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The First Mountain House Bathroom Reveal: Our “Quiet Drama” Powder Bath

Here we go, let the mountain house reveals proceed, starting back up with the powder bath. We started with the kitchen, then the kids’ room and now we have a few bathrooms to show you as we finalize the furniture/styling of the rest of the house. You’ve seen how the sausage was made in the process post, so today is just the pretty after photos. The good news is that I can not nor will I ever choose a favorite bathroom in this house. I love them all so much and am so grateful that I had a team of designers (looking at you Julie, Velinda, Grace and Emily B.) to help make sure I don’t mess up this house. Designing all four bathrooms at the same time, while doing the I Design, You Decide challenge (so each one twice) was a real “challenge stress” (a new term I learned and reference all the time meant for the good kind of stress that you shouldn’t shy away from, in contrast to the bad stress).


The key to most of these bathrooms is using materials that feel handmade and “soft.” No polished marble or glossy tile. Balancing that “rusticness” with the “refined” ended up absolutely working here in the powder bath downstairs. It feels minimal but with so much warmth.

Let’s start with…

The Stone:

It’s from Bedrosians and is absolutely stunning. I’m not sure if there is any left available, but it’s called Sky White. We chose Cambria quartz in the kitchen, but for the bathrooms where I’m worried less about wear and tear, I wanted the look of natural stone. We had it leathered which is almost like sandblasting it so that it has more dimension, in a really beautiful matte way. Typically your fabricator will do it, but ours didn’t so we had to ship it BACK to LA after it was shipped up to the house to have it leathered. It was a super fun way to spend money, but now that it’s over, I’m glad we did. The cost of leathering really depends on the stone and since we did almost all in the house, they just lumped it all together. But I think you could add $500 to the cost of fabrication for a room this size.

My team (led by Julie) custom-designed the vanity and it’s just stunning. It was the first time I’ve done a custom vanity and was scared that the proportions would be off, but Julie did a drawing beforehand to ensure that it would look great (thank you, Julie)! The sink basin is built-in to give that more modern seamless look.


In case you think it’s a solid piece of stone, it’s not. It’s built out of wood and then just faced with stone, and mitered edges.

The Tile:

I fell in LOVE with this tile before it even came out. Clé (who I’ve worked with several times and I can’t help but keep going back to their product) sent the samples of their new Italian terracotta from their Architect’s Palette line to me knowing that I would love it and they were not wrong. I wanted to use it in the master bathroom but when the other design was chosen, I had to use it here. It’s the perfect slate blue, with a lot of handmade feel to it, but in a simple brick shape. We stacked it vertically to feel more modern (if you are wondering about our feelings between stack and stagger, check out this post). Then we used a medium toned grout so you see the dimension of the tile without being too stark and high contrast.


The Faucet:

We worked with Kohler on all the bathrooms in the house and were VERY excited to use their new Components line in here. It’s so beautiful and as our friends said last weekend while they were staying here: “Those knobs in that bathroom are the most beautiful we’ve ever put our hands on.”


There are a few different spout and handle choices that you can mix and match (we went with the Tube spout and Industrial handles), which is what makes this line extra special. They are just so sleek and yet soft (being in matte black). They are graphic and simple, meaning that your eye really understands what they are instantly which makes a big impact. We also rounded out the bath accessories like the toilet paper holder and towel arm from the line (which is the best part of working within one brand…all the finishes will be exact and the styling will match effortlessly). Head here to see the entire Components collection.


The Toilet:

Typing out “the toilet” certainly did not feel like the most designy, glamorous thing, but this is a bathroom after all. Otherwise, it would just be a sink area. We went with Kohler’s Corbelle toilet with ContinuousClean here (it’s the same one from the kids’ bathroom) with their CleanCoat technology and Revolution360 swirl flush which fights germs and is a “clean flush.” Basically, it keeps things all nice and clean by dispensing a constant dose of a cleaning tablet with every flush. If it means less scrubbing for me in this highly-used bathroom (it’s closest to the living, family, and kitchen areas), then I’ll take it.

The Mirror:

If you were invested in the I Design, You Decide for the powder bath, you might remember that we originally were thinking of a pill-shaped mirror with this blue tile (we showed you a round mirror but with the more graphic black-and-white tile). Everyone begged us to do the round mirror with the blue tile, so…that’s what we did. And I’m so happy. This is the Round Metal Frame Mirror from Rejuvenation and it’s great because it has a very thin metal frame that doesn’t take away from the insane tile and pendant lights (keep reading). We went with the 36-inch version which felt like a “Goldilocks” size in here—not too big to cover up the Cle tile, but not too small that it felt dwarfed by that custom vanity.

A quick note about the shape (whether we went with the pill or the round). There are so many linear lines in this bathroom, from the tile to the vanity to the flooring, so bringing in some softness via the mirror (and the lighting and even the swoop of the faucet spout) was needed to it didn’t feel too stiff or stark in here.


