Bathroom Makeover Inspiration

For many, the bathroom is the one place in the home where you can shut out the family and get away from it all. It is a room where you should be able to relax, unwind, and soak in some sort of peaceful tranquility. When looking for new homes, many look to the bathroom as one of the key rooms, so if you are planning on selling your home, this is not a room to be neglected.

The good news is that a bathroom makeover can be affordable, with many places selling a complete white bathroom suite for under £250, leaving you with a good base to accessorize and stamp your style on. You will need to hire a plumber as this is not generally a job you want to be doing yourself, but luckily you can find good plumbing services on the internet and can soon be enjoying your new bathroom.

So where to look for inspiration? The movies of course. Film scenes that take place in bathrooms can be scary, sexy, or hilarious. Besides “lock the door while you’re in the shower” and “rose petals make a wonderful bath accessory” there are a few more things we can learn from films: décor tips. Whilst it is true that films have huge budgets to make every scene look the way they want, you can take away small features to make your bathroom look like it’s come straight out of a movie:

American Beauty

Photo: American Beauty (1999) screen grab

Photo: American Beauty (1999) screen grab

The Spa Bathroom

If there’s nothing you enjoy more than taking a long hot bath, you need to make your bathroom a soothing environment. Make small upgrades by investing in a rain shower head or adding lovely spotlighting. Large tiling and plush towels and robes will also give your bathroom a spa feel. Of course you can’t forget plants! Add some fresh flowers or make even a small tree to bring the calming properties of nature indoors.

Pretty Woman

Photo: Pretty Woman (1990) screengrab

Photo: Pretty Woman (1990) screengrab

Tub for Two

Pretty Woman started a lot of trends and in the bathroom, it was the two-person tub. If you want to relax in luxury with your better half, add a gorgeously creative freestanding bath like this modern-style Maderno tub.

Photo: Bathrooms.com

Photo: Bathrooms.com

White Chicks

Photo: White Chicks (2004) screen grab

Photo: White Chicks (2004) screen grab

Make it Vintage with Wallpaper

This scene in White Chicks is better remembered for the bathroom design than what happened in the bathroom (in case you don’t remember, let’s just say it’s similar to the food poisoning episode of Bridesmaids). What I loved about this bathroom was the cute wallpaper that gives the bathroom a vintage feel—helped by the gold frames, of course! Wallcoverings can add a number of different dimensions to your bathroom décor: stripes can make the room seem bigger while embossed wallpaper has a vintage feel.

Photo: Elle Decor

Photo: Elle Decor

Pyscho

Ditch the Shower Curtain

I’m sure that after this Psycho was released it inspired a lot of people to get rid of their shower curtains in the bathroom. Personally, I prefer to have a door – I don’t know about you but the curtain wrapping itself around me gives me the willies! Shower curtains can look messy so instead opt for a sleek shower door, or, if you really want to be able to see what’s happening, don’t have a shower enclosure at all!

Photo: Homebase, £240

Photo: Homebase

 

 

My Favourite Movie Date Scenes

Whether you are dating in Maidstone or enjoying Clywd dating, one of the most popular date nights is a night at the cinema. There is something about sitting in the dark, enjoying the lights of the silver screen that is the perfect environment for romance. If you choose a scary movie, the time is right to cuddle up close. If you choose a romantic film, you can enjoy the special moments together, and a funny film can mean that you laugh together – and some say the couple that laugh together, stay together.

If you are dating in Buckingham, you could try a movie night at The Film Place, which is based at the University of Buckingham’s Chandos Road Building, a really lovely locally supported cinema which shows a range of films, from mainstream to more obscure Foreign films and independents. A really beautiful old cinema is the Woolton Picture House, perfect for dating in Merseyside as it has Pulman style seating and has recently been refurbished (it was originally built in 1927 – the height of the Art Deco era). And if you are looking for a luxurious cinema, the Everyman chain, which includes the Everyman cinema in Winchester, is perfect, with large plush velvet sofas and a bar and food area. This is a wonderful cinema for the dating Hampshire scene. Of course, you could just enjoy a movie dating night in the comfort of your own home too.

