Historic Home Seeks Updated Yet Timeless Bath

Wanted: Beautifully restored historic home seeks updated yet timeless bath to add to home’s overall charm.  This second floor bathroom was in need of a major overhaul. MA-JOR. The homeowner had been working to make some renovations and bring back the home’s original charm with the hopes of putting it on the market. It was this bathroom’s time to shine.

BEFORE SHOT OF VANITY AREA

BEFORE SHOT OF SHOWER

BEFORE SHOT OF OVER-TOILET NOOK

The client had a clear vision of what he wanted this room to feel like but needed a little direction with how to make that happen. His list of bathroom-to-be adjectives included neutral, unfussy, and modern…but not so modern that it wouldn’t fit in with the style of the home. We worked together to come up with a concept board that hit on everything he was looking for.

FINAL CONCEPT BOARD

This was a smaller space with not much play in the layout of the room so we were lucky that it functioned pretty great as is. The one thing that we did need to say a big, fat buh-bye to was the strange shape of that countertop. It took up extra space, wasn’t overly practical, made the room feel even smaller and held an oddly placed corner sink. It was an easy farewell though, thanks to that new vanity cabinet and fresh white countertop. The shower also needed a facelift so we called in the classic white beveled subway tiles for the job and they didn’t disappoint. The floor is porcelain tile but looks so much like wood you almost think you could get a splinter.

NEW VANITY AREA

BEVELED SUBWAY TILE SHOWER WITH BUILT-IN SHELF

The classic lines of the light fixtures make sure things don’t feel too modern but their streamlined shapes make sure they don’t feel out-of-date either (#balancingact). The little nook that the toilet was sitting in was a little bit of a snoozefest and needed something to add some life to the wall. Train rack shelves in brushed nickel were perfect for some accessories annnnnd some necessities. Vintage bathroom patent prints make things feel a little less serious and a little more yesteryear-ish (feel free to use this word that I completely made up).

UPDATED OVER-TOILET NOOK

This project was an awesome collaboration with the homeowner and Marc Pawlowski (owner of On The Level General Carpentry). The homeowner got the ideas flowing, I helped to pull them together and Marc made them come to life. Teamwork makes the (updated bathroom) dream work.

XO,
Maja

P.S. In case you were wondering….this house has been S-O-L-D.