Sometimes stuff just finds its way into a room. Any never makes its way out. Such was the case with this client’s bathroom. There was a little of this and a little of that, a scalloped edge sink, and a bottle or two (or three or four) too many.
And that just wouldn’t do. My client wanted it to feel fresh, spa-like, and perhaps, like if you listened really closely, you could hear the tub whisper, “Relax. Stay awhile.”
So there was work to be done.
Wait for it. I’m trying to build suspense here….
Okay, now you can look.
We replaced the baseboard with a more substantial (taller) and squared-edge (for clean lines) variety, and added beefy, Craftsman style, trim to the new door. A deeper tub was installed to replace the existing one. And the sparkling new window was flanked with 6″ x 12″ porcelain tile that had the most beautiful wavy stone pattern and subtle texture.
The sconces, faucet, shower head, tub spout, soap dispenser, and even the toilet handle were finished in champagne bronze for a soft golden look that wasn’t as brassy as polished brass. A rectangular sink added a touch of modern to the space, but the ruffled shower curtain grounded the room in femininity.
With all the great changes, the one that tickles me the most is the face pot. I found it in my client’s office, tucked away at the back of a shelf. Said client was out of town so I took the liberty to fill the pot with potting soil and a fern. You may note, in a later photo, the fern has been changed to a succulent and this, dear readers, is the downside of maiden hair ferns: while beautiful, they’re finicky things, prone to expiration.
Above is a behind-the-scenes peek of the design before the light switches went on, before dark, hardwood planks were installed in the hallway, and–apparently, before the painter came back to touch up every spot I marked with a piece of blue painter’s tape. If you look closely you can spot the kitchen–pre-remodel–reflected in the mirror.
Here is a closeup of this cute picture (the pelican is embroidered on fabric) that now hangs over the toilet.
My client sourced this vanity online and we all know things can look different on a screen, but I’m happy to report the vanity was even more good looking in real life.
And here the pretty (and cross eyed?) maiden is with her new succulent headdress. Love her!
Paint: Benjamin Moore color Mayonnaise, in eggshell, for walls and ceiling
Benjamin Moore color Simply White, in satin, for baseboard, door, and door casing
Vanity: Fairmont Rustic Chic
Counter top and backsplash: Crema Marfil marble, custom
Shower curtain: Marshall’s
Toilet and sink: Kohler
Shower head, tub spout, faucet and toilet handle: Delta Lahara in Champagne Bronze
Floor tile: El Pietra Millerighe in Caramel cut to 6″ x 12″ for shower walls and left in original 12″ x 24″ size for the floor. Grout color: Alabaster.
PS, The other day, one of my clients mentioned that his tile guy suggested we install his 3″ x 6″ white subway kitchen tile in a grid pattern instead of the typical offset stagger. I wanted to “see” it myself before I decided if I was on board so I traced a few tiles, in both patterns, directly onto the wall to compare the Normal (staggered) version to the Who-Does-That? (grid pattern) version. Well, guess what? For this space, I actually preferred the (Who-Does-That?) grid pattern!
It ended up looking like this which I found much more interesting for this small, somewhat plain space than regular ol’ staggered. We used a grey grout to add a contrast and up the oomph, but the exact color name escapes me at the moment and I can’t find it in my notes.
The house is adobe style complete with stained pylons protruding out just below the roof line, but the inside is devoid of beams and has fantastically soaring ceilings so the plan for the inside is rustic modern with a nod to Spanish/Western. (It’s a man’s house; need I say more?) The exposed concrete floors will be polished and sealed with a matte finish. The windows will receive white, roller shades (motorized so his stunning views can be viewed within in seconds) and, in the kitchen, I’m contemplating using these stools…
with this table.
And this piece of art.
Staredown from West Elm
This design project involves the entire house so I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to the Before and Afters!