The Smallest Room in the House

Here’s a bit of word play for you: Earth Without Art is Eh!

A proposition with which I heartily agree. The bathroom is usually the smallest room in a house, but that’s no reason it can’t be a gallery all the same. That’s why our bathroom, while it has its full complement of faucets and spigots and tub and commode, is also equipped with a range of objets d’art. There are several photographs, a Marimekko shower curtain, and a miniature papier -maché replica of one of Niki de Saint Phalle’s colorful Nanas, a bathing beauty if I ever saw one. Oh, and a resident caretaker! Take a look:

At last — here’s the cool mosaic tile effect I was aiming for —

Turns out I was lookin’ for love, and the gallery setting, in all the wrong places! It was in the Dashboard settings, and needed to be turned on. Many thanks to all the viewers who offered tech info and moral support: you’re all wonderful!

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49 Responses to The Smallest Room in the House

  1. Katty says:

    “Earth without art is eh!” That is quite quotable! :)

  2. mybrightlife says:

    Not at all like the American Bathrooms that I was once familiar with! ANd the Nana rocks!

  3. cocomino says:

    It’s a nice gallery even if it’s small.

  4. pauline says:

    One of the reasons I admire you is that you love reds and oranges and Marimekko brights while my smallest room is a mix of pastel watercolory hues. The brightest thing is a small purple crystal hanging at the window. You allow me to enjoy your colors without having to live with them :)

  5. This is a great post! My sister is an artist in Alaska, and I have painted entire rooms to create a proper background for her work. Your little gallery is bold and beautiful! Now I want tour of the whole house!

  6. suitablefish says:

    Fun post. I love the bold colors and I agree with Naomi — now a tour of the rest of the house! Your bathroom looks about as small as the (unfinished) bathroom in my house. I’m dreaming up different ways to finish it with bright colors and art work. Always a new idea!

  7. Claudia Shuster says:

    Agreed. Art that speaks to us is welcome in every corner of our lives!!!

  8. For a small post (like the room), this one is big on fun! I do so approve and agree with art in the bathroom. And your fab Marimekko shower curtain has induced a fit of nostalgia for the time I spent living in Finland – nothing like those bold bright primary colours to counter long dark winters.
    I love your gorgeous red jumper too!
    I can do collages but am clueless about slide shows – perhaps we should share resources :)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Your fab collages are what originally inspired me with deep envy. Then not long ago WordPress made it possible to do collages — and I tried, and I did one.
      But this time I failed utterly. What emerged was the slide show. But I much prefer the collages —
      I suspect every platform (like Blogspot for you) does it differently.
      I don’t really have any resources to share, what I have a lot of is what the Catholic Church calls invincible ignorance —

  9. coastalcrone says:

    I like art in the bathroom too and like to think that guests will be surprised when they close the door and find art on the wall behind the door. Yes, I love it in the kitchen too. You may have inspired me!

  10. Patti Kuche says:

    Your colourful Nanas looks so welcoming and so at home! As indeed do you Judith and thank you so much for the gallery tour!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Nanas, the real things, are maybe 6 feet tall, and VERY impressive. Google her work sometime, it’s a hoot. She has a whole Tarot Park of figures somewhere in Italy — inspired by the fortune-telling cards, natch.

  11. Rebekah says:

    Wonderful colours of the shower curtain! I love Marimekko! At the airport in Iceland they have a Marimekko store, but the stuff is a little pricey. It also gets a little confusing due to the Icelandic currency — a small bottle of mineral water is something like 12,000 Icelandic Crowns.
    The colours also remind me of a dress my friend back home had bought. She likes flashy colours and they suit her well too. Now, she put it on, and her teenage son asked her «Is it a shower curtain??» :lol:

    As for the gallery … I don’t know exacty what you mean by collage — I know what a collage is, but the gallery option is under a tab on top of the box you have when you have uploaded all your pictures you want to include. There you choose how many columns et cetera. There are a few other options too, to make the pictures appear as circles — I tried it once but didn’t like it much.

    Oh, and …nice to see you! :)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Hey, Rebekah, glad the post amused you! Our bedsheets are the same as the Marimekko shower curtain, I love the lively colors.
      By collage I mean the “stuck-together” effect you can get in the gallery, different-size pictures attached to each other. (I didn’t like the circles either when I saw them on someone’s blog.) The problem is that I could not find the gallery option! I looked, but didn’t see any tab anywhere. In your description it sounds like it comes between uploading the pictures and then choosing the columns, etc. I will look harder —

  12. Gemma says:

    Love all the color. I am inspired to change all of my ‘little rooms’.
    As far as the gallery goes, I don’t have my computer and it works differently on the iPad (which is all I have available at the moment) but there actually is a ‘gallery’ to click on. I’ve done it, but can’t remember without seeing it. If you haven’t found out by the time I’m back in front of my computer, I’ll try to get back to you with info. :-)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Considering how slow I am to catch on to tech stuff, you’ll be back at your computer well before I’ve found the gallery option. So I’ll be happy for your return and transmission of info, Gemma.

  13. surrounding our self with beauty is so glorious for body and soul. You’ve done that well. Thanks for a lovely, colourful peek into your smallest room.

  14. The title caught me up! how funny! I love bright colors, how do you do to not stay in your bathroom all day long?!? it surely looks like a great place to be, better than at the museum! ;-)
    Now, about that slideshow instead of gallery : go to “settings,” “media,” and check the box for the tiled galleries to have a “cool display.” and then, when you download your images, change the gallery settings to “random” for example and click on “insert a gallery” not “insert a diaporama.” there it should be! ;-)
    Hope that helps! Looking forward to seeing/reading the next posts

  15. 2e0mca says:

    You know what Judith.. That is a great truth :-) Earth is our planet and is so often both the inspiration and provider of materials for our artistic expression. I love that shower curtain – Kente cloth in prine :-)

  16. CMSmith says:

    Ooo. Now I’m going to have to run over to my blog and play with the gallery. I’ve never tried it. Very cool. So is your bathroom.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Christine.
      Just a reminder if you haven’t ever used the gallery before: Go to your Dashboard, then Settings, then Media, then Image Gallery, and be sure to CHECK the box next to cool tiled mosaic gallery, or some such name. You only have to do that once —
      The rest is uploading, etc. etc. where you normally find it in doing new posts.
      But the initial enabling in Dashboard— that’s what took me so long to figure out!

  17. Karen says:

    I have art work in my bathrooms as well. Love the vibrant colors in yours.

  18. Madhu says:

    Love the bold bright colours! And that gorgeous bathing beauty. And is that a Japanese shrine I spy? :-) My powder room at home is designed around a little ceramic cow I had! The walls are blue, not as vibrant as yours though :-)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You still have Japan on your mind! ;-)
      Yes, it is one of the buildings, a pagoda, in a shrine in Kyoto. Japan was the most inspiringly photogenic place I have ever been in.
      Can’t wait to read your Japanese posts! (I’ve bookmarked Tadaima already.)

  19. Such wonderful colors! And a perfect spot for an art gallery!

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