So, I have finally got my act together to get this project started. It’s been so long since I have done a more extensive type of home project, and I forgot how time consuming it is. Fortunately, I just love doing this – if only I had an unlimited budget. I have to admit though, that the hunt and search for great pieces that are good quality and interesting is all part of the fun.
The process began probably about 6-8 months ago when I started to get ideas on what look I wanted. As most of you probably already do, I turned to Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest as my initial resources. Through Instagram I discovered two interior designers who I am OBSESSED with. They both have blogs which are so informative and helpful in finding great resources to create looks similar to ones they have created.
The first designer is one that I have been following the longest and I LOVE EVERYTHING she does. Her name is Becki Owens and she is located in Orange County. Her blog is so informative, and has several categories (a few: How-to, Get-the-look, Before and After) that helped inspire me for the look I wanted in my master bathroom. In addition to home interior she also has a category for fashion, favorite finds and holiday. I just love her taste!!! Here is the link to her blog: “beckiowens”
My other go-to resource for this project has been Studio McGee out of Salt Lake City. What I like about Studio McGee is that in addition to a blog they also have an on-line shop as well as youtube videos to share many of beautiful homes they have designed. I could watch these videos non-stop….their creations are simply gorgeous! Check out Studio McGee: “studiomcgee”
Here are some of the photos I have been gathering that have inspired me for my remodel project. I am so hopeful the end result will look as good as some of these.
I am a bit obsessed with this shower door which is called GridScape. I have to have it! Funny, that here in the SF Bay area there are only two shower stores that carry this shower door and panels as well as install it. I had to do a bit of research but I am sure the end result will be well worth the hunt!
Here is another version of the shower door. I also love the subway tiles with the dark charcoal grout paired with the mosaic cement tiles. I plan to do a similar combination.
I decided on a white beveled 3×6 subway tile for my shower and backslash. I found these tiles at several tile shops varying in price from $8.95-$9.95 a square foot. I don’t know what made me decide to go to home depot but I am glad I did – they had the exact same tiles for .33 a tile which I think was about $3.95 a square foot – a good savings!
It’s kinda funny that right near my house there is an industrial area with so many building shops and showrooms (tile, plumbing, cabinets….etc). This was so great and convenient, and made it super easy to find materials. There is a great showroom called Da Vinci Marble and they have an amazing selection of tile, marble, porcelain, stone, granite, etc – it is so overwhelming in there. It’s a good thing I went in knowing what I wanted, otherwise I would never have been able to make up my mind. They really have a beautiful selection. I was so excited when I found out that they had cement tiles from France, and immediately found what I was looking for. These tiles are so stylish and really add personality to any room. My heart was really set on this look, and if I didn’t find the cement tiles at Da Vinci, I was going to order it from The Cement Tile Shop – they have a huge selection. Check it out if you like cement tile “cement”
Here is what I selected for the shower floor – the rest of the bathroom will be a charcoal 12×24 porcelain tile with a cement colored grout. Actually, if you look closely at the 2nd photo there is a small rectangular tile on the left side – this is the one I got. It looks black in this photo but its actually a dark gray with a very, very thin lined texture to it.
Love, love the gold fixtures with the black. I plan to do a mix of gold and black fixtures with black doors and black interior window trim.
I love the large charcoal porcelain tiles with the white/cement colored grout. As I mentioned above, I plan to do something similar with 12×24 tiles. Here, they used chrome fixtures, but I really like the black, charcoal and white paired with the gold/aged brass – I think it has more of an impact.
I ended up deciding on a black vanity which I found at Restoration Hardware (btw – they are now called RH). It’s a gorgeous black double vanity with gold hardware with a white Carrara marble top. Now……I am still waiting on this item – let me tell you……It takes 3 months to get it! I have heard several stories – last was that it is a custom item (not sure if I believe this or not), and kinda got a run-around on the “custom” part. Anyways, RH now has a member program that is an annual $100, and members get a discounted price as well as 20% off all sale merchandise. They do have a nice selection for the bathroom, and I ended up getting my shower fixtures from them, as well as some rings and hooks. I went with their aged brass finish. Incidentally, there bathroom faucets and fixtures are made by Newport Brass out of Orange County, CA, so if you want to mix and match items you can mix RH items with Newport Brass items which extends the options available. I went with Newport Brass for my faucets as I really wanted this shape. This is called East Square, mine will have straight handles not the criss-cross, and this is not the finish I am getting either, it’s more like the RH aged brass like shown on the RH shower head I am getting (shown below the faucet)
Here is the Hutton Double Vanity in Black – Mine will have a solid white top.
Lastly, I should probably mention a very important element of any room – LIGHTING…..oh, so extremely important especially in a bathroom. We are adding additional LED recessed ceiling lighting as well as sconces with gold tones, similar what is shown above.
Anyways, this is an idea on where I am heading with this project. Fingers crossed it all comes together like I have planned. I am certain that there will be some bumps in the road, but I will try and go with the flow.