Photo: countryliving.com

Photo: countryliving.com

I was driving by a house that was up for sale recently when I noticed that the real estate agent was hosting an open house. The house was a really nice mid-century modern. I love that period in architecture. So, I decided I just had to stop and go take a look inside.

Well, let me say that there’s a difference between retro style as an accent and retro style as a real thing. What I mean is that from entrance to exit, top to bottom, this house was in 100% original condition. Now, some people would love that. For me, all I could see were dollar signs. This house, though it had beautiful bones, would take a lot of money to update.

But, it did get me thinking. What if you want to update, but you’re not too keen on spending a load of money on a full-blown renovation? Here are some tips to help you change the look of your bathroom in one weekend.

  • Head to a flea market or troll garage sales looking for antique sconces and shower heads.
  • Paint the walls vintage colors, like blue and white. Use a paint technique like sponging to get that special look.
  • Pick up an old piece of furniture, like an armoire, to use as a bathroom vanity.

Over to you: Add to these tips! What little tricks have you used to get a certain look?

green bathroom reno

 

The bathroom has a bad reputation. It is the one room in the house that is the most expensive to build. All those pipes, electrical wires, furniture, built-ins and fixtures really add up. No other room in the house, except perhaps the kitchen, costs as much to put together.

More than that, though, is the fact that most bathrooms are not exactly environmentally-friendly. Tubs use a lot of water, toxic soaps go down the drain, building materials are often not the cleanest.

So, there you are, an environmentally-conscious person. You want your home to reflect your lifestyle and your beliefs. As important is the fact that you don’t want your wallet to start emptying.

How do you go about creating an eco bathroom without going broke? We’ve got some tips to help you out!

  • Water is the single biggest expense in a bathroom. Switch to shower heads, toilets and faucets that are designed to save water.
  • Keep on top of potential leaks. Toilet tanks are notorious for leaking. Change the hardware as soon as you begin to hear the tank filling when it hasn’t even been flushed.
  • Install a large window or skylight in the bathroom. The more natural light that is allowed to enter, the less electricity you will be using.
  • Investigate toilets that function as a composter. There’s no reason why perfectly clean water should be used in a toilet. Once flushed, that water can never be properly cleaned and reused. Human waste, however, can be composted and used on garden plants.
  • Dual-flush toilets are known water-savers because they limit the amount of water used per flush and type of waste.
  • Look for a hybrid sink. This product is built into the top of the toilet tank. When you wash your hands in the sink, that water will fill the toilet tank instead of being lost down the drain.
  • Opt out of the tub. Instead install a steam shower that will function as a regular shower as well as a luxury (and low water-use) bathroom feature.

Have you renovated your own bathroom? Tell us how you included environmentally-friendly elements.

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Photo: kidayspa.co.uk

Stop right there! Don’t give dad another tie this year. Instead, give him something that will make him feel his best. Give him the gift of a do-it-yourself spa day.

Fathers do a lot for us. They’re busy working outside and inside the home as much as their partners do. Yet, sometimes we forget that dad’s efforts deserve to be recognized as much as mom’s.

Dad might not readily admit it, but men love scented candles as much as women. Find out what his favorite scents are and place two or three in the bathroom. Scents of citrus, fruit, lavendar, eucalyptus, or even campfire will soothe his thoughts and help him relax.

Music is hugely important when setting up a spa experience. You don’t even have to limit your music choice to classical selections. If your dad loves loud rock music, then that’s what will help him enjoy his day. Create a playlist that contains all his favorites and have it available in the bathroom. He’ll have the option of flipping through the songs at his own discretion.

Bring the bath water to a perfectly warm temperature. Toss in a scented bath bomb or a few drops of essential oils. The effect will leave him with wonderfully smooth and scented skin.

Either before or after you prep his bath, give him a soothing scalp massage. The pressure will encourage healthy blood flow and have a calming effect, too.

Finish off the bathroom spa experience with a luxurious steam shower experience.

Dad’s spa day isn’t done yet, though. Provide him with a plate of his favorite snacks and a book, newspaper or magazine to read while he’s enjoying the pampering.

Over to you: How are you going to celebrate Father’s Day?