The Color Purple and My Claw Foot Tub.

Rather than sitting home and crying in my coffee that Miss Cookie was off to preschool this morning, I decided to channel my angst and I dove in head first to those yet-to-be-started and waiting-to-be-completed projects in the new house. Though, I can hardly claim that it’s our new house anymore, since December 1st will mark the one year anniversary of our move. No more excuses! It’s time to get busy and make this place ours. First stop, the downstairs bathroom.

Daffodils – Sally Eldon
When we moved in, the walls were purple and the bead board was a very vibrant green. Now, personally I never would have considered painting a room purple. Ever. However, in an effort to live in the house for a few months before whipping out the fabrics and paint chips, I dealt with the green and purple scheme. One day as I sat pondering…as one often does in the commode, I recalled the beautiful watercolor that my Mother-In-Law painted for Kate when she was born. It too had purple and green and yellows that screamed, “HEY! Put me in that purple bathroom!” It became my inspiration for leaving the purple on the walls and painting the bead board a rich creamy white (Benjamin Moore-Marble White).
Yellow House, Joanne St. Germain
To add a bit more yellow and pay hommage to my own mother’s artistic ability, I added one of her early watercolors. I love her yellow cottage painting.
Oddly enough, while we still lived in Boston I picked up a pair of vintage crewel bed covers on E-Bay. What’s so odd about my cool vintage crewel bed covers, you ask? Well…they have all of the colors in the bathroom, including that purple I never would have considered on my own. I originally intended on using them at the New Hampshire house in the guest room. Alas, that attic guest room never came to fruition thanks to kitchen renovations, a surprise baby and our imminent (and slightly hell-ish) move. Anyway, all that I did was pick up some clips at Lowes and I attached them to the bedcovers while Dave was kind enough to hang up a curtain rod. Viola! My vintage crewel bedcovers are now drapes, also fully lined. For once, I didn’t slave away at the sewing machine attempting to make custom window treatments. (But it sure looks like I did!)
The trim and the bathtub are Sherwin Williams-Cottage Cream. The coolest part about this bathroom is probably the claw foot tub that was salvaged from Ann Morrow-Lindberg’s family home off the coast of Maine. That, combined with the oak washstand turned vanity and salvaged wide plank pine floors make this a nifty little potty. I forgot to mention the tin ceiling tiles…
I’ve added a few finishing touches, like the chippy little gold bird and yellow porcelain towel hooks I found at Motifs in Portland, the old Atlas jar full of sea glass and broken pottery from our beach combing and an ironstone soap dish I picked up at Sage Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire.
So here it is…the finished project. Now off to finish painting that kitchen!

P.S. I really like this shade of purple.


  1. Your bathroom is very pretty. I have always wanted a claw-foot tub.

  2. Lettered Cottage says:


    What an amazing bathroom!
    I am loving the colors and furniture/fixtures you chose.
    Congrats on a job well done!

    Layla 🙂

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