A Semi- Private Room (Decorated Publicly)

This post is sponsored by Public Goods, a company that provides beautiful essentials for a more sustainable home.

The other day, while removing the shower curtain from its hooks to be thrown in the wash, I wondered about the lack of change in this particular room. A room, that on any given day, hour, or minute, you’ll find the three of us hanging over one another doing a multitude of things. I purchased the shower curtain soon after we moved in, realizing that if I needed one new thing —and it’s all I could afford—that had to be it. I know that during the day when the sun hits the back of Oak’s curls, the pink light illuminates every strand. I know in the evening when I light my cedar & suede candle beside my nightly baths, the bathroom is aglow in deep yellow and pink. It feels like a movie, but in this one, the only moving parts are the forces outside of the character’s lives—not much of what they (we) or it (the space) does gets changed. 

As someone who is currently writing a book about the objects in our home and how our bodies and our stories align with it, I’m ecstatic to be partnering with Public Goods and call attention to their approach to sustainability. In a world where everything is changing — this bathroom, the delivery of it day in and day out, is welcomed….

When I notice River grabbing the brush and leaving it on the sink, or Oak deciding that it’s his day to wash his curls, or his decision to rub locally made lotion on his own body (but leave the bottle out), I am not bothered. The mess and normality of it all brings comfort. I no longer think of sustainability as all the things that must be done (there’s so much right now) but as small things, routines, and items that we can do and take up everyday. Even when it comes to our home right now, this particular time calls for a broader view of what sustainability truly means as our days and nights weave together. 

I pull out of that common bathroom scene—and think of us busting through the old wooden bathroom door (that doesn’t even lock). I don’t think about the lack of boundaries that define our life and rituals. I think about the things that help us pursue that. Public Goods is one of those things —  accessible items that add beauty and sustainability to life’s mundane (and magical) moments. It’s strange to think of design and sustainability through this particular lens. But in reality, I couldn’t do it any other way. And think, maybe it isn’t just this year.  Maybe, we’ve been doing it all along.

In addition to that pink curtain, for years, we’ve housed our toilet paper in a mesh tote that hangs over the toilet caddy. This was an idea I got from a designer friend and her own NYC apartment. After testing creative ways to store toilet paper— from a design perspective—it was the only way that felt pretty but also (for lack of a better word) sustainable. While toilet paper has a function, Public Goods Tree Free TP is made of bamboo and sugarcane, which gives room for not only a story but also a new avenue in design. It’s hard to see with clarity online, but the folds of the paper are so pretty and delicate, that paired with a mesh grocery bag, it gives the room an added texture. In contrast with our already-always there shower curtain, these two forces collide in such a way that on the surface isn’t about design at all. With our usual hanging plant that provides a touch of green and of course, additional life, the room becomes a living space. 

Did I think of this fully and wholly while adding these parts? No. Will I change any of it? That’s likely a no as well. I’ve learned through the shower curtain that I’ve washed and rewashed over the last three years, the plants that rotate in this room, the bottles of Bathroom cleaner that I refill and leave beside our old tub in this old apartment, and in that scene where the kids funnel through the door to grab one thing or multiple things, a room, and the things that are in it are alive not just in what they’re made of, but also in the small choices that lead to that make-up. It’s hard to re approach that. 

In a different and more thoughtful approach to Black Friday, now through the end of November, you can get 20% off your first order at Public Goods with the code: LATONYA20 

(Thank you Public Goods for sponsoring this post. And thank you for reading and sharing this space as we try to sustain life as a small business)

6 thoughts on “A Semi- Private Room (Decorated Publicly)

  • Reply Elizabeth Wasuna November 24, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Lovely! You have such a gift for showing the beauty in your home without contributing to that frantic feeling I often get from social media, that I need to purchase something to make my home “perfect”. I always get the sense I can create beautiful spaces from what I already have, when I see your home! So, thank you! ❤️

    • Reply latonya November 24, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      Elizabeth, thank you for this sweet comment. I so appreciate it! I really love that these posts give that to you, as that is always a hope (and my relationship to things in my home too).


  • Reply Lovene Kaleel November 24, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I absolutely love the simplicity of your bathroom. That shower curtain!! The vibrancy and the transparency what a simple yet beautiful combination. It just feels like a place where love resides

    • Reply latonya November 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Lovene,
      That is so so so sweet to write! I think so, I hope so!!!


  • Reply Jude November 30, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Such a breath of fresh air to see a cosy, interesting home used and loved by a family. Love your bathrobe too!

    • Reply latonya November 30, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Jude

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