Chris Choice…Room of the Week

Connecticut Fantasy

While working on one of my books, I had the good fortune to meet Michael Trapp, an antiques dealer and garden designer, and see his wonderful store in Cornwell, Connecticut. There is something charming about his lushly romantic bathroom! The room is filled with a myriad of objects acquired by this collector. A nineteenth century tin tub from France sits beneath a window framed by antique linen sheets, dried tuber roses and Spanish moss. Filled with antiques – from the Parquet de Versailles floor, to the brass fixtures on the sink – this room feels like it might have existed forever, but only took Trapp three months to put together. “It all fell into place,” he told me, “everything seems to be the way it should be.”

A 19th Century tin tub from France is center stage beneath the sun-filled window with its elaborate backdrop of draped linen sheets.

Dried flowers hang upside down on the horizontal wainscotting behind the old-fashioned white toilet.

Four old white-washed doors are the bases for the sink area. Michael added 3 pieces of old marble to form the sink surround and hung a gilt-framed mirror above.

A view of the tub and the window, with a massive urn in between.

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