A MASTER BATHROOM: BEFORE & AFTER

August 24, 2020
Rachel Schultz

WELL THIS IS A SATISFYING SIGHT. Our master bathroom, my new favorite room of the house. Let us go back to the beginning and I will bring you along for this story of hope and triumph. Stylistically, the defining characteristics of the “before” bathroom were blue carpet and wallpaper. Functionally, it had a single stall shower that was tiled in, with a large shelving space as part of it. It was on my wishlist to convert that area to have a freestanding bath. Below is the before and after photos!

IT MAKES ME SMILE ONE THOUSAND SMILES.

light fixture | honed marble hex tile | shower curtains | soap pumpsfreestanding bath | bath faucet | exposed shower plumbing | shower curtain rod | shower spoutwhite vanity | vanity hardware | chrome sink faucet | brass mirror 

Mostly this was done DIY style, save for a few plumbing movements for the shower we hired out to someone more trustworthy and knowledgable than ourselves. First we gutted everything down to the subfloor and in some places, the studs. At that point the shower wall was open so that we could do some plumbing work to install a new laundry closet on the other side. So then the bathroom was on hold while we finished the laundry closet. Once the new laundry space was complete, we moved back to working on the bathroom and the first item on the list was to relocate the plumbing to prepare for the new tub placement.

Then we patched all the drywall from the shower and vanity removal and replaced the subfloor. (I feel like in any bathroom more than twenty years old, water damage is a given). The subfloor being replaced is always a favorite step for me. It just feels so solid and clean and has the excitement of the first step after demo is complete when you are now building up again.

Next was tiling. We did a honed marble hex tile, which we wrote a post about here. Then it was yet another exciting part! Installing the vanity, new toilet, tub, and ALL THE GOOD DETAILS like the light fixture and hardware. The fixture in here is the armstrong three light flush mount in matte white from kichler, which I loved in our upstairs landing makeover and used again here.

One of my favorite decor tricks is to repeat elements throughout a home for it to feel thoughtful and cohesive. To me it’s really stylistically pleasing when the same light fixture pops up a few times throughout a house.

Okay I have to pause for another before and after – from a different angle! This time the shower area.

To go along with the brass details of the fixture, I did a dramatic brass mirror over the vanity. The vanity we chose is just a really simple, most-inexpensive-one-I-could-readily-find type piece. It came with some not good looking polished nickel knobs. Swapping those out for the more petite ones (only like, $2 at hobby lobby!) with a bit of character helped the vanity significantly.

The metals almost everywhere else are chrome because one of my favorites is the depth that mixing metals brings. I say no more than three, but also not less than two.

light fixture | honed marble hex tile | toilet paper holder | toilet | blue and white vase (similar) | wall clocktrash bin (similar) | towel hooks

It’s a bit hard to believe this bathroom is finally done. Because we didn’t use it for so long, it feels like a little addition has been added to our house! I debated some about the color to paint the walls, because I am now considering resale.

If it was just for me, I probably would have done everything a dramatic olive green. But because I was on the fence and white always makes things seem bigger, we chose “our” white for this house, ralph lauren “chalk white” in eggshell. (And I just painted the master closet a dramatic navy so that fulfilled the dramatic color urge partly!) We ended up with a relaxing neutral look with stone and metals being the main features, which I find so peaceful and beautiful for a room like this.

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WELL THIS IS A SATISFYING SIGHT. Our master bathroom, my new favorite room of the house. Let us go back to the beginning and I will bring you along for this story of hope and triumph. Stylistically, the defining characteristics of the “before”

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DECORATING A HALLWAY

August 17, 2020
Rachel Schultz

Hallways are kind of forgotten because they are mostly just passages and sometimes decor mind space and planning is dedicated to rooms where people sit down and stay awhile. But this makeover has reminded me hallways are very visible. Maybe this is just a little second floor landing, but with a good light fixture and some vintage art, it makes the whole house feel nicer. When we moved into this house, this area had pink white walls, a little bit of wallpaper, and not one but two carpets. A brown in the hall itself and inside the closet a green shag.