So what to watch? Here are some of my favourite movie dating scenes.

La La Land The Griffith Observatory

Just one of the most romantic movies, La La Land is a bittersweet love story, and the famous Planetarium scene where Mia and Sebastian dance to ‘A Lovely Night’ is just gorgeous. With Emma Stone in that iconic yellow dress and Ryan Gosling at his most jaw droppingly handsome, this is one of the most romantic, beautiful movie scenes around…and just check out that blue sky.

Sex and the City The Movie – The shoes scene

Carrie Bradshaw is all about the shoes. And the scene where she returns to the home she had shared with Mr Big to collect those amazing blue Manolos, only to find Big is there too, always brings a tear to my eyes. For Carrie it was always Big, although Aiden was pretty amazing, and this scene brings them back together, and sees them finally wed.

Dirty Dancing – Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

My teen dream movie, I so loved this when it came out in 1987, and that final scene, where Patrick Swayze utters that immortal line to Baby (Jennifer Grey), is still one of the most romantic gestures you will find in any movie. Look out for showings at local cinemas as Dirty Dancing is one of those movies that gets frequently re-released.

Jamie and Aurelia in Love Actually

Lots of people talk about the scene with Andrew Lincoln and Kiera Knightley in Love Actually, but I think that scene is actually a bit stalkerish. Far more lovely and romantic is the love affair between Colin Firth’s Jamie and Aurelia, where the language barrier proves to be no barrier to love. When he goes through the town to get the girl, the joy is positively life affirming.

The Empire State Building – Sleepless in Seatle

Meg Ryan at her most appealing, Tom Hanks at his most vulnerable. The Empire State Building, the start of a beautiful romance…need I say more?

Do you have a favourite romantic movie scene?

Style Icon: Sharon Stone in Casino

A few posts ago, I took a look at casino style, the fashion and outfits that you could wear to enjoy a night at a casino. (You can check out that post here.). A night at a Casino can be a very glamorous event, with cocktails, glitter and chips all combining to create an aura of glamour and decadence. If you want to try your hand without leaving your home, then a Cherry Casino Voucher Code 2018 could help you with free spins or a free online deposit. But if you do decide to try the real thing, the person who’s look you must be channeling is the iconic Ginger, as played by Sharon Stone in Casino.

When it comes to movie style icons, Ginger is right up there with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, and Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker. She is, quite simply, stunning. For me, this is Sharon Stone at her most alluring, forget Basic Instinct, in this role she just sizzles.

Casino is the Martin Scorsese gangster film that is a companion piece to Goodfellas, starring two of the male leads from that film, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Despite the star power of the male leads, it is Sharon as Ginger who sets the screen alight. The film is set in the 1960s and Ginger is a quintessential 60s ‘dollybird’, all big backcombed hair, false eye lashes and sparkly dresses. Her look is pure, high maintenance glamour, not an hair out of place, never knowingly dressed down. Ginger was based on a real person, Geraldine “Geri” McGee, a model and socialite who came to a mysterious end in the early 1980s, and this gives an added edge and poignancy to Stone’s performance.

The real Ginger, Geraldine “Geri” McGee, and Sharon Stone

The scene when we first encounter Ginger is a style classic. With a gorgeous white halter neck beaded mini dress with a keyhole neckline, and a classic sixties hairdo, Ginger is a sight to behold. I have loved this look from the first time I saw the film and it is now truly iconic. But it is certainly not the only memorable look – Ginger’s whole wardrobe, from those heady 1960s days right up to her death in a Pucci pantsuit/pyjamas, is just stunning.

It would be hard to choose my favourite Ginger outfit, but I love the gold dresses she wears when she is at the height of her allure and beauty. I love the seventies hair which gets shorter and curlier, and looks amazing with black leather trousers. Ultimately, this is a wardrobe I would love to step into.

Do you have a favourite movie style icon? Would love to hear your choice.