Friday, 15 February 2013

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall


Having a blog rocks! It's perfect for showing off a tidy room on the odd occasion I shake off my slovenly ways and get domesticated. If I'm not expecting guests I rarely bother and I know I'm not alone (Lucy, Loo, Thorne, Kelly, Norma, Melanie, Alex M, Fiona....)


 Today, as my internet connection's on the blink, it's the turn of the bathroom to get the once-over. The shelf over the loo is a utility piece from the 1940s, found in the house, and the tallboy was £2 from a car boot, painted and distressed by Jon.


 There's Nag Champra burning and Kerrang blasting from my Grandpa's Roberts' radio.


It's a struggle to get my un-operated hip into the bath lately, the knackered old wreck I am, roll on hip replacement number two. (Read about it HERE if you've time). Not a problem though, there's always the shower.


The wall of mirrors and a £2 Lloyd Loom chair.


The Edwardian mahogany mirror was in the house when we moved in.


I found this 1950s bronze satin cocktail dress in a charity shop this morning, I'm hoping the steam will shift the creases, I'm a bit hesitant to get the iron on it.


This soap dish by Royal Doulton was given away with Wright's Coal Tar Soap back in the Edwardian era. It recently sold on a daytime TV show for £75. Maybe I should swap it for a bottle of liquid hand soap.

1970s maxi by Jane Jeffrey, New Zealand (courtesy of our fabulous Helga) worn with a heap of silver jewellery.

That's far too much domesticity for this week. I'm off to eat Jon's home-made pizza and drink rum in front of the TV.

Have a fantastic weekend and see you soon!

86 comments:

Bella Q said...

Vix, my bloggy crush for you will never abate. I love the shower room- brick and framed goods and a great chair. I also love your mix of reverence for old things without mixing it up as too precious. I mean a 75 pound soap dish and still using it! Awesome.

You look gorgeous- I love a good lippy on a stunning woman.

Bella Q said...

What? I really got to be the first commenter! Rah!And now clever pundit number two!

menopauselsupermodel said...

Gorgeous red maxi on you!!
Oh how I love this look at your bathroom--that tub looks divine to soak in (not that I could manage to get in and out) and i adore the mirrors on the brick wall!! It's so much fun getting a peek into others homes!

Silhouette de Femme said...

Love the claw foot tub & such a large bathroom.....in Portugal they were so small. Today's maxi is beautiful & have a good weekend!

Krista Gassib said...

And let me just tell everyone here I LOVE VIX's bathroom!!!!! It was one of my most favorite rooms in your house!!! It's big open I love those ice blocks Jon put in and your shower is pretty awesome! Don't get me started on that gorgeous claw tub either. You look so pretty in this red dress loving that little flower on the front. I wish I was eating Jon's pizza, but I try and make my version of his once a week, thanks Jon!!!!

I love you both bunches!!!!!!
XXOO

Sacramento Amate said...

Now, I know the whole house, righr I am coming, LOL
Enjoy Jon´s pizza and rum.
I am more of a lager girl. Did I say girl???, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Paula lalaboo said...

Cool Bathroom!

I love a clawfoot bath ours is a bit too big and I don't always feel comfy in there, though we do have a separate shower thank gawd! lol. I love brown which is weird as I wouldn't say I am a lover of brown. But here is a weird thing i have a rich chocolate brown on the top half of our wall in our bathroom (there half is panelled) right where the bath is. The down side to our bathroom is its downstairs off the kitchen! boo.

You look great in your red long dress. And I have to say you have some new fans. My eldest daughter (just 9 yrs) thinks you are COOL! Lol, A good influence I think on the younger generation!

Enjoy your pizza and rum! Have a great weekend Fashion Icon to all ages ;0)


P x

Anna Lucy said...

We are currently installing a bathroom in to what used to be a bedroom. Your fab pictures are making me regret my decisions! I love the wooden floors and that roll top bath.

Manda Rave said...

You have an amazing bathroom, haha. That tub is wonderful, I wish I had a nice claw foot tub. Sooo much better for baths.

simplyvintage said...

Ooh I love a nosey round other peoples houses!!! Do love your bathroom it's gorgeous and as ever so do you in that fabulous red frock.

Fiona said...

What a gorgeous bathroom Vix, love all your antique bits and pieces espesh the rather lovely soapdish.
You look utterly ravishing in red my dear, enjoy your pizza.
x

silkpathdiary said...

