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Bathroom Luxuries Series, Part I: Choice

Photo by Christina Winter

Do you dream of an exquisite powder room or an ethereal master bathroom?

If so, you're not alone. The bathroom is one of the few private spaces left to us. It's where we ready ourselves for the demands of the day and where we refresh our weary selves when the day is done. Naturally  we crave a little luxury.

But, what is luxury?

The answer depends on whom you ask. What feels plush to you may seem fussy to me. So, in this blog series, I'm going to explore what a luxurious bathroom might include and leave defining what a luxurious bathroom is to you.

First up, choice. 

The freedom to change my environment to suit my needs and wants is an extravagance I take for granted. I can get so wrapped up in the choosing (Blue or green? Blue, for sure. No, green.) that I forget how lucky I am to have a choice. Is that true for you?

Whether you're ripping out your whole bathroom and starting over or giving the space a quick update, why not savor the choices you get to make?

Few of us enjoy complete design freedom, though. The real world interferes. The room is too small, the budget is tiny, and your husband hates what you like.

When I design a new room, I like to imagine I can do anything. It helps me think of new ideas. 

  • What if money were no object?
  • What if you could remove that wall?
  • What if you picked copper plumbing fixtures? Black walls? Sandstone floors?
  • What if you didn't push all of the fixtures up against the walls?
  • And, the question we all have but aren't admitting to, what if you weren't afraid others would judge your choices?

Most of the ideas a come up with don't work out, but every now and then a really amazing one does. You should try it.

This blog post is part of a series.

  • You're Reading, Bathroom Luxuries, Part I: Choice
  • Bathroom Luxuries, Part II: Air
  • Bathroom Luxuries, Part III: Quiet
  • Coming Soon, Bathroom Luxuries, Part IV: Space
  • Coming Soon, Bathroom Luxuries, Part V: Light
  • Coming Soon, Bathroom Luxuries, Part VI: Time
  • Coming Soon, Bathroom Luxuries, Part VII: Beauty
  • Coming Soon, Bathroom Luxuries, Part VIII: Wellness


Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer and Founder of Venue and Wide Canvas

She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas.


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