I have a few strange quirks; one of my quirks is checking out bathrooms.
I judge a place by its restroom/bathroom.
Clean and neat are of course important, but I want to see something wonderful that surprises me - tile, towels, lighting, wallcovering, cool fixtures, etc.
It may be a little strange, but I have met others with this same system for judging a place by the bath.
I like good, interesting design. Restrooms or baths seem to be one of the locations, maybe because it's a somewhat private or secret spot, that affords the oportunity to surprise or delight guests.
Can you relate?
Restrooms can be kitchy in my book - that's okay. Visit Pickle Bill's ladies room (lift the fig leaf for a surprise.)
Restroom at the Slanted Door
I love the unisex restroom at the Slanted Door on the Pier in San Francisco. There are wonderful big chunks of wood incorporated as a shelf in each individual toilet room.
In my mind the restooms at Jackson Triggs winery in Niagara-On-The-Lake stand out I love the long concrete trough sink (it doesn't hurt that there is a heavy fermenting grape smell wafting through the building. ;)
While perusing on line this morning I happend upon this fun, funky graphic shower curtain by Thomas Paul. (Great designer by the way.)