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Tubs of Terror: Hollywood’s Blood Bath

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by Alan Knight

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a bloodbath is a violent and cruel killing of many people. The earliest known use of the term “blood bath” had to do with Elizabeth Bathory, who was known as the Blood Countess. She was born in Transylvania, Hungary, in 1560. According to legend, she believed that human blood would help to preserve her youth and her own fading beauty.

It’s estimated that she may have killed as many as 600 people. That would make her the most prolific female serial killer in history. The immortality she sought didn’t work out for her. She was imprisoned for her crimes in 1611 and died three years later. Although there’s evidence that she was very cruel, there’s some debate about whether or not she actually bathed in blood. In any case, the legend of the Blood Countess has been presented in several movies and also on TV.

In 1974, four stories, including hers, were wrapped up into one package called Immoral Tales, which was made in France. In 2008, Bathory was featured in an episode of a TV series called Martina Cole’s Lady Killers. There was a biography that same year called Bathory: Countess of Blood, which was filmed in Europe. Most recently, in 2014, a movie titled Elizabeth Bathory was released.

“Bathory poster” by
Jakubisko film Europe
The blood baths of Elizabeth Bathory are not the only ones that have shown up in the movies. There’ve actually been several movies titled either Blood Bath or Bloodbath. In 1966, a horror movie titled Blood Bath was released. The setting is Venice, CA. An artist kills beautiful women and dumps them into a vat of hot wax in his studio.

In 1976, another movie titled Blood Bath was released. In this film, the members of a cast of a horror film go out together one night and tell each other their scariest stories. In 1979, a Spanish horror film titled Bloodbath was released.  In 1999, yet another Bloodbath hit the screens, this one set in L.A. In 2008, a Blood Bath was filmed in Argentina. And, finally, according to the IMDB, a new movie titled Blood Bath is currently in development.

There’ve been numerous suicides in bathtubs in the movies. One of the most memorable was Frank Pantangeli in Godfather Part II. In that movie, the suicide was depicted in a montage of still pictures instead of moving pictures. One of the most artistic suicide bathtub scenes was in the unforgettable Rules of Attraction. While Harry Nilsson sang, “I can’t live, if living is without you,” a young woman got comfortable in the tub and proceeded to slit her wrists. Some viewers thought the scene was too nice and that it romanticized the act of suicide.

Electrocution is always a scary possibility in a tub full of water, as Mr. Morgan found out in The Ring. Dropping an electric device in the tub seems simple enough. However, not every movie character can pull that off. In Groundhog Day, Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray in one of his best roles, resolutely dropped a plugged in toaster in the bath he was taking. It didn’t work. Phil would have to die again another day.

Blood Baths don’t only show up in the movies. They’re in books as well. In addition to over a dozen currently available books simply titled Blood Bath or Bloodbath.  A few more imaginative titles are: Blood Bath in Rio, Blood Bath and Beyond, Blood Bath in Jasper County Mississippi, The Assam Blood Bath, Blood Bath of Bethlehem, The Bloodbath Ritual, Kansas Bloodbath, Kentucky Bloodbath, Preacher’s Bloodbath, Bloodbath in Tinseltown, and Beach Blanket Bloodbath. In addition to all the movies and all the books, there are numerous video games with Blood Bath in the title. There’s also a death metal band from Stockholm, Sweden, that calls itself Blood Bath.

One of the greatest things about taking a bath is the sheer relaxation of it. The second you step into the water, your body knows that it’s time to slow down and smell the roses or whatever else you have on hand for aromatherapy. It’s almost like entering into a different world where the job, the bills, and high blood pressure don’t exist.

That’s why bathtub scenes in horror movies are so frightening. A character gets into the tub and relaxes. Normally the character is completely alone and completely vulnerable. Even so, the character feels safe. Some say that taking a bath is like returning to the safety of the womb psychologically. As the character takes a few deep breaths, a shadow passes in the hallway or it seems like someone is jiggling the bathroom door handle. And then… No need to get graphic.

The nice thing about Tub King baths is that they’re some of the safest bathtubs known to man. In all the years we’ve been in business, we have yet to hear of one report of anyone taking a blood bath in any of the tubs we’ve sold and installed. We’ve never even heard of a single customer scratching himself or herself in a Tub King tub. That may be hard to believe, but it’s true.

