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Master Bath from Scratch

Nothing makes you feel more like living in a luxury hotel than a fab bathroom and well appointed closet.  After you sort out the bed and bedding, that is!  I take a bath almost every night that I am at home so my bathroom is REALLY important to me.  So I wanted to make the most of the space allotted.

Once the addition that houses my “girl world”—master bath and dressing room—was framed, my contractor, Jason Richardson of J. Richardson Contracting, LLC, and I looked closely at every measurement to make sure that we were making the best use of this brand new space.  I wanted the shower to be generous enough to have a leg shaving bench, enough shelving for professional sized shampoo and conditioner bottles, and have some space left over  to dance and sing in there!

See above for the vanity wall, framed and then sheet rocked.  My architect, John Glimer, suggested (and I wholeheartedly agreed) that the bathroom would be that much more fabulous with an arched ceiling.  Jason, my contractor, while surprised as he had already framed the originally specified flat ceiling, adapted beautifully and created this lovely arched ceiling.  It was a first for both of us but was worth the effort as it adds height and a classical feel to the space.

Since I had spent so much time in paint hell, I decided to use the same special Annie color on the walls that I used throughout the living and dining spaces.  I used a half tint of the same color for the ceiling.  A half tint is achieved by mixing your chosen color with equal parts of ceiling white.  The only difference in the scheme was the use of white trim (Benjamin Moore White Dove) instead of the wall color as I used in the other spaces.


Here you see the vanity wall with the plumbing wall mounted into what will be a floor to ceiling mirrored surface. I prefer wall mounted faucets because they keep the vanity top uncluttered and easy to clean.  Below you see the wall on the opposite side of the room.  The shower is framed on the left and the window on the right faces the baby cloud hedge.  The free standing tub will go under that window.  The toilet is in a little cubby between the shower and the window on the wall opposite the vanity.


John and I consulted on the trim positioning around the shower, deciding where the shower doors would be installed and how the trim would be resolved with the entry to the room and the toilet cubby.  Then I had to decide what tile to use in the space.  It’s a big decision because, unlike paint, it is really inconvenient, not to mention expensive, to change your mind!  So you gotta love it!  So, I set out to find a pale, organic looking stone that wasn’t shiny and that would work with the rest of the house’s warm, pale grey palette.

I fell in love with this tile from Dobkin Tile.  It was just perfect and not terribly expensive.  I chose the honed finished to avoid reflective or slippery surfaces.

I  love the striations in the marble.  The natural imperfection of each tile adds depth and character to the whole space.

So here is my blank canvas ready for scones, vanity, widow treatments and accessories.  Stay tuned.


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Anna November 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I love everything you’ve done. The arched ceiling really makes this bathroom. I’m seriously coveting that massive shower, and the tile you’ve chosen is just gorgeous. Feels lovely and airy. Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!

Inez March 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

I love this bathroom! What was the name of the tile you selected for the shower area? Also, is it the same tile on the floors? Thanks!

Fresh American March 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Hi, Inez! Thanks for the compliment. The tile Annie used for her bathroom walls and floors, including the shower, is called Bianco Wood. We’re not sure if the manufacturer still makes this model, so follow the link in the blog post to go to their site, and get in touch with them for more info — they’re super helpful!


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