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Lulu’s Stylish Bathroom Renovation

Drumroll…today is the day!

I am pleased to share the results of the full bathroom renovation with you. It was a labor of love and I feel a satisfied with the way it all came together.

I will have the professional photo-shoot in August, but until then, here are a few pictures of the renovated bathroom.

Below is the picture of the vanity before and after. We created more storage by using a large mirrored medicine cabinet in lieu of the older vanity.

We updated the space using a modern floating vanity in walnut that provided ample storage space. The accent wall was painted in Pigeon Gray by Benjamin Moore. The coolness of the gray paint offset the warmth of the walnut perfectly as imagined. The brass sconces by Triple7Recycled were a sweet find! They add a touch a of vintage style and metallic shine to the design.

I especially like the way that the 2 display shelves replace then former mirrored side cabinet. The details such as the shower head and handles really modernize the space. We used a set of Hansgrohe towel rods, ring, robe hook and soap dish to accessorize the bath.

An update to the general room lighting was essential in transforming the space. If I could only change 2 things about a room, I always look to lighting and paint selection in the beginning. The recessed LED lighting provides a crisp white light and energy saving advantages in the long run. I love the way the lighting reflects off of the marble surface.

All the details in the marble finishing make the space truly customized. From the marble baseboards, the buffed marble edging on the shower, to the honed marble shower floor tiles this space is one of a kind.

Overall, you can see how the bathroom flows together…from the enlarged shower surround to the modern sink.

The best part was sharing the results with Lulu and Matt. Lulu was a big part of designing the space. I know they are going to enjoy it for many years to come.

***We have since added see through frameless glass shower doors. I will save the pictures of these for the reveal of the pro photos in August.***



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Lulu’s Bathroom: Before Demolition

I felt honored when my friend Lulu and her husband asked me to work with her on customizing her Dream Bathroom in her new condo near the beach.

Their home is really perfect: modern, fresh white paint, a great location, and hardwood floors!

The bathroom was functional and move-in-ready. I liked that the shower and tub surround were clean and white. As a designer, the bathroom was an empty canvas.

We made plans to transform and customize the space from the floors to the ceiling. From the dark slate floor tiles to the time worn vanity, which made the room appear outdated…

The lighting fixtures and mirrors were basic and lacked originality…since Lulu has great taste, they were just too simple for her liking!

Here is a running list of the things we are removing:

  • Mirrors
  • All lighting fixtures
  • Noisy ceiling fan
  • Shower enclosure
  • Bathtub
  • Shower head
  • Sink vanity and faucet
  • Floor Tiling
  • Shower bar and Accessories
As you can see form this list, that’s basically everything! 

Follow our daily sneak peaks via Instagram, where you can see materials, fixtures, and demo pics.

Please stop by and see all of our inspiration for tile layout and design on our ever-evolving shared pin board!

You will see how they all come together in our new bathroom design.

Happy Wednesday~ thanks for looking!

For more process pictures, check back weekly:)



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Lulu’s Stylish Master Bath Inspiration

This summer, I am working on Lulu’s Stylish Master Bathroom.

First of all, I can truly say that working with Lulu is a pleasure because she has such a great spirit and energy. We have a similar style when it comes to design, so I truly enjoy everything!

From discovering our favorite Bathroom inspiration:

(Via Elle Decor)

To collecting all of the products and images in a collaborative way.

I love the modern square tiles and the warm clean lines of this bathroom sink cabinet.

We came across many fellow bloggers who served as inspiration for the design, but ultimately, the choices we settled on embody Lulu and Matt’s unique style and needs:

  • Clean modern lines
  • Classic Carrara Marble tiles
  • Funky bits of black and brass
  • Clean modern walnut vanity cabinet
  • Stylish chrome faucets and accessories


This design board is merely a preview of what is to come!

I can’t wait to reveal the project from demolition to renovation once it is underway.




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Vintage Beachy Bathroom

Click here to see how the bathroom looked before.

It still needs some styling…perhaps a Mason jar with some fresh picked flowers. I’d love to do a cafe curtain on the all wood window in white to kind of break up the moulding a bit.

I know it still needs that je ne sais quoi…perhaps a little shabby farm table to right of the pedestal sink to hold Turkish towels or baskets full of bath accessories.

I am very happy with how the tiling came out: warm and modern.

We found the original ornate switch plate in the attic…the house that keeps on giving:)

I know it kinda doesn’t match everything in the room, but it IS special and original so I went with it!

Overall, I am very happy with the update. Now, on to style the bathroom and do some photo editing.

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Bathroom Redo

Okay, so I’m a little embarrassed that our bathroom used to look like this. I couldn’t delve into painting because we were still considering a move and in my defense, the cream and cranberry tile were a tough color combination to accent.

The first week in our apartment, I painted the bathroom. Then, I painted it white all over again, here’s what it looked like (please excuse the mess!)

Here’s a peak at the pine wood frame. I prefer to lighten and darken stain with artist’s oil to develop a custom shade. This one is Varathane’s Summer Oak stain,  mixed with Raw Umber. I chose knot filled 1″ x 2″ from Anawalt Lumber in lieu of rustic pieces which were hard to find in L.A. I came across this plan at Knock of Wood and knew the solution to my frameless mirror had manifested!

All year, I have been picturing this simple upgrade. Paint is budget friendly and makes such a huge difference in small rooms. The blue shade made the tile look creamier and less yellow…Did I mention I’m so happy?!

For now, this is the final peak! I’d still like to accessorize the outlets with covers, pewter maybe? Plus, find some decorative knobs for our built in storage.

For those of you playing my little faux granite guessing game, you are fool proof, it is the one on the right!

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Color Forecast

Today, I discovered MyPantone! It’s a simple program that allows you to collect and arrange swatches into palettes. As part of my New Year’s resolution, I’ve been thinking about all the to do’s for 2010. There are many goals that I hope to accomplish this year, and I have 2 design projects that I will focus on this month.

*Inspiration boards for my Dad’s new bath

*Painting our bathroom

*Fortifying a color scheme for our bedroom

I guess that makes three!

Here are two rows that I concocted while playing around. The blues are found in my bedroom and bath. The cranberry is the color of the existing tiles. All the rest, such as the verdant shades of green are hues pulled from nature that I see in the banana leaves outside my window.

I wanted to really acquaint myself with the Pantone site since their colors have many applications. I worked with the free software for a bit. It even allows you to insert a photo like the one below. Then, it selects 12 different colors present and generates a swatch. You are able to decide which to add and to delete from there. This photo, is one of the many that I’ve found to inspire my Dad as he gathers ideas for an additional bathroom.

I’m lovin’ the wash table! Plus the cool grey cement coupled with the natural wood.

Next, our newly revised bedroom palette! I saw these curtains at West Elm and decided to hand dye them myself this week, while I have the time. I am tempted to paint the walls too, but since we are apartment living, I’ve tried to really limit the number of walls that we will have to repaint should we ever move.

In lieu of painting, I think 4 panels of curtains should do the trick!

Last but not least, here is a copy of the 2010 color forecast by Pantone for this year!

Don’t forget to weigh in!

Which colors do you love or disdain for your place?

I love the gray swatch in row 5, column 1.

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