Outdoor Showers with Kathryn Miller Interiors

I don’t know about you, but having an outdoor shower is a little dream of mine (and my husband’s). We still remember taking a trip to The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley where we really fell in love with outdoor showers. Since then we have thought about how we could put a chic little shower outside. It is yet to happen, but hope it will one day. Really there is nothing more refreshing, not to mention practical. This especially true for those of us that live near the beach and have kids. I can’t think of a better way to avoid having sand tracked through the house. And thanks to the talented Kathryn Miller here are some very stylish options to consider for your own little outdoor cleaning haven. Thank you Kathryn for the inspiration! xx 

Summer is here, which means your kids, your friends, your families, and your dogs will be in the pool or in the ocean for three solid months… That’s three solid months filled with chlorine hair, sandy feet (and paws), and popsicle faces!  So why not make rinsing off outside after a full day a beautiful experience…?

Over the last couple of months, in preparation for summer, we have been called to several consultations that were specifically for outdoor showers, and the truth is, an outdoor shower is a special and very useful amenity for your home. We keep a file of pictures on hand to illustrate some of our favorite examples (which range in execution time and costs).  So much depends on the styles and colors of your home and what’s surrounding it; but below are a few of our favorite exterior showers.  Added bonus: If you already have one it’s relatively easy to give yours a facelift…. OR just leave the plumbing where it is and totally re-do!

Once you’ve decided the style of your home and the style of exterior shower that will complement it (and you’ve weeded through all the logistics) then don’t forget to make it feel homey. Some things I like to add to make it feel like a warm interior (on the exterior) space are:

towel hooks

a cool mirror

wire baskets on a wall in the shower for supplies (shampoos, soaps, conditioners, brushes, etc.)

— a potted plant or tree

a covered woven floor basket where you can keep your clean laundered towels

a metal tub to drop your wet suits and wet towels in (so that they’re not piled on the ground, making you rush off to the laundry. I’m all for hidden chaos… you go finish that margarita….grab those towels later, after everyone has left).

Enjoy your summer!!

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Kathryn Kathryn completed her degree in Interior Design at the University of Alabama and then worked for award-winning interior designer Charlotte Comer of Charlotte Comer Interiors and Collectibles in Dallas, Texas. Kathryn believes the influence of the California lifestyle and the coast’s natural beauty has augmented her passion to bring beauty and balance into the home. For more information, check out Kathryn Miller Interiors & Design. For more design tips by Kathryn, click here.

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