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12/23/10

Bath vs. Shower


Only two days until Christmas!  A house full of children home on winter break, guests expected tomorrow...this exhausted Mama is in desperate need of some "me" time in order to recharge.  These days, my go to fortress of solitude is a long steam filled shower.  However, I have many friends that swear by the restorative powers of a hot soak in the tub.  Despite installing a beautiful bathtub in our Master Bath, I confess, I have only used it just once.  While I find them absolutely lovely to look at, to me there is nothing appealing about a warm bath.  So which one are you?  Do you prefer to shower and steam or bubble and bathe?


Or, maybe you're a little bit of both!

{so clever!}

Images via:  JeffreyBilhuber;StevenGambrel;ElleDecor;CanadianHouseandHome

44 comments:

  1. A shower for me is to get clean... but a bath is simple luxury!! Fun post :)

    xoxo

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  2. These beautiful showers could almost change my mind...but I so look forward to the nice, loooong, relaxing bath I take every night!!

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  3. I do love a good soak, but find that it's actually a rare occurance to take the time! If I could only pick one? Big shower with a bench seat and endless hot water!

    In the meantime...just sneak up to your bathroom...say your having a bath...light some candles, breathe deeply and have a cocktail!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!
    xo,
    ~R

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  4. i have both and wouldn't have it any other way!

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  5. I'm a bath girl. We have lived in our house for almost six years and I can only think of three times that I have ever used our shower! Although your second picture could convince me - love the horizontal stone. Merry Christmas! M.

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  6. I swear by the tub in the evening with epsom salts and favourite bubbles and shower in the morning.

    Merry Christmas!

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  7. I'm bath all the way. Every night after the house has gone quiet. I need the break.

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  8. I'm with David Toms, bubbles and Bubbly in the bath at night and shower in the morning.

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  9. I am a bath girl....and really wish I had one if those amazing tubs to soak in....maybe someday, but for now I can dream:) Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Gretchen O.

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  10. Without a second of hesitation, a bath. I have one every night and I think I might die without it. The hot bath gives me at least 45 minutes of much needed solitude...adore!!

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  11. HANDS DOWN i'm a bath girl!!!!!!!! - a fabulous tub is a MUST MUST MUST - take a bath every single night - then shower in the am ..

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  12. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels this way!! I love the look of a luxurious tub but hands-down I'm all about a huge steam shower. Our last home had the most beautiful slipper tub and can you believe I didn't even use it once?? But it sure was pretty! :)

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  13. I am madly in love with that first bathroom - so gorgeous!! I am definitely a shower girl but my husband loves baths!! In our old master bath we had a fabulous steam shower where you could add essential oils to the steam. It was really great!

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  14. Shower in the shower and soak in bubbles in the tub! Just beautiful
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  15. I've never been much into baths either. I'm a shower girl!

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  16. I'd say both because I like to shower after a bath !

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  17. I'm a bath girl all the way!!!
    YOu are exactly like my Mom. She has new bathtub she's never used. She doesn't like baths...
    I don't get you guys?!

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  18. I like a bath in theory but a shower in practice. The second shower/steam room is divine!

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  19. For relaxing I love a hot bath.

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  20. I'm with you - love the look of a tub but will go for a long shower every time! In fact, I have trouble taking anything BUT long showers....once I get in I just can't seem to get out! :)
    ~SW

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  21. Love love love the shower of the 2nd picture!!
    I wish you a warm Christmas my friend!
    xx
    Greet

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  22. I'm a bath girl although I dont take baths as often as I would like..so its usually showers for me during the week and then a relaxing bath on the weekend.

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  23. Such a good question! I have the same dilemma--a gorgeous tub that I barely use and an open shower that gets all the traffic. I do love having the tub though for those times when I really need a long hot soak!

    Wishing you a wonderful and happy Christmas!

    xoxo Mary Jo

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  24. I want both, just like the Japanese do. Take a shower to clean the body then take a hot hot bath to relax it.

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  25. I love my steam shower with a whirlpool tub. I can either choose to sit and soak in the tub or sit and enjoy a good steam session. Sometimes, I do both. Everyone should own a steam shower with a whirlpool tub, then there is no question of which to choose.

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  26. Sue, I am glad I am not alone! Warm baths are not for me either. But give me a fancy shower (like that first image) and I while be "gone" for quite a while!

    I have not been visiting many blogs lately -- (the store has kept me plenty busy, I will tell you more later) So, don't think I don't love you! (:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for all the support and your wonderful frienship. You are one stylish, generous, friendly, witty and talented lady! (And you have more energy than all of your blog friends combined).

    Love to you,

    Mon

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  27. I'm crazy about the floor to ceiling shower!

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  28. I love gorgeous showers... I'll take that over a bath any day!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  29. the last photo is amazing! i wish i could have all that space!

    http://anmarkdesign.blogspot.com/

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  30. I would love ANY right now!! But our shower pipes just froze I guess I'll have to take a cold bath...

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  31. My goodness I would love a bath but get this maybe a year since I took the time for me to do that...crazy huh
    Well wanted to let you know how much I love your blog and this is the time of the year to give thanks so that is what I am doing in case I haven't told you lately how much I look forward to your every post...Happy Holidays and a great New Year to you and yours

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  32. I love showers!!!!! Merry Christmas darling!!! xoxo

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  33. I'm such a shower-er. I think it's only because of a lack of time though, I wish I have time for a nice bath every now and then. Merry Christmas to you and yours lovely Sue! I am so thankful to have 'met' you and have appreciated your support this year greatly. Big hugs to you,
    Nancy xo

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  34. Bath. Fo sho.
    :)
    Too lazy to take a shower! Haha
    The bath is much easier!

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  35. Just saw that Terri/la dolfina thinks the same way as me. Shocker! We must be separated at birth!

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  36. I am a jacuzzi tub kind of girl when it comes to relaxing! Have a very Merry Christmas, Sue!! xo

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  37. I wish I could have both.

    Happy Holidays to your and your family.

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  38. I would never have my house without a tub because i always tell myself that i'm going to take long soaks. However, like you, i've only taken that long soak only once, so i guess i'm a shower kind of girl:-). I also wanted to wish you and the family a very Merry Christmas! I feel so lucky to have met you this year-you're a doll! XX

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  39. What I prefer is to have any one of those bathrooms in my home!!!
    Happy Holidays!

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  40. J'adore to the last one...so clever! I do adore a long soak with candles, nothing is better :) Happy Holiday!

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  41. I love my new bath tub...but the shower is for when I am in a hurry (and need to wash my hair)...still the bath with fragrant salts is the way to go!
    Fun post. Mary Ann

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  42. steam shower all the way! I am so not a bath person. I'd be happy to get rid of them all in my house.

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