It feels like a big day around here. After so much planning and preparation and mulling over photos and looking at samples and making so many decisions (and going back and forth on those decision)–we finally have the mood board for the master bathroom! And 99% of of it has been ordered and is on its way, too. Demo starts in 12 days. It’s really happening! And this is what it’s going to look like:
1. Floor Tile
5. Vanity Color
6. Wall Sconces
7. Cabinet Hardware
8. Water Closet Wallpaper
9. Flushmount Light
11. Shower Floor Tile
12. Shower head
13. Valve Handle
14. Shower Wall & Ceiling Tile
15. Sink Faucet
16. Rain Shower head
When I’m designing a space, there’s usually one thing that I base the whole room off of, or that really helps the room come together. And for a long time while planning this bathroom, I was missing that thing. I was basing it on compilations of things I liked, but nothing felt like me or our home until I thought, “What if the shower wasn’t marble tile. What if it was something deeper and moodier?” Within 15 minutes, I was excited about the direction of our bathroom as a whole, (probably because it had a direction) for the first time. After I found that pretty, deep, greenish, varied tile (Loch Ness from Fireclay Tile–the second one from the left in the screen shot below)–it all came together.
And then we learned that Fireclay has two clay body types–white and recycled. The white clay bodies (which Loch Ness is made on) is not suitable for steam showers (or pools) and recycled clay bodies are. I’ve never been on team must-have-a-steam shower (we’re already having two shower heads and a rain shower for goodness sakes), but it was in our plan because Chris was absolutely on board with it. To my surprise, Chris said he actually would rather give up the steam shower to have that tile because he loved it so much (music to my ears!), but then we learned that Fireclay could use the recycled clay body, add an engobe layer and then the Loch Ness Glaze. It would change the appearance only slightly, but it would add a few weeks on to the lead time. I’m leaving it up to Chris. I’m fine with either. A couple extra weeks to finish our bathroom that we have waited 4 years to do is insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
As for the other areas of the bathroom needing designed, there were three main areas to tackle.
1. The shower area. This really came together after we decided on the 3×9 tile that will be laid in an off-set pattern and how pretty is that Chain Homme pattern going to be on the shower floor?! We decided on polished nickel as the main metal for the bathroom (with brass as an accent metal) and I can’t wait to see all three (!!) shower heads pop off that moody tile.
2. The vanity area. This has been the focus of a lot of our initial planning. Once we figured out the design (see that here), and decided on the color (black), and the countertop (check out that here), all that was left was lighting–where we can’t wait to hang 3 of these, hardware, mirrors (love this walnut one that will add some warmth) and faucets (where the polished nickel comes in again).
3. Toilet Closet. The last area that took some brain power was the water closet where our toilet will be. We knew we were going to add a cabinet above the toilet for toiletry storage and it will have a window and…a toilet…and a trash can. It’s going to be a tiny room, similar to the one above (via) but when I thought about the bare walls, it made me sad. I told Chris, “It would be fun to add wallpaper in there down the line.” And he said, “It will be 100x easier to do that before we add a toilet and cabinet.” We agreed on the smoky floral wallpaper pretty quickly once we plugged it into the rest of the mood board. (It’s always helpful to plug things into a spot where you can see everything together so you can more easily visualize if they’ll compliment each other or not.) This flush mount is well-priced and giving me all the heart eyes–I’ll probably get another for our clothes closet when the time comes.
We’re thinking (but haven’t ordered) these marble floors for the entire bathroom (they’ll be heated) and into our closet. And while there are sure to be a lot of accessories, the first I purchased was this vintage painting I found from this Etsy shop. I love a good waterscape painting in the bathroom.
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So that’s it. I’m excited and feel so good about the direction. There’s still a few more decisions to make but once you have the general design, it’s so much easier to know what’s right for the rest of it. It feels so much like our home–and yet just different enough to be its own space.
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