Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Marilyn Bathroom VII

My husband, the Bulldog, is in the Army. Therefore we move -- a lot. Taste has never been an obstacle for me when decorating, but it was sheer genius (Hey, if I don't say it maybe no one else will. I looked at my stats on Google Analytics -- not so good, but they love me in Austin.) when I came-up with the Marilyn Bathroom. Many moons ago, the Bulldog and I moved into this teeny tiny little house (dubbed "The Little House") that was somewhere around 100 years old. The bedroom was in an open loft and the bathroom had been upgraded sometime in the 1960's. It came complete with a blue bathtub and a blue sink. Not only was it dated, the shades of blue did not match. I took one look around and thought: "It looks 50's or 60's." I pondered the dilemma. The answer came to me like a bolt of lightening from above -- Marilyn Monroe. Thus was born the first in a series of Marilyn bathrooms. I substituted a director's chair I picked-up at a thrift store, ironed the name "Miss Monroe" on it, rolled some towels and -- viola! -- we had a linen closet. Dedicated to the premise that a little bad taste is a good thing and a lot bad taste is even better, I am on number seven in a series of Marilyn Bathrooms. The Little House was long ago torn down to make way for a highway (sniff!), but the Marilyn Bathroom lives on in sequel after sequel.

This toilet seat had to be replaced. I am still looking for another giant decal to put on my new one. If anyone knows where I can find one, please let me know! I rubber stamped a toilet seat with Marilyn's picture once and surrounded it with glued on rhinestones, but found the rhinestones rather uncomfortable upon the naked tush.

They actually made a series of small electronics with Marilyn's signature on them. Here the thing that looks like a microphone is actually a radio. The domed figures -- gifts from my mother-in-law actually play a recording of Marilyn singing. Ain't technology grand? The statue in the middle was one of the first Marilyn pieces I ever purchased at a flea market in Florida. Behind it all is Barbie as Marilyn. Two icons in one.

I hung a chandelier (Candlelight, of course. That whole electric chandelier over the tub thing just has suspicious murder and/or accidental electrocution written all over it.) above my garden tub. The blue plate on the right my beloved late father bought for me for my birthday (I was born on his 30th birthday) and is one of my first pieces. The one on the left is of Marilyn entertaining the troops in Korea and I bought it on EBay when my husband was deployed to Korea for a year. I picked-up the ceramic face of Marilyn in San Francisco back in the 80's. A friend embroidered the towels and gifted them to me one birthday.

Marilyn Christmas Tree ornaments from my mother-in-law. My MIL has be a dedicated supporter of the Marilyn bathroom for years.

It was a happy day when I found the Marilyn shower curtain, shower rings and matching bathroom accessories! Who knew such things existed?

More amazing crap from EBay.

This is one of my favorites. It is supposed to be 1/16 of an inch of Marilyn's hair removed from a hair net Marilyn actually owned. What? You don't believe it? It came with a fabulous presentation folder with pictures and all sorts of stuff. The "Fan Club" button is from the 50's and the pink polka dot tissue box holder was purchased at a thrift store for $1.00.

So, what do you think?


  1. OMG That's brilliant. And so YOU!

  2. Your blog with the Floridana was my inspiration to finally try to post my own pictures.

  3. How fun!! I love it. I was married by Elvis (or someone who looked/sounded just like him). I would love to have an Elvis bathroom. Maybe someday : )

  4. I love this! Thanks for sharing your bathroom with us! LOL

  5. I wish I had taken pictures of our tiki bar in NC in digital so I could upload them. It was resplendent with my vintage pre-Disney Florida collection and, of course, FLAMINGOS! Our house here is smaller, so that is currently in storage. I rotate collections of crap. While the Bulldog is gone, I am determined to figure-out all this new-fangled technology. So, maybe I will figure-out how to scan and post.

    Michael's bathroom is dedicated to Humphrey Bogart.

  6. Oh, and by the way, my bathroom is NEVER this clean.

  7. Great bathroom with Merlun Monroe. I just love her