Maria’s Timeless White Master Ensuite Reveal; Before & After

Maria’s Master Ensuite Reveal – Before & After

I know, I know, someone actually thought maybe my contractor had disappeared it’s been so long since I renovated my bathrooms (last summer). But the real reason for the delay in having them photographed was simply that I needed to get the sheers chosen and installed for the windows.

Lame excuse really, but here it finally is.

Before this bathroom was completed, I would bathe only at night, and RARELY in this house in the past six years (since we moved in) because the tub in this bathroom was too large (it was a jacuzzi tub built for two) and I hated the pink beige combined shower and tub insert in the main bathroom, that reveal I recently posted here.

Anyway, now I bathe every morning. In between looking at my phone after I’ve washed my hair, I love to gaze at my row of gold framed botanicals. They just make me happy.

Here was the plan I told you about last year, with a pic of the bathroom when we originally took possession:

It was my friend and interior designer Jan Romanuk’s brilliant idea to extend the bulkhead and add puck lights to make it look intentional. She also designed the new millwork.

When we moved in, I replaced the previous homeowners taupe ‘accent wall’ with Palladian Blue which was the same as the master bedroom. I also replaced the bar light and towel bar but that was it.

I was so happy when we ripped it all out! Including the radiator, we added in-floor heat instead.

And here’s the after:

I chose a 2″ off-white hex tile and medium toned green grey grout for the floor. And the tile wainscotting is a true white 3″ x 6″ beveled subway tile with a matching cap moulding for the top.

Read all about whites and how to choose them in my White is Complicated ebook available here.

Yellow roses from my garden

Before

Vanity BM Whythe Blue | Walls are SW Incredible White | Mirror | Sconces Kate Spade | Knobs

You can see that I chose chrome faucets for the tub and vanity, I repeated the chrome in the towel bars (shown below) and the brass is repeated in the mirror, lighting , knobs and framed botanicals.

Faucet  | Photography by Barry Calhoun

Before

After | Ottoman and candlesticks is from HomeSense | Area rug no longer available

I designed custom sheers  to distract the eye from the underwhelming generic windows. I did the same thing–but it’s more dramatic–for my lovely client Crystal’s ensuite here.

A few years ago, I bought 10 botanicals at High Point Market, I planned to hang them in my living room.

Then I had this statement art painted so I was left without a room for them until this renovation.

We completed the renovation in August last year and then when I went to High Point again in the Spring so I bought 4 more botanicals because I wanted them to wrap all the way around this room.

Here you can see them looking into the master bedroom (below):

Botanicals | Frames

Here is the real estate photo of the master bedroom before we moved in:

Before

And here’s the after (see more pics of my Master Bedroom here)

Here is the bathroom again:

Before

Notice, there’s nothing boring about this bathroom but if you were looking at plain subway tile and hex tile along with the moulding cap BEFORE it was installed, you’d be thinking THIS IS TOO BORING.

However, boring equals timeless as I’ve said many times on this blog for those in the know!

Just like when you start a new build, you should technically have your decorating plan finalized even BEFORE you choose colours for a single item, it’s the same thing with a renovation.

In my main bathroom, I knew I was hanging the black and white framed artwork back into the room with a couple of additions, that inspired the black and white finishes.

In this bathroom, I already had the botanicals and they where what inspired this room. I think Barbara Sallick would approve.

I also installed the same faucet (but in different finishes) in both bathrooms. I learned my lesson when I chose two different faucets for my Mom’s Carriage house.

After

I cannot tell you how much I love this bathroom. It’s now my favourite room in my house! I feel blessed!

We just finished our Dallas workshop and it was fabulous! I met so many amazing women (and sometimes men attend too) and I saw lots of great networking happening too!

Terreeia and I are exploring Charleston this weekend, our Specify with Confidence Workshop here starts Tuesday, we have 2 seats left, so there’s still time to register here.

Related posts:

Maria’s Bathroom Renovation Plans; Lighting and Vanity Design 

My Classic Black and White Bathroom Reveal: Before & After

Maria Killam’s Classic Garden Powder Room: Before & After

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  1. I love your beautiful bathroom, you have done a wonderful job on it, Maria. Just looking at it’s colours lifts my spirit. I can understand why you bathe there everyday, as it would make me feel happy too and I just love that freestanding tub, it looks great. Also extending the bulkhead and adding lights to it makes such a difference. A great job, enjoy!

  2. Absolutely lovely Maria! The bathroom is beautiful and I love the way the bedroom beyond co-ordinates with it so well. The whole thing is restful, feminine and elegant. Love it!

  3. Oh Maria, your bathroom is just fabulous! It makes me happy just seeing the pictures online. Thanks for explaining how and why you arrived at your choices.

  4. Gorgeous, Maria! And I love the little details you selected, like the bowtie sconces!
    I also am relieved to see a “dirty” rug work so well with all of the cleaner yellows and whites. I’ve been struggling and putting off rug purchases for just that reason. It’s nearly impossible to find a rug that doesn’t lean more toward the “dirty” color spectrum. And the ones that don’t, are absolutely blinding! I have a lot of white in my house now (thanks to you), so seeing this really helps show me that it will work!

  5. So thrilled to finally view your finished master bathroom! It’s gorgeous as always is everything you touch. I was waiting to see your timeless classic style before I start remodeling our bathrooms. Thanks for always creating beautiful and timeless spaces.
    I know some love to go with every trend that comes along. But many of us love updating with accessories, not with whole house remodels. Timeless and classic is the way I love to go too. Love! Love! Love!

  6. Love your pretty bathroom, Maria! What an amazing transformation. Enjoy your time in Charleston. My favorite city! So many wonderful places to dine and shop!

