Water closets. Powder room. The Lou. El Bano. Toilette. Poop Room. And my favorite, spoken with an old lady Filipino accent: comfort room (say: comb-fort rhhhoom). Bathrooms!
So many ways to say and so many ways to decorate! Our Fairview Fixer came with two not-so-big bathrooms. We knew they'd need an overhaul. The layouts were odd and they weren't really our style. Definitely not a bad thing. That's the whole reason we went for a fixer: so we didn't have to pay for an updated house done in someone else's taste (often questionable). Here's what they looked like when we bought the house:
The master had an odd layout. My biggest issue was the first thing to greet you, when you opened the door, was the toilet. And there was no storage - not even a vanity cabinet. The hallway bath was a touch bigger, but no storage either. But as they say, the past is the past - looking forward: here's where we're headed, design-wise, with the bathrooms.
Designing the Master Bath
- Matte white subway tile on the floor and the shower walls and matte white hex tile on the shower floor.
- Matte black fixtures: shower hardware, wall-mount sink faucet, hooks, etc.
- I'm most excited about two things in this bathroom: a vessel sink that sits above a Carrera marble countertop (sounds fancy!) and this handmade light fixture!
- Instead of a pocket door, we're installing a barn door.
Then, that Hallway Bath.
Like the master, we're sticking with a B/W palette. The house itself isn't huge so I didn't think we could really make these big decorative departures with the bathrooms (maybe I'm wrong here).
- Glossy white subway tile on the shower walls, matte black hex on the shower floor. The fish scale tile was actually my kid's request! At first I was hesitant, but now I'm super excited to see how it comes together.
- Matte black fixtures similar to the master, but we're introducing brass here-and-there with these really pretty cabinet knobs, a classic over-the-mirror light fixture and hopefully that super cool toilet paper holder!
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
Both bathrooms will be getting black wood vanities and a fresh coat of white paint (Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and Benjamin Moore White for trim and ceiling. Trust that I looked at so many blogs for these picks - I think my eyes are still crossed). And we're not done yet! Here are a few things we're thinking about:
- Mirrors: I'm leaning toward a brass-framed round mirror for the hallway bath and a simple medicine cabinet style mirror for the master. It would be nice to add those little magnifying mirrors like they have at hotels with an accordion arm. I could get lost in those when I travel. So. Much. Magnification!
- Shower doors or curtains? Since these spaces are somewhat small, I've been reading about how shower doors can make a space feel smaller. We might go with a 1/2 stationary glass wall. For now, we'll keep ruminating and use curtains in the mean time.
Wow. Right? Someone sit me in a recliner and hand me a glass of Rose. Picking all of this stuff has been a lot more consideration than I thought! And guys: I. WENT. SIMPLE.
Can you imagine what life would have been like if I wanted one bathroom to have powder pink, ornate, chinoiserie wall paper and then wanted the other to have op-art style floor tiles - the kind that made you second guess your footing as you stepped into the shower? The design process would have been a full on Yellow Wallpaper episode.
And to think, I was so bold to request...a 3rd bathroom. Yes, we have definitely stepped into the 3rd tier of Dante's Inferno. More on that another time. Mama needs a nap and a break from Pinterest. XO