Room by Room
Decorating a bathroom can be an infrequent occasion or a seasonal event. Creating a bath to suit your taste and personality can be as simple as changing towels, accessories, wall hangings and floor coverings, or as involved as painting/wallpapering and updating light fixtures. No matter what your bathroom needs might be, starting with a plan and list of requirements should be your first step.
For each full bath, register for these bathtime basics:
- 8 bath towels
- 4 bath sheets (extra-large towels)
- 8-12 hand towels
- 8 fingertip towels (for guests)
- 8 washcloths
- 2 bath mats
- 2-3 bath rugs
- 1 shower curtain
- 1 liner and set of rings
- 1 wastebasket
- 1-2 soap dishes/pumps
- 1 tissue box cover
For each half bath, register for these powder-room basics:
- 3-6 washcloths
- 8-12 hand towels
- 1-2 decorative floor mats
- 4-8 fingertip towels (for guests)
- 1-3 scented candles
Don't forget to add your personal touch with these necessities:
- Soap dish or dispenser
- Lotion dispenser
- Toothbrush holder
- Tissue box cover
- Clothing hamper
- Vanity cups (for drinking, makeup brushes, etc.)
- Wall hangings (framed artwork, swags and/or mirrors)
Time for Towels
When it comes to drying off, make sure you have the perfect
Absorbency counts! Velour towels have a velvety soft finish on one side, terry loops on the other. Unsheared towels have terry loops on both sides.
When washing your towels, forgo the fabric softeners since they contain silicone. It binds them to the towel fibers, making them stiff and virtually water repellent - reducing the softness and absorbency you fell in love with in the first place!
Mildew tends to build up in hot, damp places where air
doesn't circulate - like the inside of your shower curtain.
To remove mildew, sponge the area with a solution of 1/4-cup bleach to two cups of water.
To add fragrance and an aromatherapy treatment to a jet spa or whirlpool bath, add bath salts. Never use bath oil or bubble bath. These can harm the mechanics of your jet system or create mounds of unwanted foam. Always check the manufacturer's guidelines.
Escape to Your At-Home Spa
There's no question life can be stressful. It seems that just when you've successfully managed to juggle the demands of work and home, some new wrinkle comes along, and it's a whole new ballgame.
That's why it's so important to have an at-home refuge you can escape to when things get to be too much. Whether it's your favorite armchair, complete with cozy throw and your favorite book, or a pan-rattling bake-a-thon in the kitchen, your at-home escape needs to be your own.
The bathroom is a great place to customize because it has everything you need to relax. It's private, it's cozy and it comes complete with the most relaxing amenity of all: a bathtub.
How do you get started? Begin with what you know best: yourself. Take a few minutes to think through your favorite things, and how you can incorporate them into your at-home spa. Then, be sure to include these nice extras on your registry. Your guests will jump at the chance to help you pamper yourself!
One easy first step to creating your at-home spa is to incorporate your favorite colors into your bathroom. Do you like bright yellows? Cool blues? Clean whites? Towels, bath mats and countertop accessories can help make these colors stand out.
Even better, towels and bath mats can be their own source of luxury. Pick thick towels and mats, and consider adding a fluffy terry cloth robe to wrap up in after your bath, as well. Sinking your toes into a luxurious bath mat. Wrapping yourself in a soft, thick towel. These are extra treats that will help take your spa experience even further.
Add a vase of your favorite flowers for a soft, natural fragrance, or light a few candles. Turn on some soft music, or put a calming pool nearby for the soothing, natural sound of running water. Set your favorite book close by, and make sure you have your favorite bubble bath or bath beads on hand.
Plan to spend at least an hour in your at-home spa. You need enough time to relax completely, without worrying about what's next on the agenda. After you've lingered in your bath, soften your skin with your favorite scented lotion. If possible, slip into some comfortable pajamas or loungewear to help you carry that relaxed feeling out of your at-home spa, and back into real life.
And remember, you can always change your at-home spa. Switch the towels or add a new fragrance. Boost the luxury level on your bath mats, buy a new bottle of after-bath splash or add a massager to relax those tense muscles. The idea is to adapt your special place to meet your special needs.