Posted on April 4, 2011

Beautiful Inspiration ~ A Grand Parisian Bath

Betty Lou Phillips/ French Bath
Betty Lou Phillips has an artist’s eye for French design.  Her style is exquisite and her guest bath is no exception.  The inspiration came from this beautiful pair of napkin rings.
Aren’t they lovely?  How I would love to have a pair!
Whilst shopping in Paris, she purchased the set of silver napkin rings engraved ‘Madame’ and ‘Monsieur.’   Although it took 15 years, she found her inspiration ~ her guest bath.
The hand-burnished cast iron bathtub is modeled after a 19th-century one of French copper.
 For the marble shower, she took her inspiration from the grand old palace hotels of Paris ~ the Plaza Athénée, the Ritz, George V, the Hotel de Crillon. “
Phillips, who has written a series of books on French design, is captivated by the flair of the French.  She says “their attention to detail is unwavering–they leave nothing to chance”, nor does she.
The tub has a floor-mounted water filler, 19th-century crystal chandelier,  freestanding nickel-leg washstands, a vintage glass pharmacy chest, and fittings that read chaud and froid.
xoxo, B
photos via House Beautiful

Polished Carrara marble tiles, Candide tub, étoile tub filler, faucets, and showerhead, Normandy sinks, and vanity mirrors from Waterworks: waterworks.com, large leaning mirror from Found Antiques: dallas-antiques.com, vintage pharmacy chest from Scott Antique Market: scottantiquemarket.com, crystal and silvered French chandelier from Jacqueline Adams Antiques: jacqueline?adamsantiques.com, Milagro towels in Pink from Matouk: matouk.com.


  • VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier April 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Hello,my dear Betty:-)*

    Such a very pleasant moment to read my posts…and your kindnest words!!!

    You post is again so special elegant,dreamly nice French bath…OH,hou fantastic would be beeing there,relax end just enjoying the time!

    Wish you too absolutely fabulous week,
    My spring hugs to you,
    ***Violetta***

  • Castles Crowns and Cottages April 5, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I LOVE BETTY LOU PHILLIPS! I must have at least 3 of her books. And you know, that dress….I bet I could make it….but I need a sewing machine first! Oh, I hope to make something like that before I get TOO old to wear it!!!!

    HAVE A MARVELOUS DAY MA CHÈRIE! Anita

  • High Heeled Life April 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

    OH la! la! love !! love!!! those napkin rings are gorgeous and what a fabulous idea on their use!!! The French sure know how to be original and make it simply beautiful!!! xo HHL

  • BALLET NEWS April 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Beyond gorgeous !!

  • Kathleen Ellis April 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I love Betty Lou Philips books….they are so beautiful & inspiring! Who wouldn't love one of these baths? I know I would!
    Have a beautiful day~
    ;-D Kathleen

  • Loree April 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    That is just too lovely. I would probably spend my entire day in such a beautiful bathroom.

  • chateaudelille June 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Oh me oh my! That was stunning. I have some of her books too but I havent seen those pics before. Fiona

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