Alanis Morissette's soaking tub is right on trend – but it's in a totally unexpected place

Spa-style bathtubs are no new phenomenon, but what happens when you take them outdoors?

Alanis Morissette
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The desire for spa-style soaking tubs has shaped bathroom trends in recent years – but Alanis Morissette has taken things one step further – moving hers outside

The singer shared a look into her yard, which she has turned into a meditative outdoor bathroom. Complete with a white, Victorian-style soaking tub, an outdoor chandelier, a rug, and a wooden seat (we found a dupe below), and sauna – the space encompasses everything we love about spa bathrooms – with a twist. 

We admit that we're not convinced about the practicalities and logistics of taking a tub outside – and we're not sure bathing amongst fallen leaves is our idea of heaven. Clearly, though, the Ironic singer disagrees, as you'll see in the post below – and she has expert designer backing. 

'Exterior bathtubs are becoming an attractive option for those who love spending time outdoors, especially during summer,' says New York-based designer Artem Kropovinsky. He says that, despite them sounding somewhat unfeasible, we can make outdoor tubs work in many kinds of exteriors – and a pergola like Alanis Morissette's is not always essential. 

'These tubs can be installed in various outdoor spaces such as backyards, terraces, or even rooftops, offering a distinctive approach to appreciating the natural environment,' he explains. 

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Founder of NYC-based interior design firm, Arsight, Artem Kropovinsky has a decade of extensive global design experience, connecting a cohesive, collaborative team of passionate professionals, who work on interior projects in the U.S. and worldwide. 

Outdoor bathroom with large concrete tub

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This 'bathroom trend' is becoming a popular option for those, like Alanis, who want to bring their mediation to new heights – as she says – 'four and a half minutes of bliss is better than zero minutes of bliss.' However, its benefits are even more than spiritual in particularly hot climates. 

'As the summer heat intensifies, people are constantly seeking ways to keep themselves refreshed.' Artem says. 'An exterior bathtub serves this purpose well, allowing one to submerge in cool water while savoring the outdoor breeze.'

What to remember before bringing a soaking tub outside

Outdoor bathroom with pink bathtub against green tiled wall

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Ensuring we choose a screened area is the first step – but privacy aside, it also helps to select a spot that enjoys sunlight and is protected from harsh winds.

'Choosing the appropriate bathtub is essential. With numerous outdoor bathtub designs available, pick one that aligns with your preferences and financial plan,' Artem says. 'And remember to select suitable accessories for your bathtub, such as a protective cover and a step ladder, if necessary.' 

These (below) will ensure your tub remains hygienic and beneficial throughout the summer ahead. 

There are also several ways to enhance the bath's appearance and functionality.

'Placing plants or flowers near the bathtub can contribute to a soothing and welcoming ambiance while incorporating candles or lanterns will bring a romantic illumination to the surroundings,' Artem says. If there the space is right, there's no time like the present. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.