Stained glass door panel

So, as I mentioned in the post on prairie-style stained glass, Tim and I worked with the Franklin Art Glass Studio to create a custom piece to go in the door to our bathroom. We walked in with printouts of a lot of those Frank Lloyd Wright art glass pieces that I’d pinned, and sat down to talk options. The guy from the studio (and this is so long ago, that unfortunately I don’t remember anyone’s names, but honestly EVERYONE we talked to there was exceedingly nice, please check them out if you need custom work done) sketched on a few of our drawings, showing how the proportion of our door would make each one look, and we decided on altering this piece from the F. F. Tomek House to be two repetitions wide instead of 3. The next step was waiting for one of the glass artists to draw up the pattern at full scale.

We went in a few weeks later to approve the pattern and pick out glass colors. This was such a fun process. The glass studio had marvelous big tables for drawing and laying out the glass pieces and it made me very nostalgic for architecture school. There was a whole wall of windows with sliding racks on them for looking at different small pieces of glass. We had brought in a scrap of our glass mosaic tile so we could color-match where possible. Once the artist pulled the larger pieces of glass from the samples we chose, he set them up on these skinny little rails along the windows, so we could see what they’d look like with light coming through them. This was especially helpful for the textured glass, so you could tell at what distance things were obscured by the texture.

Some of the bigger samples looked differently-colored than the little color “swatch” sized ones, so we went back and chose a few more for our artist to pull. We ended up with a clear glass (well, it’s heavily textured so you can’t see through it), a mottled one that picks up the marble in the bathroom, and a dark teal which is just so gorgeous.

Once we decided on the colors, it was back to the drawing to determine where each color was going to go. Our artist marked each field with the glass type so there were no mistakes, and then we signed off on the drawing. All we had to do after that was wait!

A few weeks later we got the call that our project was all done. Tim picked up the piece during a lunch break and we carefully stowed it until it was time to install it. Tim put the inset in the door and puttied it so it didn’t rattle, and after a little cleanup, the glass was shining like a jewel and we were totally thrilled.

It’s a little difficult to tell in this picture, but the center line of the piece really picks up the mission-style center line in the bottom half of the door. Everything is so geometric and the proportions are just lovely together.

As you can see, the ribbed glass really obscures everything on the other side. The only pieces that you can actually see clearly through are the dark teal squares, which are pretty far up.

And we also did a little accessorizing around the same time. We ordered a BUNCH of different clocks from Amazon, but we ended up keeping this one for the bathroom. The clock is hung high enough that I can see it over the shower curtain in the mornings, so I know if I’m running behind.

We also went to a bunch of different stores, looking for towels that worked for the color palette. The best method we found for this was buying a hand towel in each color we thought might work at each store. That way, we could hold different combinations up, hang them on different bars (the bath sheets are tucked behind the door, but the hand towels will be very close to the mosaic tile), and do a direct-comparison of softness. We had originally ordered a set of towels from Amazon (shown hanging above, since we had the complete set), though they were not awesome and plush, so we’ll probably save them for ourselves to use when we have TONS of guests. We also got a set from Target and Macy’s. We’ve had guests comment on our nice towels, so I’m glad we put the time in several months ago to find something awesome.

The day after we did the glass inset, Tim re-installed a glass shelf that had been in the bathroom when we moved in. It breaks up the space between the towel bar and the clock pretty well, though we still haven’t figured out what to put there and I just dust it periodically. I’ll let myself get goofy with non-functional accessories after we finish the trim and the linen closet! Anyway, that last shot is basically what our bathroom looks like right now. We still have a few finishing things to do (plus the closet, I cannot wait to stow massive amounts of things in there), so we can’t call it done yet, but it’s super functional and is really fun to show off when people come visit our house!


2 comments on “Stained glass door panel

  1. Doug and Marty Huss says:

    I love your bathrooom and I recall that I am one of the ones who commented on how much I like your towels.

    • Kate says:

      You are! I made a special point to pass the compliment on to Tim after you’d said it, too. We love when people appreciate little things like that. (But let’s be real, we bought awesome soft towels because WE wanted them!)

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