How wonderful! I love that you have a separate shower and bath! That dress looks divine - just wanted to mention that if the skirt is quite heavy, didn't see any, you may want to sew some fine ribbon hanging loops attached to the waist seam which will support it much better. xx

Marie Roxanne said...

What a lovely home you have! :)

Ivy Black said...

Fab...I do love your bathroom, it beats the benny out of all those sterile, off the peg jobbies. Nah...don't swap your soap dish for a bottle of Dettol handwash.
You are a stunning lady in red. Have a brilliant weekend.
Loves ya
Em
XXXXXX

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Ooh what a glamourous vintagey frugal bathroom you have there. I wouldn't have expected anything less!
I've said this before but RED is your colour. Have a lovely weekend! x

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Exposed brick!!!!! That is my ultimate fuckin' favorite!! In our last house we ripped up the carpet and stained the exposed concrete... But it wasn't brick walls! I would keep using that expensive soap dish. You look great, as usual. Go enjoy your pizza-- between you and Bella's blogs today, there's been so much pizza mentioned I feel like I need some damnit.

Connie said...

OK Vix! Now I have to go clean my bathroom!
Connie*

Brady and Jamie Sefcik said...

Pretty makeup!

Frocktasia said...

That dress looks as if a talented tailorette came along and sewed it straight onto your body; perfect fit and you look decidedly scrummylicious in bright apple red!
I'm so ashamed of the state of our flat at the moment, I've been very slovenly of late, a bad case of "can't be arsed" that I seem unable to shift. I did air the place out today when the sun was out, wouldn't it be grand if all you had to do was to open a window and all the dust would just go flying out...one can dream ;)
I've always loved the look of your bathroom and I think I'd probably be much like the captain of the Golgafrinchan 'B' Ark if I had a bathtub like yours, happily procrastinating with my rubber duck.
Holy heck, that bronze frock looks amazing. I've been meaning to buy one of those steam thingies that shops use for ages but I always think of a reason not to, would be good though, especially for precious frocks like that.
I love the soap dish but I would be too scared keeping it in the bathroom cause I always break stuff that I put in there...I also dig your bathroom scales, awesome, are they still accurate?
Have a tremendously fab Friday night.
Lot's of love,
Jennie...xXx

Kezzie said...

Oooh, your bathroom seems HUGE!!!! Lovely and well done for addressing your slatternly ways (you'd better add me to that list! If only you could see the rest of the room when I take blog photos! (Glad you can't!)x

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

I steal from bella Q: "Vix, my bloggy crush for you will never abate."

Valerie Beattie said...

I love your bathroom, mine looks positively bare in comparison, I am glad I kept the scallop shells from Valentines dinner last night, to put my soaps in lol.
Have a lovely weekend gorgeous.
V
xxx

makinggooduse said...

Love your bathroom - very individual and very you. I am also loving that piece of fabric just behind you in the last photo. Is it some wonderfully funky hand towel?

Vix said...

@ Elizabeth aka Making Good Use
It's great, isn't it? It's a bath towel I found at the back of my parents' airing cupboard.
I think it was a wedding present from 1966 that Mum "saved until best" and never used!

MyStyle said...

Hi there!! Wow, what a lovely size bathroom and all your things that you've collected look amazing-loving all the mirrors and that gorgeous Royal Doulton soap dish too! The red maxi dress is perfect-red is lovely on you! Have a good weekend xxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

What a Lovely bathroom - suits queen Vix like a glove!
Love the maxi!

Forest City Fashionista said...

It is absolutely insane how much I adore your bathroom!!!! I found one of those portable steamers at a silent auction and they are the best for stuff like that bronze dress that can't be ironed.

Trudie said...

What a gorgeous little haven you have in your bathroom, I think I could waste hours away pampering myself.

You are a picture of beauty in red. X

Liz said...

Your bathroom looks positively decadent!! Love it and the red dress is gorgeous!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Lucys Lounge said...

your bathroom is very chic and
60's it so suits your style. amazing dress . how many do you have? they suit you so well.

freckleface said...

Vix, you are the fairest of them all!

I am endlessly fascinated by people's homes and your bathroom is a real treat. I'm sure my parents had that Picasso Toreador print, but I can't think what has happened to it.

Your new gold dress is lovely, but oh that red one with the rose is just gorgeous. You and Helga find such incredible treasures for one another. That towel on the radiator is heavenly. What a great year it was bought in :D I think you know what I'm saying! xxxx

Helga! said...

