Tuesday, 29 April 2014

thought processes.......

As soon as I had finished my mini bathroom makeover, I started updating it, and adding things to it.

The positive comments I received about my yellow bath, made me re-assess the look.
Let's face it, I'm probably never going to get it re-enamelled in white, so I'm embracing my retro vintage yellow bath.
The walls are grey, and yellow and grey go together, right.......... so I thought I'd mix it up a bit more......

I thought I'd add a colour I would never normally use........

um....yes....I painted the chair in AS Emile.
I bought a match pot of this and Paloma when I went to the shop in the previous post.
All the gorgeous blues and greens were drawing me towards them (all the gorgeous blues and greens that would have gone great with yellow !) but no, I was trying to think outside the box.

I think I like it, I'm still not sure......I quite liked it when it was white !
I painted a little wooden pot in the Paloma, distressing through to the cream and adding charcoal as highlights.
I like this........a lot.

Then I tackled the gap on the wall.

I had always wanted something to the left of the round mirror and originally envisaged some empty white frames and then I thought an eye chart would be great, because it would make more of a statement.

After embracing the yellow retro/vintage bath and painting the chair I thought maybe something colourful would be better, like a circus font, maybe saying 'HOME', or a Mexican style floral skull (done in colours to suit my bathroom of course).

I liked the idea of both of these, but knew they would take a while, when I remembered I had some old artwork in the under stairs cupboard........................
and where I found a couple of near perfect (colour wise that is, I'm not saying my artwork is perfect) pictures.
The yellow is nearly identical to the bath, and the pink ties in with the chair, and they're perfume bottles (in fact one of the perfume bottles is in the cabinet on the right). I painted them for a company that used to print my stuff and give me royalties. I never made much money out of it and I'm not sure I ever showed them these.
Anyway, I played around with displaying them.
One went on the shelf. Actually I tried both on the shelf and managed to break a pretty pot in the process, but c'est la vie. That's what you get when you keep re-arranging stuff.
Then I painted an old gold frame in turquoise and then in grey (because I tried to live with the turquoise and couldn't) and distressed it, to frame the yellow picture.

And although there are lots of different colours in here now, it still feels like a restful place, and I've tied them all together in yet another project, that I'll post about next time.

And thanks to my thought processes, I've added more empty frames, eye charts, circus font artwork, and skulls to my looooong list of things.to.do !

Btw, I was drawn to Paloma because I used to wear Paloma Picasso perfume and because of Paloma Faith, She's an amazing singer and recently did an incredible performance on a chat show. You can see it here.


  1. The artwork you added to the space looks great. I love that you've embraced the yellow elephant that's in the room. I can't wait to see what you did to tie all the colors together. :)

  2. I think I would enjoy hanging out in your bathroom - such detail!

  3. It all looks so peaceful and pretty, thanks to your thought processes! Love the changes and the additions to your wall, filling up that empty space perfectly! Enjoy it - can't wait to see what you've tied this to!


  4. I like it. I liked the white too, but I like how you brought a bit of the yellow in. It should be restful in the resting room.

  5. Hey Fiona!

    All said and done the bath looks great! Your pics you painted are really nice and I think they were a perfect fit! My mom's bathtub is yellow and I will have to show her what you've done to make it all work.

  6. I love how the amazing art you did tighs the bathtub in. You have a great eye, I wouldn't have thought of that. The bathroom looks so peaceful and "put together". Are you spending all your evenings there?

  7. Good for you Fiona. You really do have a great eye for pulling all the pieces together to create the whole picture. And I think that by embracing the tub you actually make it stand out as the unique feature that it is. :)

  8. I'm a believer that, in decorating, if we cannot change something we should embrace it and act 'like we meant it'. It's fascinating how often that approach works. Good work.

  9. the chair looks great, fiona:) how perfectly your artwork fits in the room! love the bit of turquiose peeking out the frame, too! have a great day!

  10. OK - so here's spooky! I love that circus font too and I'm dying to find something to use it on. I used to wear Palama Picasso perfume too and my newest CD is Paloma Faiths new one! - have we met in another life??? I love the colours you've introduced into your bathroom and your artwork is really great - what on earth was it doing in the under stairs cupboard!!! CJ

  11. Your original artwork is perfect for tying the room all together! You have my head spinning with the idea of adding a vintage frame outside an unframed piece of art. How brilliant is that? Well done!

  12. I love the interesting mix of colors, you are doing such an awesome job! Great eye for design.


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