Dream Bathroom Picks With C.P Hart

If you've seen a London hotel bathroom, or perhaps a restaurant bathroom that's taken your breath away, it's quite possible that it's the work of C.P Hart's Contracts team. They've worked on The Curtain Hotel, They Haymarket Hotel and The German Gymnasium to name but a few, and yes, I have spent more time than is possibly normal in each of these locations taking snaps of said beautiful bathrooms.

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The Curtain Hotel Guest Room

Their Contracts division works closely with architects, interior designers and developers, on building and refurbishment projects, from luxury apartments through to hotels and commercial developments.

And I don't know about you, but I for one definitely aspire to hotelesque interiors, especially in the bathroom department.


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The German Gymnasium

When it comes to bathroom design there are SO many options. But unlike paint which can be easily changed, bathrooms involve bigger, more permanent decisions, so although I will never suggest playing it 'safe', I do suggest perhaps going for slightly more timeless choices when making decisions for your bathroom design.

For brassware, brass finishes are now firmly in the timeless category, although I'm sure some thought it would be a fleeting trend, it isn't, and is going nowhere fast, and it's not just brass that's here to stay, it's a multitude of different colours and finishes, and I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to use any one of them. Remember, I said slightly more timeless, not boring.

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Image: Dornbracht

Aside from brass (which is quite a broad term in itself as there are countless different shades and finishes), I'd also look at matt black for brassware, and I've also seen some pretty amazing and unusual bronze and brown tones too. And although chrome will always be a staple, I'm happy to see softer, warmer, platinum and nickel finishes emerging too, which are a more modern take on classic chrome.

I'm off to Salone del Mobile in Milan with C.P Hart next week to explore the new bathroom trends, and I actually can not wait! If you've been reading my blog for a while, or following me on Instagram, you'll know that not only am I a huge C.P Hart fan, but a bit bathroom obsessed in general! This could quite possibly be because my own bathroom needs some serious attention. And when I say 'attention' I actually mean, ripping the whole thing out and starting from scratch!

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Image: Cielo

I've put together some of my favorite pieces from current collections of some of the brands we'll be visiting in Milan, that I would love to include in my dream bathroom. Or bathrooms as the case may be, because we're dreaming, why can't I have several?

I can't wait to see if what awaits us in Milan can trump these beautiful products, so watch this space for a de-brief after I return, and let's see if my head is turned in all sorts of different directions.

The Basin

Basins are the second most important product for me in a bathroom (second to taps!). So why not go a all out with a really stunning showpiece? It doesn't have to shout, it just needs to be special.

There's nothing more decadent than drinking champagne from a cut glass champagne flute. And I imagine this cut glass basin (bottom right in the image below) from Glass Design is the hand washing equivalent. A pretty good excuse to break out the best of the best hand wash I'd say. Glass Design basins are stunning, and so unusual.

Cielo also do stunning basins and their Shui collection is a particular favourite. I adore the shapes and finish (not to mention their ceramics come in an impressive 19 colours!). I'd be like a kid in a Candy Store trying to decide. Matching, tonal, or classic white?

And the Gessi Eleganza basins are a beautiful take on a more traditional shape that would be amazing with über contemporary taps.

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Clockwise from top left: Cielo Shui Oval Basin in White / Glass Design Venice Washbowl / Gessi Eleganza Washbowl / Glass Design Ramada Washbowl


The Toilet

As far as toilets go, you can't go wrong with one of these from Cielo and Duravit. I love the quiet simplicity of these designs, exactly as a toilet should be.

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Left: Duravit Starck 2 Back to wall pan / Right: Cielo Shui wall mounted pan

The Bath

I've never been a bath person, but then I've never had bath I wanted to spend any time in. And if we're talking dream bathrooms, then it has to be a freestanding tub, right? Something tells me that I would very quickly become a bath person if I had one of these beauties from Duravit and Cielo, which also double as sculptural works of art.

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Left: Duravit Durasquare Freestanding Bath / Right: Cielo Le Giare Freestanding Bath 

The Steam Cabin

Well we are talking fantasy here, so it would be remiss of me not to include a Hamman steam cabin from Effegibi. Talk about extreme decadence!

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Effegibi Hammam Steam Cabin


The Brassware

My favourite part of a bathroom is undoubtedly the taps. And what a huge choice we have these days. I'm a bit (a lot) head over heels for Dornbracht's Vaia collection which comes in beautiful Dark Platinum and Platinum Matt finishes. It would be hard to choose, but I'm surprised at how much I'm drawn to the latter. Absolutely stunning.

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Image: Dornbracht 
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Image: Dornbracht


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Left: Vaia Two Hole Bath Mixer With Lever Handles and Handheld Shower Set in Platinum Matt / Right: Rain Shower with wall connector in Platinum Matt

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Left: Vaia Wall Mounted Basin Mixer in Dark Platinum Matt Right: Vaia Vaia Wall Mounted Basin Mixer Platinum Matt

Gessi also have an incredible brassware collection with an extensive range of stunning finishes including the Finox Brushed Nickel (below right) that I absolutely love, and the 316 collection (left) really takes taps to a whole other level with the textured detail.

