come in different sizes and shapes, and most are pretty sturdy. Place a few of the same size and colour on your shelves and you have a stylish storage system. Grab a couple of lined baskets from ZARA Home to get this look!

 

    • Ladder Shelves

      Ladder shelves not only look decorative, but they also serve as places to store towels and linens. Shop your very own at Mr Price Home now!

 

    • Bathroom Wall Baskets

      Shelves made by turning baskets on their sides and mounting them to the wall. Choose like baskets for a unified look or use baskets in varying sizes and shapes for a more whimsical approach. Get yours at Crate & Barrel!

 

    • Makeup Organiser

      Makeup drawers make a cute and clever storage area for makeup brushes or toothbrushes or both. Each little section provides a way to group items for better organization. Makeup Box has your dream makeup drawer, get it right here!

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to sprucing up your small space and adding creative details that make keeping it neat and tidy as easy as can be. You spend a lot of time in your bathroom, so make it make you happy with only the best storage ideas.

Need help organising, redesigning or remodelling? We can help. Get in touch with us and let’s get chatting!

Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel Your Bathroom

Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel Your Bathroom

So you’re ready to remodel that bathroom. Congratulations! As you probably already know, you’ve got some tasks ahead of you. Even with the help of a professional bathroom designer, a lot of the mental work inevitably falls right on you, the homeowner.

So it’s going to be up to you where you want things to go, how much you want to spend, what you want it to look like and how you want it to function. This step-by-step workbook will help you navigate the process through the planning and conceptual phases. Just remember to keep your eye on the prize, and seek the help and guidance of people who’ve been there before. And above all, plan thoroughly.

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Step 1: What Are You Trying to Achieve?

It seems like a simple enough question that should have a simple answer: “Well, I need a new bathroom.” But when embarking on a journey that will take a good chunk out of your time and bank account, you want to get it right. And you want to be happy with the end result.

Before you do anything, think about what your ideal bathroom would be. Forget constraints of money and space; just imagine what you want and what the intended purpose will be. Who is this bathroom for? Is it a master bathroom? A powder bathroom? A kid’s bathroom? How often will it get used and what will the function be?

Other considerations:

  • How many people will use it?
  • How much time do you spend in the bathroom during the morning, afternoon and night?
  • What’s your routine – how does your current space hinder it and how could a new space improve it?
  • Do you plan to grow old where you live now?
  • Do you have medical issues like poor eyesight or arthritis to consider?
  • Do you just want something that’s easy to clean?
  • Is storage the catalyst? Relaxation?
  • Or do you just want to update the look for resale?
  • Would your dream bathroom include towel warmers, steam showers, fireplaces or TVs? All these things will help guide you in your decisions.

Why Are You Remodeling?

There are three main reasons people want to remodel a bathroom. (For some, it’s a combination of these or all three.)

  • Updating the look. If you’re happy with the layout of your current bathroom but feel it just needs a refresher, then you’ll be focusing your attention on material selection and perhaps new cabinetry or plumbing fixtures.Pay attention to the age of your home and the remodels done by previous homeowners. Putting new tile over a foundation rife with dry rot or severely outdated or junky plumbing is only delaying a potentially huge problem down the road. You may want to wait until you can do a complete job right.
  • Resale value. If you’re updating your bathroom to sell, you’ll want to look at what potential buyers might want. While it’s hard to anticipate what a random buyer is looking for, you can do a little research on what appeals to the majority of homeowners.
  • Better functionality and more storage. Perhaps you’ve always hated how the door swings open and hits the vanity, or you’re tired of stacking toilet paper on the toilet reservoir and seeing makeup on the counter. Maybe you never use the bathtub and long for a larger shower. Or wish for two sinks instead of one. Or crave more natural light.

This level of remodelling will likely have you gutting the space, and possibly rearranging the elements within it and rerouting the plumbing. This would result in an all-new bathroom. This category would be on the higher end too.