First, we added a laundry space in the closet – you can see the details on that renovation here.

light fixture | landscape art print | cloud study art print | pasture art print | seascape art print | la jolla basket | vintage persian rug (similar)

To begin (at the VERY beginning) we installed wood floors. A true white paint as opposed to the old off-colored one did a lot. (This is ralph lauren “chalk white” in eggshell.)

Then I did a trustworthy decorating formula I’ve observed myself gravitating to MANY TIMES. A great light fixture with personality, a vintage persian rug, and some beautiful art. With a nice paint color, sometimes that’s all it takes.

Good flush mounts are hard to find! Also hallways don’t often have much furniture so I think that is a room to especially get a good fixture for the place to infuse some detail. We went with the armstrong three light flush mount in matte white from kichler. We put it on a dimmer too and it is wonderful for moving about in the evenings.

I love to pass through this room now! It is visible from many parts of the house – all the bedrooms, as well as the stairwell and entryway. Consider this a case study that hallways are worth decorating!

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Hallways are kind of forgotten because they are mostly just passages and sometimes decor mind space and planning is dedicated to rooms where people sit down and stay awhile. But this makeover has reminded me hallways are very visible. Maybe this is just a little second floor landing,

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CHOOSING A HONED MARBLE HEX TILE

August 3, 2020
Rachel Schultz

We have arrived at what feels like an enormous turning point for the bathroom and the star of it is the new marble tile!! It is just so completely a WORK OF ART. When we started, I knew I wanted a marble in here. I love the refined feel and beauty of the natural stone. And a carrara style marble I am drawn to every time I see it. From there, we had some decisions to make about the different types and styles of marble. Some of the main decisions were honed versus polished, size of the hex tile, and different veining looks.

Personally I love honed marble. Polished has a more reflective finish, closer to a shiny porcelain tile. One good thing about polished is it is easy to wipe done. Honed has a more matte finish, and almost all the time I really like a more matte of anything. Unless the object is MEANT TO be a really dramatic high gloss, lacquered look as a statement or feature, I prefer as matte as possible. Honed marbles strikes me as having such depth and seems authentic, aged, and rich.

Another reason we opted for honed is this is a floor application, and it can be much less slippery when wet than polished. (Although the large amount of grout with hex tiles would help with that.)

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I really love hex tile. It feels historic to me, but can still be found at good prices. The next fun decision was between two inch or one inch hexes. I went with one inch because I like the feeling of the small scale pattern.

My only concern with doing one inch hexes was that the veining wouldn’t be as noticeable, and I liked a pretty veined look.

I shopped at floor & decor who has a lot of selection and they also offer free design services for anyone. The tile we chose was the carrara white hexagon marble mosaic. IT CHECKED ALL MY BOXES and was at the lowest price I have seen. I was very satisfied with how noticeable the veining and color variance was once all the tiles were laid out across an entire room. As with many things, the pattern comes to life much better on the broad scale than when looking at only an individual piece, in this case a 12 x 12 inch square of tile.

One question I got frequently last time I shared about using a hex tile was if they are all laid individually and the amazing and convenient answer is definitely no! They come in 12 x 12 inch squares of tile and are easy to move around corners because you can pop out the shapes you don’t need and then trim the mesh on the underside with scissors. We did this whole project without using a wet saw. All we needed was some tile nippers to cut some hexes in half along the edges. This is another one of the great things about hex tile.

The installation was HONESTLY FUN and represents moving closer to our finished master bath! I love using high quality, natural materials. Especially when decorating with neutrals, the natural beauty becomes such a feature in a room. I feel like this tile would look good with TRULY ANY wall color – including something bold, or simply white.

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We have arrived at what feels like an enormous turning point for the bathroom and the star of it is the new marble tile!! It is just so completely a WORK OF ART. When we started, I knew I wanted a marble in here.

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