Spa bathroom inspirations

Our bathroom, it’s one of the places we spend most of our time. We bought our home a year ago, and while it’s a century home, it didn’t need much updating. The kitchen is new and bright, crown molding trails throughout our home and the wooden floors are polished. Somehow when we purchased our home we over looked the dated and dingy bathroom.

We have a in-suite bathroom and it was just awful. It was super tiny and there wasn’t even a door, just an opening. The bathroom itself is tiny, maybe five feet by 9 feet, not much to work with for a “master bathroom.”

We had the luxury of having an old cream pedestal sink and no cabinet space or towel racks.

The tub could barely fit a toddler, and my husband and I are both tall and lanky. It was one of those tub and shower combos with cracks in the bottom and that water level would only get three inches high. Our shower head was an ancient plastic piece of junk that trickled water on a good day.

 

Our light above the sink broke, and a friend managed to break our mirror so we had no mirror or light for over eight months. Talk about roughing it, but somehow I got used to not looking at myself as much and procrastinated the major renovation. Finally my husband forced us to get it going before summer and it was up to me to design, measure, purchase, and over see the entire renovation. So off to the drawing boards.

We had a few things in mind for our new bathroom.

  • A sliding track door to allow ample space
  • A bathtub no less than 6 feet long
  • No extensions to the room leave the structure as is
  • A spa like natural yet modern vibe
  • Marble flooring

At first I wanted a giant tub with a cool back splash of tile behind it, and a stone shower in the corner, but the space wouldn’t allow it. I had to re-plan.

When starting a bathroom renovation the first and foremost thing you want to do is measuring of the basics, tub, toilet, sink. You will want to order your tub first since it could take 2-4 weeks to be delivered. It was the first thing I did once I found the perfect tub, and it sat in the box for three weeks while they ripped out our bathroom. The day the renovator was ready to install they noticed a corner of the tub was chipped! I had to do a complaint, resend the tub back to home depot, pay for a second one out of pocket while we waited for a refund. This set our whole renovation back three weeks. It was painful!

The tub we chose was the Kohler Windward 6 foot tub with apron attached. I wanted a clean look and didn’t want to spend more on tile. This is an awesome bathtub and it works amazing for showering applications. Compared to other brands and models with a price range of $2,000-$4,500 we found this model fairly reasonable. In Canada it cost $1150 and in the states you can find it for $800.

 

 

WHY I LOVE MY TUB:

  1. It is long. It fits my husband and I and has room for more! It sometimes is so long we slide.
  2. Both sides are oval which is great for resting your head
  3. There is an arm rest.
  4. You can only fill it up partially if you want a quick bath.
  5. It has a ledge for shower application and further more the ledges slightly tilt inward to keep water from seeping out. You can still place candles and wine glasses around the ledge but it has a slight tilt.
  6. It is wide! Normal tubs are only 22” wide but this piece of work is 46”. Needless to say our bathroom is all bath.

We went with brushed nickle finishes, so everything isn’t too shiny. We chose a glass sink to modernize and went with a wall installation to maximize space.

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For tile we took our chances and it looked like a hot mess in the boxes, but once installed it all came together.

We first fell in love with the flooring. I found a surface marble that was 24” x 24”. Everyone tried to talk us out of it. The floor guy said it wouldn’t look right in our tiny space, the renovator said it was a tricky installation. We had him re lay the floors for an even finish. Now it is the thing people notice when they see our bathroom. For such a small space it was worth the extra money and it has so many colors to work with.

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Our door opens up left of our bed and the first thing you see is the toilet and back wall. We chose natural Italian stone for an Organic backdrop, it is so relaxing to look at.

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I wanted a funky white texture of tile for the bath, but my husband wanted black tile, which I told him wouldn’t go with our whole theme and floor color combo. I brought home samples and he chose an Italian ceramic of dark brown (he still thinks it’s black haha) and beige. I was hesitant at first, but it definitely brings the whole room together. It creates a warm spa like atmosphere.  White on white would have been too much.

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Finding a shower curtain for large tubs is painful. I didn’t want lots of bars and something hooking into the walls, so I opted for a smooth track on the ceiling. It maximizes light and space and has a clean modern look and feel.

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We accented with rocks and bamboo and and orchid plant. Our bathroom is my favorite room in the house, it’s a girls dream.

Here are some bathroom inspiration you may enjoy.

Something simple

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This is my dream outdoor shower ahhh  :}

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A bit masculine and modern

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Natural elements with a modern

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   Feminine

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                                                                                                       Vintage chic

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Bachelor pad penthouse style

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A vacation home retreat

Don’t forget the kids

 

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What style speaks to you? I wish I had more bathrooms to renovate!

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Small outdoor spaces

Small spaces can be tricky to furnish and decorate, but with the right colors and furniture choices you can turn a once dingy balcony or patio into a special space for relaxation and entertaining. When revamping a small space, first look at the space available, the electrical outlets you have to work with, and eye sores you may want to mask. Your next step is to choose what type of vibe or theme you want out of your small space. Just because you have a tiny balcony that barely fits a chair and tiny grill doesn’t mean it has to be boring. After moving into our house and tackling major home renovations for a year, our tiny balcony was the last thing on our mind. After all we rarely used it and it didn’t have much space for more than 3 people. One hot summer day I finally quit procrastinating and turned my small space into a cozy outdoor office I could write, eat, and hang out with friends comfortably. I originally wanted to line the balcony with giant pillows and pillar candles, a low table to end on, a bit of a Moroccan feel, but my husband pointed out the negatives. Rain, wind, bugs, etc. I was still determined to do something a bit different than just a table and a chair. I wanted a lower table for eating, and we needed some sort of blind for privacy from our neighbors who like to chain smoke and loiter to the left of us. One hot summer day I managed to whip my balcony into a new living space in under four hours and for under $175 bucks. I went to a furniture leasing store just to see if they had anything similar to my vision. To my luck when I walked in there was a sheek wooden glass coffee table, with two black leather ottomans that slid under for storage. It also came with a giant side table, all for the price of $50. Apparently there was a tiny bit of damage on the table, a little sanding and paint fixed, but what did that matter, this was an outdoor table. I scored a bright green fold out chair at Walmart for $12, and two large palm plants for $10 each. I got some extras at the dollar store, bamboo floor mats, vases, fake flowers, and candles. I finished off the space with securing a grey fabric shower curtain that serves as a privacy curtain. The water repels off of it, and it can easily be taken down for winter and summer thunder storms. I simply hammered in a few nails matching the shower curtain holes and voila! Perfection. I tack in the bottom corners for added suppport. I now have a cozy place I can drink my morning tea and work from home outdoors on warm days.

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Office zest

I revamped my boring beige basement room into a bright office. While most people either love or hate the color, I find it energizing and positive. I painted the walls Thai Teal, and opted for clean white basic office furniture, with a few yellow vintage touches. The dresser I found on the street, quite the steal! I was pretty pleased it fit into my Subaru hatchback. The plushy chairs were refurbished from my Grandma. She had them since 1940 and ironically the colors are teal and yellow. The pull out futon serves for an overnight bed for guest.

What colors are your office?

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Do you love it or hate it?

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