The window wall of our ensuite faces west, so there is a lovely late afternoon subdued glow.
Every fall around this time I put out what Mr. Bubbly refers to (with a bit of a smirk) as my "seasonal offering"...it's nothing too elaborate; usually just a pumpkin and a couple of gourds on the porch steps. He should see some of the crazy stuff on Pinterest...why would you want a hay bale and stuffed crows on your porch? There must be an awful lot of hootenannys going on around this time of year in suburbia!
I've had more fun this year swapping out the decor in the ensuite bathroom. For some reason, I find it more satisfying than the usual kind of changing of pillows, throws, pictures, etc. that we do in other rooms in the house. During the summer for instance, I had gorgeous peach sherbert coloured towels and cotton mats which just infused the bathroom with a lovely apricot goodness, along with an old black and white framed photo of me with my mum and sisters standing, in a row, hand-in-hand, in the Atlantic Ocean, bracing ourselves against the next wave. Oh, and lots of sea salt bath and beauty products. It made me happy getting up in the morning and greeting the summer day.
A few days ago, when the weather finally started to turn and get rather blustery and wet, I decided it was time to swap out the summer feel for a more suitable look.
I put away the shells and sea salt lotion that were on the countertop and replaced them with a vase of autumn leaves from the garden. Then I appropriated an olive dish from the kitchen to use as a corral for my day's jewellery; I think it adds a nice, organic, woody touch to to sink area.
The candle in this old-fashioned glass jar is from West Elm and smells of cedar and lavender.
I then changed the apricot mats (one large for the sink and a small one draped over the tub) out for this subtle but interesting cotton rug from West Elm. I really like the colour-blocking and the grey trim around the rug, which will coordinate nicely with a lot of my towels. Incidentally, my pedi is OPI "Brooklyn Vampire"....
Sorry about the flash in this next photo. I wanted to have a small table, tub-side and this little folding one was repurposed from the porch as I don't think we are going to miss it during the winter months outside. It's just the right size for holding a small stack of towels and a basket of bath goodies.
The hand towel with the grey stripes and coral trim is from Anthropologie.
Initialled Hamam towel is from West Elm and the Blood Orange soap is Barr & Co.
Instead of the oceanside photo, I have this print that I picked up in Montreal a couple of years ago. It's a bit wintry but I think the colours work.
This little vase is one of my favourites and was given to me by a friend who lives on Vancouver Island. It was made by a local glass maker in Cowichan Bay and I love how the Arts & Crafts effect works in our house.
Yet another seasonal offering...next to the vase is a little rubble of
wood, stones and a bone from Baffin Island.