Monday, 16 May 2022

Taaaadaaaaaaaa!



The new bathroom is finished,
A few minor tweaks need to be done, what with a new shower head and the like but it’s finally done and dusted and finished.
I know it’s just a tiny bathroom, in a tiny cottage, but having the final room in my home changed  remains a sort of landmark for me. It’s me, finally putting, my stamp on my home, in my way.
The final ghosts of it being a former marital home, chased away a little more.

It also underlines my a certain balance in my financial independence - and just to think only a few years ago, that independence was in question as the cottage was on the market.

And so here it is, all six foot square of it. 
I’ve seen posher
I’ve pooed in posher
But this is all mine

And it’s made me very happy.









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  1. Oh, John, it's just perfect! Give CBM a pat on the back from me. xx

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  2. Anonymous5:27 pm

    It’s splendid John
    As you say, the final piece in making the cottage your cottage
    Siobhan

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    1. Yes. A few more little touches to go. The CBM is putting a roof over the patio and a bookcase into the office next

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  3. Anonymous5:35 pm

    I think it looks great! Neat and tidy and ALL YOURS.
    Dawn P. Albany, GA USA

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  4. I too was going to say perfect like HH-I wanted mine very similar-still waiting-Very Tastefull John x

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    1. Mave has messaged me asking for a dump

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    2. Mave is such a thoughtful friend to you John-and such a thoughtful appropriate token gift of love x

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  5. Anonymous5:39 pm

    Enjoy.

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    1. Not sure why my comment has up as anonymous. It looks lovely so enjoy it.

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    2. Google blogger is a law unto itself

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  6. I love it! It looks very posh to me. I love the pedestal sink, the shower, all of it! Your decorating is spot on. Congratulations John, well done!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie, i know it sounds needy but it means a lot people that people like it,

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    2. Anonymous8:42 pm

      You are such a Needy schoolgirl john

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    3. Are you happy Anon telling me this?

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    4. Anonymous9:20 pm

      John , you already know the answer to this
      No ….Anon is not happy …..
      Anon…is rather sad

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    5. Thanks Ben , I’m not surprised

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  7. Anonymous5:41 pm

    Going on about it so much made the views an anticlimax.
    Looks a bit pokey, like a Ocean Liner Bathroom.
    But if you like it?

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    1. Anonymous5:56 pm

      Pfft!!!!

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    2. Yes, I was worried I’d “ over egged the pudding “ Anon… but I am very happy at the result

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    1. Anonymous5:57 pm

      We must all praise, John, must not we? Welcome to the cult.

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    2. Anonymous6:03 pm

      What a kind thing to say.
      Kind and very worthy of you.
      Ben

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    3. Oh dear. I know who wrote that one ..hey ho

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  9. Lookin' good. Good clean lines. But the sense of achievement and financial freedom probably matters more to you. I have my new kitchen being fitted in a couple of weeks. I think I need to start clearing the cupboards now!!

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    1. I feel a bit grown up ….does that make sense ?

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  10. It looks nice. The wall mounted baskets under the sink are a nice touch. A bit more storage, but doesn't take up visual space like a full vanity would have. And the fish fabric - now that it's on the wall, it looks fine the way it is. The mat doesn't seem nearly so harsh as it did in the prior photo.

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    1. Anonymous7:26 pm

      The wire baskets are just sitting on a tiled part that is covering the pipework, they're not attached to the wall.. If you look at the photo with the shower on you can see.that.

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    2. The cottage has its limitations …no boiler…no space for underfloor pipes etc

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  11. Congrations ! it is all yours. I am so happy for you. I shower is FABULOUS.

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    1. Thanks Gayle ..with your sense of style I’m flattered

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  12. It all looks very nice. You will love the towel bar!!! The koi pictures look fine too.

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    1. They compliment the koi on the tea cup on the sink

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  13. To anonymous whoever you are: why don't you just stfu? John has paid for and put his stamp on his house and is moving forward. If you don't care for it that is fine but why do you have to try to bring him down with your negativity?

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    1. Not bringing me down today Linda …Ben said it for me in his comment and in an email …”.the bile people spew reflect their own pain”
      Thanks Ben x

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    2. Anonymous11:35 pm

      Then perhaps we should show compassion for those people in pain instead of other commenters verbally attacking them.
      Deb

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    3. I've done that with several menaces-and to no avail-in my experience they each one got nastier x

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  14. Robin6:20 pm

    Oh John, your bathroom is gorgeous!! I love the white and black tiles. I am so glad it makes you happy.❤️

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    1. I know it sounds a bit daft but it does

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  15. It looks wonderful , I am so jealous I have been asking my husband to do something about our bathroom for 16 years .

