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
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
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):
Here is the real estate photo of the master bedroom before we moved in:
Here is the bathroom again:
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!
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.
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.