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Like millions of others, I too am a “Mad Men” fan, not only for it’s well-written script, but also for the set design, the clothing, but mostly, I like it for the attitude. I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong decade – this show cinched it for me.

Jayne Mansfield's heart-shaped tub.
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While searching for a suitable image of a bathroom representing the 60s, I quickly realized that blue and pink were the fashionable colors, and I use the word fashionable very loosely here.

Don’t get me wrong, blue and pink are great colors – for newborns. I wonder if the pink theme resulted from Jayne Mansfield’s Beverly Hills, CA, residence, aptly named the “Pink Palace.”

Kalebodur’s Cube and Dot Collections (shown is “Dot”)

As editor ofTILE Magazine, I’ve seen more bathroom images than I care to count. Here are a couple recent releases that stand out, at least for me:

Lea's Slimtech

Growing up, our bathroom floors consisted of a hexagonal mish-mash pattern of linoleum. The sole purpose of tile, at least in our house, was to strategically define/confine the shower area. And don’t even get me started on the reflective/floral wall paper that could singe your hair if the sunlight hit it in just the right spot. I’m sure if my parent’s had the funds, they would have changed things quite a bit. Both were from Turkey and were accustomed to having tile throughout the home, and not just on the floors.

Thankfully, over the years, American consumers have realized the advantages of tile use outside of the proverbial box (bathroom). With the rise in handmade and artistic tile studios, even a basic white tile could become eye candy with one-of-a-kind pieces and mosaic installations adorning it.

Note:This post is part of the 2010 Bathroom Blogfest, now in its fifth year. This edition has brought together 33 bloggers from the U.S., Canada, the UK and India to address the 2010 Mad Men inspired theme “Stuck in the 60s?”

For more information about the blogfest, visitBathroom Blogfest. Look for the tag “#BathroomEXP” on flickr,, Technorati,Twitterand Google, or ‘Like’ onFacebook. Or, contact Whittemore at

Participating bloggers for the Bathroom Blogfest ’10 include:
Blogger Blog Name Blog URL
Susan Abbott Customer Experience Crossroads
Paul Anater Kitchen and Residential Design
Shannon Bilby Big Bob's Outlet
Shannon Bilby Carpets N More Blog
Shannon Bilby Dolphin Carpet Blog
Shannon Bilby From The Floors Up
Shannon Bilby My Big Bob's Blog
Toby Bloomberg Diva Marketing
Laurence Borel Blog Till You Drop
Bill Buyok Avente Tile Talk Blog
Jeanne Byington The Importance of Earnest Service
Becky Carroll Customers Rock!
Marianna Chapman Results Revolution
Katie Clark Practial Katie
Nora DePalma American Standard's Professor Toilet
Nora DePalma O'Reilly DePalma: The Blog
Leigh Durst LivePath Experience Architect Weblog
Valerie Fritz The AwarepointBlog
Iris Garrott Checking In and Checking Out
Tish Grier The Constant Observer
Renee LeCroy Your Fifth Wall
Joseph Michelli Dr. Joseph Michelli's Blog
Veronika Miller Modenus Blog
Arpi Nalbandian TILE Magazine Editor Blog
Maria Palma People 2 People Service
Reshma Bachwani Paritosh The Qualitative Research Blog
David Polinchock Polinchock's Ponderings
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond Scarlet Opus Trends Blog
David Reich My 2 Cents
Sandy Renshaw Around Des Moines
Sandy Renshaw Purple Wren
Bethany Richmond Carpet and Rug Institute Blog
Bruce Sanders RIMtailing Blog
Steve Tokar Please Be Seated
Carolyn Townes Becoming a Woman of Purpose
Stephanie Weaver Experienceology
Christine B. Whittemore Flooring The Consumer
Christine B. Whittemore Simple Marketing Blog
Christine & Ted Whittemore Smoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog
Christine B. Whittemore The Carpetology Blog
Linda Wright LindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathrooms