The Little Mermaid

by Grace Bonney

Hello everyone! This is Re Jin (or RJ!) from Bailey Doesn’t Bark. I create and sell essential daily wares with fun designs! I am very excited (and very nervous) to be guest blogging for Design Sponge after all these amazing previous guests. I will carry on the “guest blogger” torch with pride. Thank you for having me Grace!

Through out this week I will be sharing with you designs and products inspired by a few of everyone’s favorite fairy tale heroines!

The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s ending of The Little Mermaid is quite bitter sweet – yet beautiful. The prince marries a princess. (The mermaid) not being able to bring herself to kill the prince in order to become a mermaid again, “She cast one more lingering, half-fainting glance at the prince, and then threw herself from the ship into the sea, and thought her body was dissolving into foam.” The mermaid dies and becomes a “daughter of the air”: a spirit who will earn eternal soul by doing good deeds for hundreds of years to enter the kingdom of heaven.

“The Little Mermaid” Edmund Dulac

In the 1989 Walt Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid, (mermaid) Ariel and (prince) Eric marry and live happily ever after!

“The Little Mermaid” Walt Disney movie

If “Ariel” existed today, I believe she’d be longing for the sea waters. Due to her busy life tending to her castle, husband and children she would not find time to visit the ocean as often as she’d like. I think bathtubs would help ease her yearnings for the sea.

Gorgeous hand crafted solid copper bathtub by Kallista, “Archeo”.
Triple-milled soap spheres of sculpted roses by Gianna Rose.
Seagull print by Berkley Illustrations

CLICK HERE for the rest of Re Jin’s post after the jump!

Wooden soak bathtub by Bartok Design.

Rain Chains also by Bartok Design.
“Escape 4” Bath Salt – Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Tangerine and Peppermint by A Scents Worth.

Geo 180 (Rain!) bathtub by Kos.

Fun “Clouds” Shower Cap by ZPM.

Amazing “Natural stone” bathtub by Stone Forest.

Hand crafted Orange Organic bowls by Gleena.
Natural Sea Sponge by Bettijo.

“Soft” bathtub by Ideal Standard.

Sumptuous Seaweed Foaming Sea Salt Scrub by Bath House.
Sea World Viny Decals by Six Under a Tree.

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  • Super cool idea for a post. However much I love Disney’s The Little Mermaid, there’s something so sweet and beautiful (altthough tragic) about the Hans Christian Andersen version. It’s the version for grown-ups.

  • Ooh, I never knew the Little Mermaid became a daughter of air – I only heard the bitter ending (no sweet) of her turning into foam – the reason why the sea always has it.

  • I love bathtubs, and all of these beautiful bathing goodies just made my morning!

    And as much as I loved Disney’s, I have to say that when I read the Hans Christian Anderson version I was scarred for a bit. :P

  • HCA is my favorite of the fairy tale writers because not all his stories have happy endings. But I love them so. Also love Asya’s ceramics! I’m picking up some mugs from her this Sunday at BK Flea. Love your posts!

  • RJ! You are brilliant my dear! I love every single one of these, and am only sorry I got over here so late in the game! Sorry….because they are a stroke of genius and now I am going to pour over them all again! YAY!

  • I am now dying for that rock tub… I think my landlord might just freak out a bit though if he went through to do a repair or something, and found that the bathroom was now occupied by a boulder….

    The Little Mermaid was the only original version fairytale that I read before I was 7… I liked the disney a lot better, but after hearing the Grimm versions of all the Disney hacked movies, I started to love the disturbing fairytale. What with Rapunzel being in a desert, her prince being blinded, and all of a sudden she has kids in the desert? Obvious enough what was happening in that tower!
    Little Red Riding Hood wins for being most bitter, because everyone but the lumberjack dies and it is confirmed by the contents of the wolf’s stomach…

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