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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 of TILE 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, visit Bathroom Blogfest. Look for the tag “#BathroomEXP” on flickr,, Technorati, Twitter and Google, or ‘Like’ on Facebook. Or, contact Whittemore at

Participating bloggers for the Bathroom Blogfest ’10 include:
BloggerBlog NameBlog URL
Susan AbbottCustomer Experience Crossroads
Paul AnaterKitchen and Residential Design
Shannon BilbyBig Bob's Outlet
Shannon BilbyCarpets N More Blog
Shannon BilbyDolphin Carpet Blog
Shannon BilbyFrom The Floors Up
Shannon BilbyMy Big Bob's Blog
Toby Bloomberg Diva Marketing
Laurence Borel Blog Till You Drop
Bill BuyokAvente Tile Talk Blog
Jeanne Byington The Importance of Earnest Service
Becky CarrollCustomers 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 FritzThe AwarepointBlog
Iris GarrottChecking In and Checking Out
Tish GrierThe Constant Observer
Renee LeCroyYour Fifth Wall
Joseph MichelliDr. Joseph Michelli's
Veronika MillerModenus Blog
Arpi NalbandianTILE Magazine Editor Blog
Maria PalmaPeople 2 People Service
Reshma Bachwani ParitoshThe Qualitative Research Blog
David PolinchockPolinchock's Ponderings
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond Scarlet Opus Trends Blog
David ReichMy 2 Cents
Sandy RenshawAround Des Moines
Sandy RenshawPurple Wren
Bethany RichmondCarpet and Rug Institute Blog
Bruce SandersRIMtailing Blog
Steve TokarPlease Be Seated
Carolyn TownesBecoming a Woman of Purpose
Stephanie WeaverExperienceology
Christine B. WhittemoreFlooring The Consumer
Christine B. WhittemoreSimple Marketing Blog
Christine & Ted WhittemoreSmoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog
Christine B. WhittemoreThe Carpetology Blog
Linda WrightLindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathrooms