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Playa del Rey Bathroom Reveal

I am so happy to be back after a short break from blogging feeling refreshed. I have made a conscious decision to create and design at a slower pace allowing time for perfection and reflection on the projects that I choose to design.

For this very reason, Lulu and Matt were awesome clients. They empowered me use my creativity in the design of their beachy modern bathroom while seeking quality in the aesthetic. I will share a thoughtful interview from Lulu as part of this post. All photos are courtesy of the talented Amelia Tabullo photography.

H: Lulu, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
L: I love fashion and everything design related.
H: What motivated you to want to update your bathroom? 
L: I think bathroom and kitchen play really important role in home style, and our old bathroom is very out-dated, and we have been planning to renovate it since the day we moved in. We prefer stand shower to 2-1 tub & shower, because the stand-in shower gives us more space, and it is easier to clean.

 

H: How would you describe your design style and personal taste?

L: My style is modern, minimal, chic, and practical. My favorite design is North European interior style, I love the light, clean, and airy feel for my home.

 

H: What is your favorite aspect of your new design?

L: One of my favorite is definitely the marble shower and floor, I think it brings the bathroom (even my home) to a whole new level. I also like the color palettes, white, gray, walnut.
H: The frameless shower doors were key in creating an unobstructed view of the marble tile work.

Thank you, Lulu for sharing your beautiful home, the inspiration and the freedom to get creative with you!

Here is a close-up of some of the little details which include: Scandinavian style faucet, handmade brass sconces and custom recessed walnut shelving all coming together to make the space truly unique!

The finishing touches include modern towel rod, hand towel ring, soap dish, robe hook and toilet paper dispenser were all part of a chic set by Hansgrohe. I came across these gorgeous accessories in this Brooklyn bathroom.

I have also taken time to freshen up my Portfolio page, so please stop by to see more of what I do.

 

 

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Renovation: Bathroom Design

Today, I am looking forward to showing you how we installed 2 new bathrooms in our Renovation story. To begin with, I wanted to share with you a picture of how the bathroom looked before, so that you could see how far we have come! When we purchased the house, it was a 3 bedroom 1 bath home with a huge long wide hallway…that was essentially being used as a dining room.

You may see the floor plans here. We decided to expand the kitchen into the existing bathroom and to move this bathroom into the long underused hallway.

As you can see the small bathroom had vinyl peeling up from the floors and the window in the shower had completely rotted out from the years of use.

This bathroom would become the Guest Bathroom of the property. I felt the home would function better as a 3 bedroom, 2 bath property. I knew adding 2 brand new bathrooms could get pricey and I just wanted to ensure that we did it very cost effectively.

Since the guest bathroom needed to be a bit smaller than the Master, I opted for a Neo-angle shower and a pedestal sink. You can see the original inspiration here. You may remember the Archer pedestal sink that I used at our Bayly Ave. property. It has a classic shape and good price!

I really hunted for a cost effective standing shower that had all the elegance of a frameless shower but half the price point! It turned out, I found this piece by Maax at a hardware store just outside of Owensboro, KY. Thanks to my handyman for driving all the way out there to snag it for me!

After asking the input of a few close friends…I agreed that the mint colored penny tile was the most appealing. Here is a close-up of how it looked at the beginning of the installation with white grout in between.

From what I have read online, installing frameless doors can be tricky. According to many, the key is to set them correctly and evenly to guard against leaks or flooding.

For the flooring we used a large, modern, neutral colored porcelain tile with a high PEI rating.

We used the same tile in the Master Bath as it was a big savings to order this tile in a bulk quantity.

The sconce was a left over from the Master Bathroom, which I am going to show you next!

Like I mentioned, we had a narrow budget for updating and installing everything on this property, so much so, that my contractor found us a soaker tub on Craigslist! I think he may have “traded” it for something, but I can not be certain. The soaker tub is a standard length, but has a greater width and armrests for soaking in! Since the room width was slightly larger than the tub, we opted to build a shelf/ledge at the end of the tub.

Here you can see the evolution of the Master from the studs to the backer board; the sub floor through tiling.

I felt really excited to see the subway tiling going into the Master Bathroom. The tiling color is called Snow White although it looks a bit creamy against the stark white of the wall primer.

Once the tiling was installed, we waited and waited for the arrival of our new vanity. To our dismay, after 2 attempted deliveries, it arrived cracked with the Carrara marble top split down the center.

After some time and a month of patiently waiting for a replacement top, I decided to order a custom slab from a marble fabricator in town. For the price, I was satisfied with the replacement top, although, if I had been in town I would have probably hand selected a piece with less gray veining.

Here are a couple of extra bonus shots of the Master Bath from my photographer friend, Kristin.

*Please note* our contractor mistakenly installed the kitchen faucet for the farmhouse sink in to the bathroom. Luckily he went back and exchanged it with a smaller bathroom faucet.

I hope you have enjoyed these simple budget friendly bathroom. I am working with a friend on an elegant modern bathroom at the moment.

I’m curious to find out which bathroom appeals to you the most? Do you have any bathroom updates planned?

 

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