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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Don't Throw In The TOWEL!!

Of all the rooms in my home I must say I love to design bathrooms the most. They are my favorite rooms  to design, decorate and even clean.  It is a room that when it is clean it sparkles and smells divine.  There is nothing prettier to me than a stack of fluffy white towels in a sparkly, clean bathroom.  In designing my master bath I was horribly disappointed when I did not have enough space to incorporate a tower to stack towels and display pretty apothecary jars filled with bathroom necessities.   I adjusted my plan and now I am very happy with the outcome.   I started thinking of  how pretty towels can be as a decorative part of your bathroom.  I went looking for clever ways to display  towels.

This is actualaly my shower with just a small stack of fluffy white towels sitting on the shower bench.  The above picture is my vanity sink in my master bathroom.  Come with me to look at some  fun and creative ways to display towels in your bathroom.

Hooks! Simple and functional.  I suggest hooks for families with small children.  I have found they will hang a towel but they won't fold one or put one on a towel bar.  These work well for the older male children in our lives also( Husbands).

Each towel on these hooks has someone's name on it. Now we know, which towel belongs to which child and so do they, no more confusion.  I have also suggested that each child gets their own color of a  towel.

This homeowner used colorful tabs to hang the towels on their designated hooks.  This is a good way to bring in just a litlle pop of color

These towels are not hanging but love the idea of marking their use! How fun is that?

In a cottage or vintage style bathroom how about a window box full of towels? This is just darling.

A basketful of  rolled towels is by no means a new idea but still a great one.

Speaking of rolled towels how about a couple of guest towels on your vanity in a pretty clear vase? This would add some interest and sparkle to your vanity area.

More rolled towels, this time in a garden urn! What a nice rough texture this would add to a bathroom.

A simple wine rack can also be used for rolled towels

These metal cylinders are a unique way to have towels on the wall and out of the way.  Baskets in a cylinder shape would also look great hanging on the wall.  Think of several cubes hanging on the wall to place your towels in.

Old and interesting ladders are a fun look!

This is from Martha Stewart showing another ladder,  this time in a worn white finish.

Aaaaaaah!  Fluffy White towels stacked on top of eachother, be still my heart.

I thought this would look darling in a childs bathroom or even in a country cottage.  I think I would hang it low enough to use the cross bar between the legs as a towel bar and the seat to stack towels on.  Can you imagine using three different chairs on the wall?   I think garage sales and tag sales would be a great resource to make this look happen in your home.

As you can see the ideas are limitless. So next time you are shopping start looking at pieces that could possibly hold towels in your bathroom in a fun and decorative manor . I would love to hear about some of the ways you all display your towels.

 Before I finish this post I have to leave you with this image:

" Enjoy the Process" of: Displaying your TOWELS in unusual and fun ways.



Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Good Morning Kathysue,
I love your bathroom shower with that beautiful blue trim tile, lovely.
I thought I was the only one who had such a love for fluffy towels. I love them stacked anywhere I can find a place in my bathroom. I also love to hang them. The only problem is that I don't want anyone to use them.LOL

Great post. Thank you.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Kathysue! I love the idea of the little chairs...so unusual! It's nice to see your gorgeous bathroom on your blog! And...I scrolled down to get caught up...love the chair backs! I think I notice that without really processing why I do until now! Happy Tuesday...hugs...Debbie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Morning Kathysue, I am so thrilled to see your gorgeous bathroom here. It is just so pretty. You found so many fabulous ideas for displaying towels. I am with Debbie, what a fun idea with the little childs chair. I also like the ladders. You do have the best ideas and suggestions. Hope you have a super day and stay dry. Hugs, Marty

Foley said...

Really partial to the garden urn!! What great ideas from the ladder to the chair... I especially love your master bathroom, just beautiful!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Kathysue,
What creative ideas for towel displays. I am definitely going to try a few. You have inspired me.

Your master bath looks like a spa retreat and so gorgeous. ~Wow!

Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I never saw so many different ways to display and/or store towels. Fabulous. With four bathrooms, I really have my share of choices! Thanks, Kathysue!!

