skip the towel rod. It's always hard to decorate around the towel rod. Plus, this fits a LOT more towels. I completely agree about skipping the towel rod.unless it's a heated towel rod in Michigan in winter :)
Build a custom Sliding Barn Door Storage Cabinet! Perfect for storage toilet paper and other items you don't want to be seen but also open shelving for decorating! Free plans at www.shanty-2-chic.com by keri
My soaker tub is set up identically to this. Instead of my wrought iron shelf, I would love to do a built in. I've also been torn with beadboard vs. tile for the front of the tub. Turns out I love the beadboard and its cheaper!