dishing bathroom etiquette with jonathan adler



If you’re like us you are diligent about having extra rolls of toilet paper handy when guests are visiting. Nothing’s more of a horror than leaving someone high and dry (so to speak) at their moment of need. But where to put them so they’re easy to find, but not unslighlty? Chalk it up to a modern hostess’ dilemma, that hark, our man with a plan Jonathan Adler has come to solve. You might roll your eyes to hear that the fab designer has teamed up with Cottonelle to make toilet paper covers, but take a look. They’re cute!

In honor of the collaboration, Shelterrific got to ask Jonathan Adler some burning questions about his favorite bathrooms, etiquette and other sticky subjects. Read on and enjoy!

What’s the swankiest commode you’ve ever had the privilege of visiting?
Jonathan Adler: Not to be all fancy or anything, but I kinda’ love the bathrooms at Claridge’s in London. Them Brits know how to do a bathroom– kinda’ fancy, kinda’ tradish, kinda’ residential, a nice patina—and the bath fills up in approximately 13 seconds. Heaven.

Why do you think it’s important for people to “dress their rolls” for guests?
JA: I believe functionality is key when you’re decorating your house or reorganizing a space. These roll covers are a great solution for keeping that extra roll of Cottonelle Clean Care handy and make your bathroom look groovy.

Please answer the old debate: Do you display your toilet paper rolled under or over?
JA: Over, obviously. I don’t even understand people who roll under. WTF?

What three things would we always find in your bathroom?
JA: Cottonelle (obs), Barbasol shaving cream (the best!), and vats of Kiehl’s Crème De Corps.

Adlerfy your bathroom with a toilet paper roll cover of your own. Go to to order yours. There are three delightful designs to choose from. $2/roll + $2 for shipping. (If they don’t float your boat you could always pick up a little crocheted number over at Etsy. )

Previous posts on bathrooms and Jonathan Adler (though not together!):

Bathroom Dreams: Kohler’s $6400 Numi Toilet

Are You Addicted to Soft Toilet Paper?

Help! What Should I Do With This Pink Bathroom?

Unleash Your Inner Adler

Jonathan Adler Finds His Way Into My Squirrel Lovin’ Heart

From our partners

Colorful containers! I snagged an idea from younghouselove and bought a tall clear glass vase, just wide enough for a roll of tp to fit in, and put that in the bathroom. It holds four rolls stacked on top of each other.