A Gorgeous Bathroom Design & Renovation – Elegant Neutrals

Happy New Year!

I hope 2013 is off to a wonderful start for you.  Mine definitely is – January will be a very busy month for me with design projects – LOVE that.

This story is about a standard issue mid-90’s builder design Master bathroom.  You know the one – huge space sucking corner tub, and an itty bitty closed in shower stall.


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But what this bathroom had going for it was its size, and two large windows.  At a very generous 132 square feet, we had a lot of space to work with. The 2 corner windows of course offered natural light, but also a luxurious design opportunity.  My design senses were tingling as soon as I saw this space in my initial consult with my client Kim.  When I ran through some of the ideas with her, she was as excited as I was!


The only change we made to the layout was moving the entry door (from the Master Bedroom) over 6” to accommodate a larger shower, and changing it to a narrower pocket door.  A pocket door is an easy but valuable addition to incorporate into the design of an ensuite bath – eliminating the space necessary for door swing essentially adds up to 26” in usable floor space.

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 This view shows exactly where a door swing would have interfered with the design & functionality of the space.


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 Here’s the new view of the vanity wall.  As the design developed, all the finishes and for this space became about understated elegance.



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 8”x20” soft white matte subway tiles were used on the walls, complemented by a soft taupe rectangular glass mosaic.  Quartz was used inside and to frame the wall niches.



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The new shower area was increased to a spacious 4’x5’.   A knee wall was added to create a complete niche for the tub.


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 Ahh, and that tub area….a curvy, freestanding tub, surrounded by full length silk drapes on the large windows.  Topped (of course) with a spectacular silk shaded chandelier.  The design plan allowed for a minimum 10” all the way around the tub, making cleaning practical and simple – yes, those details matter!



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 The new vanity is finished in BM OC-17 White Dove, topped with a Caesarstone countertop in Organic White.  At 112” long (yes, seriously – 9 feet!), it was important to keep it clean lined and simple.  The open bottom with a slatted shelf offers a place for ‘spa like’ towel storage, as well as keeping this huge piece from feeling heavy.  Deep, soft close drawers offer easy storage, along with the shelving behind the centre doors for taller items.



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 Oval undermount sinks with softly curved fixtures.


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 Two mirrors 4’ high and trimmed in chrome were used instead of one large one.  Three sconces add symmetry and light the whole expanse without shadow.  Small crystal knobs on the sconces pair perfectly with the crystal ‘bubbles’ hanging from the chandelier.



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We chose a polished marble floor tile – it has soft color gradations from creamy white to beige and greige, with an almost silky movement in the pattern.



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 The wall color is BM 2108-60 Abalone.


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This Master bathroom renovation was so much fun, and such a wonderful opportunity to create a luxurious and special space with my clients.

Thank you so much Kim & Glenn for inviting me to be part of this project, and allowing me to share it.

For more bathroom renovation & design ideas, hang out awhile longer and check out these past projects!  Main bath, Family bath, Ensuite bath

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.

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  1. Gorgeous!!!

  2. Wow, Tracy! I’m speechless…and you know, that almost NEVER happens! What a gorgeous master bath! The shower is to die for but I think that my favorite part is that TUB!!!! The soft curves, monochromatic color scheme and truly…NINE FOOT VANITY!?!? It’s like something out of a 5 star hotel and spa! Well done. I’m sure that your clients are thrilled…I know that I would be. xo, Kimberly

    • Thank you my SS – clients do love it, which is totally the best moment. Always glad you’re here, and never truly speechless 🙂 xoT

  3. I am in complete awe of this bathroom!

    • Thanks Miriam – I kind of fell in love with it too, but the clients wouldn’t let me stay. 🙂 xoT

  4. Kris Pare says:

    OM gosh, that is what I have been picturing in my head for my master bath! I have such a wasted space with that gigantic 24 yr old tub -LOVE the tub and adore the clean line of the large shower. Oh and that vanity! I have those awful shell sinks—SHUDDER! Thank you for sharing.

  5. You did such a fabulous job with this! You made wonderful choices with everything… I just LOVE it… As I’m sure you will for many, many years to come!

    • Thanks Susan, I love it too – sadly, it belongs to my client, though I’m sure they will love it for many years to come, and that’s almost as gratifying, lol! xoT

  6. This is fabulous – not only well designed and pleasing to the eye, but functional! Kudos to you and your client must adore this “new” space.

