“How to Make a Jewel Box”
I was recently in a rather nice Las Vegas hotel and casino for a few days, and as is my wont, I spent a fair amount of time examining the furnishings. It’s a blogger thing, at least for those of us who specialize in interior design. But what especially struck me about this particular hotel was the amount of stone they used, both in the common rooms like vestibules, lobbies, and ground floor passageways, but also in their bathrooms. For the ultra-fancy-come-stay-with-us-for-a-while rooms, they used marble. The bathrooms for the hotel itself used a more modest stone, but it was still luxurious, and in the tub/shower enclosure, it went floor to ceiling. But it got me to thinking that this might be just the thing to really liven up one’s home bathroom, because it reminded me of a Spanish-based company I had written about a few weeks ago in a blog entitled, “Just Do It.”
L’Antic Colonial is a Spanish-based company that has gone world-wide in not much more than a decade, including any number of outlets in our own USA. It’s a feat they’ve been able to achieve, I think, because of the incredible luxuriousness of their offerings.
Want a wall faced with stone in your bathroom? No, let me rephrase that. Want a wall faced with holy-humped-up-come-to-glory stone? Because that’s what L’Antic Colonial has to offer, and I wouldn’t make that bold a claim had I not spent some time on their website. To say that they have mastered stone is very much an understatement. What they don’t know about it really doesn’t matter a whole heck of a lot.
On their website they point out that stone has been used as both a building and an ornamental element by all of the great civilizations. The reason’s not hard to discern. Its strength as a building material is obvious, but, so too is its beauty, and it’s the latter element of stone that L’Antic Colonial has exploited so vigorously. I saw any number of absolutely breathtaking tableaus with stones ranging from the back-lit onyx in the second picture to the marble that graces the top of this blog.
What I especially like about the stone-faced walls I’ve featured here is envisioning them in those little cracker box bathrooms of mine. Those rooms are only five feet by nine feet, which means that luxurious items like separate over-sized spas and the like are out of the question, as are such items as vanities with dual sinks. Really, it’s a dilemma I often find myself wrestling with in the middle of the night. But that’s what so excites me about the possibilities I see in this stone from L’Antic Colonial. It would enable me to do what I always promised my wife I would do. When we decided we would not remodel our house to get one of those gargantuan bathrooms we often find ourselves drooling over, I told her, “All we can do, then, is make of these rooms a jewel box.” And with stones like these gracing the walls, we could.
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