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    1. I’ve never had a bathroom of “ my own” and in this house I’ve waited 16 years!

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  16. Anonymous6:51 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Who is that with 4 hearts ?

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    2. A very nice balance to the heartless anonymous.

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  17. It looks really lovely. Now that the fish picture is up it compliments the bathroom perfectly. I think it's just the right touch. You will enjoy. Worth the wait. Just perfect.

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    1. My other bit of wall art is a selection of welsh words
      Sent to me by a friend at work who is trying to teach me welsh

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  18. It looks terrific, especially the shower! And hey, a heated towel rack IS posh in my books!

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    1. And in mine ..land now I have a toilet DOWNSTAIRS too

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    2. Anonymous11:38 pm

      Downstairs indoors John? Or is that the outdoor privy?
      Deb.

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  19. It's lovely John, clean with all your personal touches.

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  20. Anonymous7:11 pm

    Absolutely yours. That is what matters. This is your home.I am very happy to share your pleasure. Jo in Coventry.x

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  21. Its lovely. Black and white is a smart base for your personal touches. I particularly like all the plants.

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    1. Yes, thank lockdown for the plants, I started collecting them then

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  22. Fantastic, black and white never dates. I bet the shower is lush!

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    1. I can’t use it until tomorrow !!!

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  23. Barbara Anne7:25 pm

    How marvelous and well worth waiting for! Enjoy the bliss of that perfect shower!

    Hugs!

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    1. Barbara Anne7:32 pm

      Forgot to say i love the mirror!
      Is there room for the carp #2 over the heated towel bar?

      Hugs!

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    2. The mirror was my grandmothers and is one of the few items I still have of hers as she was never a lady who had very much. I’m so happy we recycled it to be used everyday

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  24. Outstanding accomplishment! I think it looks fantastic. It is always so enjoyable to delight in the future with improvements of your home which is so important to feel comfortable in. Happy living - and showering!

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  25. It is a delight and will give you so much pleasure!

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    1. Sometimes I honestly feel like a grown up
      Today is one of those days
      Silly eh?

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  26. Wonderful. And your tiny (and lovely) bathroom is indeed a huge positive step for you.

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    1. My CBM WILL be my CPM soon, he’s cheerfully putting a roof over the patio next

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    2. Anonymous9:16 pm

      Oh you will enjoy the roof, sitting outside in the summer rain is one of life’s great pleasures. Love your style. CurlyClub

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    3. I’ve always been a late starter ..

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  27. Very nice! And, yes, something to feel proud of. Love the koi art, by the way. Thanks you for giving your readers a little tour. --Elise

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    1. There’s nothing better than a nose around someone else’s home . We all love it

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  28. Well, shoot, my comment doesn’t appear. I was just about to comment again and realized I didn’t see the first one. So, just want to tell you that I absolutely love the bathroom. Seriously LOVE the bathroom. May you spend many happy hours in the new reading room.

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    1. Lots of comments are hidden in spam , I have to keep releasing them

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  29. Anonymous8:03 pm

    Looks fabulous- what a great feeling to have it all completed and as you say, it’s a significant step in making the cottage your own. Athene

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    1. The last room athene
      I’ve always hated it too

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  30. Anonymous8:06 pm

    It looks lovely and well worth waiting for - thanks for all the lovely pics. The accessories really finish it off.
    Wendy (Wales)

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    1. I like the little Japanese tea bowl in the bathroom, I can see it when I’m on the loo

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  31. It is really lovely and the fish pictures fit in perfectly. I have never had a new bathroom and can imagine how wonderful it feels for you to have curated yours! x

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    1. I’m 60 this year and this is my first Simone

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  32. You've come a long way, John - well done. (And to CBM!).

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    1. It’s not much in the great scheme of things but it feels good today my friend

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  33. Anonymous8:16 pm

    wow, is that a heated towel rack? Posh indeed.

    ceci

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    1. I know, I nearly wet myself when he factored one in

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  34. Anonymous8:22 pm

    it looks beautiful - and its all yours - enjoy.

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  35. So your removed your bathtub, John? I love your new and improved bathroom and he did that quickly! Will he next work on the ye old Outhouse?
    XO Ruth in Oxnard California

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    1. Yes, I hated it ….and it took an age for the thermal store to fill it with hot water, especially in summer. Now I have instant hot water

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  36. Anonymous8:33 pm

    Why do you call it a bathroom when it doesn't have a bath? Is that an English/UK thing? Shower room and restroom? Toilet with shower? Poop piss and polish room? But not a bathroom surely? -J-

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    1. Force of habit
      Now I shall refer to it as my clean room

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    2. Anonymous11:43 pm

      It's a room to bathe your body - .a batheroom.
      Deb.

