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The Great Disappearing Act Of The Hotel Shower Door

Frequent travelers may have noticed a new trend that has been appearing in hotels throughout the country recently. What began overseas during the 80s is now a widespread staple of high-end and luxurious hotels worldwide. Namely, the disappearing hotel shower door. While hotel bathroom showers traditionally include a partition, it is now common to find a shower with a half curve of glass only, or simply a shower head and drain open to the rest of the room. For patrons, the trend may seem bewildering, or downright infuriating, but the days of a shower curtain or door are clearly long gone. 

It has been said that the half-door, or no doors, concept serves a handful of purposes that would otherwise not exist with a full partition. Some of these reasons include the illusion of a larger room. Without a shower curtain or door, the room instantly becomes brighter and a bit more spacious as guests are able to scope out the entire space at first glance. It also provides easy cleanup for housekeeping. Shower curtains, especially cloth curtains, are more likely to trap bacteria than shower glass. Frameless shower doors offer less chance of mold build-up and are easier to clean, something to consider as the travel industry begins to slowly reopen.

Darrell Long, Design Principal and Regional Managing Director at Wilson Associates recently provided his expert opinions.

1.   When did this trend begin in the US?

In the United States, it wasn’t until approximately ten years ago that the idea was implemented. The origins were profoundly entrenched in the boutique hotel market. The implementation was more of a cool factor and less of a necessity. And in most situations

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Shower Curtain Hooks to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vibe

You’ve got cute towels, a comfy bath mat, and a coordinated soap dish and toothbrush holder. Why stop there? Upgrading our shower curtain rings to a style with a fancier finish or extra baubles will have a bigger impact than you think. Even better: This design element packs a big punch with minimal spend.



a room with a sink and a mirror: A pop of color or chrome makes a small but powerful impact.


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A pop of color or chrome makes a small but powerful impact.



a close up of a device: If you want to coordinate a vibrant drape with matching accessories, pick these! The colorful spherical balls are engineered to slide across the rod without effort.


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If you want to coordinate a vibrant drape with matching accessories, pick these! The colorful spherical balls are engineered to slide across the rod without effort.

Always cross-reference the number and size of hook holes in your curtain with the rings you’re eying. You don’t want to come up short when you go to hang your pretty new things.



a close up of a device: Not digging a click-into-place style? This one—which also comes in chrome, bronze and matte black finishes—has two prongs, with an inward-facing one for your liner. If you replace or wash your liner frequently, an unlatched style makes moving it back and forth much easier.


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Not digging a click-into-place style? This one—which also comes in chrome, bronze and matte black finishes—has two prongs, with an inward-facing one for your liner. If you replace or wash your liner frequently, an unlatched style makes moving it back and forth much easier.

Picking a rust-resistant shower-curtain hook is crucial. The bathroom is a hub of humidity, which loves to eat away at metal. Pick a naturally corrosion-resistant metal—like stainless steel, aluminum metal, copper, bronze, brass or galvanized steel—or something that’s been specially treated or plated to resist oxidation.



a close up of a light: Those five little balls at the top aren’t just adornment: They also make the hangers slide across the rod quietly and easily.


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Those five little balls at the top aren’t just adornment: They also make the hangers slide across the rod quietly and easily.

If your shower curtain is still not gliding as seamlessly as you’d like, you can spray the top of the rod with a silicone spray, or just rub on some soap, wax or petroleum jelly.

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New Designer Shower and Bathroom Safety Accessories

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E&T Horizons introduces a new line from ThermoMat Italy that includes an extended range of designer shower and bathroom safety accessories marketed by Design By Intent®. With the aging in place movement more and more Americans are staying in their homes longer, and this necessitates products for the changing physical needs of older adults.

“E&T Horizons vision is to carve a new niche in the shower and bathroom safety market with products that are not only functional, but also sleek and beautiful.” stated Terri Gelman, CEO and owner of E&T Horizons, LLC. We firmly believe there is a void in the market for designer styled safety bathroom furniture for consumers that have modern updated bathrooms and want an alternative to the traditional hospital styled safety products.”

The new line from ThermoMat Italy includes ADA Compliant fold up shower seats, grab bars, and unique multifunctional shelves with added grip support. Italian design has long been known for its innovative contemporary looks and these products will delight home buyers. Products are available in a variety of designer colors to coordinate with modern bathroom decors.

Unique to the market is the concept of combining the functionality of a traditional grab bar, with the feature of a display and storage shelf. These can be used both in the shower, and in the bathroom by the toilet or in other areas. The support bar is weight supporting and provides for additional stability and anti-slipping. In addition, the grab bar offers dually functional as an attractive

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The Best Stylish Shower Curtains That You Can Buy on Amazon

Shopping for a shower curtain can be a bit of a drag. Oftentimes, you just get a simple white curtain and cross your fingers that it won’t get moldy like your last one did. But as a fashionista and home decor enthusiast, you can do better than a boring shower curtain. There are plenty of cute options that’ll make your bathroom feel like a spa-like paradise—and if not, maybe it’ll at least feel like it reflects your sense of style. 

A curtain can’t just be judged on style alone, though. It needs to have substance, too, and last a long time. You don’t want to replace it after just three months. The best stylish shower curtains won’t get moldy or sprout mildew. They’ll dry quickly, and the colors in the curtain won’t fade over time. This might seem obvious, but the curtains also need to cover your entire shower and keep the water where it belongs—not on your floor. These shower curtains tick all of these boxes while also looking chic. Check out our picks below.

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1. AmazonBasics Mold and Mildew Resistant Shower Curtain

This curtain, which features classic beige and white horizontal stripes, is exactly what you need in your shower. It’s 72 in. by 72 in. and will cover your shower completely. It won’t be too long or short. Made out of polyester fabric, this curtain is

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5 walk in shower ideas to add a luxury feel to your bathroom



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We could look at walk in shower ideas all day long, they are just so dreamy! They used to be something we would just lust over, assuming they were reserved for massive bathrooms and luxury homes BUT we have been proven wrong by these gorgeous rooms. Turns out a walk-in shower can work in a smaller bathroom too, in fact, they are a great choice for a small space because you cut out the bulky tray and enclosure. They can also work with any style and you can now get some really budget-friendly designs.

So just keep scrolling to see how you can make your walk in shower dreams come true, and for more bathroom ideas check out our full feature. 

1. Add a stylish partition to a walk in shower

In larger bathrooms, a partition for a walk in shower might not be needed, but to make them work in a small space you will probably need something to prevent water ending up all over the place. Black Crittall-style shower partitions are super stylish right now, every bathroom on Instagram seems to have them. They somehow manage to be statement and subtle at the same time – like in this bathroom the black works so well with the flooring and the hints of dark colours in the rest of the space.

2. Add a walk in shower to a traditional bathroom 

Walk in showers do seem to be synonymous with more modern bathrooms, but they can work in more traditional spaces too. The wall paneling in this bathroom fits with the period-style and the simple glass screen doesn’t break up the room or add anything too contemporary. 

Also note the shelves that have been built into this walk in shower, a great way

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