You’ve been seeing peeks of the bathroom in sponsored posts and I’m excited to say this bathroom is finally done! We were waiting for the shower splash screen to arrive and get installed and you’re going to think I’m crazy but after we ordered and paid for it, I decided the day before I didn’t want it installed – more on that later!
One of the first things we started with was the vanity – it’s the largest piece of furniture in the bathroom, and possibly the only piece of furniture in the room, if you think about it. I collaborated with Build.com again, an amazing online retailer that offers a wide selection of trending and stylish home improvement products for your entire project including plumbing, hardware, and even appliances. You need it, Build.com has it. In addition to their selection Build.com has a U.S. based sales center with Project Experts available by phone, email, or chat 7 days a week to help answer any questions you might have.
In our plans we had space for a 36″ vanity, similar to my personal bathroom (with two vanities) and I loved the rustic look of this gray wash pine with the Carrara marble top. I worried so much about the care of marble with it being a guest bath but the reality of loving how it looked outweighed my OCD. It’s just gorgeous, and our home is a mixture of modern with English cottage (updated English cottage as my organization and design friend Kate says).
Benjamin’s only request was a toilet with top buttons. It’s funny because I don’t think he’s even used this bathroom yet!
The sink faucet from Build.com is so sleek, and the sink stopper you put your hand on it to close it, it just pops open or closed. At first I was confused when I didn’t see a lever and when I figured it out I was impressed – love how modern it is.
The bath bar light reminds me of a hotel. I decided to put it in a horizontal orientation instead of vertical. We have a bath bar in Benjamin’s bathroom (also from Build.com). Here are some other favorite bath bars I found online you may like – here, here, and here.
I’ve been a fan of the French mount soap since my South of France trip with the France tourism almost 7 years ago. I’ll never forget the sweet little store I popped into and the sales lady explaining to me what it was – that French schools often used it so the soap lasts longer instead of sitting in a wet dish. It’s true, our French mount soap that has been in our kitchen has lasted three years! I love that it’s not only French – of course, beautiful, but also convenient in saving money so I don’t have to buy hand soap often.
The height of the tile and the mirror just to integrate the French mount soap was an ordeal. Electric switches and plugs had to be moved – because you need to be able to have the mount high enough where you can switch them out! I want one in my bathrooms off the hallway and this was an issue I found so I might do it anyway now that I see it looks OK not mounted on the tile. It also frees up counter space.
We decided to go with classic matte subway tile. We have subway tile in our other two bathrooms, glossy subway tile with a charcoal grout.
I went with a large hex pattern floor for the bathroom, laid with the flat side and a smaller hex tile, 2″ for the shower. There is a smaller hex at 1″ which is similar to penny tile size and it was too small for me, but I do love that look!
Initially this 3/4 bathroom was going to be a powder room. As I went over plans, my best friend Michelle took a glance at my plans that were in revision and told me the powder room needed to be a shower. I was afraid it would make the bathroom look less formal, but I think we’ve found a way to make it look nice – plus I am so glad I no longer need to share a bathroom with our guests. Michelle has designed and build a home of her own so I trust her judgement so much and so, we added a shower and I’m so glad we did!
Now about the lack of a shower door. What happened was as I was shooting in the space I realized if I put a pane of glass it would be in the way of shooting for work – blogging campaigns and such, I need the space to back up and shoot. We also had my in-laws in town and didn’t have a partition and I asked if the bathroom was a mess – they said it wasn’t bad and the entire floor was tile anyway so they wiped up any water with a towel. So that made me think we will go without a splash screen.
This tile inside the shower niche, oh it’s dreamy. I still dream about the pink with gold flecks though, really. I would have been happy with either but black seemed like a safer bet.
Floor grout is Dove Gray and the walls are white. I was worried you wouldn’t see the tiles after seeing my girlfriend who is a flipper post about an issue she had with her hex tile and white grout but ours turned out just perfect! Wall color is Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. Thank you to my friend Kristin for recommending that color – it’s also on the outside of our expansion siding.
We got lucky and the timing of our project corresponded with Black Friday, so I bought the Anthropologie bathroom hardware I had my eye on when it had a 30% off sale, I jumped on it – and everything else I needed, might I add.
The overall look I wanted was a modern French bath with enough light to get ready in, feels clean and also great for photos since this is the only bathroom we have that has a large window. Our other two bathrooms now have sun tunnels courtesy of VELUX – which I am so thankful for!
I took artwork from another part of our house and it fit so perfectly right above the toilet. I have yet to purchase any new artwork as I move some things around from other parts of our house that carries the same style.
I hope you like it – we had a lot of guests recently for Easter and it was so nice to have this right off the backyard area for them to easily go in and out and I’m so proud of how lovely this bathroom turned out.
- Vanity: Build.com (c/o)
- Bath bar light
- Sink Faucet
- Toilet paper holder
- Towel ring
- Towel hooks
- Trash can
- Bird frame: Vintage
- Tile: The Tile Shop
- Handtowel: H&M H0me