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This project was part of a quick remodel in a basement apartment of a turn of the 20th century Victorian house located in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California, the site of the historic 1967 Summer Of Love.
It is literally two blocks from Jerry Garcia's 1960's pad, located at the epicenter of the San Francisco neighborhood associated with the Hippie movement that rocked the world in the 1960's.
The owners decided to prepare the unit as a master suite guestroom. Which meant it needed to be furnished, while keeping in mind the visitors would be short term.
Although, the Hippies of yester-year are long gone, there still seems to be a connection to that free-wheelin' time, Haight Street cannot not release.
Naturally, when designing the bathroom we wanted to keep the integrity of the Victorian house, like it had always been that way. However, the neighborhood's Hippie roots allowed us to make it funky with a modern twist.
The original bathroom was tiny and outdated. OK, just plain ugly and dysfunctional. It was taken all the way down to the studs and pushed out a few more feet.
An authentic vintage cast iron, claw-foot bathtub with the original copper fittings and ceramic showerhead, plus a sink with the original faucet, pulled from another property, were brought in. We were lucky enough to also get the towel bars and shower curtain hooks, which finished the bathroom perfectly.
The outside of the tub was brushed with high gloss red paint, as well as the closet door, to create the twist we were looking for originally.
The 1960's wrought iron shelving unit in the corner, scraped of all rust, primed and painted, was all the room needed to produce the beautiful, crisp, inviting bathroom every guest will be happy to use.
Lynnore Goldfarb currently designs interiors, stages houses for sale and writes for magazines and websites. Find out more at www.ispydecor.com