Blog roundup: recycled toothbrushes, the colour blue and finding a decent plumber

Time for us to have another scoot through the online world of bathrooms and interior design and to bring you the very best news and comment:

  • Everybody loves looking at gorgeously-photographed luxury bathrooms, and the staff at Furniture Fashion are no exception. This blog is pointing readers in the direction of Italian manufacturer La Roccia’s bathroom vanities with a touch of storage: “The Nuda series takes on many faces with combinations of natural stone solids and veneers against stained wood accents with just enough storage to get the job done without taking away from the sleek linear design. La Roccia makes use of the space provided with wall mounted elements which free up floor space, or the island vanity that is accessible from all directions.” Well, we can all dream… Read full post here and part two here.
  • More evidence of the march of the coloured bathroom from House of Turquoise, a blog dedicated to all things “teal, robin’s egg blue, aqua, sky blue, seafoam green and ocean blue,” as its masthead tells us. Sensing a theme here? Blogger Erin has uncovered this gorgeous picture of a turquoise and yellow bathroom from Harcourt Designs that shows just how well bold colour can work even when your ceramics are still white. Read full post here.
  • At the US-based Earthfriendly blog editor Marina Hanes is looking into ways to generate less bathroom waste. She’s found a great product, a recyclable toothbrush made from yoghurt pots: “After you’re done with the brush, you send it back to the company so it can be transformed into other things like tables and boardwalks.” Now all we need to know is, can you get a similar product in the UK? [This post has now gone – but check out similar ones here.]
  • Over at, the blog is reminding readers about the importance of using qualified traders for tasks like heating and plumbing. It says: “There is a sense of weariness about bringing a trader into the equation with popular TV shows such as Rogue Traders teaching us to be aware of the fallacious conmen that crawl our communities. Finding a trustworthy, qualified individual can sometimes be a difficult task.” It goes on to point out that the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, the professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry, has earlier this year received a Royal Charter for its contribution to the safety and health of the public and the environment. Read full post here.
  • VictorianBathrooms4U has some interesting news about Hudson Reed’s latest line of eco-friendly taps: “By installing Eco-Flo water regulators to your fittings you restrict the maimum flow rate to 6litres per minute – in line with current environmental guidelines. Not only will this help the environment, but it will reduce your own water consumption and reduce running costs.” Read full post here.