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    3. In Australia it's called a bathroom, bath or not

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    1. Anonymous8:59 pm

      John , do you need everyone to love your style ?
      Cath

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    2. Lol no cath , I don’t ….
      I really don’t .
      Some bloggers I know well, have gone out of their way NOT to say nice things about things in my life only because others have already done so..that upsets me more than anyone who disagrees or who dislikes my style.
      It’s like I’m being taught a lesson of sorts
      IVE Never understood it…
      If you are my friend..you celebrate my happiness
      Because if you are my friend , I will always celebrate yours ….
      Hey ho

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    3. I understand it John-I have experience of 4 persons for sure who do it for their"control"issues they need to survive their own life x

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    4. Nice answer, John. We can't all agree all the time, but we can delight in another's happiness and successes. xx

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    5. Anonymous11:46 pm

      And whatever it is flis of course either knows someone who it happened to or it happened to him.

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    6. I am 62 years young a non x

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  38. Wow! That looks amazing. Looks like he did an excellent job! I bet you couldn't wait to take a nice long shower!

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    1. I haven’t taken one yet!!!!! Tomorrow I can lol

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  39. Shelly Williams8:41 pm

    It’s stunning ! Lovely , lovely , lovely xx

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  40. Terrific! My favorite parts are the windows and the mirror. Just perfect!

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    1. Thank you, I love your style so praise from you is lovely

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  41. Wow its finished! How fantastic does it all look. Love the black and white; such clean lines for a compact space. I have to say though the shower looks really big! The Koi linen looks just right. I love they way you have decorated with your accessories it's very you! Enjoy it all!

    Jo in Auckland

















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    1. Dear jo,
      The shower is big, It has to accommodate me x

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    2. I meant big for a small space ... nothing to do with anything personal ...besides which you aint that big!

      Jo in Auckland

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    3. I like big x

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  42. It looks brilliant John ..... you must be so pleased. We are having our old , leaking, rotten conservatory knocked down and a new one going up and knocking through into the kitchen ..... I'm dreading it !!!!! XXXX

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline , your praise means a lot x

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  43. You've made the most of every inch and the white tile plus the generous windows gives it a bright and roomy feel. You SHOULD feel good about this - it's wonderful!

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  44. Looks amazing, every time you step in that shower you will smile.

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    1. I can’t wait to have my first red hot shower

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    2. Anonymous11:48 pm

      Then you'll be as red as your toy lobster.

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  45. Absolutely top notch! It looks wonderful.
    Barb

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  46. It looks beautiful! I especially admire the sink and toilet, classic yet modern. Love the plants and accessories. Bathroom guy did an amazing job, so fast. Enjoy.

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    1. I know it’s only a room , but it’s given me a huge lift

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  47. Anonymous9:31 pm

    It's really lovely and very chic....well done your guy and well done you for the finishing touches....

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  48. Anonymous9:32 pm

    I:m not anonymous but Ro from N.W Italy..

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  49. Anonymous9:46 pm

    Got-jus

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  50. Anonymous9:48 pm

    Gor - juss… simply gorgeous! Stylish, clever, a spacious shower

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  51. Anonymous9:50 pm

    That is me… Virginia, trying to comment and Google is being particularly unhelpful!

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  52. I LOVE IT!!!! Im a sucker for subway tile. Make for esy clean up should there be any splatters. Love the use of space too. And nothing like a window for fresh air.

    Good on you boy.

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  53. Anonymous10:07 pm

    Looks pretty awesome!!!! Love the tile, the layout, the light. Enjoy!!!!

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  54. Looks superb. Love it

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  55. Gilly Knowles10:20 pm

    Looks fantastic, do you think CBM would do our new bathroom in North Yorkshire? You have a 'good' eye for interior design.

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  56. I love it, John!
    Love the clear glass shelving! A shaving brush and soap! 😳 My Dad used one of those!
    All of your little knick-knacks are perfect for you! Such a treat for you and, yes, you should feel very grown up! It's a man's bathroom! Shower tomorrow in good health!

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  57. Not that you need another comment telling you how great it looks, but will do anyway...particularly love the black and white theme, the subway tiles are a great go to, the mirror is lovely, and all the clean lines in the design, and your decorating is very nice also. I would be jealous, if we hadn't redone our entire bathroom 4 years ago. But, that's a whole 'nother story. Enjoy! Ranee (MN) USA

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    1. My favorite part is the mirror and all is clean and lovely for a new start. Now for a 20 minute shower or two.

