The master bathroom is almost finished, with just a few small things outstanding (see the ‘before’ here). The construction stopped a few weeks ago so we’ve been able to use most of it, but technically we can’t call it done quite yet. Regardless, I figured that an update was in order.
Our contractor was a small man, and while he gave off a rather amateur vibe I did really appreciate his youthful energy. (We actually used a great company called KD Construction, GC Ken Hale).
That tile is ridiculously pretty. A total show stopper. I can see it from my bedroom and it makes me so happy with its beautiful color and happy shape. Speaking of ‘happy’ we decided that scallops that are shaped liked a smile are ironically not as happy to look at because they almost look like a tear drop, so do them so they are shaped like a rainbow for more of a deco feel). I wasn’t happy with the way the tiler ended the tile line at the bathtub (see above) so he’s coming back to fix this Friday (I’ll give you a full recap of what went wrong and how you can avoid that).
But back to the tile – I’m designing the guest bathroom now (and by ‘now’ I mean I have been for like 6 months) and I have everything except the tile. Now that this tile is in my house I’m so tempted to do something similar in the other bathroom so it feels connected and because its just so pretty but there are so many encaustic tiles out there I want to try. Part of me is wondering if I just do the same tile in a white finish and then paint the rest of the bathroom a pretty blue – so it’s different but could definitely live in the same house. It’s so hard. I feel like i’ve been pinning and shopping for tiles for months.
This tile, from Fireclay Tile, is made in CA, from recycled materials and it comes in a lot of different finishes, colors and textures. I’m also very tempted by this pattern for the other bathroom. The bathroom turned out strangely traditional – with the tile pattern we installed and the cast iron tub, but I love it soooo much that now I want to take those elements elsewhere. Can I redesign the whole house based on the bathroom tile?
There I am, designing my bathroom on the floor, playing with my pretty brass heart compact, like real designers do. That white and gold striped fabric you see is the shower curtain from Target that I actually bought and love but I can’t find it on their site so I put a different one in on the mood board below. Stay tuned, I’ll try to find it (but you can probably find it in store, its called ‘Gold Lurex’ by Threshold and it’s insanely awesome and affordable).
1. Blue Scallop Tile | 2. Kohler Purist Faucet | 3. Vanity Top | 4. Drawer Pulls | 5. Kohler Vanity | 6. Wall Mirror | 7. Brass Wall Sconce | 8. Kohler Purist Shower Unit | 9. Vintage Persian Rug | 10. Toilet | 11. White Floor Tile | 12. Bathtub | 13. Shower Curtain | 14. Brass Robe Hooks | 15. Vintage Seascape | 16. Gold Vanity Mirror
The mirror and the seascape are both just placeholders for vintage pieces that I couldn’t find online. That rug is a tiny throw rug from the flea market. But everything else is what we actually used or things we plan on bringing in when we style it. That vanity is LEGIT. It even has an electrical box inside of it with a tray that rolls out for my hair dryer and curling irons (don’t worry I’ll shoot a stop motion gif of it so you get the full picture). Those faucets are indeed as beautiful as you would think they are (although strangely I couldn’t find the finish on their site on a few of them, although you can find the finish online at some other retailers). The floor tile is a really simple large scale white quartz – It was hard to figure out what would work with the scallop tile and not distract from it or make it really busy. Since the scallop tile was a splurge we wanted to do something less expensive on the floor and I think this tile was like $13 a square foot and really inexpensive to install since its so large with so few cuts its 12×36).
We should be done in a couple weeks and then we’ll shoot it and give you the whole story. But that’s where we are at for now. Showering has gotten wildly more enjoyable and bathing Charlie in that tub is totally picturesque. In fact when we bathe him, around 6pm, the light in there is so beautiful that its hard for me not to take 1 million photos of his adorable pink skin playing in the bubbles but I won’t post them anywhere. Don’t worry 🙂