Tranquil bathroom

by brae  

One of the best things about miniature builds is the fact that you can try all sorts of things you might not try in your real life home.  This beautiful tile mural shower is so lovely, but it would likely be pricey to install and so specific that you might turn off buyers if you decided to sell your home.  Of course, you wouldn't worry about the latter if it was in the dream home you finally managed to achieve.  :D

image from Fine & Country, original designer of the bath unknown

I thought something as expressive as a mural shower would fit right in at The Artist's Studio.  If the original above came from an existing art source, I couldn't find it after numerous image searches. If anyone recognizes it or knows of something similar, please let me know.

In the absence of being able to replicate that image in miniature, I did find some fun things along the way, from wallpaper borders to scrapbook paper to desktop wallpaper images.  I printed the ones I found online and made color copies of the scrapbook papers to make mockups for your viewing enjoyment.  The shower base from The Dolls House Emporium measures 3.5" square, so the tile mural will be 7" overall, with an inside corner.

So you could get the full effect with the bathroom color, I cut the Canson Ivory drawing paper for the bathroom but haven't glued it in place.  I'm using a pedestal sink instead of the wall sink for now.  I don't know where the sink will end up on the inside wall, and I don't want to mar the paper by taping the wall sink in place.

Option 1 - Fish-o-Rama

This is scrapbook paper called Turmeric by Jillibean Soup. 

I moved the paper around until I found a fun grouping.  The subtle dotted pattern doesn't show in my color copy.  It's definitely quirky and cute, but even still, the fish seem too sparse on this small sampling.

Option 2 - La Cage aux Folles (the birdcage)

Has anyone seen the 1978 French film by that name?  I just love it.  The American version The Birdcage is good, too, but the 1978 film is simply awesome!  :D

Anyway, this is scrapbook paper called Hummingbird By Kaiser Craft.

I used the upper right corner with the birdcage.  Again, the color copy loses the subtle stripes in the background.  With the cut, there's a design on only one side and I'm not sure birdcages work with a shower.  It would make a lovely wall mural in a regular room, though.

Option 3 - Hummingbirds in full color

This is a wallpaper border from Wallpaper - Inc.  I've printed from the thumbnail, so it's very blurry.  You can get samples, and if I decide on this option that is what I will do.  Maybe too out of scale.

There are a few groupings along the pattern repeat, so this is another option.  Seems too busy.

Option 4 - Chinoiserie inspired hummingbird

This is actually an iPad wallpaper.  :D  I miscalculated and made this mockup too small, but it works well enough to show the concept.  The bird will be slightly larger when printed to the correct size, though it would be better if there were more flowers.

I like this one for its similar tone of the original, but I don't know how I feel about those silhouetted boaters eyeing me in the shower.  :O

Option 5 - Hummingbird in green

This is a desktop wallpaper called Hummingbird on White from  This one is lovely for its simplicity, and the green goes so well with the Ivory paper.  This is another close but not perfect solution.  I wish more of the branches fit into the sample and that the bird's wings were more defined.

Thoughts?  Do you prefer any one over the others?  Should I scrap these and keep looking?  I might have to draw it myself.  :D


As this year comes to a close, I offer my sincere thanks for all the warm wishes and generous compliments you've sent my way.  Being part of this worldwide community is another great thing about minis, and you've all brought so much happiness to my life!  Happy New Year!!!!  :D


Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]
Wow! I enjoyed looking at the choices, but I absolutely love the Hummingbird on Green. Also, ou MIT want to checkout and DesignHouseDigitalscom for more paper ideas, but I like what you have here. Can't wait to see the finished bathroom!
12/31/12 @ 20:51
Comment from: Carrie [Visitor]
I like the size, dispersal, and density of the green flowers and hummingbird best, but i do think it needs a little more color variety...
12/31/12 @ 23:33
Comment from: Debra [Visitor]
I really like the last one best, although I agree with Carrie about the color variety. Seems like it needs another pop of color, but overall I really like it.
12/31/12 @ 23:56
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Happy new year. I have so enjoyed following your blog this year. Love the mural idea for a shower. Perhaps a bit more searching will reveal an image that feels right for you. I like the colours and bird in option 4 but agree about the boaters. I think the fish would be great for another project. It is fun and simple but i dont think it gives the mural effect you are after. I'm sure it will be great and look forward to seeing the final result.
01/01/13 @ 00:11
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Love the tiles of the inspiration photo! I send you some links in an e-mail.
01/01/13 @ 00:28
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
And you've brought so much inspiration to our lives! I like the tile mural concept, but none of the options you've shown seem right to me...I don't think you've found the one yet. It's probably best that you draw what you want, you'll get the right image at the right scale, and it will be absolutely unique.
01/01/13 @ 01:58
Comment from: Susi [Visitor]  
My first film reminds me of a watercolor, and sought something similar and have not found anything that fits, until I found a page that is a treasure. Maybe you can talk to the author and give you permission to use any of his works, The page is @ N03 I hope I can be of any Happy new year Brae
01/01/13 @ 02:56
Comment from: Jeff [Visitor]  
I definitely like the humming birds. I like the green one. Are you going to use the clear tile sheets from HBS over the images?
01/01/13 @ 05:18
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]
Dear Brae, The last figure is perfect, but if you decide to do a painting I'm sure it will be beautiful too. I wish you and all your loved ones a fantastic New Year! Hugs
01/01/13 @ 05:51
Comment from: Terry [Visitor]
You are getting close ... keep looking a little more.
01/01/13 @ 06:02
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
The fish are cute for a bathroom - but I think the blue hummingbird fits best. The soft colors give it a calming look and i love the pink touches.
01/01/13 @ 06:36
Comment from: idske [Visitor]
Love the last picture! So tranquil and just right for a bathroom! Happy New Year!
01/01/13 @ 07:39
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]
The last one is very tranquil, but I really like the one with the boaters although they might creep me out a little if it were a real shower.
01/01/13 @ 09:07
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I think I will keep looking and get out the colored pencils to see what I can come up with. From my original, I can scan and print copies. I won't be using the clear tile sheets at this moment, though I do like those and have used them before. :yes:
01/01/13 @ 10:29
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I guess I'm a bit late with my comment. I agree with Keli. I want to wish you a Happy New Year, dear Brae. May all your wishes come true this year. I also want to thank you for all the tutorials. I have learned much from you and it's always a pleasure visiting your blog. Have a wonderful day!
01/01/13 @ 10:57
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
You do come up with some great ideas and I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect design. All the best for 2013
01/01/13 @ 13:12
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
I love the mural idea for the shower. With your love of photography, I know you can find the perfect location to snap your very own unique image. Maybe even a lovely fabric would work? I can't wait to see what you come up with. I would love to see a Monet print or design here... Blessings for a Happy New Year Brae! Kathi
01/01/13 @ 16:35
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, ladies! :D I'll keep you all in the loop! :yes:
01/02/13 @ 22:16
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]
I like the fish paper better. It's more related to water (and showers) than birds, I think...
01/04/13 @ 20:34
Comment from: Sandra Atwood [Visitor]  
The original art appears to be hummingbirds and cherry blossoms. I suspect it may have been an asian design. From your choices you don't seem opposed to the idea of changing the flower, so perhaps this lotus and hummingbird painting might be an interesting alternative? or perhaps this hummingbird and cherry blossom image which can be purchased for use?
01/05/13 @ 15:47
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks for the links! That watercolor is very nice. :yes:
01/05/13 @ 20:11
Comment from: The Shopping Sherpa [Visitor]
May I make an observation? If this were my studio I would assume I'd be showering at home before or after I came to work and would happily have just a toilet (possibly as an outhouse) and use the resulting space to install a bigger sink (or sinks: one for washing brushes etc and the other for handwashing and kettle-filling), a kitchette area (bar fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and perhaps a hot plate) and lots more storage. (Artists never have enough storage for supplies and finished works.) I'd also like to have a clear wall somewhere in the space where I could mount my work(s) in progress so I could sit opposite it/them and ponder what needed to happen to them. Or have displays of work to sell durning open studios. :-)
01/16/13 @ 18:50
Comment from: brae [Member]
I see where you're coming from, but the place I'm building is my own personal dream retreat .... and it has many facets. :yes: I am also already planning a "kitchen" with fridge and shelves and hot plate...which I haven't shown yet. &#59;D
01/16/13 @ 21:52
Comment from: The Shopping Sherpa [Visitor]
I first read that as "and it has many faucets"....
01/17/13 @ 03:04

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