Thank FECK you're in my world, frankly!!!
Ooooo, we haven't seen your bathroom in ages, and it's easily one of the MOST fantabulous I've ever seen!You are SMOKIN' hot in that sweet frock, my darling! I do love you in red....
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

grunge-queen said...

I love seeing this rare shots of your digs, Vix. The wall of mirrors is great, as is the wall itself - what used to occupy the recess behind the fabulous chair, I wonder? The beveled mirror is a beaut too. Hope the wrinkles come it of the dress.
P.S. love your handmade Valentines in the post below. Xoxo

That's Not My Age said...

Lady in Red - you look gorgeous. Our place is a tip and may never appear on the blog.

Rebecca said...

You know me- I could gawk at your interiors forEVER! There is more character in this one room than many people have in their entire house!!!!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

It's a great room, I LOVE having a nose around your house. Glad it's not just me who likes to avoid housework and ironing! That cocktail dress looks gorgeous.

Have a lovely weekend
xx

Little Blue Mouse said...

What an eclectic mix you've got in your bathroom and it looks so good together!

Joni said...

Nothing better than homemade pizza and some special drink. Well, except for gazing at the likes of you through a mirror. That bathroom wall with the mirrors is gorgeous. Very strong and confident. I bet your entire house has great energy, if I could just get over there to feel it. I'll just have to settle for second best voyeurism.

Veshoevius said...

You look smashing in that colour! I always enjoy a nosey around your place - you have such a fab bathroom! Especially love that Lloyd Loom chair.

the gardener's cottage said...

your house is so dang awesome. what is that an old fireplace opening or space for and old stove? it's gorgeous! and our old house had a claw foot tub and it was The Most Comfortable Tub in the World. lucky you! love your dress vix, red suits you!

Patti said...

I adore this bath - it's loaded with charming stuff! You and Jon have mad skillz for style and decor. The soap dish alone is just divine : >

Sue said...

Your bathroom is the best bathroom I have ever seen! I would have to use it if I visited you. Which room to we get to view next? Loving it!!

thorne garnet said...

I feel honored to be included in the Bad Housekeeper Hall of Fame. What I hate about cleaning most, is it never freaking ends. Ya dust, next day it's back. ya vacuum, next day, it's back. I must confess: I like doing the laundry. Ya do it, and you don't have to do it again for a week, and it smells nice.

Love the bathroom and what a great use of that shelf

Connie said...

Vix~I just read the story about your hip replacement. Oh My! I am so happy you are doing so platform shoe-ishly well. And I want to let you know how inspirational your story is to me. I am STRUGGLING with the recovery from my back surgery. Somewhat similar to your story. I put up with a lot of pain for a long time because I figured EVERYBODY did. Now I discover that I have a LOT of accumulated nerve damage as a result of some accidents in my wild wild youth. Anyhoo..my recovery is long and painful and I am very sad to be immobile and left out of the fun. My weeks are filled with PT and dr. appts (I'm also a cancer survivor but that's another boring story) Soooo..I just want to let you know what an inspiration you are to me. Truly! I cannot yet wear shoes so I am drooling over yours! And I will not let the dire predictions of my slow recovery get me down. If Vix can do it so can I! No need to reply to this, my dear. I just wanted to send you this fan letter. Big Hug from across the pond. Connie* BTW, you might be interested to know that my husband, MY JON, went to Woodstock. Yup, he was there in the mud and love.

Loulou said...

What a treat to see your bathroom. It's beautiful. Might I suggest that you do replace your precious soap dish ... take this from a woman who has a very old and rare dish, that now has a broken handle. We won't go into how that might have happened, but things like that do indeed occur!

Alex M said...

Good job on the bathroom --whether it needed it or not (if it's not as bad as a subway or bus station, you get a pass).

Joint degeneration is not fair when you're not a crusty bent over old lady. At least you can manage fashionable shoes. I think that you've put of more surgery for this long is a testament to how fit you are. At least surgical advancements might mean that this procedure will be easier than the other.

Camelia Crinoline said...

I love seeing the rooms in your house. They are always filled with loads of interesting things. I love your bath and the wall of mirrors. If the steam doesn't work for the cocktail dress you could try ironing it with a sheet or some other fabric between the dress and the iron. I often use press cloths for delicate things.

Val Sparkle said...

Nice! I love the brick wall with all the mirrors, and the glass blocks - I would love to have those! I would love to decorate like that, but Mr. Sparkle likes to have things simple. Boring.

