Part I was all about the Guest Bathroom...Part II is all about the Master.
My clients initially reached out regarding renovating their Master Bathroom to increase its functionality. After 10 years of ownership, they'd only used the bathtub a handful of times & since the wife has an extensive makeup collection (one that would rival most professional MUAs!) she specifically wanted more style, better lighting and increased storage.
Done & Done.
As you can see, even in daylight the bathroom was pretty dark due to its orientation on the back of the house & the little bit of good natural light that did come in was super hot (bright), which isn't ideal for applying makeup. With a countertop full of products and a basket full of styling utensils (blow dryer, flat iron, etc), adding more storage was key. The shower door needed to go. The shower & floor needed to be retiled. The bathroom needed some overall blush & gloss.
So we did some demo & started anew!
Finishes in the Guest Bathroom mimicked the selections for the Master with the exception of the shower curtain and of course, the additional vanity. To keep the space from feeling too heavy, I decided to repurpose a piece of furniture for her new makeup area. We started out looking at desks and highboys, but either there wasn't enough storage or the dimensions just weren't right--makeup & products really need drawers for organization, not just open cabinets. When I stumbled upon the Heston Dresser from West Elm, it was just what I was looking for....and not only did it sit on a brass frame (yay for visual breathing room!) but it fit perfectly. She fell in love.
Replaced that old door with a new, custom shower curtain (Robert Allen, Wavy Stitch)--who says shower stalls HAVE to have doors??
And again, these countertops. To Die For.
What I forgot to tell you in my previous post is that these custom butcher block countertops were a total accident...though a happy one. They weren't the original product sourced--I'd planned to go with the more inexpensive Ikea version--but when the client selected an undermount sink, which requires the interior of the countertop to show, we learned that the Ikea version was not in fact solid wood but a walnut veneer wrap, which wasn't going to work with the sink (you wouldn't see wood all the way through along the sink cuts). Fortunately I was able to snag one of my carpenters who is a beast with wood working and he maneuvered his schedule to make this last minute project work. And when I tell you the final product turned out SO much better than what I'd originally planned?? OMG. No lie. These babies are hand finished so there will never be another pair to look exactly like these two! Renovations take longer than you expect and there are always hiccups along the way but 93% of the time.....the hiccups are well worth the change in plans.
Even with the addition of 4 new lighting sources: the LED makeup mirror (sourced from a hotel she loves), wood bead chandelier and pair of brass wall sconces (everything on dimmers for perfect light control), we kept the walls Shoji White (Sherwin Williams) to ensure there was enough natural light bouncing around the room. My first choice for the walls was a light toned grasscloth (great mix of texture & finish) but just like in the Guest bathroom, the clients weren't fans of any wallcoverings or saturated wall colors so we ended with a neutral color paint.
And sometimes it happens like that in design--as a designer you can create a vision and want to see it to the end, but the ultimate say is on the client. I'm generally very honest with my clients and will say, "I don't love your preference but it's YOUR house and YOU have to live here, so it should work for you!". I believe that clients should know the professional's honest opinion and then weigh the advice to make the decision that best suits their lifestyle. THAT is what makes for an awesome designer-client relationship--taking the professional advice + rules & bending them to create something that works for each situation--Co-creation at its finest!