Friday, January 2, 2015

2 January “A Bathroom only a 50’s gal could love”

A quick post today from Toad Hall. Where we currently live we have dubbed the main house: Toad Hall. This is mainly due to the fact that Hubby was in the midst of re-reading the Wind and the Willows when the house was put at our disposal. It is more 1950’s than Edwardian England, but the name stuck. I will be designing a pattern that I am going to print as wallpaper, fabric, and possibly dishes for the place including Toads and Bunnies. My Hubby’s Late grandmother who once lived here was called ‘Bunny” and this place was, during the 1950’s, called “The Hutch”. I digress.

The house, by other family members account, has been called ‘un-livable’ due to its odd dated rooms and long rambling nature. We, on the other hand, love it FOR its idiosyncrasies. And the main bathroom off the long hall is a dream for a 50’s gal like me. I shall share a bit of it with you in today’s short post.

As some may remember my love of Robin’s Egg blue, a very 1950’s hue, was apparent during my sojourn into the past. My vintage dishes bore this shade, many of my clothes and even my 1950’s telephone, a birthday gift, was in this shade. Therefore the bathroom here at Toad Hall is perfect for me. And I should not change a thing, except the flooring was changed in the 1970’s and will most likely be replaced with a 50’s style tile when I get around to it.

The walls and ceiling of this bathroom are covered in a vinyl-like melamine in robin’s egg blue on the walls and the ceiling a white with gold and blue starbursts. All of the seams of these panels are edged in lovely vintage chrome. Here you can see how they meet and the brilliant starburst ceiling.toadhallbathroom1

The sink, toilet, and bathtub are also in this lovely shade. toadhallbathroomsink And the sink has the original faucets and is also edged in chrome. toadhallbathroommakeupnook There is also a place on the counter which holds the sink a space for a vanity chair, room for make-up and this little chrome and glass wall niche which will hold my vintage perfume and makeup supplies. I am rather excited to have a designated makeup area in the bathroom. As there is a large mirror well lit with wall lights edged in chrome.

Speaking of the large wall mirror. toadhallbathroommedallion The medallions which hold this in place are also lovely 50’s acrylic starbursts. You have to excuse their condition, we are still cleaning and polishing up our new abode.

toadhallbathroomshower Here you can see the entrance to the bathtub and shower area. The sun breaking through onto our vintage melamine walls and the sea just outside the window. You can notice the ceiling light also original cut glass 50’s edged in chrome with the original working vent fan.

Again, this may be only loved by hubby and me and other family members think us odd to not rip it out and start new. Now, I am dreaming of lovely vintage 1950’s bathroom accessories like perhaps a series of glass fish or toothbrush holders such as these. Or I rather like these sword fish:$_1.JPG?set_id=880000500F

I may even be so bold as to do the floor in high gloss black vinyl and use pink and red-accessories as we see here: bluebathroom

They were certainly not afraid to mix bold colors during this time period

That is my word from Toad Hall today. I hope all are enjoying their new year and wonder if any are making resolutions?


  1. This was such a fun post and great pictures. What a darling house. I'm so glad you're not updating but restoring.

  2. The only sacrilege was possibly my studio. I took one of the paneled bedrooms and painted it out white and a soft light blue grey. It is the color of the sky over the water just before it rains. This was to bring in as much light as possible. But, other than that, we would replace anything 'new' with old.

  3. Love, love the ceiling! The whole bathroom is quite fab.

    I like the idea of a black floor.

  4. oh how absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see how the rest turns out.

  5. The starburst ceiling is adorable and will make you smile every day for sure. I think it is a really lovely bathroom and a few pink accessories will look nice. :)

  6. Oh my star. I was just telling my honey I want to do a kitchen or a vintage travel trailer for glampin in aqua with vintage stars just like the ones on that ceiling. So fabulous.
    Love it all.

  7. I love your Toad Hall! What a dream come true. The starry ceiling is gorgeous, as is the entire bathroom. My vintage - related resolutions this year are pretty simple, but I'm happy with them. Listen to 1920s radio as I work at home, acquire 2 new turn-of-the-century cake stands for my two youngest children (to go with the period cake stands for each of my other children), and finally complete renovation of our turn-of-the-century home. So happy to have you back! :)

  8. So glad to see you blogging again! Love the bathroom and the turquoise sink. I wish I had an original pink or blue 50's bathroom but I got stuck with avocado green from the late 60's, lol.

  9. I'm so glad you are back! Your new home looks lovely and what an incredible setting to live in. I can't wait to see more photos.

  10. Thank you for the comments. It is good to get back to hearing from you. Also, avacado green is also a lovely shade and looks wonderful with turquoise!

  11. I am so glad you are keeping your vintage bathroom! It breaks my heart to see people tear them out. I grew up in a Victorian-era apartment with its original bathroom -- octagonal tiles, claw foot tub, pedestal sink, ornate medicine cabinet. No shower, but we took baths & washed our hair in the kitchen sink. When we moved out, the owners ripped it out & put in a modern bathroom with a shower. I was (am) deeply saddened by this. It should be illegal to remove original features.

  12. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

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