You dress awfully beautifully for pizza at home - ravishing!

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Very cool loo, I could spend hours in there! You've got a gammy hip and my left knee is farked, need to get to the quacks and get it sorted, buuuut the party is just around the corner so I might as well finish it off completely dancing the night away. You look hellishly lovely in red! :D

Sara said...

Oooh how spectacularly exotic bathroom, I love it! All the details and decors, wow!

Lucy in the Clouds said...

Just read your hip post - wow, I had no idea. Good on you for being so positive and determined, what a brilliant attitude! Also loving your rolltop bath, v jealous! xx

Ronnie (RR) said...

One of my favourite incenses. Wondered if you were steaming the dress or if you have a dress code for the shower lol!

Please may I? said...

And a domestic goddess too? Stop it you put the rest of us to shame!

Sooo loving the roll top bath, but I feel for you with your hip. I do hope the op comes sooner rather than later for you.

As for the soap holder.... £75! wow.

X x

Linda said...

Love seeing round your house! So much character. Love the red dress! Stunning! I bought one similar at Christmas from an etsy Seller Beta Boutique xx

Willowie said...

I am slightly in love (ok its a full on maniac crush) with your blog. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures to fill my screen and give me inspiration!
Willow

Lucy Nation said...

Yay, it's been a while since we've seen your lovely bathroom. I love the exposed brick wall. It does feel good to actually accomplish a major room clean doesn't it. Just a shame it doesn't last longer! That cocktail dress is a beauty. Can't believe you found it in a charity shop xxx

edie pop said...

What a fabulous house you have, every item you displayed is a treasure, I love all the mirrors,the pictures (I like the bullfighter, is it a Dali's print?)the soap dish, everything! The brick wall makes your bathroom looks like a castle and you in red are our beautiful princess!
The bronze dress is stunning and it really looks wonderful in the shower, I hope all the creases will go away!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Lots of Lovexxxxxxx

Jennifer Fabulous said...

LOOK AT THAT TUB!!! I want your bathroom. I would LIVE in it.

Dina said...

I love how your bathroom matches your style. It's perfect and your bathtub is amazing xxx

Panty Buns said...

Your home's beautiful vintage decor is wonderful! Having grown up in homes built in the 1800's I can appreciate and am delighted to see it! I love the claw foot cast iron bathtub and wish my parents hadn't removed theirs during a renovation. Thankfully they left the original pedestal sink. You have maintained and decorated yours beautifully! Thanks for the look!

tanaya said...

What a fabulous bathroom you've got Vix, its got so much character, just like you. I've read the story about your hip replacement before, you are an inspiration. I hope it doesn't take ages before they do something to ease your pain this time. xxx

Rose&Bird said...

You can add me to the list of domestic no-hopers - hence the marathon cleaning session before the in-laws visited this week! I blame the kids personally ;-) Sorry to hear about your hip playing up, hope it feels better soon x I love your bathroom, it's such a great size and well done to Jon for building the shower for you.

Mary Lou said...

well i had no doubt your bathroom would be as wonderful as you! and wow that red maxi dress looks gorgeous on you!
kiss,mary

Rosalind said...

We have the identical Roberts radio (that used to belong to my great-Grandad). Love the colour matching of your dress to the 70s towel on the towel rail too! Love all the personal details that make up your home.

Ofelia said...

I love it when a bathroom, a kitchen or a garage its given a personality and character beyond their utilitarian use and your bathroom is definitely a reflection of your personality.
You look amazing in red!

pastcaring said...

As though you and Jon could possibly have any other bathroom than this one! It is no surprise that it is an interesting, stylish and quirky room, like the rest of your house.
Love seeing that exposed brickwork, the fabulous bath, the lovely mirror, and equally lovely you reflected in it! Looking quite wonderful in red, Vix, what an amazing dress.
The soap dish is beautiful (we always had one when I was a kid), and the bronze prom dress is a beauty - hope the creases came out!
Is it really cheesy that I have been singing "Mirror mirror, mon amour" by Dollar as I scrolled through your post? It is, isn't it... Please still be my friend, despite my dreadful taste in popular music!
Love you, fairest of them all! xxxxx

señora Allnut said...

I like so much when you share your home pics, and love your decoration genuine ideas, that golden frames on the brick wall are so fabulous!!
and you look awesome on that red frock, ready for a great weekend!!
besos & fabulousness

Claire Justine said...

