Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stuck in the 60's? Not in this Bathroom!

Avente Tile celebrates Bathroom Blogfest 2010 with its second post this week by Sunny McLean. Sunny contributes bi-monthly to the Avente Tile Talk Blog. She shares her knowledge and unique perspective with 30 years of experience in the tile and stone industry as well as design community.

Where does almost every one of us start their day? In the bathroom, of course. In the 60's it was just a place of function but today we have a new attitude. Shouldn't the place where our day is set in motion be more than a place we're stuck with? Why not let the bathroom begin the day's events with a fresh attitude?

I'm grumpy, functioning on a barely responsive level and just hoping that by some miracle each foot will find itself in front of the other as I stumble into my bathroom in the morning. I need help from my bathroom in more than the obvious ways. I need a wake-me-up-and-help-me-face-the-world kind of bathroom. I desperately need to be energized, invigorated and stimulated. I need to be delighted with colorful, reflective tiled surfaces that I am happy to see through bleary eyes. I need sculptural faucetry that is fun to look at and fun to use. I want my shower floor tile to contrast with the wall tile. As my feet steady, I relish the smooth touch of the cement floor tile. That's it: my grumpiness fades, my attitude shifts and I'm now on target to greet the new day with energy and anticipation. Hello new day, I'm ready. I love my bathroom.

Bathroom essentials for an "omg, it's not morning already?" kind of person:

  • Walls surfaced in colorful, glossy ceramic or glass tile that is not just a "background".
  • Floors tiled to delight my bare feet.
  • Contrasts in color and surface texture.
  • Great light, as much of it natural as possible.
  • A shower system (showers invigorate) and faucet that is sculptural and fun to use.
  • A place for my hair dryer.

Sunny's Bath 1
My bathroom makes me happy every morning:
Walls: handmade ceramic tile with tropical
flowers to lift your eyes and spirits.
Floors: 12" cement checkerboard tile.
Sunny's Bath 2
Ceramic Tile Close Up:
  • Handmade field tile with a layered glaze.
  • Handpainted tropical flowers used as a border.
This post is part of Bathroom Blogfest 2010, an annual blogging event in its fifth year. This is Avente Tile's first time to be a part of this event. Comments and feedback are always welcome. The participants in this year's Bathroom Blogfest are:

BloggerBlog NameBlog URL
Susan AbbottCustomer Experience Crossroadshttp://www.customercrossroads.com/customercrossroads/
Paul AnaterKitchen and Residential Designhttp://www.KitchenAndResidentialDesign.com
Shannon BilbyBig Bob's Outlethttp://blog.bigbobsoutlet.com/
Shannon BilbyCarpets N More Bloghttp://blog.carpetsnmore.com/
Shannon BilbyDolphin Carpet Bloghttp://blog.dolphincarpet.com/
Shannon BilbyFrom The Floors Uphttp://fromthefloorsup.com/
Shannon BilbyMy Big Bob's Bloghttp://blog.mybigbobs.com/
Toby Bloomberg Diva Marketinghttp://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/
Laurence Borel Blog Till You Drophttp://www.laurenceborel.com/
Bill BuyokAvente Tile Talk Bloghttp://tiletalk.blogspot.com/
Jeanne Byington The Importance of Earnest Servicehttp://blog.jmbyington.com/
Becky CarrollCustomers Rock!http://customersrock.net/
Marianna Chapman Results Revolutionhttp://www.resultsrevolution.com
Katie Clark Practial Katiehttp://practicalkatie.blogspot.com/
Nora DePalma American Standard's Professor Toilethttp://www.professortoilet.com/
Nora DePalma O'Reilly DePalma: The Bloghttp://www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog/
Leigh Durst LivePath Experience Architect Webloghttp://livepath.blogspot.com/
Valerie FritzThe AwarepointBloghttp://www.awarepointblog.com/
Iris GarrottChecking In and Checking Outhttp://circulating.wordpress.com/
Tish GrierThe Constant Observerhttp://spap-oop.blogspot.com
Renee LeCroyYour Fifth Wallhttp://yourfifthwall.com/
Joseph MichelliDr. Joseph Michelli's Blogwww.josephmichelli.com/blog
Veronika MillerModenus Bloghttp://www.modenus.com/blog
Arpi NalbandianTILE Magazine Editor Bloghttp://www.tilemagonline.com/Articles/Blog_Nalbandian
Maria PalmaPeople 2 People Servicehttp://www.people2peopleservice.com/
Reshma Bachwani ParitoshThe Qualitative Research Bloghttp://www.onqualitativeresearch.blogspot.com/
David PolinchockPolinchock's Ponderingshttp://blog.polinchock.com/
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond Scarlet Opus Trends Bloghttp://trendsblog.co.uk/
David ReichMy 2 Centshttp://reichcomm.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Sandy Renshaw Around Des Moineshttp://www.arounddesmoines.com/
Sandy Renshaw Purple Wrenhttp://www.purplewren.com/
Bethany RichmondCarpet and Rug Institute Bloghttp://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/
Bruce SandersRIMtailing Bloghttp://rimtailing.blogspot.com/
Steve TokarPlease Be Seatedhttp://stevetokar.wordpress.com/
Carolyn TownesBecoming a Woman of Purposehttp://spiritwomen.blogspot.com/
Stephanie WeaverExperienceologyhttp://experienceology.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreFlooring The Consumerhttp://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreSimple Marketing Bloghttp://www.simplemarketingblog.com/
Christine & Ted WhittemoreSmoke Rise & Kinnelon Bloghttp://smokerise-nj.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreThe Carpetology Bloghttp://carpetology.blogspot.com/
Linda WrightLindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathroomshttp://lindaloo.com/
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