Drawing the Cottage Bath

The tubScholl wanted to be sure her six-foot-tall husband would be comfortable in the tub. So he went to the showroom and tried them out. The Mariposa whirlpool by Kohler proved the perfect fit.

The curtainsScholl made the curtains out of white cotton and trimmed them with two rows of black grosgrain ribbon. Their demi size lets in the light but still offers privacy.

The chairsScholl purchased the white chair from Lake Street Design Studio and uses it when she wants the room to feel bright and cottagey. She picked up the black chair (left) at a Petoskey consignment shop and had it covered in black velvet—perfect to use for dressing up for a night out.

The paintPurple. Classic yet fresh. Luxurious and relaxing. Out of all the color selections in her home, the bathroom wall paint was the easiest for Scholl. The chosen shade: Benjamin Moore’s Queen’s Wreath (1426) in a stain-resistant matte finish – a must because the Scholls have two small children.

The cottage boardFive-inch-wide cottage board picks up the simple handmade look of the cabinets. Scholl liked the generous feeling of extending it two-thirds of the way up the wall—farther than traditional wainscoting.

The lingerie chestScholl says the pale aqua chest in the otherwise white and purple room was a happy afterthought. "It was a piece from our old house. I thought I’d try it here—and I liked it," she says.

Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.[email protected]

Note: This article ran in the March 2007 issue Northern Home & Cottage and was updated for the web in April 2008.

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