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Home base: No matter the name, we all love this room

Sorrento sit bathtub, by Victoria & Albert, is inspired by traditional Japanese tubs, which allow full-body immersion.
Sorrento sit bathtub, by Victoria & Albert, is inspired by traditional Japanese tubs, which allow full-body immersion.
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Does any other room have this many names: bathroom, restroom, washroom, lavatory, little girl's room, the john, the head (on Navy ships, I've heard), and a few others I won't mention?

BODY SOAKING A LA JAPANESE

It's always interesting to see the way other cultures model their products, specifically ones for the home. The Sorrento sit bath tub, by Victoria & Albert, is inspired by traditional Japanese tubs, which allow full-body immersion (how's that for deep soaking?). And because it's not as big as standard tubs, it fits in small spaces and can be installed in a corner, as a centerpiece or anywhere. It also comes in a floral pattern. Cost is $5,000 for the freestanding tub (with the base) and $3,300 for the built-in version. Details: vandabaths.com.

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR BATHROOM IDEAS

Let me preface this next section by saying that I'm jealous of people whose bathrooms look like a spa (sigh). In any event, if you're considering turning your bath into one of these luxurious havens, here's a list of the top 5 most popular products, according to abathroomguide.com: Heated floors (You know stepping on cold tile is not fun!); rainfall showerheads (I hate wimpy shower streams; I'd rather feel like I'm getting bombarded by water from all sides); steam showers (Steam helps relieve muscle tension and joint fatigue. And it works wonders for your skin.); LED lighting (Hey, a little ambience goes a long way); and mirror defoggers (No one wants to wait to see their newly refreshed skin.).

THE PLEASURES OF A DAILY BATH

Neither my bathroom nor my bathtub is very fancy. Still, I don't let that keep me from indulging in a daily bath. Yes, you read that correctly — daily. And I love it. Regardless of how tired I am, soaking my whole body in water always makes me feel better. On many nights, I swear it's what helps me sleep. One night, I went to bed without it and ended up waking up in the middle of the night to run my bath. Only then was I able to sleep. I'm not saying I sit there for hours on end — although I would, if I had the time. After a long day at work or a good workout, I run a hot bath and sit in it for about 10 minutes. There, no one bothers me and I'm away from all the noise (not you, my dear husband; I mean the TV or phone). It has become such a part of my routine, this taking-a-bath business, that I don't feel at home until I do it. And you? What makes you feel at home?

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