What an amazing dress love the colour. Great bathroom, mine looks so boring now...

carrievintage said...

I want your bath in my future home *_*

Sophie - CGDN said...

Vix your house is amazing! Mine is so plain in comparison :( x

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Well now that you've seen my loony-bin bathroom complete with bars on the windows and bath-rust stains, I'm sure you'll understand if I express a wish to rent your bathroom. I'll make a bed in the bath so I can lay back and gaze at all your glorious works of art (including the frock!) - you and Jon may have to make other arrangements however as I'll be quite happy in there for the next month listening to Grandpa's beautiful radio and gazing at my haggard reflection. You are amazing!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Cute-Kitty-Caz said...

Loving the tour of your bathroom Vix. You should do an individual blog write-up on every room in your amazing home, I would be in heaven! I want your beautiful 'Lady In Red' maxi too now! What a gorgeous colour and great fit it is on you. Your good friend Helga knows you only too well. Hope you had a fabularse weekend! C xx

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I never thought I'd enjoy a tour of a bathroom as much as this! Very cool!! Love the gorgeous maxi too. XXOO

songbird said...

love the dress..

CityScape Skybaby said...

I'm another one you can add to your list of slatterns Vix, whenever special visitors are coming I go into a mad panic trying to do two years worth of cleaning in two hours. Everyone else just has to accept the place as it is I'm afraid. Your bathroom is gorgeous, I love that dragonfly soapdish, the red flowery towel, the mirrors and the mini dressing table set up, everything! xx

wardrobeexperience said...

it's not the first time i see picture of your bath room, i adore the glass brick wall behind the bath tub ... but the shower and the wall of mirrors is fabulous too. and i love the dress in the shower ... 50s evening gown. such an awesome find. did you got rid of the wrinkles?

xxx

Vintage Coconut said...

Your bathroom is rather wonderful.
I love the little shelf behind your loo the blue and white jars on the top shelf are lovely. I have one sort of like them but is a Max Factor Hypnotique jar.
Bottom of the shelf (The little baby thing) Is that a powder shaker? I reecently bought a kewpie powder shaker from Salvation army. It's quite unique!
I am crazy over your old radio and your wall of mirrors.
I hope we get to see you in that bronze dress. And I seriously seen tha freaking soap dish in a thrift shop just a few weeks back. I looked at it thought it looked homeade and moved on. *DAMNIT* I should have bought the thing. *lol*

delia hornbook said...

Your bathrooms are lush infact your whole hous is and its always lovely to see it and all your vintage gorgeousness. Im in love with the 50s gold dress hope the creases drop out. I managed to find some vintage dresses at the weekend im so chuffed i cant tell you its been months since i last found or bought any. I hope your hip isnt giving you to much pain. love dee xxx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

finally here! I love your bathroom, it's the kind I'd want to languish in for ages. The brickwork with the mirror inside the fireplace is brilliant. We had a roberts radio like that, mostly tuned to Radio 4 or Radio Luxemborg! That gold dress is pretty special... yet another bargain you lucky lady! xxxx

Wean said...

I don't know how you find time to do everything anyway, let alone the housework. i.e. sourcing your stock for the fairs, actually 'doing' the fairs,writing your blog and inspiring us all with your lovely photographs - the housework can wait !

The Style Crone said...

I love it when you post photos of your home. I have a bathtub exactly like yours and a wall of mirrors. Well loved older homes, in my experience, always need a bit of work, but they give back in so many ways.

What a gorgeous red maxi with your creatively decorated home as background.

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

You have a dream bathroom! What a great mirror!

rosyragpatch said...

I love your bathroom - gorgeous bath. I hope you'll soon be able to get in & out easily again.
Did the creases come out of that lovely cocktail dress? I hope so.

Susan Partlan said...

The house is looking great! The bathroom decor is lovely and I can't wait to see you in that new dress. I would risk an iron either.

Misfits Vintage said...

Jayzus mary and Joseph - how on earth have I gotten so FAR BEHIND!!!!

Your bathroom is amazing - I love all of the Indian prints and I ALWAYS have Nag burning at my place too! Your red maxi is beautiful and the mirrors and details are all so gorgeous, I would never leave the bathroom!

Love you more than the bronze frock - did the wrinkles fall out??

Sarah xxx

Hayley Rose said...

I really love your house you insire me! Cant wait till I move out and go all vintage on the place!!