Step 2: Research and Budget

Before you get ahead of yourself, it’s best to know what you will be able to spend. You probably already have an idea of what you can afford, so the first thing you’ll want to understand is how much a bathroom remodel is going to cost. The median spend on master bathroom remodels in South Africa is R25 000, according to a 2018 OXO bathroom trends study.

Consider whether you’re after a basic remodel, a mid- to upper-range one or a deluxe remodel, and always factor in a cushion of at least 10 to 20 percent more for unforeseen costs that might arise.

Remember: To keep costs down, see if you can make your updates without moving any of the existing plumbing or wiring.

Step 3: Find a Professional

Whether or not to hire a professional for any part of your project is up to you. If you know what you want and where to find what you need, and are confident that your ideas will work, then the design phase could be left up to you.

But know that a professional bathroom designer may be able to think of things you may not have considered – like adding a skylight or rearranging the space in a creative way to maximize functionality and efficiency.

There are different ways you can work with a designer. A little guidance from a design consultation or a more developed vision with a design plan may be all you need to get started. For particularly complicated jobs, full design services are probably best.

If you’re comfortable tackling the demolition, construction and installation yourself, you may not need a general contractor. But it’s a project that can quickly get out of your grasp. If you lack experience, a bathroom remodel could take you several times as long as a professional to complete, and the result might still be of poor quality.

The complexity of routing plumbing, laying tile and flooring, installing vanities and toilets, and more leaves way too much room for error, and you’re likely to mess something up, lose money and end up with a bathroom that’s full of flaws. If you want to cut down a little on your budget, stick to straightforward tasks like painting.

For major structural changes, you may need to hire an architect. Plumbing and electrical work are almost always hired out. In some places, it’s required by law. When in doubt, hire a pro to help.

Step 4: Refine Your Plan

Gather photos of bathrooms you like. You can create a concept book to store and organize photos of layouts, styles, finishes and more. For example, you may like how the toilet, vanity and shower are laid out in one particular photo but don’t necessarily like the style, colour or materials in that space.

If your dream bathroom doesn’t seem as though it could ever fit in the space you have, think about what’s on the other side of the bathroom walls. Can you steal space from an adjacent closet, bedroom or another unused area? Is it possible to punch out from your home to create more room?

Other options to consider are whether or not you want the toilet out in the open or in its own water closet. What kinds of special storage you need – for the hair dryer, makeup, shaving kit and more. How to get more natural light. Or even how to incorporate sinks and vanities to fit your height and that of your spouse or partner.

Can you create a transition area that connects through a closet and dressing area and then out to the hallway, so you don’t have to wake your spouse or partner while getting ready in the morning? There’s almost no end to what you can dream up and execute, so think ahead and plan accordingly to get everything you want.

And it may seem mundane, but something as simple as where the outlets will go can have a huge impact on your morning routine. Do you charge your phone in the bathroom? Use a hair dryer or other devices?

Now is when you will want to make a plan for how you’ll access the power source. Other considerations may include things like where you should put the toilet or even where you will keep the toilet paper.

Choosing the style of bathroom you want can be complicated. Designers recommend that you look to the rest of your house for a jumping-off point. For example, you probably don’t want to do an industrial-style bathroom in a Craftsman home.

Again, look to photos that inspire you and gather as many ideas as possible, leaving nothing to chance. With so much going on during a remodel, it would be a shame to make a knee-jerk decision on a material or style that in the end, you won’t be happy with because you didn’t make the time to plan for it.

Step 5: Approve the Schematic Design

In this phase, you’ll be reviewing sketches and preliminary floor plans and elevations that show the layout of your planned bathroom and the size of its components, like the vanity and any cabinetry.

The point here is to get the major elements and spacing down before moving forward, not to have a complete picture of how the finished bathroom will look in terms of colour and materials.

Once the measurements and sizes are nailed down, then you will know how many square feet of tile you’ll need to order or how big of a marble slab you’ll need for the countertop. You or your designer can use this info to start shopping around for prices on materials.

