A Room of One’s Own — With a Tub
My dream room, courtesy of Albert Hadley.
I have an original design sketch by the legendary interior decorator Albert Hadley that my mom gave me. It is my dream room: a luxurious hideaway that combines the dressing room and study with an oversize tub.
If you have a family and live in a house full of children and their clobber, chances are this space will become the one place you can expect a little peace and quiet, where you can have the more delicate things that you don’t want knocked over by a soccer ball or flying doll, where you can think clearly and get some work done. Another friend of mine is a writer and has written several books in her bathroom, which has a forbidding sign on the door. She says it is the only place she doesn’t get disturbed, which brings up a good point: even the most badly behaved think twice before bursting through the closed door of a bathroom.
What I love about this concept is that it gives one the opportunity to spend more time luxuriating in the bath. With a lamp on the desk, some cozy furniture and photographs pinned onto the bulletin board nearby, one eases in and out of relaxation and productivity. I find that the bathroom post-toilette smells so good that it is a naturally lovely place to stay awhile. It is a terrible idea to work in one’s bedroom and I think totally mad to have a desk in the kitchen, but the bathroom can be a feminine sanctuary in more ways than one.