Bring some soul into your bathroom with unique handcrafted items from talented Devon designers. Lucy Baker-Kind searches for accessories with attitude.
Sinking into a warm bath at the end of a tiring day is one of life's little luxuries. And rather than dropping clothes and dressing gowns onto the floor, install funky yet practical storage that can cope with discarded dresses. The wooden clothes rail from Seagirl and Magpie in Great Torrington fits the bill perfectly and adds a touch of vintage country chic to the room. Trish and Joel are the makers behind Seagirl and Magpie – the company was born out of a love of all things recycled, upcycled, reclaimed and homemade. The duo create practical and beautiful pieces for the home.
This clothes rail has a handy mix of both hanging rail and shelf, so can accommodate all those small necessities. The beautifully handcrafted shelves are ideal if space is limited, and the wall-mounted shelf requires no self-assembly. The unit is hand-painted with a choice of five colours from the Little Greene Paint Company, so adds a calming colour palette to the room.
So your clothes are neatly hanging, and you're relaxing in the tub. Now, where to put your book or wine glass? Look no further than a bespoke bath caddy, handmade in South Molton by Country Touches UK. The sturdy slice of burr oak features a nifty cut-out to hold a wine glass (or two) and has space to accommodate two tealights, for those pampering relaxing evenings when you really aren't in a rush! The burr oak caddy is a made-to-measure item that clearly shows the natural shape of each piece of oak. Jodie from Country Touches UK also offers similar, more uniform, bath bridges, constructed from pine or hardwood, which are made to a standard size to fit most baths and are sealed to protect from water and steam damage.
The very nature of the bathroom is cleanliness, so soap is top of the agenda for most! If you're looking for a natural cleansing agent, that is free from all nasty chemicals and kind to the skin, then the Dartmoor Soap Company delivers. The business, based in Belstone on Dartmoor, was developed by Sophie Goodwin-Hughes, after the birth of her son, when she was searching for a non-irritant for his delicate skin. The resulting artisan soap is handmade using natural ingredients which, wherever possible, are sustainably sourced and harvested on Dartmoor. The soaps are free from chemical irritants such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, parabens, petrolatum, artificial colours and made without palm oil.
For ladies, try the delicate lavender or rose soap. For the man in your life, how about the Gentleman's bar, with peppermint and lemon essential oils, plus pumice for extra strength!
How about a handmade soap dish too? Berserks Glassworks in Bovey Tracey produces handcrafted glass items, all made by Dawn Campbell-Jones and Matt Jones. Their soap dish has a well-thought-out design, with four little glass ball feet to raise it up and a well-placed hole in the centre, allowing the soap to drain and not end up in a sludgy mess. The unique pieces are available in floral designs in seven colourways.
Finally, once the preening and pampering is at an end, declutter the bathroom using a handcrafted leather washbag from Freeload Accessories. Debbie MacPherson designs and creates the bags from her workshop in Cockington Court Craft Centre. The washbags would make a stylish addition to any bathroom shelf, and are available in black, rustic brown, tan and chocolate brown, and in standard or oversized (for those with a lot of products to house!) They are made from quality Italian leather and feature a bridle leather handle, a substantial metal zip and black waterproof lining. The addition of an interior label, with an optional personal message, takes it from serviceable to special.
Published 26 February 2018
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