Whether you choose a clawfoot tub, a pedestal tub, or a solid surface tub, they’re all very safe. Our walk-in tubs are the safest of all. They’re so easy to get in and out of that a caveman can do it without hurting himself at all. Also, you won’t have to open a vein to purchase a great tub, because our prices for high quality bathtubs simply cannot be beaten.

Perhaps the best part of buying a tub from Tub King is that it gives people something they really want to live for. When you can look forward to a nice relaxing bath in a beautiful tub at the end of the day, you know how good life can be. When you really think about it, there aren’t many problems at all that a nice soak in a warm bath won’t help.

In this article, I’ve written about the earliest use of the term “Blood Bath” which was associated with Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Transylvania in the sixteenth century. I’ve also mentioned movies and books with “Blood Bath” in the titles I’ve specifically noted that, to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever taken a blood bath in a bathtub sold or installed by Tub King.

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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida
He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

Block Stress from your Life Once and for All

English: Effects of stress on the body.
English: Effects of stress on the body. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Walk in Tub can help

By Alan Knight
You might be thinking, “Stress! There is nothing I can do about it.”  The bills keep piling up.  I can’t find enough hours in the day.  People are acting like idiots.  The truth be told, you have more control over your stress than you might believe.  Stress management is all about taking charge of your life, your thoughts, and your emotions.  More importantly, it is about the way you deal with problems.  No matter how stressful your life might seem to be, you can deal with it. 
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Let’s look first of all at the true sources of your stress.  Often identifying stress causes is easy.  Maybe it comes from a job change, or an illness.  Perhaps you’ve had a death in the family of someone close.  However, identifying the “every day” causes might be more taxing.  To find your true sources of stress look to your habits, attitudes, and even your excuses.  First, do you explain away stress as temporary?  “I just have a million things going on right now.”  Yet you can’t remember the last time you took a breather.  Second, do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life?  “Thingsare just always crazy around here, “you might say.  How about this one.  Do you blame other people for your stress?  You become the perennial victim, because others are bringing stress upon you.  Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in generating or feeding your own stress level, you will never be able to manage it.

A stress journal can help you identify the regular stressors in your life

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and the way you deal with them.  Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in your journal.  As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes.  Write down:  1. What caused your stress (make a guess if you’re unsure.)  2.  How you felt, both physically and emotionally.  3.  How you acted in response.  4.  What you did to make yourself feel better.  Think about the ways you currently manage and cope with stress in your life.  Your stress journal can help you identify them.  Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or unproductive?  Let’s now look at some ways to cope with stress.

Relax!  You deserve it.  It’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think.  You don’t need a course of study.  You don’t require a weekend retreat, although that’s not a bad idea.  It can be as simple as learning to RELAX.
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Meditate.  A few minutes of practice each day can help ease stress.  Research has suggested that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress.  It’s simple.  Sit up straight with both feet on the floor.  Close your eyes and focus your attention on reciting a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace.”  Try to sync the mantra with your breaths.  Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.
Breathe Deeply.  Take just 5 minutes and focus on your breathing.  Sit up straight.  Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your lungs and work its way to your head.  Reverse the process as you exhale.  Deep breathing counters the effects of stress.
Slow Down.  Take 5 minutes and focus on only one thing with awareness.  Notice how the air feels on your face when you’re walking and how your feet feel hitting the ground.  Enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food.
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Laugh.  Watch a funny movie.  Talk to others who make you laugh.  Laughter lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. 

Pleasant music.  Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure and heart rate.  Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers.  You can also blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes.
Movement.  You don’t have to run in order to get a runner’s high.  All forms of exercise, including aerobics and even walking can ease anxiety and release feel-good chemicals in your body.  Walk through the park, taking in all the sights and sounds.  Breathe in the air and feel the breeze against your face.
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Decompress.  Place a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes.  Close your eyes and relax every part of the body.  Better yet, try some warm water therapy.  The new Walk in Tub that has recently appeared on the market is a perfect way to install your own personalized whirlpool in your home.  It takes up very little space (about the size of a normal bathtub.)  It stands upright and comes with a watertight door.  You simply walk inside, sit down and turn on the warm water.  The Walk in Tub comes with both air jets (bubbler) and water jets (whirlpool) to provide plenty of help to work out all the kinks in the body.  Just recline and let the churning, bubbling water to do their work.  After about 15-20 minutes your entire body is totally relaxed.

