The Frida Kahlo Bathroom Gallery
I came into our Frida Kahlo Memorial Bathroom this morning to find that it has become something of a gallery, like every sill and open space in our house. Maria and I are both creatures of color and light, but she is an artist and sees the world in a visual way that is far beyond me.
There was a metal glass holder, an old fixture on the right, and we never put a glass there. Maria hangs her earrings there. She uses every space there is, she has a genius for that. But she has gone beyond that, she is the curator of spaces in our home. She always looks to brighten things up and add color.
Maria found a small blue holder of some kind – she never throws anything away and she put a dahlia and a couple of marigolds in there. To the left is my razor, and a brand new razor holder. In all of my life I have never had a place to put my razor. Neither did I ever have a brightly-colored razor.
I bought my razor and blades and holders from a new company called Harry's, it is revealing of the revolutionary new ideas about shopping and convenience triggered by the Internet, for better or worse. I'm not in the habit of shilling for corporations, but this company was founded by two young people who believed there had to be an easier and cheaper and more pleasant way to shave buy blades and razors.
Men know that going to the store to buy shaving equipment is cumbersome – blades are all under lock and key – and very expensive.
In this case, this is a change for the better. The razor costs me $15 and is very comfortable to hold, and comes in several colors, the blades are excellent and are $2 apiece. They last a long time, a couple of weeks for me. Ordering new supplies takes about five seconds on their very smart website. It comes in a day or two.
I have to wonder, could it always have been this pleasant, this easy, this inexpensive? And the stuff is very well made, the handle even has indentations for easier holding (I sound like a commercial.) I am rarely so pleased by something as mundane as razors and blades. I got Maria a yellow razor, so she won't keep stealing mine.
I just bought the holder, which cost $15 and I was struck by the symmetry of the razor, the old white tiles, and the new orange ones we painted ourselves for our Frida Kahlo bathroom, so named for the fact that it is the most pleasant and colorful bathroom I have ever used. I love the colors and lines here.
Maria's creativity is part of her soul, she simply brightens every space she enters. It would never have occurred to me to turn the old glass holder into an art installation and earring holder. Life is good here.