Unpopular Opinion: Clawfoot Tubs Are Simply the Worst. Clawfoot bathtubs are beautiful; there's no doubt about it. Reassuringly solid, with lovely antique detailing, it's not hard to see why so many bathroom renovators are wooed by their winsome charms. In fact, we've reached an interior design moment in which one would be hard-pressed to find a recently remodeled bathroom that isn't designed around a delightfully quirky vintage bathtub — call it the Joanna Gaines effect. However, we have a hunch that this what's-old-is-new-again fad is on its way out, for one simple reason: we're starting to remember why "old-fashioned" tubs fell out of common usage in the first place. Clawfoot tubs became a part of our collective design vocabulary as a luxury item of the Victorian era. By the 1920's, they were de rigeur, but by the midcentury, they were outdated, replaced with the more efficient built-in tubs of the 60s and 70s. Now, we're not encouraging a return to the shallow rectangular constructions many of us grew up with, but there are a few reasons that the clawfoot tub is not the bathroom design panacea it appears.
5 Colors From Joanna Gaines’ Paint Line That Would Be Perfect for Her Baby’s Room. By now you've probably heard that Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines is pregnant with her fifth child. While we can't wait to find out the gender and what they name their newborn, we're admittedly most excited to see how the designer decorates her new baby's nursery. We have our guesses (hint: neutrals galore) and based on what we know about JoJo, we bet she'll pick one of these shades from her Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines paint collection by KILZ for the walls.
This Rustic Arizona Kitchen Feels Like a French Countryside Vacation. Bringing together the rustic and the streamlined wasn’t the only balancing act architect Don Ziebell and designer Inga L. Rehmann, of Oz Architects, pulled off in this Provençal-inspired kitchen in a new Scottsdale, Arizona, home. The clients are empty nesters who wanted the kitchen to feel “cozy day-to-day, but spacious when they entertained,” Rehmann says. By tailoring the adjacent morning room and pavilion to accommodate large groups, the kitchen “could stay intimate. It’s the best of both worlds,” the designer says.
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