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How to Design a Country House Style Bathroom

After a long day at a stressful job, it is comforting to come home and sink into a bubbly bath. Nowadays, bathrooms have taken on the role of a domestic spa, a zone as functional as it is relaxing. The bath was once considered a practical item at best, but now it has a much more glamorous use, and is a setting where you can relax and chill out, unwind from the stress, your cranky boss and irresponsible colleagues.

Throughout the years, there has been an increase in the number of bathrooms designed in a rustic, cottage feel. Here we give you some ideas how to accomplish this flea-market feel and a rough-hewn theme.

Repurposed items

Like the name says, by using items the original function of which was not meant for the bathroom, you can achieve a rustic look. Here you can use elements like a trough as a tub, add a metal sink to accompany it, and voila – you have a stylish, fully-functionating bath. You can make a sink using the same method, only a smaller trough. It can be put on a wooden cupboard, that way you can mix materials and colors, making it a little more cottagey. Feel free to hang some pictures. This way, it will feel more like a room, and less like a sterile white enclosure. Also, vintage mirrors can be quite handy. The more the merrier.

Another great idea is to dress windows with valances. They could also be used instead of the doors on the cabinets.

Antique details

The absence of built-in cabinetry has an Old World charm. For storing towels, soaps, razors, shampoos, conditioners, make-up, cleaning supplies and so on, an armoire can come in handy. It is both practical and stylish.

Bold colors

A nautical style is very effective, for example, you can use dark blue for the walls while the curtains and fixtures remain white. Painting the wall in a dark color will provide a fabulous contrast, and you might not want to experiment with dark walls in the other rooms.

Lux details

Just because a bathroom has a vintage look, it doesn’t mean it should be made of old, used materials. Rustic patterns combine nicely in a luxury country-cottage bathroom. Posh marble combined with wood-clad ceilings provides a wonderful setting for a deep soaking bath. To add another layer of opulence, use a collection of mirrors, craftily placed all over the room. Another lux feature you can add is a freestanding claw-foot bath.

Simply striking

A simple white bathroom can acquire a new cool if you just add a few details in a different color. For instance, a mirror can be carved in a curvaceous way, accentuated by red farmhouse pendants which will give a fresh vibe to the whole room. Tiles could be laid in any pattern you like, basket-wave, cyprus, interlocked, kaleidoscope, and so on. The tiles will provide a great backdrop for your furniture.

Modern country bathrooms

If you think a country look is all about flower wallpapers, you are mistaken. The most important part of a bathroom – the bathtub can have a modern style, while the white tiles around it make the tub really stand out, especially if it is surrounded by more vintage features, like an exposed-brick wall. Purchasing bathtubs today is much more enjoyable, when you have such a wide field to choose from. Just make sure you do your research properly. You can easily find a tub that will perfectly go with you desired decor.

Basically, you can furnish the whole bathroom as if it was a regular room: use different colors, various materials, pictures, patterns. Make it a stress-free zone, you deserve it!

You Need to Recharge Your Spirit: The Sizzling South is the Perfect Choice for a Family Getaway

 

There’s an abundance of things to see and do for the whole family in Louisiana, especially if you’re staying in the welcoming city of Baton Rouge. Take a fascinating look at marine life at the Aquarium of America, explore the many plantations lining the Mississippi River or enjoy an interactive experience at the famous Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport; whatever your age, there’s something to entertain you in the Sizzling South.

If you want to explore Louisiana, there are a few trips for the whole family that are affordable and hugely enjoyable. We’ve put together some suggestions which are all just a short drive from Baton Rouge that will give you hours of fun and adventure during your visit to the South.

In terms of somewhere to stay while visiting the fun-packed South, the Marriott TownePlace Suites Gonzales offers some great family-friendly facilities. After an exhausting day seeing the sights, you’ll be grateful of a luxurious place to recharge your batteries!

Gulfport

It will take you about two hours to drive to Gulfport from Baton Rouge but it’s well worth the trip, just for its beach alone! No family vacation is complete without a beach day and in Gulfport, there are plenty of other family-friendly activities to get involved with too. On the way to the beach, you could call into the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and find out more about fascinating marine life with tours that allow you to get up close and personal with some incredible sea creatures with touch tanks. You can also pay a little extra to feed or take a swim with the dolphins – a once in a lifetime experience!

Lafayette

If you’re into Cajun cuisine, Lafayette is bulging with eateries and restaurants that are all family-friendly, offering the very best in this local culinary specialty. Children of all ages can enjoy a visit to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, where they can get involved with the interactive exhibits, toddler play area, bubble station and a whole lot more. For older kids and adults with an interest in science, there’s the Lafayette Science Museum which has plenty of exhibits to explore and also a Planetarium which provides a breathtaking view of the night sky in late afternoon shows.

New Orleans

Although possibly better known for its nightlife, New Orleans has plenty to amuse all ages. Your family could spend a whole day in the Audubon Zoo, set in stunning grounds and with a wealth of exhibits in addition to plenty of wildlife. There is also a recreational area at Monkey Hill with a café for the grownups to enjoy a relaxing drink while the kids play and a really cool dinosaur exhibit too. There’s also a fantastic playground in Audubon Park in New Orleans for those looking for a more sedate visit. Here you can walk along winding paths between beautiful oaks and in a clearing, you’ll find the playground which will keep younger children occupied and have them worn out when it’s time for bed.

Mandeville

Another short drive from Baton Rouge is Mandeville, where there is plenty of family fun to be had, particularly if you want to be shaded from the scorching heat! Kids love the Imagination Station which is a cool play area with different spaces for hands on exploration and arts and crafts. You can actually leave your kids having fun while you relax in one of the many nearby restaurants. Also in Mandeville is a 2,800-acre green space called Fontainebleau State Park, where you can get a little out-doorsy and go on a hiking trail, do some fishing, explore nature and even relax and sunbathes on a lakeside beach!