You may all remember my best friend/insanely talented stylist Scott, from some of the projects that we worked on together in his old house (master bedroom and guest bedroom, we also showed his kitchen and living room off in a few posts) or from the pictures in my book which he helped style. You see, he recently moved into a new place and the house although filled with character needed some major love. So, when he mentioned that he was in need of a bathroom renovation to give it some new life I figured why not show it off on the blog (as I knew he would do such an amazing job with it) which would allow him to finish it up with some pretty new pieces from some of our favorite places. It was actually not too bad, before – certainly glamorous what with all the mirrors, but not Scott’s style.
Lot’s of old finishes, dingy tile and grout, a mirrored bathtub alcove (sexy, no?) so while he was doing some other fixes to the house he wanted to get this over with.
Right around the same time our friends at Parachute (makers of the bed linens that we love so much) reached out about working together to show off some of their new bathroom product, and it seemed like a match made in styling heaven what with them already knowing and loving Scott due to the fact that he has styled a lot of their product catalogs and designed their hotel in Venice, CA. (Which is pretty darn amazing).
Now that you know the backstory to this man and his bathroom, let’s show you what it looks like now:
It’s a pretty radical transformation. Scott’s house sits up on top of a hill in Silverlake which pours loads of natural light in through the steel framed windows original to the house, so he decided to keep the general color of his house (and bathroom) neutral. And if there is anyone that knows how to layer neutral colors in the most refined and timeless way it is Scott. You see, Scott is a full time prop stylist and so much of his work with styling is trend driven which means showing off and styling crazy new products/colors/patterns so it only made sense for him to want a place to come home to that was neutral, timeless, and simple with carefully considered details. Which is exactly the vibe he created for this bathroom.
He kept the majority of the bathroom all white by painting it White Dove by Benjamin Moore, and then accented with a lot of tone on tone finishes and small graphic hits of black to keep it interesting.
Let’s start with that window. If you noticed in the before pics that the window only goes about half way up the wall then you are right (and have a very observant eye). To battle and make sense of an awkward window Scott used one of our favorite decorator/stylist tricks by faking the window to be larger. He had a custom shade made by Tonic Living (who also made the custom roman shades in Brady’s kitchen and bedroom) and then rather than hanging it directly above the window he installed it just a few inches down from the ceiling and lowered the shade so that it appears that the window goes all the way up. Not only does it make the window appear larger but it also visually makes the ceilings appear taller as well. GENIUS.
Gone are the mirrored walls and he replaced them with this gorgeous Calcutta Gold tile from Artistic Tile. It is so pretty in person and the honed texture and slightly irregular shapes make it feel like it has been there forever. He used it both on the floor and the shower walls and I can’t get over how pretty it is.
You can see a little bit more of the texture and irregularity of it in this picture.
The sink area got a total overhaul as well, which we will get into, but let’s take a second to talk about that beautiful waffle towel (and all the other textiles in the bathroom). As you know Parachute has been a leader in the bedding game for the last few years with their luxurious bedding and decor, but they are busting into the bathroom world with a new collection and we are very into it. When it comes to bathroom textiles there is nothing worse than drying yourself off with a dingy old towel that doesn’t ever seem to dry out in between your showers, and after getting their new towels in the mail (before we decided to do this post) I have to tell you I was very excited. Yes, they are simple in both color and style but they are soft, quality and something I want to wrap my body up in post-shower every day.
You see, they use AeroCotton (a new term to me) which basically means that the fibers used to make their towels and bathroom textiles are spun when they are made so that air passes through the cotton, creating extra long yarns with an expansive surface area. The result? Exceptionally fluffy and absorbent towels, and a very happy drying off experience. It also means that they air-dry quicker than your typical towel which if you read our VERY controversial post about the bathroom towel hook is good news for those of you on the pro-towel hook side of the argument.
While the bathroom is all white, it definitely is not boring and that is because Scott warmed it up with some natural pieces like the wood/woven accents that you see around the room as well as some graphic hits of black like in the new mirror and sconce from Rejuvenation. Having these warmer and graphic elements help to keep the room from feeling boring and lifeless.
In case you are wondering where those gorgeous shut of valves are from, all of his hardware came from Mission West Tile and Bath, and boy do they look better than the traditional valves you usually see. It is all in the details people.
He again peppered the black around the room with a few more hits of it above the toilet area with the vintage art and then on the wooden stool with the black planter.
To warm up the white we also used Parachute’s Oatmeal colored shower curtain vs. the white option. Adding that hit of off-white against the tile and bathtub area helps to bring out some of the warmer tones in the tile and again makes the entire room feel cohesive and bright without it having to all be white (read: boring). It also worked perfectly with the tone and texture of the roman shade.
When Parachute first introduced their bathroom line a few months back they sent everyone on the team their new waffle bathrobe and slippers which you see in the last two shots and we all quickly became robe converts. But I’d be curious to know how you guys stand on the robe vs towel spectrum?
If you are into the look we have pulled together everything that he used in his bathroom including all the fixtures and hard finishes and of course all the beautiful new pieces from Parachute’s bathroom line. I love this bathroom so much, and a big thanks goes out to Scott for letting us come in a shoot it as well as Parachute for giving us the excuse to give this bathroom a whole new look.
1. Sconce | 2. Waffle Towel | 3. Roman Shade | 4. Round Mirror | 5. Tile | 6. Ceiling Light | 7. Shower Curtain Rings | 8. Linen Shower Curtain | 9. Faucet | 10. Vanity | 11. Ceramic Cup (similar) | 12. Aesop | 13. Sponge | 14. Sapone Liquido | 15. Looped Bath Rug | 16. Art (similar) | 17. Waffle Slippers | 18. Toilet | 19. Soap Dish | 20. Vase (similar) | 21. Black Planter | 22. Wood Side Table (similar) | 23. Linen Tissue Cover | 24. Dry Brush | 25. Waffle Robe | 26. Classic Towel | 27. Woven Basket (similar)
*This post is in partnership with Parachute – a company we obviously love an are proud to use in content on the blog.
***Designed and styled by Scott Horne for EHD, shot by Sara Tramp for EHD.