There’s nothing better than sitting back in the bathtub with a good book. Last time we posted about a book, we recommended October’s Book to Read in the Tub: Horns. This month we’re recommending another book that is being made into a major motion picture: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Read this book before the film comes out, which his being directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg.

Ready Player One, which debuted in 2011, tells the dystopian story of a teenage boy that lives in 2044 amidst poverty and misery. To escape the real world, people log into a virtual reality video game named OASIS. After his death, it’s discovered that the creator of OASIS hid an easter egg in the game and whoever solves it will inherit his fortune.

Cline’s first novel is the perfect read for anyone who loves video games and grew up in the 1980s, although you don’t have to be lover of video games to appreciate this story. For anyone who lived during the 1980s, the book will definitely be full of nostalgia and references to that time period.

]About Ernest Cline

The author of this New York Times bestselling novel is a self-proclaimed nerd who is also an award-winning spoken word artist and screenwriter. Cline wrote the screenplay for the movie Fanboys back in 1998 before it was made into a movie in 2009. Warner Bros. picked up the rights for Ready Player One and Spielberg is attached to direct.

Interesting Facts

-Ernest Cline owns a DeLorean DMC-12 that was made to look like the car in the science-fiction cult classic film Back to the Future.

-When Ready Player One debuted in 2011, an easter egg in the book was announced. There was a competition for who could find the easter egg and beat a series of video game challenges. The winner was awarded three months later with a 1981 De Lorean.

-There is an audiobook available of Ready Player One that was voiced by actor Wil Wheaton.

-Ready Player One won the Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association and the 2012 Prometheus Award.

Our Favorite Quotes from Ready Player One

“Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.”

“Now you have to live the rest of your life knowing you’re going to die someday and disappear forever.”

“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”

Books like Ready Player One

-Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

-The Martian by Andy Weir

-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

-Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Please let us know what you think of Ready Player One and if you have read any great books recently. We are always on the lookout for a new book to blog about. Happy reading!

Small spaces are one of the biggest challenges in home design. When it comes to bathrooms, unless you are willing to tear down walls and expand your space, small spaces do present a challenge. However, don’t let having a small bathroom discourage you. Having a small bathroom won’t limit you in your décor choices, as long as you have an open mind and as long as you stay creative. We would like to share some tips and tricks for decorating and remodeling small bathrooms with you. You can also review our past blog post How to Decorate a Small Bathroom for additional design inspiration for decorating small spaces.

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  1. Declutter the Bathroom

This first tip may be the most important piece of advice we can impart to you. Declutter your bathroom! Declutter, declutter and declutter some more. Removing clutter and getting everything well-organized is crucial to redesigning a space. Clutter gets in the way and makes your space less enjoyable.

To declutter a small bathroom, you can first get rid of everything and anything you never use. Are you holding on to old bottles of shampoo and lotion that have never seen the light of day? Are there old bottles of medicine and expired beauty products taking up space? Toss it! Donate some towels from your closet that you never use anymore or turn them into rags. In other words, don’t cling onto items that will only clutter your space and hold you back from creating the bathroom of your dreams.

  1. Smart Bathroom Storage

Once the clutter is gone, it’s time to organize what you have left by adding storage to your small bathroom. We cannot emphasize this enough. Adding storage solutions to your bathroom will help you navigate your small space. A decluttered space is a better looking space. Also, your bathroom will be easier to use as you get ready each day when it is better organized. You’ll be able to find everything faster and everything will have a place out-of-sight and out-of-mind.

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Here are some storage solutions for you to consider:

-Take advantage of any unused space and add storage solutions. For example, you can add shelving above the bathroom door to create a space for toilet paper and/or towels.

-There’s more unused space hiding behind each cabinet door. Attach hooks and/or organizers to the back of cabinet doors. You can store a multitude of small items to store there, including hair dryers, hair brushes, nail polish, etc.

-Open shelving mounted on the wall above the toilet looks fantastic. You can place baskets on each shelf for hiding items from view.

-Purchase dividers for organizing small items inside of drawers.

-Purchase an elegant shower caddy for organizing bottles of shampoo, razors, soap, etc.

If you’re completely remodeling, and if space and budget allows, consider having cabinets installed or have someone put in built-in shelving and cabinetry in your bathroom. Lastly, recessed storage shelves in the shower are another storage option if you are redoing your shower.

(See DIY Bathroom Projects for more bathroom storage solutions, including a project for vintage mason jar organizers.)

  1. Open Up the Space

Remember, when you’re decorating a small space, anything you add to the room takes up additional space and will impact everything. This includes all bathroom products like bathtubs, vanities, toilets and showers. Choosing products that are small sizes will help you open up the space and make your bathroom feel larger. Don’t overcrowd a small bathroom with a huge vanity or an over sized shower.

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The following are tips for choosing bathroom products to decorate a small space:

-While shopping for a bathroom vanity, look for a pedestal model with a single sink. This will decrease the amount of space the vanity takes up. Curved-front vanities are also a good option.