Self-Hypnosis.  Try putting yourself into a deep hypnotic state by slowly counting backwards from 10, and the time imagining that you are going deeper and deeper into a state of total relaxation.  You can even record the exercise on a tape player and play it back as you relax.  Say things like, “all the muscles in my back are beginning to relax and ease tension.  My body is getting heavier as my muscles relax and ease tension.”  Do this also for the feet, legs, abdomen, all the way to the head.  By the time you get there you will feel wonderful.
One thing we haven’t mentioned is how to avoid stressors (things that stress you out.)  It’s not healthy to avoid a stressful situation that needs to be addressed, but you may be surprised by the number of stressors in your life that can be eliminated.
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Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them.  Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire recipe for stress.  Distinguish between the “should” and the “musts” and, when possible, say “no” to taking on too much.

Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life, limit the amount of time you spend with that person, or end the relationship.
Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn off the TV.  If traffic makes you tense, take a longer by less-traveled route.  If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it.  When you ask someone to change their behavior, be willing to do the same.  If you both are willing to bend at least a little, you’ll have a good chance of finding a happy middle ground.  Poor time management can cause a lot of stress, but if you plan ahead and make sure you don’t overextend yourself, you’ll find it easier to stay calm and focused.
Watch this short video about the feature and options of Walk-in tubs.
In this article, I have discussed a dozen ways to reduce stress in your life, including taking a decompressing warm bath in a Walk-in tub. I provide details for several of these methods and discuss how to remove stressors from your daily life.
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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BATHTUBS ARE HERE TO STAY

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By Alan Knight

Despite the intrusion of the shower in modern times, the bathtub is here to stay.  There will always be those who prefer to soak rather than spray.  I suppose it is because bathing should be a relaxing time, not just a time to get a quick cleanup.   There have been many notable bathtubs in history that set the tone.
The ancient Greek inventor Archimedes discovered the physics of displacement while sitting in a bathtub.  The water rose when he got into the tub, and he figured you could measure the volume of all kinds of objects that way.  As the story goes, he jumped up from the bath, shouted “Eureka!” and ran around naked telling people of his discovery.  The Emperor had asked whether the royal crown was pure gold.  Archimedes measured the volume of the crown by water displacement and compared that to the volume of an equal weight of pure gold.  The volumes were different, indicating that the crown had lighter material underneath the gold. 
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In December 1842, Adam Thompson installed in his Cincinnati house a bathtub like the one he had seen in England.  By defying the current taboo against bathing in the winter, he was severely scolded by doctors, politicians and the general public.  In 1926 the story was retracted as being a hoax.  Believe it or not, bathing was then considered a health menace.  Some say Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub in the White House, but the actual “first” bathtub in the White House is hard to pin down.  Early presidents bathed in tubs that were brought in and filled with water heated on stoves, at least as far back as James Madison.

Another bathtub of note was designed for a Navy ship.  Battleships are designed to carry as much equipment and as many men as needed without wasting an inch of space.  But an exception was made when a ship was to take President Franklin Roosevelt to the Cairo Conference and the Tehran Conference in 1943.  Roosevelt had been crippled by Guillain-Barr syndrome since 1921, and would have a hard time taking a shower.  A bathtub was needed for the president.  Today, the USS Iowa is looking for a home as a museum ship.
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William Howard Taft was the heaviest US president at 332 pounds.  Early in his administration (1909-1913) he bathed in the white house bathtub, and had a larger one installed later.  In 1912, he took his own oversized tub onto a ship for a trip from Key West to Colon.  It was not permanently installed. 
There has also been notable deaths in a bathtub.  Orville Redenbacher, founder of the popcorn company that bears his name.  In 1995 he was found dead in a whirlpool bath after falling victim to a heart attack. 
Jim Morrison, the lead singer for The Doors, was found dead in a bathtub in Paris in 1971.  He had an ongoing love affair with alcohol and drugs.  Others, whose dead bodies were recovered from a bathtub would include Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
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Bathtubs have forever been a point of interest, both in life and death.  They have been associated with glamour and famous celebrities, and just pure relaxation and enjoyment to everyday folks.  Today the bathtub has taken on new looks and designs.  The huge porcelain tubs have replaced interest in the old whirlpool fiberglass or acrylic ones.  People from all walks of life are going back to just plain relaxing in a soaking tub.  Take a bath, yes, but also just lean back and relax.  Put on some soft music and stay until the water begins to cool.

