bathroom

home progress: main bath renovation

bathroom renovation // tile progress The tile is DONEZO, (woo hoo!) aka grouted and finished, and I am completely in love with the subtle textural pattern created by matching the grout color to the tile. It is a clean slate, ready to have the fixtures installed and accessories added.

bathroom renovation // tile progress bathroom renovation // tile progress We tiled all the walls except the one with the entry door on it which I had painted in “pitch black” by Farrow & Ball to match the floor tiles. I was a bit hesitant to paint the door and trim so dark but I really like how it turned out, gives it just a bit of drama. You can also just see the new linen closet/cabinet tucked in the corner which is where the old tiny shower was. The space is now much more utilized with the cabinet for extra storage.

bathroom renovation // tile progress See how far we’ve come after the jump…

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4 tips for pairing tile & bathroom progress

Many of my favorite bathrooms have tiled floors AND walls and since I love that look I thought I’d share what I look for in a good tile pairing. It’s essentially just like mixing patterns in your wardrobe, which I can never get enough of, and it’s even better when bringing it into the home.

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // Capree Kimball // via sarah sherman samuelMy number one trick is to create balance with one small scale pattern and one large scale pattern. For example, if you have a detailed tile pattern with smaller shapes on the floor, choose a larger scale, simple tile (with no pattern) on the wall so it doesn’t compete with the floor. This bathroom by Capree Kimball illustrates it perfectly with the bold pattern on the floor and large subway tiles on the walls (see more of her bathroom here).

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // Greg Natale // via sarah sherman samuelTry using a natural stone as a neutral pattern. In this bathroom, the wall commands all of the attention. Although they are small scale tiles, they make up a large graphic print and you wouldn’t want anything to fight with that. By using large marble tiles on the floor there is visual interest down there, giving it a rich layered look, but it reads as a neutral. The subtle irregular pattern on the marble is beautifully juxtaposed with the bold graphic pattern on the wall.

This bathroom is by Greg Natale, see more of his work here.

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // via sarah sherman samuelA fool proof way to combining two tiles is to stick with the same color for both the floor and the wall, and only switch up the scale. You might remember that we did this in our last bathroom. This also reinforces my first tip where the scale of the floor tile is significantly smaller and more intricate than the scale of the wall tile and this way there’s no battling for attention. Each plane has it’s own pattern and they live happily next to each other.

Image from Target

bathroom tile pairings // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, the tile I chose from Wayfair for the new bathroom also follows the opposite scale rule (this time large tiles on the floor and small on the wall), but I am using my final tip to mix two solid colored tiles of different shapes and let the grout lines make up the only patterns.

To catch you up on what is happening in said bathroom… last week I shared the beginning stages and plans for our remodel. Basically, everything was demoed and hauled out, an insanely messy job that I was a little sad I could be no part of this time around (growing a baby and construction dust probably don’t go so well together), and now the new tub is in place and the tile is going in!

bathroom-progresstile-progressmatte black tile // sarah sherman samuelIt isn’t much to look at yet, with no grout and the bathroom in shambles. BUT, the old shower is gone, they rebuilt that wall (pushing it back to make room for the larger bath and flipped around the shower head to empty into the tub), and you get the first look at how I’m laying out the tile in a herringbone pattern on the walls to compliment the large hexagons that will go on the floor. A whole new bathroom is just around the corner, eek (I HOPE)!!

To see the bathroom before check here.
To see all of the home renovation posts check here.

Product sources: White Retro Subway Tile from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair

main bath renovation

modern bath // bathroom renovation // sarah sherman samuel

 

Speaking of bathrooms… I mentioned last week that the nesting bug bit and I decided I needed a new bathroom NOW. The original bathroom is the last remaining room of the house that we hadn’t renovated. We have always planned on “someday” renovating it but when I started to use the small bathtub to ease the third trimester aches, dreams of a larger soaking tub and a beautiful bathroom filled my head. While I sat there soaking, the faded and broken tiles with their three different shades of pink/mauve, the peeling paint on the walls, the sad vanity, and the rusty water coming from the 1940’s pipes started slowly morphing into what could be. It had to be done…if not now, when, right?

