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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Best Bathrooms Remind You Of Home

Watermark Hotel SpaToday's Bathroom Blogfest 09 post comes from my friend and former partner in Carpetology and Bathroom Blogfest crime, Elizabeth Hise.

There’s No Place Like Home

When Christine asked if I wanted to take part in the 2009 Bathroom Blogfest as a guest blogger, I jumped at the opportunity. As I mentioned in my very first 2008 post, I’m practically an expert on bathrooms. The bathroom can make or break an experience, retail or otherwise. Plus, I’d get to work with Christine again — always a bonus.

So I started thinking about the bathrooms I’ve enjoyed (or didn’t) in the past year. I was all set to tell you about an amazing bathroom experience I had just a few weeks ago in San Antonio, Tx. It was at the Watermark Hotel on the Riverwalk and involved a bathroom the size of my living room, spa products on-demand, and a big, fluffy white robe.

But as good (fantastic!) as that experience was, I started thinking about the hands-down very best bathroom experience I’ve ever had. This bathroom is eternally clean, it smells like vanilla and lavender, and it always has a fresh supply of thick towels on hand. I could happily spend days in this bathroom. It is the product of my mom’s industrious hands.

Bathroom Blogfest 09My parents moved about five years ago. Although this new house isn’t the one that I grew up in, I still consider it home. And just like the home I’ve always known, my mom puts a ton of elbow grease — and love — into making it a clean, welcoming and warm environment. The bathroom is no exception. It’s painted a cozy oatmeal with sage and cream accents. Natural sunlight streams through a huge window with a gauzy shade, and there’s enough space for a person to do a little happy dance while waiting for the bathtub to fill.

When you’re designing a bathroom, whether it’s in a retail store, a restaurant, a hotel or at home, take a tip from Mom. Your space — including your bathroom — is an extension of who you are. When you care for your space, you care for your guests — and they can feel the love, down to the very last vanilla-scented detail.

Thank you, Elizabeth! I can smell the vanilla...

Happy Bathroom Blogfest 09!

Photo credit: the Watermark Hotel spa.

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