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Don’t be fooled.  I don’t care how many shower designs, whether you sit or stand, that can be produced or reproduced in the future, they will never eliminate the need and the fond attachment to the bathtub.  Today the most popular bathtub designs are unique in shape.  Unlike the old standard roll top look, the new designs include slipper tubs that offer a shape similar to a banana bowl where you can recline on either end, satisfying one or even two people.  They come in a variety of sizes, up to 75 inches in length, and stand on beautifully ornate legs made of chrome, brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze.  Add to that the famous dual ended tub, or the spectacular pedestal or skirted tub, and you have choices that attract the most ardent decorator.  There are even ultra-modern solid surface designer bathtubs that will fit right in where the interior designer has taken a futuristic tack. Yes, tubs are here to stay.  If you don’t have one of these newly crafted beauties you might want to check it out.

In this article, I have discussed several famous and infamous bathtubs in history. I provide details on several types of modern bathtubs and further show how showers will never replace the relaxation and enjoyment that bathtubs have brought to bathing.

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HOW TO IMPROVE ON POOR BLOOD CIRCULATION

Simplified diagram of the human Circulatory sy...
Simplified diagram of the human Circulatory system
in anterior view. Français : Diagramme simplifié
du système circulatoire humain en vue
antérieure (en Anglais). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Alan Knight
Your body’s circulatory system is responsible for sending blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.  When blood flow to a specific area of the body is reduced, you may experience the symptoms of poor circulation.  Poor circulation is most common in your extremities, such as your legs and arms. Poor circulation isn’t a condition in itself, but a result of other health issues.
Several conditions can lead to poor circulation.  The most common causes include obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and arterial issues.  Let’s look at this further.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can lead to poor circulation in your legs.  PAD is a circulatory condition that causes narrowing of the blood vessels and arteries.  In an associated condition call atherosclerosis, arteries stiffen due to plaque buildup in the arteries and blood vessels.  Both conditions decrease blood flow to your extremities and can result in pain.
Over time, reduced blood flow in your extremities can cause numbness, tingling, nerve damage, and eventually tissue damage.  Eventually, if left untreated, reduced blood flow and plaque in your carotid arteries may result in a stroke.  If plaque buildup takes place in the arteries in your heart, you run the risk of having a heart attack.
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English: The illustration shows how a varicose vein forms in a leg. Figure A shows a normal vein with a working valve and normal blood flow. Figure B shows a varicose vein with a deformed valve, abnormal blood flow, and thin, stretched walls. The middle image shows where varicose veins might appear in a leg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PAD is most common in adults over age 50, but it can also occur in younger people.  Smokers are at a higher risk than non-smokers for acquiring PAD develop early in life.

Blood clots partially or entirely block the flow of blood.  They can develop almost anywhere in your body, but a blood clot that develops in your arms or legs can lead to circulation problems.
Blood clots can develop for a variety of reasons, and they can be dangerous.  If a blood clot in your leg breaks away, it can pass through other parts of your body including your heart and lungs.  When this happens, the results may be serious, even deadly.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins caused by incompetent venous valves.  The veins appear gnarled and engorged, and they are most often found on the back of the legs.  The damaged veins cannot move blood as efficiently as other blood vessels, so poor circulation may become a problem.  Although rare, varicose veinscan also cause blood clots.
Your genes largely determine whether or not you’ll develop varicose veins.  If a relative has varicose veins, your risk is higher.
Diabetes can cause problems in many areas of your body.  Poor circulation caused by diabetes can cause leg cramping, and more specifically cramping in your calves.  This cramping may be especially bad when you’re physically active.  People with advanced diabetes may have a difficult time detecting the signs of poor circulation because diabetic neuropathy can cause reduced sensation in your extremities.
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Diabetes can cause heart and blood vessel problems, and people with diabetes are at an increased risk for atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Obesity puts a burden on your body.  Plus, if you’re overweight, sitting or standing for hours may lead to additional circulation problems. Obesity also puts you at an increased risk for many of the other causes of poor circulation, including varicose veins and blood vessel problems.
People who experience chronically cold hands and feet may have a condition called Raynaud’s disease.  This disease causes the small arteries in your hands and toes to narrow.  Narrowed arteries are less capable of moving blood through your body, so you may begin experiencing symptoms of poor circulation.  The symptoms of Raynaud’s disease are particularly prevalent when you’re in cold temperatures or experiencing an unusual level of stress.
Let’s look at some commonsense home remedies that can help deal with poor circulation.  Make sure, first and foremost, that if you are suffering from circulatory disorders you consult your doctor.
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Exercise is the best way to promote good blood circulation.  Believe it or not, just performing mild aerobic exercises is enough to improve blood flow.    One trainer suggested:

   

  • Walk for a minimum of 30 minutes, at least 5 times a week. 
  • Enjoy swimming, jogging, biking, trekking and similar activities, a few times a week.
  • Do simple foot and hand exercises for 15 minutes daily in the morning 


You don’t have to over-exert yourself with exercise.   You shouldn’t overly stress your body if your circulation is poor.
Regular massage can help move blood through the congested areas.  A relaxing massage of the whole body helps dilate the blood vessels, which in turn facilitates blood flow.


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Hydrotherapy is another simple and effective way to improve blood circulation.  It helps dilate the blood vessels and thus promotes blood flow.  The newly introduced Walk In Tub offers a convenient and compact device with multiple hydrotherapy features.  It allows the person to walk into the tub by way of a watertight door.  They can then sit on the ADA compliant seat and fill the tub with warm water.  Most Walk in Tubs stand about 40 inches high with a seat that is 17 inches from the floor.  The person can simply recline and enjoy the benefits of soaking in warm water to help relax the body.  

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But there is more.  These tubs typically come with two systems.  Air jets send warm air into the water to create thousands of therapeutic bubbles.  This stimulates the skins and helps with circulation.  There is also a control for introducing water jets.  This feature will more vigorously massage the body and stimulate circulation.  The jets are adjustable and can direct the water to any part of the body.  Directing the jets toward the feet can work wonders.  These tubs also come safety features, such as the low entry threshold, to guard against falling, and the slip resistant floor and seat.  A convenient interior grab bar and easy-reach controls makes it a perfect safety tub.

Poor circulation is no laughing matter.  Talk to your medical professional and try the simple suggestions above for a happier and healthier life.
In this article, I have discussed how to improve poor blood circulation through various methods including exercise, various therapies’ and the use of a Walk in Tub.  I detail how these various methods can improve your quality of life, so that living with poor blood circulation can become easier.
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in 
Jacksonville,  Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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HOW TO CREATE A SPECTACULAR… YET FUNCTIONAL BATHROOM DESIGN

By Alan Knight

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We all know that the bathroomis most likely the smallest room of significance in your home, yet it is also the room that calls out for more attention to the need for decoration.  You may have the luxury of a spacious master bath or you may be looking at furnishing a rather small space.  Regardless, you can, with a little forethought and planning combine both beauty and practicality.  Let’s look at the options for you.
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Why not have both a shower and a soaking tub.  Some like taking showers, while others prefer the long, warm bath experience in a deep soaker.  If you and your spouse have a different approach to bathing, why not solve the problem by offering both choices.  If the bathroom is large enough, go for one of the new shower suites, where you can walk in at a zero threshold or a shallow one into a shower surround that can be as large as you want it.  With all the prized accessories, such as a corner seat, sunflower shower heads (maybe double) and features such as convenient and elegant grab bars, soap receptacles and slip resistant floors.  These can be custom designed and can really show off a bathroom. 
If the bathroom is tiny, try to hide the shower in a corner for convenience. A four foot by five foot shower stall can be very functional for almost any sized person. Now for the bathtub. I have not seen a more beautiful and elegant soaking tub that even comes close to the Dual Ended Pedestal Tub. Let me describe it for you. First, it should be made of cast iron, overlaid with rich porcelain glass. The pedestal base which some call a “skirt” is also made of cast iron. Yes, the tub is heavy. Don’t try to lift it. Leave that to the installers (plural). Based on the size, the tub can reach over 500 pounds. 