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  58. veg artist10:33 pm

    It's brilliant. You are going to enjoy this so much. Well worth the waiting, grief and £££s.

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  59. Anonymous10:42 pm

    Love it. Very you. Love Weave

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  60. Love it! Enjoy pooing in there.

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  61. Bravo to you and the CBM. Enjoy!
    Bonnie in Minneapolis

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  62. It looks classic, cool, bright/light and very, very well designed. You will never tire of this design. Pedestal sink, glass shower enclosure, glass shelving and the very important heated tower rack. Woo hoo! Well done John!

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  63. I love the black and white. We redid our kitchen in black and white last fall and I'm thrilled with it. I'm a vintage kind of gal and black and white to me is timeless. Your bathroom is gorgeous...enjoy!

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  64. Very nice! I always like it when a project is done and you just enjoy it. You did a great job picking out tiles and designing the bathroom.

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  65. It looks great. Now just to declutter.

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  66. Anonymous11:55 pm

    Oh dear, subway tiles are so last year darling. Did your little man have a surplus of them that he was desperate to get rid of?
    Have you a coin operated turnstyle instead of a door?
    Take away the clutter and it's public lavatory chic.

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    2. LOL ^. We re did our bathroom last year. I wanted blues accent tiles and had an awful time finding some because I was told blue was " out" of style. I found some finally and love them. Seems.gray and brown were the colors of the moment and I wanted neither. Always get what you like because you are the one living with it!

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  67. It's timeless and beautiful, John.

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  68. Anonymous12:15 am

    I love it, every square inch of it. I'm Gail, in Northern California, USA

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  69. Around 4pm today (well yesterday now in UK) I was taking my ease lounging on the sofa with one of my heads coming on when suddenly my tich jumped from his bed and looked up to the ceiling-lo and behold water dripping through from above-I rushed to grab a vessel to catch water and hurried upstairs to the bathroom-A person had decided the mirror on wall to be "filthy" and rather than just remove from the hook to clean -they rinsed it with shower spray and water poured onto the floor! x

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  70. I am happy that you are happy. Lol that subway tile is "so last year". Someone trying to present their opinion as fact. I can guess who THAT is.

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  71. Very nice! I like a bit of arty stuff in a bathroom, and your art deco mirror is a very covetable item.

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  72. CBM appears to have done a brilliant job in double quick time. That fellow should be cloned.

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  73. It's hard to believe CBM did all that by himself and in record time. He's a keeper.

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  74. I think it is lovely and it is all yours!!!!

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  75. John, it's great. Heated towel rack among the best. Do you know how long it took to scroll to the end and leave a comment!?

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  76. John, I love it, and I'm glad you're happy with how it all turned out! Subway tiles are what I dream of doing in my kitchen and bathrooms - They're classic and timeless!

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    1. Cheers Kim x and the dogs can be showered

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  77. Anonymous2:52 am

    Every little thing in the room looks so thoughtfully chosen…..it is just lovely ! Linda from Alabama

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  78. Beautiful! Love the black and white tile. Happy poos! :-)

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  79. Anonymous6:05 am

    One of the BEST features of your simple Subway tiles is that they NEVER DATE… unlike patterned tiles/uneven glass tiles/large tiles/ waterfalls etc etc, which go out of fashion, those white subway ones, with a black accent tile will always look great. And won’t need updating in a few years. You have done a super job. What a find your builder is!!
    Virginia

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  80. I like it and it will feel so good as your own space now. The heated towel rail will be amazing on a chilly winter morning. Happy for you and with you.

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  81. Anonymous7:40 am

    Beautiful!

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  83. Anonymous8:03 am

    It's lovely, such a shame you're not straight

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  84. Wonderful! Dreams DO come true. xx

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  85. Anonymous8:27 am

    Your bathroom has a wonderful Art Deco feel and the accessories are all chosen personally by you. It’s a timeless colour palette which can be changed by using different accessories when you need a change. It’s beautiful and my favourite part is the framed koi fabric. Catriona

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  86. CBM has done you proud. Looks lovely John, Jan Bx

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  87. That little puffin must have flown across the room when you weren't looking !! It all looks great. Where did the little cup with the fish on go to in the other pics?

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  88. It looks really great - I love it! Especially like all the accessories - the mirror, koi pictures and the black accents to things. Your builder has done an amazing job. You can enjoy it for many years to come. People keep saying metro tiles have had their day. I think they've become timeless. Whenever I see them they always look good.

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