Bathroom renovation: An inexpensive refresh
A practical makeover: The before
When she finally got around to transforming her only upstairs bathroom into the sophisticated and relaxing oasis she’d pined for, Virginia knew just who to call on for help: good friend and Style at Home contributing design editor Samantha Pynn, who was delighted to come to the rescue. A major expansion, or even a plumbing switch, was ruled out pretty quickly. "I dont spend that much time in here," explains Virginia. "For one or two people, it was big enough. I wanted a drastic makeover but without having to knock down walls."
New colour and curtains
For the finishes, Samantha picked an eye-catching pennyround floor tile and a sophisticated marble countertop to provide a clean, neutral backdrop for the show-stealer: a stunning custom-made floral turquoise shower curtain. “With this design, Virginia can give the bathroom an inexpensive refresh by simply changing the colour of the paint and the shower curtain,” she says.
Subway tiles are a classic, timeless choice, says Samantha. Instead of wrapping the entire room from floor to ceiling, they were stopped halfway up on one wall to bring in more colour with paint and give homeowner Virginia Macdonald the option of hanging a fun piece of art.
Vanity and doorway: The before
The cabinetry was custom designed to anchor the two off-centre elements: the window and the mirror. Shaker doors and minimalist hardware preserve the clean lines, directing the eye straight to the fabulous shower curtain. Thanks to the large window, no additional lighting was needed. The ceiling light and wall sconce were replaced with new schoolhouse-style ones to match the tiles, says designer Samantha Pynn.
Vanity and doorway: The after
A handy neighbour helped solve Virginia’s cumbersome-door challenge: at her request, he transformed two panels from one closet door into a mini double door. The frosted glass inserts further open up the small room.
Sink and fixtures
The Art Deco-inspired faucet complement the 1930s feel of the tiles.
Fresh bathroom accessories
Virginia not only has more bathroom storage now but also a polished stage to accessorize as she likes – often with her favourite bath products. A unique gilded vanity mirror steals the scene.
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