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Left: Gessi 316 Meccanica taps / Right: Gessi Shower Mixer in Finox Brushed Nickel

I would have no trouble at all piecing together my dream bathroom from these beautiful products, my head is spinning with ideas, and we haven't even touched on tiles!

Not all of these products are currently available via the C.P Hart website, so it's definitely worth visiting a showroom for the full experience and to see a more comprehensive range of products and finishes. The tap and sample room in the Waterloo, London showroom is a sight to behold. Trust me.

This post is in collaboration with C.P Hart Bathrooms. I'll be taking over the C.P Hart Instagram stories on Tuesday the 17th & Wednesday the 18th of April, so make sure you're following them on Instagram and watch their stories to see what we discover in Milan!

A Few Of My Favourite Things From CP Hart [a.k.a Tap Bothering]

I did my second pilgrimage to the incredible CP Hart Waterloo showroom the other week. And it was every bit as impressive as my first visit, if not more so, because I had a guided tour through the whole showroom, focussing first on the new pieces and trends picked up at the most recent ISH trade show.

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The Waterloo showroom is part glam hotel lobby, part bathroom showroom as I've said before, so it really has me at hello.

Off to the left after reception, is the material and sample library - hands down, my absolute favourite bit. The taps are displayed in all their different finishes (something you need to go in person for, because not all the different finishes are on the website), and there are so many stunning options to choose from. Yes, I did use the word stunning, referring to taps. Because they really are. And how about that cabinetry that dreams are made of?

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I swing between loving Hansgrohe Axor, and Vola taps the best. And I'm pretty sure I love a brushed / satin brass finish the most. Then again, I do love black taps too. And white. And, these Gesse Rettangolo taps are pretty special...

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This studded bath is really something else, and I can't ever imagine having a bathroom big enough to do it justice, but it's certainly drool-worthy!

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And further into the showroom you'll find THOSE House of Hackney bathroom sets, which really are beautiful. The level of detail that went into designing them is very impressive and I actually can't settle on which one I like the best. Truthfully I'd be pretty damn happy with either! Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite...

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Event Round Up [March, April & May 2017]


I love attending events when I can, and it's always so nice to be invited. However, I can't get to a lot of the ones I'm invited to because the timing doesn't work childcare wise, or I'm just too busy, and I most definitely suffer from a bit of FOMO when I can't go (or shock-horror, wasn't invited??!). That's Fear Of Missing Out for those of you not down with the kids.

I always share them on Twitter and Instagram Stories, but I thought it would be good to start doing a roundup here of the ones I do get to - just a pic or two from each, and my rambling thoughts and highlights.

I'll probably do a bi-monthly roundup depending on how many events I go to, but this first one covers March, April and May...


BLOGGER WORKSHOP AT ANNIE SLOAN HQ (March)

Back in March I ventured to Oxford, for a blogger workshop with the lovely Annie Sloan herself at her headquarters one sunny Saturday.

It was a fascinating day, and Annie is such a lovely lady - I could have listened to her for hours talk about colour and colour theory. Frustrated by what was (and wasn't) on the market, Annie developed Chalk Paint in 1990, which is pretty impressive, and there's really no end to how you can use her paints - from furniture to fabric dying (yes, really!) and everything inbetween. And no, it's not just Shabby Chic! Of course it can be if you want it to be, but there's absolutely no reason why you can't create a thoroughly contemporary look with her products too - it's all in the way you use them. And the bonus of course is that chalk paint requires no primer - perfect for people like me, that loathe the prep and just want to get to the fun bits!



I left with a starter kit, including some colours chosen for each individual blogger (a lovely touch), mine were Antoinette and French Grey, some furniture waxes, gilding waxes, and a pure bristle paint/wax brush.

I haven't yet had the chance to have a play with them, but I'll be pimping a chest of Ikea drawers soon for Baxters room and painting them (colour TBA!) and giving them soft sheen waxed finish, so I'll finally get to have a proper play with Annie's products.


Annie has also recently added wall paint, and coloured linen to her product range, and though I've not had a play with the wall paints, the fabrics are really stunning, and each one is a mix of two complementary colours based on her paint colours.

I was in such great company that day, and met a group of inspiring, supportive and friendly bloggers, which is one of the best parts of events like this, and among the reasons I try to get to them whenever possible.


BLACK REGAL PEACOCK LAUNCH AT SOHO HOUSE WITH BURLEIGH (April)

Okay, so I didn't actually go to this event, but I was invited and I really really wanted to go. I'm a huge fan of Burleigh ceramics and my favourite plates ever, are the Black Willow design, so I was gutted when I couldn't make it to this launch. The Regal Peacock pattern has been around since 1913 (woah!), but the black is a new colour way, giving it a contemporary twist. The collection is so stunning, and they were sweet enough to send me the cutest mini-mug from the goody bag, even though I couldn't attend.












