We are very excited to have completed the renovation of our space conscious upstairs bathroom!
The goal of this remodel was to update the space in a contemporary rustic style while adding some really functional items that can stand up to every day use by our two kids. I wanted the design to complement our remodeled master bathroom that we completed last year while also maximizing the very small bathroom space we had to work with. I was able to accomplish this by bringing in the same wood-look floor tile and pebble mosaic and keeping the rest of the colors within a similar color palette, while still pulling in some different elements to make the space it's own.
I used Matte black hardware on this project and love the playfulness of the contrast from the light gray tile and crisp white freestanding bathtub. I mixed and matched shower trim, faucets and hardware from Pfister's Tenet, Rhen and Contempra collections for a really custom and modern result that serves our purposes perfectly in this tiny kids' bathroom. Mixing hardware pieces can be risky, but I've done this with items from Pfister Faucets before and find that their finishes are very consistent between lines which allows for some creativity when designing spaces, unlike most brands where you might have more constraints. I use the Pfister Faucets in all of my projects and find that the quality of the products can really hold up to heavy use, even with the dark finishes without chipping or requiring any maintenance. I used a black schluter instead of a bullnose tile on this project for a really fun contrast that helped tie all of the elements together.
I've been wanting to incorporate herringbone tile into a design for a while now, and really love how the vertical accent stripe turned out behind the Summerlin Freestanding Bathtub from Hydrosystem. A classic white freestanding Hydrosystem tub is always the focal point of any bathroom that contains one, and this is no exception. The rectangular shape of the Summerlin tub was also the inspiration for the rectangular niche in the wall above the tub and the linear Infinity drain in front of it.
Of course, the beauty the Summerlin Freestanding Bathtub adds to the space is sleek and stunning, but our favorite thing about the tub is actually the thermal air system. The thermal air system is hands-down the most relaxing, rejuvenating bath experience out there, and since my car accident has been a life saver at the end of the day when my back and neck have had enough. We have one in our master bathroom and our kids love it so much we had to bring one into this bathroom remodel as well. It makes for the most amazing bubble baths!
This is the first time I've used an Infinity drain in a project and I'm really excited about how it turned out. We found that when the kids used the tub in our master we'd end up with a lot of water on the floor, and with this being their bathroom and a tub-shower combo, we anticipated this being a daily challenge and wanted to mitigate it in advance. The subtle elegance of the tile-in linear drain was the perfect solution, adding functionality to the space without standing out against the floor tile. I'm really happy with how seamlessly it integrates into the space and how it helps keep water away from our new wooden bathroom vanity from Strasser Woodworks.
This furniture style vanity is from the Alki line by Strasser in their new Dusky oak finish which is the exact blend of rustic and modern that we were looking for. It is topped with their London grey quartz countertop and sleek undermount rectangular sink which arrived ready to install with pre-drilled holes for our Contempra faucet from Pfister. Additionally the matching medicine cabinet adds some hidden storage which was very necessary for this kids bathroom! While open shelving works in the master bathroom, we found that sometimes we really missed the ability to hide the less pretty items needed in a bathroom, so the medicine cabinet was a must-have for us on this remodel. Installing it so that the door swing cleared both the faucet and the pendant lights posed a slight challenge but in the end we are thrilled with the results!
On the walls we used a mold-inhibiting primer and high quality Benjamin Moore paint from Ace hardware in Windsor, our go-to for paint and hardware on our projects. This bathroom is tiny so we really wanted to keep colors light and airy overall to maximize the feeling of space. Less is more in a small bathroom, so designing in such a way as to keep things simple while allowing it to have some bolder custom elements was a balancing act. Ace is always great for advice on paint colors, solving problems and they can also order most things that they don't carry such as this toilet and matte black lever handle that matches the rest of the metals from Pfister Faucets.
2020 has been a long year in so many ways, but all four of us sharing one bathroom during this construction project certainly hasn't made it any easier on us! We are very excited to have the space back to functioning condition and even more excited for the final results!