Design classic (32) – le clawfoot tub

So after 31 DC’s I’m starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel in terms of classics that I love (I was going to post about the Womb Chair today but it kinda freaks me out a smidge and also I think it’s uggers), midcentury modern or otherwise.

But today I thought I’d post about one luscious lady that has truly stood the test of time: the claw foot bathtub.  First created in the 1800’s from cast iron and lined in porcelain they were luxury items that only veeery few could afford.  Happily for us that is no longer the case!

As you can see here, the piece fits really well into seriously trad styling but can also hold its own in a crazy contemporary scheme:

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I have a serious soft spot for metallic clawfoots but today I thought I’d just stick to the painted jobbies.

First up, how about some dark moody beauts…?

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Yummy brass fixtures on the RHS here, and those floorboards!!

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Or are you more of an all-the-colours-of-the-rainbow kinda gal…?

[Side note, can we all please give this FLAMINGO WALLPAPER some lovin’?!]

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Floaty drapes and shower curtains get the thumbs up from moi:

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And I’m seriously enamoured with these cooler shades of green and blue:

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More brass fixtures!!  Stop it, it’s too much!

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So which would you pick…?

It’s my 30th birthday next week (crumbs, not entirely sure how that happened) and we’re using it as an excuse to travel in south Vietnam for a week to celebrate – will try to keep the posts rolling as normal but please humour any hiccups…

Have a happy weekend y’all, what are you up to??


  1. Trishie says:

    I love the claw foot bath…but stu talked me out of it when he pointed out how difficult it’s would be to clean. Happy birthday in advance!

  2. I am also turning 30 this year, Elly, in August and I have the same questions, really :(((! I can’t decide, all the colors are beautiful especially in those amazing design spaces, even the flamingo :))) pink world crazy lady here! I hope you will have the time of your life in Vietnam because after turning 30, I do not know what to say :))) just kidding, have to keep us optimistic, right? Enjoy! :*

  3. Lilli says:

    Hi Elly! I didnt thought of dark mood for it and I really love the effect! So classy and weirdly peaceful! I like also the light blue ones! Hope you have fun during your trip, I take the chance also to wish you a very happy birthday!:) Kisses! xo

  4. Rob says:

    Absolutely love these 🙂 We’re house hunting at the moment and definitely plan to get one in a new bathroom in the not too distant future! (I may be asking for more advice soon!!). Have a great weekend

  5. Sam says:

    I didn’t even know you could get these glorious tubs in lumo green, mint and pink, how awesome! Thats gives it a whole new modern spin. They look like ultimate bathing luxury. So exciting about your trip! I hope you have the most wonderful and memorable birthday celebrations!

  6. Rachel says:

    I think a love of freestanding bathtubs must run in the family. I love these claw foot ladies – the bright colours look great, but I think if I ever got the chance I’d probably go for one of the calmer shades

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