Sue said...

We are getting ready to make some changes in our Master Bath. It really is my bath and my husband has his own downstairs. Our house wasn't built with a huge Master Bath (darn it) and so my space is limited. I love your look and I have a couple questions for you. Do you like the bowl sink? I love the way they look, but I wondered if it would be too difficult for every day use...water spashing out, spots, etc.? I also notice your tile countertop. What did you use for a vanity? I have an alcove with a white vanity and marble solid sink/top. Boring. I love the tile behind your vanity mirror. Currently I have a solid mirror, but again...boring. My husband will be doing the work, so I can't get too crazy with my project.


Kathysue said...

Hi Sue, to answer you questions, I do like the bowl sink, I have no problems with water splashing out or spots. When you have it installed you have to make sure that the faucet is not lined up right on top of the stopper,I have mine so the water hits at the back of the stopper on the sink. It is all in the lining up. I chose the white tile as a default because my thasus marble ,which was suppose to be allllll white came in with some spots,so back it went and we did the white tile to keep the look flowing. I ordered a Thomasville vanity that goes with a cream armoire that is in my bedroom. It is actually 3 cupboards put together to achieve the look I wanted and to get the right amount of storage. The tile on the wall is Fern#3 by Sicis Tile. Love its irridescent quality. The Mirror is a frameless or the frame is mirror,you can get that at Restoration Hardware. Oh the other thing about the sink. You have to make sure the faucet is mounted high enough on the wall to get your hands under it. Mine is too low because of having to change from marble to tile. The faucet is one of the first things that will be installed. So careful planning and measuring are key. I hope this helps, Kathysue

xinex said...

Great ideas, KathySue! I have always loved and enjoyed your bathroom with its very soothing colors....Christine

Paula Bee said...

Oh yes, you can redo any of my bathrooms anytime! Of all your beautiful pictures the ones of your bathroom are my favorite! Love,

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

Kathysue, your bathroom is a total spa escape! Love the tile in the sink area, and in the shower. All so incredibly beautiful!

Thanks for all your comments and email yesterday! I felt bad I couldn't respond to it, something was wrong with the email form...so I'm glad you posted the images here!

Kat said...

I love big, white fluffy towels too. One of my favorite simple pleasures, especially when they are warm and fragrant right from the dryer! Love all of these towel display ideas, especially the garden urn, wonderful! And I'm so happy to see your fantastic bathroom on your blog. I think I'm hearing Etta James sing.... (At last....) Kat

Velvet and Linen said...

This is a wonderful collection of ideas Kathysue!
I keep my towels in a basket and then on a rod to dry.
I find hooks work best for my kids. The towels are less likely to end up on the floor!


Rue said...

Hi Kathysue :)

I just finished reading your whole blog and I'm in suspense as to what you'll post about next. I was on RMS back in the day, but it's been a long time since I was on there. Anyway, welcome to Blogland. You're a welcome addition :)


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just love your bathroom, I think it's outstanding! I remember it from RMS and it still is just amazing, what a great job you did! Cindy

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Kathysue,
I wanted to stop by and thank you for your kind words on my new healthy life. I really appreciate it.

I still can't believe how much better I feel these days. I'm feeling very grateful and truly blessed.

Have a wonderful week. ~Melissa :)

PS I should be receiving my new towels soon! I'll do a post on them.

La Dolfina said...

Another great post full of creative ideas for storing towels!!
Thanks to you, my wonderful friend, I should be receiving my new monogrammed towels from NM soon!!

Gayle from Southern Thresholds said...

I love this post and I am a "white towel addict" as well....and I must confess I have a touch of large bath envy going on too as my mainfloor bath (circa 1954) is so tiny; I would kill (almost) for a larger bath...any unique ideas for super small baths (5 x 8) with NO surfaces on the vanity or floor to utilize..I did the over the commode storage thingy for years with stacked towels but removed it to open the bath up as much as possible last year..I have a few shots of my bath on my blog if you would care to visit.