  7. Hi Maria! Your bathrooms look beautiful and elegant! Can you PLEASE share the grout color used for the wall tile?? I used white grout with 4×8 white matte subway in our master and now am on the fence about using white again or an extremely light gray in our main bath… However, after reading what you just wrote, I’m thinking you would say “stick to the white because it’s already in the second bath.” Glad to read that I made the right choice about duplicating the same faucets, thought I was being too matchy matchy didn’t know until now but I bought the same ones that you chose for your mom 😊

    • The grout colour was the lightest one, I don’t remember what the name of it was. . . if you have contrasting grout on the floor tile then your wall grout should be the same as the tile. Hope that helps, Maria

  8. I love love love this bathroom! I just put an area rug in my master bath and thought everyone would think i was crazy. If Maria did it , it must be cool : )

  9. Looks beautiful and so you! Love those floral prints. Great job! Enjoy to the fullest. And I just recently took a pic of those sconces 🙂 adorable choice!

  10. I have a couple of questions Maria – it looks like your freestanding tub is anchored to the floor. During our last remodel a plumber told me that a freestanding tub is never really anchored – only by the plumbing – and could easily shift on the floor. He also said that they are “just for looks” and people don’t really like to bathe in them. So I didn’t do a freestanding tub. Since you take a bath everyday, like I do, what are the pros and cons of a freestanding vs a standard tub?

    • Hmmm. . . my plumber did not say that although it took 2 plumbers to get this tub installed. The first plumber pretended that this tub did not come with the right parts and delayed the job while waiting for these ‘said parts’. Then another 2 weeks passed and he came over and blankly stared at all of it and then ‘vomited’ in my other bathroom saying he was exhausted (and it was 5:00 pm when he arrived). We fired him.

      The second plumber did a beautiful job, that tub certainly cannot be moved and it is divine.

      I’m guessing your plumber did not know how to install a free standing tub.

      Hope that helps,
      Maria

  11. Fabulous job, Maria! My husband loves it, too–I thought he’d think it was too “feminine,” with the sconces, but he loves it all. We’re about to gut our my Hall and Master Baths. I’m following your advice, carefully, as any project you’ve done looks gorgeous to me. I love the pale aqua on your vanity but have been squeamish about using anything but a white or creamy white for my vanities. I’m glad to see you do this in your own home and how it relates well to your Master Bedroom (I have BM Homestead Green in my Master.).

    I realize paint can be changed, later, and since that’s the only semi-fixed color in your bathroom, do you feel it’s okay to paint the vanity in a color (I see navy and blues a lot, still.) or use a wood stain as long as other elements are simple and white? Considering a color or stained wood for our (grown) kids’/guest Hall Bath.

    • A wood stained vanity is fabulous in a white bathroom AND colour is way more timeless than the current trendy neutral which is why I did not hesitate to paint my vanity a colour! Hope that helps, Maria

  12. Yay!! I had been anxiously awaiting this bathroom reveal :-0 Many of us should be inspired with this once builder grade 80’s to gorgeous bath! Jan I am sure was invaluable (that vanity looks custom all the way and the apron in front of the toekick is genius). I love the plumbing in chrome and crosshatch knobs as I view those another classic touch. Thank you for sharing the solutions to issues- the soffit is extended and now useful with lighting (I know removing was not an option) and heated floors replaced baseboard heating. Touches that really move the bath to the next level too are 1. Gone is the boring glued on mirror / medicine cabinet. I am one that insists on taking down those and putting a real mirror in place. 2. A non “bath” rug (handmade? wool it looks like- yum) that coordinates your secondary colors. Who ever thought the cotton throw or shaggy pile were ideal? 3. Full length real curtains! I am curious if you have a handtowel near the sink… Thanks Maria!

  13. Hi I am renovating my master which is 11’6″ x 10’…curious what the size and company of you lovely vanity. Did you custom paint it? What a delight now truly a WONDERFUL renovation!!!

  14. Lovely bathroom. It is great to see a realistic size bathroom and how beautiful it can look. Since so many bathrooms use hooks for towel instead of bars, I wonder what your thoughts were as you selected a towel bar. Where does the vanity towel reside? Thanks for sharing your outstanding space!

    • I don’t have a vanity towel, having the towel right beside the door on the way out works great! Thanks Barb! Maria

  15. Your bathroom is stunning and very relaxing! I would love a free standing tub now!

    We are in the planning stages of our bathroom update. I was considering a square sink but didn’t know if it was classic or more modern. I thought…I wonder what Maria put in her bathroom? Then I saw this post! I see you choose a square sink. Would you mind sharing why? I always love hearing your explanations. I assume that a square sink is classic when the rest of your bathroom is classic? Thanks!

    • I chose a square sink because I wanted something different from an oval sink. In the world of classic vs. timeless, the sink is probably not the first place in a bathroom that someone will scream “OMG it’s so 2018!” Hope that helps, Maria

      • In the world of classic design the thing to keep in mind is colour and pattern. Will the pattern date? Is it trendy? IN most cases the answer is yes, so introduce it in wallpaper or a rug, much easier to change out than tile. Will the colour date? Is it trendy? A little brown, a little charcoal, a little black goes a long way, when the entire bathroom is any of those neutrals, it starts to scream TRENDY. Hope that is clearer. Maria

  16. Maria – It really turned out beautifully. I laughed when I saw your sconces in the bathroom. I’ve had those in my Amazon wishlist for a while and I think I saw them on one of your posts originally.

  17. Beautiful bathroom! Just 2 questions; what is the size of the room and do you have any other lighting besides the scones?