For years, I’ve been planning to upgrade my bathroom, which needs a serious makeover. I get as far as browsing the net for fixtures and tiling, but when it comes time to start interviewing contractors, inertia sets in, and I put the whole thing off for another few months.
But now I’m inspired.
This is the Gaudi Submarine Room in a San Francisco private residence called Granny’s Empire of Art, which is a living communal art project. The “owner/founder/curator” is a lady named Jaina Bee, who seems quite wonderful, from the interviews I’ve read. The photos are by Anthony Lindsey, and come from her web site, where you can see much more of her incredible house.
For a few years, there was a reality show called “Four Houses,” which ran for six episodes each summer on TLC, a basic cable channel that I no longer watch, because I’m afraid of catching something. In the series, four people visited each other’s houses, and rated them based on livability, creativity, etc. The house with the highest cumulative rating won. There was a good mix of styles: Traditional, money-but-no-taste, wall-to-wall beige, Architectural Digest camera ready, and, always, an interesting place like this. That last one was usually my favourite.