Art & Design, Interiors

Water Rituals

November 3, 2012 • By

Maison de la Pre, Valence, France

When I travel, I’m pretty open to anything.  I’ve stayed in amazing historic hotels, castles and villas — and I’ve stayed in rustic Crimean Tatar villages where the government turned off the water and power whenever they wanted to.  My one requirement is a bathtub.  (Of course, having a bathtub doesn’t really matter when the water gets turned off, but it was still something I checked on before I traveled.)  I’m not a shower girl – I’m a linger in the bath girl and I think you can tell a lot about a place by the bath room.  I’ll take a small bedroom and a larger bath any day.



The Villa in San Bartolomea, Italy (Summer 2010)


Bathtub at Villa Crespi, Lago di Orta, Italy


Some of my favorite bathrooms have been: 1) the all-white marble and mirror bathroom at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, with the television mounted above the tub and the butler call button (that I didn’t use); 2) the large, country casual bath room above, at the Maison de la Pre in Valence, France; 3) a huge, vintage, dark-green tiled bathroom (shared) with cathedral windows at an old villa we rented with friends in Italy; and 4) the gorgeous Moorish-style bathroom overlooking the lake, at Villa Crespi in Lago di Orta, Italy.

Oh…and I really love my bathroom at home, too.  When I return from a trip, I start anticipating a bath in my own tub even before the plane comes to a stop – and I start running the water as soon as I get home.

Bathing is definitely a part of my travel ritual – the first thing I do when I arrive in a new place, and the first thing I do when I get home.


My own bathtub at home…