home progress: mixing modern & vintage in the bathroom

vintage & modern mix // bathroom round-up // smitten studioSInce the new bathroom is beginning to take shape, I’m getting into some major retail therapy by ordering all the fun finishes.

I love mixing old and new, so when it came to designing our little loo I wanted to find the perfect modern vintage mix. I did this by combining sleek new pieces, like the gold Kohler Purist faucets and the clean round mirror, with timeless finishes, like the classic subway tile for the shower walls, and the white hex tile for the floors, as well as adding in some vintage pieces like this walnut credenza. The plan there is to retrofit the credenza into a bathroom vanity that will hold two of the square vessel sinks (fingers crossed all goes well). I also stayed with a monochromatic color palette which allows me to play up all the different patterns and textures. Now just to wait for the walls.

Product Sources: Kohler Purist Shower Head // Spotted Candles & Ceramics by Oui // Hexagon Towel Rack // Handmade Horn Comb // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet // Tissue Holder // Ferm Wire Hamper // Merola White Hex Tiles // Natural Sea Sponge // Vintage Credenza // Round Mirror // Daltile White Subway Tiles // Pendant Lamp // Black Tea Soap

  • Obsessed with the spotted candles and ceramics! So so pretty!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  • I love the idea of turning that credenza into a bathroom vanity. It’s going to look beautiful!

  • those subway tiles are amazing! i’m about to move into a new place and needed a few ideas, such as that hexagon hook + tissue holder. thanks, sarah!

    xx, valerie @ lily on fillmore

  • Love this look–how will storage work with the credenza? I’m thinking drawers–I’ve never had a bathroom without them, but I’m sure you’ve thought of a solution!

  • I’m so loving everything about this mix. You’re bathroom will be stunning. We’re at the tail end of finishing one of our bathrooms, using 2 inch black hex for the floor and white subway halfway up. I balanced the floor with black pencil tile, around the perimeter of the room just below one white subway tile. We had them subway tile in two shelves in the shower, one small/one big for a clean look. No shower clutter. I never tire of black and white!

  • damn sexy. I have that hex towel holder. It’s a little on the thin/wimpy side but it’s still gorgeous!

  • Hi Anna, The credenza has drawers now but I am going to turn them into two big doors so that there is room for the plumbing. Drawers would be nice, but before this house, I’ve actually never had a bathroom with drawers! At least I don’t know what I am missing. :) The credenza is 60″ long though so there will be loads of storage. I use baskets on shelves inside the cabinets to keep everything tidy and easily accessible. x

  • Hi Amy, Oh, kind of jealous of the 2″ black hex. LOVE. We thought about those but ended up going the less expensive route to make up for the pricey faucets. We are still toying with the idea of getting matte black hex tiles the same size as the white ones above. I ordered the white ones online so I am not sure if the whites will match up between them and the subway tiles. If they don’t I maybe follow suit and go black. :) Anyway, your bathroom sounds like with will turn out beautifully. We are putting a shelve in the shower too. No more ugly shampoo caddy. YES! x

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  • Oh it’s going to be gorgeous. I love the vintage credenza and the hex tiles! And all of the pops of black and white! Can’t wait to see!

  • I love this palate and I often suggest this type of thoughtful mix to clients. We did a similar application as the credenza recently. In hindsight I think that the client would have been happier with a stone top underneath their square vessels. I think a calcatta/carrara top without an overhang would look great here. Otherwise you might run into water marks and signs of wear on the wood top. Additionally, it will still have the mcm/knoll furniture look. I’m loving your renovations!

  • Hi Lucas, oh yes! Thanks for mentioning that. We actually are planning to have a marble top, just like you said! I’ve set a piece aside from the same slab of our kitchen counters for it. :)

  • Sarah: Glad to hear it. We sealed the credenza we used with marine-grade polyurethane but there is still the possibility of marking. Looking forward to seeing all of the renovation progress!

  • Ha!
    We’ve just finished our loft renovation in Manhattan and have the same kitchen faucet, F&B colors, bathroom faucets too. It seems we have similar taste ;)
    Congratulations on it all, it looks fabulous! Can’t wait to see what you do next. x

  • any finished photos? would love to see! since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you should be greatly flattered! i’m sure many have been inspired by this bath. we’re in the process, and i hijacked the tile idea(herringbone), and using purist fixtures in vibrant moderne gold. bought a super cheap cabinet from HD, and i’m painting it in F&B “off black”, with a carrara top and the same sink. got a great deal on unglazed 1 inch hex in black from home depot as well–off-setting the fixtures a bit!

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