The New Bathroom Aesthetic - EBANO by BANDINI

My son and his family recently bought a post midcentury modern home (1980's) and have done an fabulous job renovating it to their modern tastes. Two of the bathrooms still need to be gutted - they are smothered in putrid green (and every variation thereof) ceramic tile and hideous cabinetry and hardware from the 1980's. I'm convinced the decade of disco dancing, mullets and shoulderpads will never go down in history as an architectural period of note - but who knows, in 50 years it may be the hippest craze.
Right now Josh and Sash are in the market for some hip ideas to revamp these horrendous looking bathrooms . So I'm checking out this really cool Italian site - Ibagnobandini
These bathroom fixtures take bathroom design to the next level - functional as well as beautiful works of art. And Josh with his penchant for teak and sleek would just love this carved out wood basin.
No washing the family dog in this one. But isnt it JUST COOL.



Today is Friday - Tag Sale day - I make my rounds to all the area sales looking for unusual finds for my ebay site and usually come home with a few little treasures for myself. Rounding the corner of Brooks Edge and Hilltop, I glide into one of my favorite developments . I am not a fan of developments either.
Teak Crest was built in the early 1950's - mid 1960's and has a wonderful step back in time feel. From the towering canopy of maples that lure you along the wide winding lanes, to the Eichler / Wright inspired homes that rise out of the rolling emerald lawns, it is the quintessential throwback to a bygone era. I expect to see a bow-tied white uniformed milkman rolling up the road in his milk truck or a perfectly coiffed June Cleaver appear on the front steps with an Ipana smile . I am reminded that when I do find MY PERFECT HOUSE it will probably be one like these with their simple modern design and solid sensibility. They aren't sprawling, something that would have been at the top of my wish list twenty or so years ago, but just right in size and functionality.
I will undoubtedly make a few small changed to the design - to update and green it a little more but amazingly these houses built over 50 yrs ago can today be considered just as green, if not more so than their contemporaries.
They don't make 'em like they used to!

Enter the World Of Eischler Design



Kind of creepy. Like someone is watching your every move. But this lamp is still JUST COOL.
My grandfather used to shoot rattlesnakes up on Schunnemunk Mountain (pronounced skunnymunk) in the NY Catskills. He saved their rattles and artfully mounted their mosaic patterned skins on boards over the studio doorways. We kids (back then) used to get a kick out of his rattle snake collection. Pretty weird, huh?

Ra desk lamp by Ettore Cimini

Weird too is the Ra desk lamp. Not your run of the mill desk lamp in terms of visual value. Like the rattlesnake, its artificial vertebrae design rattles loudly on my aesthetic scale.

Created by designer Ettore Cimini, you can get one for a measley USD$2000. Consider it an investment it art.


But not anymore!
Paint it green. add some funky throw pillows .
PRETTY AMAZING isnt it! and GREEN as well.

Buy it here

SO COOL! An accordian sofa that stretches out from being as slim as a couple of dictionaries to being wide enough for 4-5 people Edit: 16 people. And into multiple shapes. AMAZING!

From the company’s site:

FlexibleLove™ 16 is made entirely from recycled materials (post-consumer recycled paper and post-industrial recycled wood) and uses pre-existing production processes to reduce environmental impact during manufacture.

Dimensions: 64cm x 56cm x 22.5cm(Collapsed)/720cm(Extended)
Supports weight up to:1920kgs



1. WHAT THE HECK! (saying that with gusto) Since my HELP CATS 10.00 PROMO on etsy is going so well I'm extending it another week. So check it out - all the cat prints are a mere 10.00 (reg 18.00) AND if you purchase three or more the shipping is free. (doesn't include ACEO purchases). When you purchase please make a donation $ or pet product to your local shelter /rescue and I will post the link to it on my policy and cat page.Besides have you checked the price of gas lately (im sure you have). Up here it's already $4.05 so you gotta save $ somewhere. So buy a print, here or there.

2. A change in my title bar logo - i crossed out MODERN - no more MODERN DESIGN (although I do love it so) - now its just DESIGN.Decided to broaden my blogs scope to encompass all styles, periods, art forms and all my ramblings and not be put into one MODERN box.

3. Who is Poppy Petunia? My furry third daughter, my Toy Fox Terrier dog of course!(I also have two human ones) Yup , thats the little rascal there, upper right, my avatar. Funny little neurotic little girl...she weighs a wee white 8 1/2 pounds. I might ramble off the subject and include her antics in this blog now and then.



Blockprints, Linocuts - I remember spending hours as a child in my grandparents studio making these. First we would draw our designs on flat pieces of linoleum that had been painted with white caseine paint. Then we would put them in the stove to soften the tops for carving. I can still recall the wonderful linseed oil smell that would drift its way out of the stove as they "cooked". When they were warmed up and pliable we'd take them out and get to carving our little masterpieces. Of course they were no where near the perfection of granny and grandpa's creations yet we were always so proud of our designs. What I like about this craft is the wonderful organic look it has - all the little uncarved spots show up in the print and give it texture and character.

I was fortunate to do a trade on etsy a few weeks ago with Darby Bayly ( CraftyRedFox ) for one of her charming little owl block prints that I love! I was torn between that and the fish print (right) which i think is equally COOL!


Natalia Moroz takes the linocut one step further in her colorful and complex linocut reductions, seen here, her work is "...done in the reduction technique. It's a printmaking method when a multicolored print is made with the use of a single block. Through a series of progressive cuttings, inkings, and printings, the image slowly emerges while the actual block is destroyed. A reduction print can therefore never be reprinted.

Did someone say PLAID?????

Yes I do, I do love plaid - maybe on an antique tin - on a little girl's taffetta dress or bow in her hair- on my poppy- petunia dog's collar - but everyone, let's nix those plaid herculon sofas. They aren't cool nor are they in.

what is in are these cool chairs found on 1stdibs , Midcentury modern at its best
And take a looky at Dame's article on plaid as a fashion statement - ( BTW, lovin' that burberry bag)

or if you like your art PLAID and you love your dogs SCOTTY, then how about this COOL PRINT for your walls created by moi and available in many sizes starting out at a sleek $4.00 for the ACEO art card. Check it out along with my other dog prints at my little etsy art shop, POPARTCAFE


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