The Lighting:

Allied Maker’s Well pendant was originally used in the design of this bathroom with the black-and-white tile, but when we kind of merged elements from both original designs, we decided on these because, well, they’re stunning. The shape of the pendant (and the mirror) really softens the hard lines of the vanity and tile without mimicking the mirror (if we had kept the pill-shaped mirror, it would have been too samesies and that doesn’t provide enough visual tension to be interesting).

Also, because every surface in here is hard, the leather strap really helped to bring some warmth to break up the colder materials. As for the light itself, it’s SUCH a pretty glow because of the frosted glass. A powder bath does not need optimal, bright light, FYI (you’re not putting makeup on in here likely, for instance), so it’s really an area where you can get away with a moodier light.

In terms of styling out the space for this shoot, we kept it very simple. Some cut branches are always nice in a powder bath (especially if you have guests coming over) to bring in some life as a potted plant probably won’t thrive in a windowless room. Then it was just bringing in the basics (soap pump, hand towel) and a little more color via art (this one is from MaryAnn Puls who we all fell in love with during the Portland project). Yes, there is open space on the bottom ledge of the built-in vanity that we could have stuffed with baskets and towels (and hey, I might when life gets rolling in this house), but clean and simple was the name of the styling game here.

SO THERE’S THE FIRST BATHROOM. We have another one coming at you in the next few weeks, but sadly have to hold the other ones until the fall. But don’t worry, more reveals are on their way. Thank you for helping to make this space come to life with all your recommendations/design ideas/voting. “I Design, You Decide” was definitely an out-of-the-box idea that caused double the work (ha), but you guys really did help to make this house a reality and I can’t wait to show you more of it.

And a HUGE thanks to Julie, on my design team, for being the lead on this one – that vanity could not have turned out so well without you.


Fixtures & Hardware (all via Kohler):

Corbelle Toilet with ContinuousClean + Reveal Toilet Seat | Components Tube Spout | Components Industrial Handles | Components Toilet Paper Holder | Components Towel Arm


Bedrosians Sky White Slab Marble | Architect’s Palette Blueprint via Clé


Well Pendant Mini via Allied Maker | Forbes and Lomax in Antique Bronze

Doors & Floors:

Reclaimed Beech via Ross Allan Reclaimed Lumber


36″ Round Metal Framed Mirror via Rejuvenation | Black Vase via Mantel | Art via MaryAnn Puls | Soap Pump | Match Holder via Schoolhouse | Tray | Hand Towel


Check out the rest of The Mountain House reveals here: The Kitchen The Kitchen Organization | The Kitchen Appliances | The kids’ Room Bath | The Living Room | The Downstairs Guest Suite | The Loft | The Hall Bath | The Upstairs Guest Bath | The Dining Room | The Family Room




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4 years ago

Well done! Every part of this bathroom is so well planned and executed. It looks amazing! I have one question for you in regards to the marble choice. Is a leathered finish harder to care for and clean?

Thanks for sharing this bathroom reveal today. Just the eye candy I needed to start off my week!

4 years ago
Reply to  Leslie

Yes, I would like to know this too, please!

4 years ago
Reply to  Leslie

I have light-colored leathered counters in my kitchen and they’re easy to maintain. I just use Puracy all purpose surface cleaner (available at Target and Amazon), and have had no problems- even with spilled wine, bbq sauce, and honey!

4 years ago
Reply to  Leslie

Yes – curious about this too! We are considering leathering our existing glossy 90s stone in our kitchen and I’m wondering if this is a bad idea for practical reasons…

4 years ago
Reply to  Kayla

I find it easier than honed or polished because its much harder to see etching. you still CAN and have to still be a bit careful in a kitchen, but in a bathroom, no. its just so matte and has such amazing almost 3 dimensional texture. thank you!

4 years ago
Reply to  Leslie

That toilet paper is on the holder wrong. Always over – never under. Hahahaha

4 years ago
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4 years ago
Reply to  SarahF

I heard that rule but I personally prefer my toilet paper under. I swear in the over position people tend to roll more and we go through the roll quicker at least in my house. Lol

4 years ago
Reply to  SarahF

Girl, I was 100% in your camp until we got a puppy. It’s harder for kids and animals to unroll toilet paper when it’s under, rather than over (they can’t just paw at the top of it and have it unroll), which prevents them from treating it like a toy and wasting entire rolls. So when you see people put it the “wrong” way, just remember, there may be some sort of reason they do it that way, and maybe they just unconsciously do it that way now even when not necessary.

Cris S.
4 years ago

Beautiful! And I love the tile most of all!

Question – did you think of raising the vanity by a couple of inches so that there would be four stacks of tile without that line of cut tile at the top? Was that line a deliberate choice or was it just ‘however it fits, it fits’? Very curious as to how that is approached. Thank you!

4 years ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Great question… I am also curious and wonder if there is a rule of thumb for this type of decision?

4 years ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Interested in your approach to the tile layout question too.
Also, how does the marble clad sink work:
What are the edges sealed with? Is the sealant visible? It looks very cleanly finished in the photos. Are you worried about water seepage because of all the joins? Any other info on how to do this well because I absolutely love it?

4 years ago

It is just beautiful. Like a warm hug from your super cool friend.