These drawings, sketches and scope of work will be used to interview contractors to start getting estimates.

Step 6: Choose Your Materials, Finishes and Colors

You’ve likely been planning for this remodel for quite some time and already have your concept book with inspiration photos breaking down how you want your space to look.

Now’s the time to research materials so you’ll have at least have some working knowledge and be able to have a good conversation with your designer or supplier. For example, marble looks great, but it’s a pain to maintain. Maybe you want to look at easy-to-clean options. Maybe you didn’t know that wood can indeed work in bathrooms or weren’t aware of the great stone possibilities.

Though the selections in this phase seem endless, here’s a general rundown of what you’ll be choosing:

  • Bathtub
  • Colour
  • Countertops
  • Faucets
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Shower
  • Sinks
  • Storage
  • Tile
  • Toilet
  • Vanities

Step 7: Work on Design Development and Construction Documents

At this stage, you should be actively reviewing the floor plan, elevations, tile layout and any other relevant drawings associated with your project. More planning means fewer mistakes will come up.

Also, you want to be kept up to speed on everything that goes into your project – what materials will be used and how they will be laid out. If something isn’t specified in construction drawings, such as general tile layout or how you want trim pieces in your shower niche to look, chances are your tile installer will make a decision on the spot, especially if you’re not around on the day of installation.

This stage will also encompass the permit process. If you’re working with a knowledgeable professional, he or she will take this up, as they are skilled at navigating the process and working with contacts they’ve made at the local planning office. If you’re doing a lot of the work yourself, you’ll need to brush up on what permits you’ll need, and where and how to submit drawings.

Step 8: Get Estimates From Contractors

It’s common knowledge that you should get three separate estimates from licensed contractors for your project. If you’re already working with a designer, he or she may know skilled people or can help you interview different professionals to make sure they’re right for the job.

And it helps to know a little about what’s in a contractor’s bid. Don’t let the highest bid scare you, and don’t immediately jump on the lowest bid.

Step 9: Plan for Installation and Get Ready for Demo 

As mentioned, there’s a lot that goes into a bathroom remodel. Depending on the size and scope of your project, the process can take six weeks to eight months or more. And while some of it can be done on the fly, you’re much better off the more prepared you are.

It’s ideal to have every last detail planned, and every material picked out and ordered, before construction starts. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your remodel and have to tell your construction crew to take a two-week break while you wait for that back-ordered marble to arrive from Italy.

You’ll want to nail down the nuts and bolts of how things will flow and where things will generally be placed. You’ll need a dry space to store your materials, so you’ll need to plan on where you’re going to keep everything while construction is underway. Can you make space in your garage or on the side of your house?

Are you prepared for the project and disruption? What time will the workers be there, and will someone be on-site to answer questions and oversee the construction? Will it affect your work schedule or any trips? Where will you shower during construction? Who in your family will be available should something come up? Think about how long the crew will be there and if the materials will arrive in time. Any last-minute decisions need to take top priority to ensure a smooth-running project.

Step 10: Make a Post-Completion Punch List

We recommend that you keep all receipts, contracts, warranties and product information (so you understand how to care for and maintain the materials).

Nevertheless, it’s highly likely that your bathroom remodel will have something wrong, overlooked, broken, scratched or missing — a dent in the wall, a malfunctioning drawer, messy caulk.

Now’s the time to make a list of these things, either in an informal email or more formal document. Get it into the hands of the person responsible for correcting the mistakes, and include a date by which the work should be completed. It’s probable that your contractor will have to return for several visits to address these concerns. Don’t fret. It’s an inevitable outcome of such a complex undertaking. Try to remember that everyone makes little mistakes and that they’ll get fixed.

Step 11: Decorate

Congratulations on your new bathroom! Now it’s time to make it look nice with the right towels, mats, soap holders, accessories and more. And if you have kids, don’t forget to childproof your bathroom.