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!}
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44 Comments

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

    xoxo

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  2. These beautiful showers could almost change my mind…but I so look forward to the nice, loooong, relaxing bath I take every night!!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  4. Cara wrote:

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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  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.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  6. David Toms wrote:

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

    Merry Christmas!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  7. I'm all about the shower!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  8. The last one I like.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  9. Kwana wrote:

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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  10. I'm with David Toms, bubbles and Bubbly in the bath at night and shower in the morning.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  11. 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.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  12. 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!!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  13. 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 ..

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  14. 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! 🙂

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  15. 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!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  16. Shower in the shower and soak in bubbles in the tub! Just beautiful
    Teresa
    xoxo

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  17. I've never been much into baths either. I'm a shower girl!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  18. I'd say both because I like to shower after a bath !

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  19. La Dolfina wrote:

    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?!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  20. I like a bath in theory but a shower in practice. The second shower/steam room is divine!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  21. For relaxing I love a hot bath.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  22. Sarah wrote:

    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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  23. Greet wrote:

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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  24. 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.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  25. 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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  26. I want both, just like the Japanese do. Take a shower to clean the body then take a hot hot bath to relax it.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  27. 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.

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  28. 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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  29. I'm crazy about the floor to ceiling shower!

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  30. Josie wrote:

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

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  31. the last photo is amazing! i wish i could have all that space!

    http://anmarkdesign.blogspot.com/

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  32. I would love ANY right now!! But our shower pipes just froze I guess I'll have to take a cold bath…

    Published on 12.23.10 · Reply
  33. Kathy wrote:

    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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  34. Nuit wrote:

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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  35. 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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  36. Cashon&Co wrote:

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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  37. Cashon&Co wrote:

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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  38. Debby wrote:

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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  39. Julie wrote:

    I wish I could have both.

    Happy Holidays to your and your family.

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  40. Stacey wrote:

    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

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  41. What I prefer is to have any one of those bathrooms in my home!!!
    Happy Holidays!

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  42. Amanda wrote:

    J'adore to the last one…so clever! I do adore a long soak with candles, nothing is better 🙂 Happy Holiday!

    Published on 12.24.10 · Reply
  43. 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

    Published on 12.26.10 · Reply
  44. 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.

    Published on 12.28.10 · Reply