-If you just feel too crowded, consider removing the bathtub. As long as there’s a shower, you don’t really need to have a bathtub as well. You can always take a bath in a separate bathroom in your home.

-Have a small shower installed. Even pre-fabricated steam showers come in sizes that are perfect for smaller bathrooms.

-Purchase a shower enclosure with glass shower walls. The glass walls will make the space feel larger because the glass is see-through.

  1. Pro Tips for Making the Bathroom Look Bigger

Like in photography and filmmaking, there are best practices in interior design for “tricking” the human eye. In other words, there are design tips that will help you create the illusion of a larger space in your home.

Make your bathroom look bigger with the following features:

-Hang a big mirror above your bathroom vanity to make the space feel larger. The mirror will reflect the rest of the room back at the viewer and make the bathroom feel more spacious.

-Paint one of the walls in the bathroom a different color than the rest. This accent wall will give the room depth.

-Are you having new tile put in your bathroom? Ask for a tile design with horizontal lines. The lines will make the room appear wider.

-If you order a new shower door, make sure to order a frameless shower door. Both frameless shower doors and glass shower doors will create the illusion of space because they are see-through. (Otherwise, when someone cannot see through the shower door, it feels like space is limited.)

-If having your shower redone, have shower tile installed all the way from the floor to the ceiling. Having vertical lines go up the shower wall will make the ceilings appear to be taller.

-Have floor to ceiling cabinets installed. This visual will make the walls appear to be taller.

 

  1. Small Bathroom Lighting

Lighting may seem like a secondary thought, but it makes a big difference in a room. While designing a small room, you do not want to overpower the area with lights, nor do you want to cast the space in shadows.

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The following are some pointers for lighting your small bathroom:

-Let natural light shine into the bathroom through the window. You can also consider installing a skylight to increase the amount of natural light coming in. The natural light will bring warmth into the room.

-Purchase light colored curtains for windows that will not block out the natural light.

-Have large windows installed that will let in the optimal amount of natural light.

-Consider how the lighting will change the appearance of the paint color on the walls. Keep this in mind while choosing a paint color for your small space.

-Use layered lighting in the room, including ambient lighting, task lighting and recessed lighting. For ambient lighting, consider installing a trendy light fixture like a chandelier. Place task lighting at the vanity, including lights on either side of the mirror that will light a person’s face. Additional recessed lighting can be installed in the shower, above the toilet and/or above the bathtub.

As you can see from the many tips and tricks above, decorating a small bathroom, while challenging, is doable. Don’t be afraid to go all out and create your vision for your bathroom space. Just remember to not over do it in any of the above areas. You may want to pick one focal point in the bathroom, such as the vanity or the shower. We wish you the best of luck in designing your small bathroom.

While looking to improve your home bathroom, you may be considering adding a steam shower. (See our post on Breaking Down a Luxury Bathroom Design for more information on home bathroom design.) An at-home steam shower is relaxing and incredibly convenient. You’ll no longer have to go all the way to the gym or the spa to enjoy a steam session when you can do so in your own home. The question you’ll want to ask while remodeling your home bathroom is: are most steam showers also a regular shower?

The answer is:

Yes, most modern steam showers are also a regular shower!

At-home steam showers fall into two different categories: custom steam showers and pre-fabricated steam showers. A custom steam shower is built in the bathroom using tile, a steam generator, a shower head and other additional options. A pre-fabricated steam shower unit is an all-in-one purchase that can be connected to the existing water supply and electrical power. Prefab steam shower units are made up of the shower enclosure, steam generator, shower head and more. The shower enclosure is typically made up of tempered glass, metal and acrylic paneling or sauna wood panels. These units sometimes come with additional luxury features, like FM radio, massage jets, aromatherapy and more.

Generally, you won’t need both a shower and a steam room to enjoy a steam session in your home. Either of the above options can be installed to include both options, so that the same shower enclosure can be used for both average showers and steam showers.

The following is an example of what a custom steam shower may look like. It is the only shower in the bathroom alongside a freestanding bathtub. The design of the bathroom, including the tile and fixtures, is beautiful. Natural light flows in from the large windows and gives the space a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

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The following prefabricated steam shower unit is the bestselling steam shower on Steam Showers Inc, the Ariel SS-902A Steam Shower. This unit includes a 3KW steam generator, 6 body massage jets, computer control panel with timer, built-in seat, handheld shower head, rainfall ceiling shower head, ceiling light, foot massager and more.

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Popular luxury features in prefabricated steam showers include:

-Chromatherapy Lighting

-Body Massage Jets

-FM Radio

-Aromatherapy System

-Seating

-Foot Massager

-Surround sound speakers

-Tempered glass

-Storage shelves

-Temperature Sensor

There are units available that are steam shower and whirlpool bathtub combinations. These units include an average shower, a steam shower and a base that doubles as a whirlpool bathtub. These units offer the latest bathroom technology for comfort and relaxation.

If you have any questions about the prefabricated steam shower units on Steam Showers Inc, please call our team at 800-304-3598. We carry steam showers in sizes and designs to fit any bathroom.