A design challenge from the beginning was how were we going to make our master bedroom and bath feel like a suite. The best way we could do that would be to build out the shower footprint. We simply didn’t have space for a bathtub. Originally, I was very upset about this because I really wanted to make it a bath/shower combo. I was persuaded otherwise as I did my research and listened to my husband’s realtor advice.
So often I find it really benefitting us that Steve is a realtor because he is with people all day long going in and out of homes (old and new) and listening to what people want. He is also able to see what is impressive in different homes and what isn’t. So when I am designing, it is always helpful for me to bounce ideas off of him because he has a practical point of view. Sometimes designers can get caught up in trends or things they have been obsessing over but practicality has to play a role.
The other thing we did in our master suite was to give me a custom vanity and make-up area. I love having a place I can get ready everyday. We designed this by finding 2 vanities that were 30inches but without tops at Home Depot. Then we got a 24in knee drawer from our cabinet company and put them together. We had them painted Hale Navy – by Benjamin Moore. We then got a remnant in white quartz from Bedrosian the exact length we needed for the top. We were working with very limited amount of space so every inch counted.
Next we opened the doorway into the master bath and installed modern barn door. It opened up the space and gave it more of the master suite we were hoping for. We love how the barn doors give the master some character. We talked about painting the door or getting some really unique doors made but it just so happened that the company we ordered all of our other doors through gave us an extra door so we just needed to order one more to complete the barn doors. Instead of paying $1,000 for custom doors from Etsy or somewhere local we just went with the doors we have installed everywhere in the house. It gave it some consistently… although its just a matter of time before I convince Steve to let me paint it Hale Navy like the vanity. But they still look great for now!
A before photo. This is my master bedroom looking into the bathroom after we just opened up the doorway! We closed it in a little more then this but still fun to see the progress!
Putting our 2 year old to work at Floor & Decor while getting all of our tile. haha. He loves to help with all of our projects!
We also used 2×8 dolomite floor tiles that we found at Allmodern and laid them in a herringbone pattern. Similar to the Guest bath but larger. We then went searching for a larger dolomite tile that we found at Floor & Decor for the shower walls. Our tile guy was able to use the 2×8 tile for the show floor and pitch it so it drained properly. Love this floor just as much as the floor in the Guest bath.
I loved the idea of 2 unique mirrors for the vanity but since I wanted to have a make-up counter I didn’t want to have 3 mirrors across our master. This large custom mirror was less, about $200 from the same guy that made our Shower glass. Note to self – most shower glass companies also do custom mirrors. He was able to cut out the holes for the light fixtures and make it the exact size we needed.
We also added the niche inside the 1/2 wall so that you didn’t have to see all the shampoo bottles. I love how it hides everything but is still useful. We got this idea off Pinterest!
I went with chrome in the master bath because I think it gave a fresh and clean look to the bathroom design while still giving it more of an accent. I tend to think brushed nickel gets lost and overlooked to easily. I also fell in LOVE with Moen’s chrome faucet.
When decorating bathroom décor… make it simple. Bathrooms tend to get cluttery and messy fast. So make sure you have the storage you need and that there is a place for everything. Then just use a few things to decorate your counter tops. A space looks more intentional with less things. I also find trays to be VERY useful in bathroom designs. Even if you don’t have time to put all your makeup away or you want to leave your jewelry on the counter while you wash your face… a tray can collect all those things without making the counter look messy! Its like putting all your dishes in the sink but your kitchen counters are clean… it definitely makes things look neater.
This is a personal note… I love to have some more intimate photos in our master bath… meaning… I printed some photos of Steve and I when we first got married and put them in frames in our bathroom. One is of us kissing on the beach. Now I don’t think I would ever just casually print that and put that in our hallway or guest bathroom because its more of a personal photo. But I LOVE it in our master bath because it’s our personal space… and hopefully those photos remind you on random days of how fun it is to be intimate with your spouse. I absolutely love this photo living in our bathroom. It makes it more intimate.
Master bathrooms are fun to design but they are a space you probably use more then any other room in your house. So make it usable, beautiful, and personal!
Design a life you love!