Houzz 2022 study: Bathroom remodelers reveal top trends

Pardon the potty talk, but we’re discussing bathrooms today. These are on my mind because, not to sound too la-di-da, I just spent a week bicycling around France’s Loire Valley and touring the excessively lavish castles of beheaded royals and other aristocracy. It clarified for me both why the French commoners revolted and just how far bathrooms have come.

While I walked through dozens of palatial bedrooms and parlors in luxurious French chateaux, I did not see one bathroom. Because. They. Didn’t. Exist.

Today, of course, French bathrooms are commonplace, but whenever I return from any foreign country, I thank heaven for American plumbing.

Coincidentally, I came home to find

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