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Also, be sure to have your contractor check the floor to make sure it can handle the weight (most can). The dual-ended design simply means there are two identical ends to the tub and it is perfectly symmetrical. The drain is in the center of the tub instead of the end and the faucet is also aligned in the middle on the roll top as well. What makes this tub so special in my opinion is the elegant and timeless look. It could just as easily be resting in a French palace of the nineteenth century. It is not only beautiful but comfortable. Each end is sloped and seems to fit the back perfectly. Add a brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze faucet with the British telephone spray wane, along with matching drain and accessories. Some like the tub caddy that drapes across the tub and offers a tray for a wine glass or book. Lighted candles around the tub offers a touch of romance. Now this tub, unlike the earlier mentioned shower, is the focal point of the entire bathroom.
Check out this short video showing several types of tubs.

If you’re looking at a working-functional design for the sink, I would recommend two basins, both mounted on a granite countertop with cabinets below.  Why?  Men have a tendency to have less care in the bath than the ladies.  He will also tend to spread out his day-to-day toiletries, such as shaving cream, deodorant, cologne, etc.  The women would rather keep their personal items put away.  They often bring in baskets to use both for decorating and to house their bath items.  If you can afford to be a little more extravagant you might consider repurposing existing furniture. It’s good for the environment and good for the budget. A rustic, vintage look with a dark finish on the dresser, wood framed oval mirror and vintage designed faucet with exposed piping and a European reproduction sink with added décor will speak volumes. Add your own personality and finishing touches to this simple bathroom design with color in the accessories, maybe a corner cabinet that is an antique (or reproduction), possibly a vintage rug or two, and you’ve created a unique and beautiful bathroom.
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Another create personal touch is color.  Don’t forget to decorate the bath with color because it can add so much for so little.  As a matter of fact, I would not even begin to undertake a remodeling of a bathroom without first deciding on colors.  Use wall color to add memorable drama, with finishes being relatively simple.  If your bathroom is small, go ahead and use any color you want to create interest and just plain have fun with bathroom decoration ideas.  Keep the ceiling white, but otherwise be as creative and funky as you wish.  Browse home design magazines and websites for ideas. You can also visit a local paint store to check out color swatches, which may help inspire a color scheme for your bathroom space. Create a focal point in your bathroom by applying wallpaper, painted stripes or tile on “one” wall. This is less expensive than applying a design to each wall while still introducing a design element. Shop at local discount retailers, but don’t forget about yard sales, estate sales, community arts and crafts fairs, antique shops and thrift stores to find items for your bathroom. These locations not only offer unique pieces that will make your bathroom beautiful, but they are also budget-friendly and give you an opportunity to truly define you and your spouse’s style. You can find shelves, decorative vases, rugs, shower curtain hooks, candles, candle holders, mirrors and faucet fixtures.
Think about purchasing wood pieces and brackets at the hardware store to

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create shelves for your bathroom.  Have them cut down to size to fit your bathroom walls, decorate them with paint or fabric, rather than paying for expensive shelving options that may be too large for your space or limit the level of depersonalization to your bathroom space.  Shelving can create spaces in smaller bathrooms.  Add accents to your bathroom by using fresh flowers.  Not only will they provide a pop of color, but they’ll give a natural scent to your space.  If you have laminate counter tops don’t be afraid to “paint” them. I have seen this done and it looks pretty darn good if the painting is done right. I recommend you use a high volume, low pressure spray gun to apply an acrylic enamel finish to the counter top. You can even use a multi-stone additive to the paint to create an impressive finish. Some companies offer a weekend training school to teach the art of refinishing counter tops, as well as bathtubs, sinks, cabinets and appliances. Our company, Tub King, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida, offers a good one.

Window treatments for the bathroom should reflect your decorating style and complete the room, just as any other space in your home.  Again search through some home magazines for helpful tips, pictures and other information.
Follow your interior décor style in the bathroom, as in other rooms of your home.  If your home is traditional décor, trim the windows and doors with decorative molding, and use crown molding at the ceiling and across the tops of the windows.
Gorgeous bathrooms don’t just happen…they are created.  Do your research properly and you can create a bathroom that is not only functional but beautiful as well.
In this article I have discussed several ways you can combine functionality and beauty to create and elegant bathroom that makes taking baths or showers something you look forward to, without breaking the bank. I cover ideas for any size bathroom along with a wide variety of budgets, decorating option and bathtub or shower styles.
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com in Jacksonville, Fla. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com. 
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