Recall, this is my sister's bathroom.
I CANNOT believe I have posted these images again.
I hope no one unsubscribes from this blog.
Don't adjust your screen… it really is canary yellow.
Someone suggested that I make suggestions for a re-do on a dime. I wouldn't do this* for just anyone… but my sister… she's worth the extra
hour (make that 2 hours) in the office to compile these suggestions.
This is where she is today (and yes, it is still as seen in those photos above):
This is what I would do, if I lived there:
Let me tell you why… it is not the master, but someday it will be when the girls aren't sharing a room… and I think 2 sinks are nice in a master. I don't think she will miss the linen closet, as there are 4 closets in the hall leading into this bedroom. And there might actually be enough room to keep it, I don't have measurements. I think a shower is practical here (to optimize the space) and is possibly the most cost effective solution. There is another bath tub in the house. Do not dismay, I am queen of bath tubs in the master (a queen bath taker am I), but there are always exceptions to rules.
So, here we go… what would it look like…
(all metals would be polished chrome (for the pocketbook's sake) and the whites would be "white", not almond or biscuit)
A. faucets $300 each in more traditional lines to offset the vanity's contemporary feel, it is not "cheap", but you should not "cheap out" on the faucet. The faucet is more important than the sink, repeat after me, "the faucet is more important than the sink". Okay… moving on.
B. sink $80 each; Ikea. I have this sink… I love it.
C. cabinet $129 each; Ikea. I don't have this but I like it, painted.
D. paint for vanity Farrow & Ball "Pigeon" $32.50; paint for walls match to Restoration Hardware's "Subtle Velvet"- as seen above on walls behind that camel colored sofa 2 gallons of Behr from Home Depot probably $50 (I like Behr's "Flat Enamel" paint)
E. tile – Daltile's Permatones & Permabrites Porcelain… on the floors – Matte White (6501) 2" Hexagon, grouted in gray (ie: Custom Building Products"Delorean Grey") $5.10/sq foot and 3×6 subway tile on the walls… installed in a herringbone (or chevron stripe) pattern, grouted in a more subtle gray/off white.
F. A Bath/Shower Valve (one at each end of the shower), that diverts from the showerhead to the handheld shower (in lieu of the tub filler) are you with me?… handhelds make cleaning sooo much easier. I'd actually do 2 of these valves, since the new shower is so large, one at each end. I don't know the price on this… but would recommend a Speakman showerhead and handheld. Maybe $350.
G. toilet – Kohler Bancroft in white around $300. (yes, there are cheaper toilets, but you are talking to a girl who appreciates a good toilet)
H. lights either side of mirrors Martha Stewart "Tumbler" $119 each. 4 total.
I. Bath accessories (prices unknown, all from Norwell, or equivalent from elsewhere)
J. bath mirror and shelf $68 – yes $68 for mirror and shelf, I have bought these recently for a project and LOVE THEM.
TAAHHHDAH. Now, when she saves up the $ for this renovation, we'll post after pictures.
Give her a few years, remember there are 3 more of these beauties.
I almost forgot the art and linens… they would be mostly white, with caramel and gold tones, and of course an unexpected punch of color in the art would be nice. I really like how that Restoration Hardware sofa reads against that wall color, hence my attraction to camel/gold. I am too tired to search for them… use your imaginations! I am deliriously tired… too tired to even add these numbers and give you a total… feel free if you wanna calculate, and don't worry about "labor costs" that's why she has me and my husband… we will help- my husband and I are quite a team… plumbing, tile, we've dabbled in it all!
*- I do not design for free. I actually have bills that require payment. So, while every once in awhile I offer suggestions… I don't make a habit of it. I am thinking about offering freebies once every couple of months (would you like that?)… for those in need of solid design advice who cannot afford a professional. Glad you understand.