I’ve posted enough aspirational interiors in my day; rooms that I’ll never be able to replicate or achieve unless the Design Fairies sprinkle me with endless money and free-reign, but rooms that provide enough inspiration for smaller, more attainable design ideas to satiate me nonetheless. I know a lot of work goes into making a home look exactly like you want it, and there’s nothing more satisfying than a real-life room makeover to make you feel like that perfectly styled room isn’t out of your reach. So when my friend Marla told me she and her husband Dave had decided to tackle a bathroom renovation (with a baby no less, these people are superhumans), she obliged me by taking pictures of the before and after.
She first reached out to me for some bathroom redesign ideas to get the ball rolling. First of all, that just about made my whole life. You’re coming to me for design ideas? I was flattered beyond belief, and my ego quadrupled from its already unmanageable size. Marla said their second floor bathroom was small and interior, meaning they needed to inject as much light as they could from elements like light tile and opting to scrap the bathtub and replace it with a glass shower. They were going for something modern but not too modern since it wouldn’t fit with the rest of their house. The before pictures she sent me were sad, and that’s all I’m going to say because I still want to be friends with them. Obviously, I had a field day collecting source images and ideas. This is what I sent her:
I pretty much designed my dream bathroom and gave it to Marla in the hopes that she and Dave would build it and I could come visit it whenever I wanted to fawn over it and stroke all that sexy tile. I’m not weird. Props to me, Marla loved it. She wanted to include a vanity though because they had the space for it, and so I helped her scout out vintage-y looking chrome faucets and a carrera-marble-topped vanity that wouldn’t liquidate their savings.
Fast forward two-ish months, and their small, out-dated bathroom underwent an amazing transformation:
More Before & After photos after the jump.
Check out all that tile! Subway tile is the best thing there is, as far as I’m concerned. I love that they took my recommendations for the hexagonal tiles on the floor, and their choice to use black was such a good contrast with the rest of the elements in the room. That glass rain shower is jealousy-inducing. Isn’t it a staggering renovation? Thank you so much for sharing, Marla & Dave! Now when can I come and swoon over it in person?