The tricky part was the timing. After a little bit of planning, I ended up ordering EVERYTHING for the bathroom online, in one evening. I didn’t realize that Wayfair had an entire home improvement section which was a total God send and where I got the majority of the goods. Tub, toilet, faucets, tile, sink… check check check. I contacted them and they worked with me to send pieces that were available asap. A bit of a gamble, not seeing any of these major fixtures in person, but I measured twice and rolled the dice. Here is hoping that as the items come in they all work together!

bathroom-beforeandcurrentAbove is the before and current state. The first step was the full demo, everything went, including the ceiling. Due to the short timeframe and my more delicate state of being 9 months pregnant, unlike the kitchen or the cabin, I am obviously not doing this particular renovation DIY style (it kind of breaks my heart a little but it’s also really great seeing progress at the end of the day that I didn’t have to do myself. :). We found a new contractor through our realtor and so far so good (fingers and toes crossed). As of today, they have torn out the old shower, took everything down to the studs and got to work on the new plumbing and electrical. They also started working on moving a wall to make room for a bigger tub and turning the tiny shower into a linen closet (we will be putting a shower head in the bathtub instead).

Top image is of all of the new fixtures and pieces I will be working with. I wanted to keep the aesthetic consistent with the other bathroom we did (you can see those products here, and the result here and here), since it is in the same house, but still switch it up a little, with black floors and some different materials. I can’t wait to see this come together and draw myself that first bath.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Planter by Small Spells // Onyx Soap Stone by Pelle // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Teak Bath Mat from Kaufmann Mercantile // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Bath Towels from CB2 // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair 

bathroom refresh & diy towel ladder

AdvertisementAdvertisementbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelWe have been busy bees in full nesting mode lately, and the new bathroom didn’t get left behind. Target sent me over some pretty little items from their bath collection, like the bamboo & ceramic soap dispenser and tumbler and some crisp new white towels, which gave the space a quick refresh and I also got to work on making this ladder for some much needed towel storage/display.

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom-refresh5We also finally got around to installing a toilet paper holder (the prettiest one in all the land, I’m convinced).

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelI also am loving the mix of all the different wood tones with the bamboo accessories, the vintage credenza-turned vanity and the ladder, I think it really warms up the bright white the space.

Bamboo & Ceramic Tumbler from Target // Bamboo & Ceramic Soap Dispenser from Target // Botanic Fiber Bath Towels from Target // Bamboo Wastebasket from Target // Toilet Paper Holder by Ferm Living // Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet //  Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza turned vanity // Daltile White Subway Tiles //  Mirror & Shower Enclosure, custom made

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Get the details on the DIY ladder after the jump…

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an ode to the ottoman

stool as end-table // smitten studioOne can never have enough stools, poufs or ottomans in his or her life. Used as a footstool, a resting place for your bum, or as a side table, these little workhorses are as beautiful as they are versatile. Target sent me the stool I picked out from their new Room Essentials line last week and I’ve styled it in three different settings to illustrate the handiness of this piece. Ottomans forever!

stools as end of bed seating // smitten studiobathroom stool // smitten studioI’ve decided to keep this one as you see it here, in the bathroom. It’s nice to have the extra surface in a small space. Now I’m on the lookout for a few more ottoman options for the foot of the bed and for that spot above, in the living room. Wish me happy hunting. x

Sources for Image 1: Stool/Ottoman from Target // Sofa from HD Buttercup // Flower Poster by Debbie Carlos // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Tea Cup & Saucer from Heath Ceramics // Vase is vintage

Sources for Image 2: See this bedroom post // throw blanket from Terrain
Sources for Image 3: See this bathroom post

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Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel
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home progress: bathroom update

bathroom renovation // vintage credenza vanity, round mirror // smitten studioHey guys our bathroom is finished! I still have to add in the final accessories (towel hooks, toilet paper holder, soap dispensers, rug, etc. etc) but at least we have a brand spanking new and usable bathroom. We also just passed our final inspection and everything got approved by the city, so our 2 bed/1bath just officially went to a 2 bed/2 bath (with a new laundry room). Yay!

bathroom renovation // vintage credenza vanity, round mirror // smitten studioherringbone tile // bathroom renovation // smitten studioherringbone shower, gold fixtures // smitten studioLast time I showed the bathroom we were waiting on the mirror and glass shower enclosure to get installed. The reason for the HUGE delay in posting was because we also ran into a big problem with the tile job. After the grout went in, the color was blotchy and that was only emphasized by the fact that all the lines were uneven thicknesses. The guy assured us that it just had to finished drying and it would be uniform.

Well, we waited and waited and the blotchiness never went away (you can kind of see it here). We tried to get the guy back, but never could track him down. Finally, just when I was about to give up and have our brand new tiled shower and floors just look like dirty old ones, a guy on the crew that had been working on the rest of the renovation came in, scraped out all of the grout, and re-did the entire space (and the angels sang, taa daaaaaa).

Sources:  Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet //  Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza turned vanity // Daltile White Subway Tiles //  Mirror & Shower Enclosure, custom made

To see the bathroom before look here (it used to be a bedroom)
To see all of the renovation progress check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel