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Project Portfolio: Bathrooms
(before and after photos- click on photo to see full size view)
The powder room in this large, gracious, old brick urban home felt like a prison cell! Just 30" wide and 7' long and high with the most GAWD-AWFUL sponge painted wall and ceilings was enough to scare the poop right out of you! I found space under the stairs beside this room to push into for a vanity nook and storage and empty space above the ceiling which allowed me to create a small vaulted ceiling with cove lighting. Adding wainscot panels and champagne-painted walls with a teeny crystal light fixture transformed it from a punishment box into a jewel box!
Ugly, dated and depressing with horrible wallpaper was the state of this bathroom before. After, it still has a country feel with an urban sophistication. I used reclaimed barn-board for the flooring, added wainscoting, a cherry vanity and matching mirror, antique bronze finish faucets to match the light fixtures, and rustic, random-patterned limestone tile in the new shower stall. The owners no longer want to cry when taking a shower!
This second floor bathroom was dated and just downright dowdy so desperately needed a pick-me-up. While the budget wasn't super tight, it needed to be great value for the money spent, so I used expensive details sparingly but enough to give impact. The oval tile in opalescent teal, white and clear glass was used in one vertical strip in the new shower stall surrounded by white which keeps it crisp and clean while the white tile is cost effective. The vanity has strong angular lines and provides another strong contrast against the white tile. The deep teal wall color was influenced by the tile and provides huge punch with little cost. The whole effect is contemporary and crisp without needing a financialectomy!
You'll find the kitchen, living and dining areas of this home in their respective categories in the projects menu. This master bathroom was in a new addition so I was able to start from scratch to lay it out and decide on the placement of fixtures. I created 3 separate rooms: a toilet room with a door, a shower room and the main room with the free-standing tub and vanity. The luxury of the separate spaces provides privacy. The home was built in the early 1930's and is very traditional, so the materials and the wainscotting reflect the style original to the house, which the owners wanted to preserve. Using mosaic sparingly on the floor creates a visually pleasing tile "carpet" without being too busy or busting the budget.
The existing powder room technically was "fine". It didn't need to be enlarged or renovated, but it was so sad looking, it desperately needed an infusion of style and glamor! I found a stunning mother-of-pearl wall covering in a soft, warm caramel, used a pair of crystal sconces and small chandelier in a bronze finish and used a pretty, rectangular, pedestal sink which is traditional without being fussy. Now there's a bit of glam without looking like a tart!