    • As much as I love beautiful spaces, I appreciate that you LIVE with function! Thanks so much Margaret! xoT

  7. Kiki Nakita says:

    Simply wonderful.

    I adore the bathtub and tile. Pental?

  8. Looks fantastic! I love all the finishes you used throughout the bathroom! dee dee

  9. Kathy Woodman says:

    I love the drapes! Really warms up the bathing area. Totally unexpected – I love it! Beautiful renovation. I also love the floor tile. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Kathy – such a simple addition, but feels so luxurious, doesn’t it? Thanks for visiting! xoT

  10. Oh my goodness, this is an amazing transformation! Every inch is just gorgeous, love the floors! Bravo!

  11. Wow…beautiful transformation, especially the shower area. Thank you for linking up.


  12. All I can say is wow Tracy!!! This looks like such a spa-like sanctuary!! You are very talented!! Where did the curtains come from? Custom or ready mades? I also have a linky party on my blog here: http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/01/its-party-time-1-6-2013-linky-party-and.html
    If you have a chance I would love for you to link it up – my readers would totally love this post! Have a fabulous week! Heather

    • Hi Heather, the curtains are semi-custom; a Supplier I work with offers custom panels in certain fabrics at less than custom prices. I do join your party, check my Link list! xoT

  13. HOLY COW! You just knocked my socks off with this fabulous renovation! Oh my goodness girl, you have got some skills. So happy I found you. I’m following on Google+.

    Warmly, Michelle

  14. LOVE your bathroom especially that tub 😉 I’m a new follower!

  15. What a gorgeous bathroom! I love the chandelier above the tub and the open shower is beautiful. Stunning.

  16. This is absolutely beautiful !!

    We are redoing our 90’s builder bathroom as well. Unfortunately I am not blessed with the natural light nor square footage this space has. Stay tuned my facebook page or my website to see how it goes. New Shower is being fitted tomorrow morning.

    Cheers, Niamh

  17. Just absolutely gorgeous!! I want one! xo Kristin

  18. This is stunning! Absolutely beautiful. Love the colour palette and that vanity is my dream vanity!

  19. Fantastic job, Tracy! This space turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing the wall color ~I’m pinning that for further reference~!

    • Thanks June, pin away! It’s a great paint color – always check it in your space though! xoT

  20. Magazine worthy Tracy…xo

  21. Perfect! The open shelving on the bottom of the vanity was such a brilliant idea, truly gives the spa feeling.
    Also love the curtain panels to the floor and that tub!!!
    You did a great job with the design, I can’t believe it’s the same space~
    All Things Heart and Home

    • Hi Robin, that’s why I love designing custom vanities, you can really make them perfect for the space! Thanks so much for visiting! xoT

  22. Fabulous, I love the light colors and the large shower. I am a new follower! I found your link at the “It’s Party Time” party. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s

  23. Wow! What a gorgeous transformation! Dreamy!

  24. Thanks so much for linking up to It’s party time Tracy! Love how you transformed the bathroom into such a luxe space!

  25. GORGEOUS bathroom. I absolutely love every single details. Pinning for my dream home bath!

  26. I cannot believe it’s the same space! Fantastic – looks like it came out of a magazine! love, love your vanity and floor tiles the most and of course, that gorgeous tub!!!

  27. Wow, absolutely stunning! This bathroom is about the size of my bedroom, lol!

  28. Gorgeous!

  29. Stunning transformation! I love it all!

  30. Beautiful! Absolutely stunning…

  31. I featured your beautiful bathroom today! Thanks so much for linking up and hope to see you at It’s Party Time! http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/01/its-party-time-1-20-2013-linky-party.html

  32. Soo gorgeous. Would love to invite you to join our linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party-49/ and show it off to our readers. It’s sooo beautiful!

  33. Your bathroom in lovely. We are currently re-doing our master bathroom as well. Can you please tell me where you purchased the chandelier above the tub. I love it!!!


    • Hi Stephanie, thank you – I’d love it if it were mine, this was a client project. The chandelier is manufactured by Kuzco; you should be able to source it locally through a distributor. Good luck with your reno! xoT

  34. Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs says:

    Yes yes yes! 🙂 Love it all!

  35. Patty Smith says:

    I’m about to begin a remodel of my master and I love the tub you used in this project. Can you tell me what brand it is? Thank you!

    • Hi Patty = it’s just beautiful, isn’t it….It’s by Maax, and the model is “Ella”. Good luck with your renovation! xoT


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