Photo: cafepress.ca

Photo: cafepress.ca

Independence Day is just around the corner. Are you ready for the big day? Raise the flag, get the picnic food ready … but, have you given much thought to the bathroom?

I find that the bathroom is always the one room in the house that ends up being neglected as far as holiday decorations go. I’ll hoist the flag outside, even drape a flag in the living room window, pull out the Independence Day themed kitchen towels, and anything else I can dig out of the holiday decorations bin I keep in the basement.

This year, I’m determined to extend the celebration all the way to the bathroom. But, what decor can I place there? Hmm, a little bit of research actually ended up yielding a huge amount of simple ideas, like the fun shower curtain pictured above.

Check out these ideas:

Photo: cafepress.ca

Photo: cafepress.ca

I love this fireworks beach towel. Very apropos, don’t you think? Or how about this toilet cover and mat set?

Photo: amazon.com

Photo: amazon.com

Not ready for that level of decor? How about something a little more subtle? These candles shine a pretty light while reminding those visiting the bathroom that there’s reason to celebrate.

Photo: pier1.com

Many people forget that the bathroom is a perfect place to hang art. This weekend, hang a colorful and patriotic wood curl wreath on the bathroom door or wall. It’s a decorative reminder of why you’re celebrating.

Photo: pier1.com

Photo: pier1.com

I hope these ideas have jumpstarted your thinking on how to make the bathroom one of the most festively decorated rooms in the whole house.

Over to you: Let me know what elements you add to the bathroom to give it that celebratory flare.

eco bathroom accessoriesSo, we’ve talked about greening your home from design to construction. What do you do once it’s built? The last thing you’ll want to do if you’re at all concerned about living in an environmentally-friendly home is to bring potentially toxic products into that space.

Of all the rooms in the house, I would say that having eco products in the bathroom is extremely important. Towels, soaps, bath mats … you name it, there are products in the bathroom that touch our skin every day. It’s those items that you can easily switch up for greener versions.

Cotton towels certainly aren’t toxic. Cotton plants are sustainable and can be recycled or even composted once you’re done with them. There are more options, too. Try bamboo towels for a super soft touch. Look for recycled sailcloth shower curtains for an eco look that’s sure to be a conversation piece.

Natural body washes, organic Shea butter and herbal balms make clean and conscientious additions to a green bathroom.

Here’s an idea you might not have thought of. How about environmentally-friendly toilet paper and facial tissues? True, both of those products are already made from a renewable resource, namely trees. If you search, you can also find toilet paper and tissues that are at least partially made from recycled materials. There are more options out there in terms of bathroom papers, too. You can find bamboo toilet paper. Or biodegradable mini towelettes, if you prefer to reduce your water use.

Finally, look for biodegradable, environmentally-friendly cleaning products. These days, you don’t even have to mix up your own solutions if you don’t want to. Many eco products are available for purchase ready-made. Look for green glass, tub and tile cleaners as well as natural air and fabric deodorizers.

Which natural products have you introduced into your bathroom lately?

 

beautiful bathroomThere is nothing as relaxing as a few minutes inside the confines of a steam shower. The steam is rejuvenating and relaxing. It’s just what the doctor ordered after a long day at work, right?

But, how do you know if a steam shower is the right product for your bathroom and your lifestyle? I’ve pulled together a few points that you should consider before diving right in.

  1. Make sure you have access to a good contractor or installation company. The steam shower needs to be completely water-tight and equipped with a proper floor drain.
  2. Steam showers obviously produce a fair bit of steam. If there’s a window on the shower-side wall, you’ll need to install double-paned glass.
  3. The ideal ceiling height for a steam shower is 8 feet. Anything taller than that may require a heavy-duty generator.
  4. Try to find a steam shower that features fold-down seats to maximize shower space.
  5. Steam showers come in large, medium and small sizes. So, they are appropriate for even a closet-sized bathroom.

Steam showers are healthful for both adults and children, and you really don’t need to spend more than a few minutes to get the full benefits.

Do you have any questions or concerns about steam showers? Let me know!