Roberta Davis
4 years ago

Beautiful. And thank you for making me feel stylish- I have the same hand towels! 🙂

4 years ago

Wonderful – I think it’s all about the wood on the door. And I bet in person you just want to lick everything, or roll around in it:).

Liz - Shopping My Closet
4 years ago

Loving the sink and faucet!

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4 years ago

Oh. Yeah!

But what about that candle please?

4 years ago

Stunning! I just can’t stop staring at the tile. Dang I wish it wasn’t so $$ per sq foot BUT I love how you used it. It is less sq foot, focal wall and worth it!

4 years ago

Very beautiful ineeed. One small question, Emily, are the lights different distances from the mirror? The right one looks too far away and it’s catchikg my eye a lot…. was this a mistake in the positioning? Thanks..

Lisa Fox
4 years ago
Reply to  Alana

I noticed that too! I’m guessing there was a joist in the ceiling that prevented them from mounting the junction box in the desired place and they had to shift it to the side.

4 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Fox

It looks to me like that photo was taken at a slight angle, so it’s most likely just an optical illusion.

4 years ago
Reply to  Alana

I noticed this too! This bathroom is beautiful but something about the photos seems off. It looks overly photoshopped. The super white walls make the toilet paper roll look like its floating and same with the lights…the extreme shadows feel sort of fake?

4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous!! Okay, design team, I have a question for you! All of your bathroom reveals have the most elegant and gorgeous p-traps and water shut off valves. HOW AND WHERE do I find them? It’s such a little thing that always truly rounds out the whole design and looks amazing. Yet, I see them no where! Tell me your secrets?! Can we see a round up of these?!

4 years ago

Whew baby. Those gorgeous pendants come with a hefty price tag.

Paula Carr
4 years ago

Heh, I’d probably buy baskets for that shelf under the sink now, because, knowing me, that space WILL fill up with lots of clutter (for one thing, you really need to store extra TP — guests won’t know where to look for extra), and better to hide it than to not.

4 years ago

This turned out so beautifully! I love all of the black fixtures and the depth it gives the room!
Just a note, it would be helpful/fun to see the image of the two design renderings with the final votes as a refresher of which room this is and to see the changes between what was voted on the final design/styling. I had a hard time finding the right link back to the post we voted on for the room. Can’t wait to see more reveals 🙂

4 years ago

I love that there are matches available in the bathroom. What an eco-friendly touch as opposed to air freshener! We are redoing our second bathroom at the moment and I am going to use this… feel free to send your design team out to Chicago to help a musician/scientist family out.

Brittany Hebert
4 years ago

Ahh this is so beautiful. What happened to the stone off the left valve?? It looks like it was cracked during fabrication or installation…how did you handle that?

4 years ago

Spectacular! Those light fixtures!!!

4 years ago

Beautiful design and excited to see the rest of the house! On a COMPLETELY different note though, can we talk about how your website is using our data? Thanks to GDPR, when I access the website from Europe, a box pops up asking me to let a bunch of companies use my data. I roughly counted, and by using your website, our information is being sold to over 420 companies. Unlike other websites (domino is great where you can just click “reject all”), if I don’t want my information to be sold, I have to individually click through every. single. company (multiple times apparently since they are listed under different categories). I completely understand that you’re running a business and a big part of your blog is about sponsorships and clicks. But it should be less painful for people to opt out for privacy reasons. Thanks for your consideration.

4 years ago
Reply to  Lane

Thanks for posting this. I’ve been noticing similar effects.

4 years ago

Love it!! I read a book called ‘Playing Big’ and the author, Tara Mohr, describes what you’re calling “challenge stress” as Yirah from the Old Testament. It’s the feeing of something being bigger than you, a feeling of reverence and awe and the kind she also says we should seek out and embrace. It’s a great book and seems like you’re living it already!

Alice Y
4 years ago

Wow! It is so beautiful!

4 years ago

This bathroom looks very Australian in style and it’s giving me all the feels. The vertical stacked blue tile is great for a small room and I love the open storage under the sink. ???

Monique Wright Interior Design
4 years ago

This is my favorite EHD project EVER! Love love it!

4 years ago

It looks great! That tile is amazing. I do think I’d like it 1% better with some fluffy white towels on the shelf. It looks unfinished to me now. But that’s the tiniest nit to pick in the world – it’s a gorgeous space!

4 years ago

It is beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!

4 years ago

This is just exquisite, but I’m wondering where all the ugly bathroom stuff goes? Is there some secret storage somewhere for the hairdryer and flat iron and products and toothpaste and 672 hair ties and fake tan bottles and hairspray and all that messy junk?? This is so gorgeous but would not be for long in my place!

4 years ago

Love this tile. Let’s say tiling my bathroom isn’t an option. What paint color would you say is close to this blue? I have been searching for something like it

4 years ago

hey emily 🙂 wonderful bathroom, it really looks absolutely clean / modern / cool / fitting 🙂
i am wondering which kind of wood you used for the door (the one you can see in the mirror und the bathroom door itself seems to be the same – but i am not sure which tree it comes from :)) and which one was used for the floor 🙂
thanks and a lot of greetings from a german fan from munich 🙂