JULIEN MACDONALD AT DEBENHAMS (April)

I had dinner at the über glam Sanderson Hotel with Julien Macdonald, and the Debenhams Home PR team, for a look at the new collection which was set against the pristine white walls of the penthouse suite. Lots of texture by way of sequins, beading and faux fur as you would expect from the incredibly and lovely Mr Macdonald, alongside lots of white, grey, taupe and metallics. The standout pieces for me were the stemmed votives and vintage inspired beaded table runners, both of which were also the star of the spectacular table setting in the even more glam Purple Bar where we dined. Lined with small glass vases and flowers of varying heights, layered over the aforementioned beaded table runners, and dotted with plenty of high and low level tea lights, it was breath-taking. So simple yet so effective, and definitely an idea to steal.


Image: Debenham

Oh and a little tip! I'm a self-confessed scented candle snob, and always find the more affordable ones are soapy and awful when lit, even if they initially smell nice before you light them. But I can confirm that the Julien Macdonald Black Vanilla candle, smells totally delicious and unlike so many other affordable scented candles, it fills the house with the most delicious scent. And the deco inspired black and gold packaging is so pretty too. Who knew?!


SWOON EDITIONS POP-UP (May)

I was already a fan of Swoon Editions beautiful collections, so when I was invited along to check out their pop-up which was at Oxo Tower Wharf for two weeks earlier in May, I couldn't resist. It was great to see some of this online retailers pieces in the flesh - especially the glam Ziggy cabinet.


Swoon are a great resource for really reasonably priced furniture (sofas in particular - they have a fantastic selection of fabrics to choose from including linens and wools, but their velvets are super gorgeous).



Swoon Editions are definitely worth adding to the list for places to check out when looking not only for the classic pieces like sofas, chairs, side and coffee tables, but for something a bit different too (like THAT Ziggy cabinet!). A big YES to Swoon for offering up some more glam and brave pieces than what is often on offer in the UK market. Long may it last!


BATHROOM TRENDS AT CP HART

I had a guided tour of the amazing CP Hart showroom in Waterloo (part glam hotel lobby, part bathroom showroom for those who haven't been), focusing on the key trends picked up from the most recent ISH show (the leading bathroom tradeshow that takes place each year in Frankfurt). You can read about the trends in more detail here on the CP Hart site. Next week I'm sharing my favourite pieces from the showroom because there's just too much good stuff to share here in this 'brief' roundup!


LUNCH WITH SAINSBURY'S

I had a lovely lunch at Lima, a Peruvian restaurant in Covent Garden with the Sainsbury's team to see their high summer South American inspired capsule home collection. Consisting of colourful patterned snack bowls, glassware, cast iron cookware, and serving boards, all at ridiculously reasonable prices, it's a lovely colourful collection that would be spot on for casual entertaining and outdoor parties. And everyone should have a stash of Margarita glasses somewhere in their kitchen, right? And probably a clear cocktail shaker too...

The collection is in store now.











MARKS & SPENCER HOME AW17 (May)

Another fab event a few weeks ago was the AW17 press show for Marks & Spencer Home held in central London, followed by dinner at Alyn Williams at the Westbury. I was totally captivated by the new Manhattan collection, so much so that I kind of neglected to look at the others. Oops! So much glam goodness in the form of a velvet sofa, armchair and ottoman, a beautiful bar cabinet, stunning brass framed bamboo mirror, great cushions, and loads of other accessories.






I featured a few pieces in my Summer Dining Room post as part of the UK Home Blog Hop on Monday last week. Some pieces are available already, with more hitting the stores soon.

FAUX FLOWER WORKSHOP & RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW WITH OKA (May)

I've always wanted to go to the Chelsea Flower Show, so when I was invited by one of my favourite stores, Oka, to do just that I knew some serious precision childcare planning would need to be sorted as a matter of urgency.

We started at the Fulham Road flagship store in Chelsea, for a faux flower arranging workshop and afternoon tea.

Now, I'm going to admit that I was in two minds about this (the faux flower bit - I'm always good with afternoon tea, FYI), as I've never been a fan of fauxs, but as soon as I walked in and saw how incredibly realistic Oka's faux flowers are, I realised that my issue with fauxs, lies with faux plants, not faux flowers. For me, faux plants are for showrooms, restaurants, corporate settings, and photo shoots. Not for homes. BUT cut flowers on the other hand, and cut foliage is different, and this is why...

































Quite simply, cut flowers and foliage are purely ornamental - their only job is to look pretty. Living plants however, not only bring life to a room, but they have air-purifying qualities, and they, you know, grow. I won't be converting to faux plants any time soon, but I'm officially a convert to high-quality faux blooms!


It was SO fun doing the flower arranging workshop. I think mine was the messiest and least formal looking arrangement, and I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. I think it was because I'm drawn to the more casual looking, blousy flowers like Peonies and Hydrangeas. Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

After we finished our arrangements, we had a delicious floral inspired afternoon tea at the store (sorry, no pics - I was way too busy stuffing my face and chatting) with bubbles, before jumping into cabs to the Flower Show, where we headed straight to the Dorchester Pop-Up Bar for a quick cocktail before heading off to check out the displays. What a fab day!

More on the show itself soon...


Okay, I'm exhausted after writing this 'brief' round-up post, I tried to finish writing this on Friday, but it was half-term and what can I say? The kids had other plans...