Why Do They Call it a Powder Room?

Prohibition, that wonderful experiment that gave us Al Capone, bathtub gin and the speakeasy, also gave us the powder room. Women weren’t allowed in bars before Prohibition, so bathroom facilities were strictly for men. During Prohibition women were positively encouraged to drink, and the restrooms provided for them were called powder rooms (where they powdered their noses, presumably.) The name stuck and now the room, often for guests, with a toilet and sink, but without a shower or bath, is called a powder room. I enjoy designing powder rooms–you can link to one of mine here. They can be dramatic or whimsical, contemporary or classic, but my interior design goal is to make a design statement that definitely gets the visitor’s attention. Here are three powder room vanities that make statements. The first has a plain black base highlighting the stone sink that could be a piece of art on its own. The second features a stone top with chiseled borders and a glass vessel. The combination of materials and design creates an expressively sculptural effect. The third uses a wood base, very sleek and simple, for a more transitional feel. All three make visiting the powder room an aesthetically interesting experience. You can see photos of baths I have designed here.

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  1. thanks for the kind words about our store, and for all the years of your generous business!!!
    i will attempt to make your creme brulee recipe, since this is also my favorite dessert…
    hope you are well and would love to see you soon…Phyllis

    Comment by phyllis palmer — October 1, 2010 @ 7:42 am

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