Bathroom Etiquette for the Germaphobe

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Even if you’re not a germaphobe, you may invite someone to your home that is. 

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I admit, not all germaphobes are alike, we have different phobes.  It is my hope you consider rectifying my personal phobes in your home.   For that reason this is a MUST read for everyone!

I’m going to let you off the hook, this time, with regard to your bedroom ensuite.  This blog is focusing on the bathroom to be used by guests in your home.  There are certain suggestions I have (I like to call them rules), for a guest friendly bathroom.

RULE  #1 - I do not want to dry my hands on your shower towel!  For a germaphobe this is a horrifyingly disgusting situation.  Especially when it catches you by surprise, and you find yourself in a position where it’s too late to turn back, and use your pants instead.  I know, you know, what I’m talking about.  And you know who you are.  Those people who nicely fold and hang their wet shower towel on the only towel bar in the bathroom.  Just because they hang bath towels, on the towel bar in hotels, does not mean you should try it at home.  This infringement is even worse than having nothing more than a wet shower towel, hanging from a hook on the back of your bathroom door.  At least in that situation you get a screaming reminder:  “Do not touch this wet towel, it has wiped an ass!”

RECOMMENDATION - Hang your shower towel on a hook on the back of the bathroom door, or on the back of your bedroom door.  Hang a towel for guests on the towel bar.  Have that guest towel always hanging on the towel bar, in anticipation of your guests.  You don’t want your surprise guest, to be your surprisingly disgusted guest.

RULE  #2 - Have spare rolls of toilet paper within reach of the toilet, and most importantly VISIBLE.  I do not want to go rooting around in your cabinets and cupboards for toilet paper, nor do I want to lift my ass off the toilet to retrieve it.

RECOMMENDATION - Have a decorative basket sitting on the back of your toilet, with toilet paper beautifully displayed.

RULE  #3 - Have a garbage can in your bathroom, I don’t care if you need it, or use it.  Just have one for others who do.

RECOMMENDATION - A garbage with a lid.  There is no point in having a decorative garbage.  A nice garbage that looks good in the room, yes.  A beautiful decorative garbage that draws attention and says “hey look at me”?  Don’t draw attention to your garbage.  Put a beautiful hand towel and bar of soap out instead.

Speaking of soap brings me to RULE #4 – I don’t want to touch an icky bar of soap sitting in an icky soap dish.

RECOMMEDATION - have a soap pump if you can’t keep your soap dish clean.  If you have a beautiful soap dish that matches your beautiful garbage.  Throw out the garbage, get a new nondescript garbage.  And put out a beautiful new bar of soap in your soap dish.  Also, buy a soap pump and use it for yourself, save the bar for the guests.  If your soap is getting small, put it in the shower and put out a fresh bar… in anticipation of future guests.

RULE #4 - PUT DOWN the LID.  Not just the seat, but the seat AND the lid.  Ever hear someone say “I don’t put my tooth brush on the vanity because there have been studies done with regard to the germs (to put it nicely) that spray out of the toilet when you flush”?  WELL… put the lid down BEFORE you flush.  I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

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End of story.

Up-cycling Fabulous Finds

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Put your wallet away and get out your paint brush; we think buying new is overrated!  

There is nothing a coat of paint can’t improve.  It’s not about having a collection of spectacular pieces; it’s about putting them together in a spectacular way. 

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Our second-hand treasures include a metal shelf.

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Which we sprayed white, removing a few decorative panels in the process.

Racher Interior Design, Shelf

This lovely little $8 vintage delight was not so lovely when we got our hands on it.  But we forgot to take the picture to prove it, so you’ll have to take our word for it.

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We didn’t stop at second-hand furniture, we collected artwork.

Racher Interior Design, Artwork

Tore it apart, got out the paint, and combined the two into one.

Racher Interior Design, Artwork

The candlesticks got painted too! 

We used stuff from other second-hand collections, leftover from previous projects.  We like to buy what we love and find the perfect place for it later. 

Racher Interior Design, Second-hand finds

Because if we really love it, it will always be perfect, and if it isn’t… we paint it.  

Like these peach lamps.

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We found new lamp shades at HomeSense, and finials at Lee Valley.

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If at first you don’t succeed ADD MORE COLOUR.  And paint a bunch of stuff white to make your added colour pop!

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To make good look great we improved the bedroom above, with a few small accessory changes.  Added bright pops of colour and painted a few things white. 

Racher Interior Design, Bedroom, Bed

We like an environment with a certain synergy to it, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

(Of course we like to make our own special parts, with the whole in mind; it’s what we interior designers do.)