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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Whirlpool of Overpricedness

I just found the single coolest item for clawfoot tub owner/users. It's from *gasp* Pottery Barn. I know, I know - Pottery Barn is the evil vortex at the center of our meaningless, consumer-driven lives, blah blah blah.

How can I resist getting sucked in? The bed linens are so cheerfully crisp! The furniture and lamps are so antique-styled!

But above all, this item they call the Mercer Bath System is just neato. It's a long nickel towel bar you hang beside the tub, and little hooks and baskets hang from it, so you can have your bathing supplies handy. So practical! And darn if it isn't cute, too. (It's even cuter in that sneaky catalog, where they show a full bathroom scene complete with wood floors!)

Oh no, I feel it drawing me in ... I better step away from the computer before I do something rash.


Lenise said...

I know what you mean. I love looking at those catalogs! I copied the style of their shades for my son's room- Just a simple fabric panel with ties to raise it. Maybe you can come up with a copycat version- y'all are handy!

9:24 AM  
mindy said...

Mmmm, pretty!

Ikea had a similar thing for kitchens, at a cheaper price of course. But it didn't have the old-fashioned look that this one has.

What about using a plain old towel bar from someplace cheaper than PB and some cheap wire baskets (Dollar Store! Do you have them?), then tying little ribbons to them to hold them on? Just a thought ;)


10:21 AM  
Kristin said...

I'm brainstorming ways to duplicate it. Also, I checked eBay. They have some of the other Mercer items but not the "bath system" ... at least at the moment.

12:58 PM  
Jordana said...

By the time you have the bathroom finished Target will probably have a cheaper, nice looking knockoff version.

One thing I wonder though -- are you planning to use the beadboard behind the tub? Because if so, you'd need the shower curtain to run all the way around the tub and you wouldn't really be able to reach stuff hanging on the wall while you were showering, would you?

4:22 PM  
Greg said...

Are those hooks welded in place? They must be or they would not hang straight with stuff in the baskets.

6:49 PM  
halloweenlover said...

I think I love these. I may need to get them. Thanks a lot, Kristin, there goes my whole salary. ; )

2:31 PM  
Kristin said...

When I showed these to Darwin, he pointed out that the water from anything you set there would drip into the floor. Hmmm.

3:14 PM  

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