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Steal This Look: A Whimsical Bath Update in Kent

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Steal This Look: A Whimsical Bath Update in Kent

May 9, 2023

In decorating her family bath in Margate, Kent, designer Natasha Lyon made use of her savvy for sourcing vintage (from pink pedestal sinks to Shaker stools) while integrating colorful doses of textiles and unexpected accents. Here, we take a closer look at the key elements that define the bath and offer sources to match.

N.B. It’s worth taking a look at the “before” shot of the formerly colorless bath before Lyon’s redesign.

the design started with the statement vintage pink pedestal sink, followed up b 17
Above: The design started with the statement vintage pink pedestal sink, followed up by encaustic tiles, and accented with Lyon’s own vintage glass collection. Photograph courtesy of Appreciation Project (@appreciationprojectuk) from Bathroom of the Week: A Former Burberry Designer’s Playful Family Bath, Before and After.
the metallic bathtub is paired with red and white striped and checked linens. p 18
Above: The metallic bathtub is paired with red-and-white striped and checked linens. Photograph courtesy of Appreciation Project (@appreciationprojectuk) from Bathroom of the Week: A Former Burberry Designer’s Playful Family Bath, Before and After.

Materials

lyon has sourced paint throughout her house from uk company little greene. for  19
Above: Lyon has sourced paint throughout her house from UK company Little Greene. For a similar shade of blue, the Little Greene Pale Wedgwood (249) color comes in a range of finishes.
lyon created the floor pattern with encaustic cement tiles from otto tiles: &#x 20
Above: Lyon created the floor pattern with encaustic cement tiles from Otto Tiles: “I designed them into an oversized checkerboard, conscious that a small pattern would be too busy.” The white is from Otto Tiles in Dirty White.
the green tiles are otto tiles in bosco green. 21
Above: The green tiles are Otto Tiles in Bosco Green.
the hand painted backsplash tiles are by artist hal haines, who sells them on g 22
Above: The hand-painted backsplash tiles are by artist Hal Haines, who sells them on Glassette for £150 as a Set of Six Tile Trivets (unfortunately, they’re currently sold out). Contact Glassette or Hal Haines for more information or to see more of the artist’s work.

Faucets & Fixtures

the reproduction cross handle sink faucets pair in chrome are \$\169 at signatu 23
Above: The Reproduction Cross Handle Sink Faucets Pair in Chrome are $169 at Signature Hardware.
lyon’s facebook marketplace sink score—for €6\1—bec 24
Above: Lyon’s Facebook Marketplace sink score—for €61—became the room’s new focal point. “It’s a 1930s salvage from an old house; there are loads like it on eBay and Marketplace,” she wrote to an admirer on Instagram. Here, the Vintage Pink Pedestal Sink is $575 at Architectural Antiques. Another option is the Powder Pink Shell Sink for €450 at Listers. While not available in pink, we also like the colorful Rockwell Basin Pedestal Sinks from The Water Monopoly in green, yellow, blue, or grey.
the burlington balthazar double ended bath with polished stainless exterior is  25
Above: The Burlington Balthazar Double Ended Bath with Polished Stainless Exterior is $8,495 at Forte Brands.
the chatsworth traditional chrome heated towel rail is £\2\29.95 at victor 26
Above: The Chatsworth Traditional Chrome Heated Towel Rail is £229.95 at Victorian Plumbing.
the hudson reed traditional chrome glass gallery shelf is £4\2.95 at victo 27
Above: The Hudson Reed Traditional Chrome Glass Gallery Shelf is £42.95 at Victorian Plumbing.

Lighting & Furniture

the hand blown glass round sconces that flank the mirror are a vintage find. fo 28
Above: The hand-blown glass round sconces that flank the mirror are a vintage find. For a similar shape and corresponding color to the full palette, the Rich Brilliant Willing Pastille 1 Disc in Vermillion is $357.
the vintage mirror is from one of lyon’s go to local sources, junk delux 29
Above: The vintage mirror is from one of Lyon’s go-to local sources, Junk Deluxe of Margate. For something similar, the Villa and House Caroline Wood Wall Mirror is $698 at Perigold. Another option is the Etched and Beveled Venetian Mirror with Dovetailed Corners for $5,975 at High Style Deco.
lyon found the american shaker stool at a flea market. the oja design march wov 30
Above: Lyon found the American Shaker stool at a flea market. The Oja Design MARCH Woven Dining Stool is available in a range of wood types and custom tape color combinations; choosing Black Walnut and Green-White tape combination to replicate the look; $1,000
the scp agnes wall shelf in walnut is 7,0\20 sek (about \$700 usd) at artilleri 31
Above: The SCP Agnes Wall Shelf in walnut is 7,020 SEK (about $700 USD) at Artilleriet.

Decor

lyon stitched the striped café curtain herself. we also like the east 32
Above: Lyon stitched the striped café curtain herself. We also like the East London Cloth Cafe Curtain Pocket Top, shown in Elderflower Turpentine, for £63. For more see our posts East London Cloth: Purveyors of Household Linens, Made to Last and Trend Alert: Cafe Curtains Get a Glow-Up.
the hay sobremesa stripe small red vase is 980 sek (about \$97 usd) at artiller 33
Above: The HAY Sobremesa Stripe Small Red Vase is 980 SEK (about $97 USD) at Artilleriet.
the baina bethell bath towel paloma in sun & ecru is \$80. 34
Above: The Baina Bethell Bath Towel Paloma in Sun & Ecru is $80.
the baina beppu bath mat paloma in sun & ecru is \$80. 35
Above: The Baina Beppu Bath Mat Paloma in Sun & Ecru is $80.
the marbled enamel tumbler in burgundy is £9 at labour & wait. 36
Above: The Marbled Enamel Tumbler in Burgundy is £9 at Labour & Wait.

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