Welcome to my new favorite room in our house! Construction was wrapped up about a month ago, and we have been thoroughly enjoying the luxury of a master bathroom in our home.
Our goal was to divide a fourth bedroom to create a master bathroom, while still retaining enough space to have a guest room with a queen bed. The design was inspired by the original (and only) bathroom and the classic details of our 1926 four-square home. I’m beyond thrilled with how everything turned out. Let me show you around…
On sticking with the basics: Since we were creating an entirely new room, we chose a common layout of vanity, toilet, shower. Classic components like marble, subway tile and a mix of chrome and brass kept the room cohesive with the rest of our house. The walls are painted the same shade of white as the rest of our house. Basics for the win.
On choosing a single sink: While it seems like most people prefer a double sink vanity, I was certain I wanted a single sink. The five of us have been sharing a pedestal sink for nearly three years, so maximizing counter space was more important to me. Bonus: there’s more pretty marble to look at this way and one less sink to clean. We ended up with enough floor space to include a 60″ vanity, with lovely features like soft closing drawers and SO MUCH storage.
On making a master suite: Here’s a pulled back view from our bedroom looking into the bathroom. Yes, it’s the same spot where I used to take all those outfit shots. In the process, we also did a little sprucing up in our bedroom, like upgrading our broken metal bed frame to this squeak-free version, switching out the old owner’s DIY’d blinds for some blackout linen roman shades, and finally exchanging our ceiling fan for a pretty milk glass light we’d had sitting in a closet for a couple years. Now the whole room feels like a retreat at the end of the day.
On unique details: Our bathroom is built on basics – subway tile, carrara marble, white, chrome. A few brass elements warmed up the room and coordinated with the original brass doorknobs throughout our home. The globe lights were handcrafted in Texas, and they feel a little French to me. The mirror is so pretty and curvy to break up all the hard lines.
I was so tempted to buy a vanity with a matching mirror, because it was one less detail to select in a fairly short time frame, but Zach convinced me to find a stand-alone vanity and pick out a special mirror that we loved instead. When we were first married, I assumed I would make all the design choices, but I’m really glad that he steps in as much as he does when we’re choosing things. It gives our house more of a mix of masculine and feminine, and it makes it ours.
The towel bars are industrial brass and were a little bit of a splurge as far as towel bars go, but I just love what they add to the room.
On marble floors: One of the ways we could have scrimped would have been to choose porcelain hex tile instead of marble. When we got our first tile quote from a nearby tile chain store, I couldn’t believe how high the tile quote was. Thankfully, by shopping around online, I found that ordering tile online made marble a feasible splurge for us. It makes such an impact on the room and adds a lot of pattern to a basic white box.
On vintage rug shopping: One of the last things we chose was a vintage Oushak rug. Little did I know when we got married, but one of Zach’s hidden talents is vintage rug shopping. There are tons of options at a huge range in price, but he’s found gems repeatedly. We found an awesome Etsy warehouse of rugs, and narrowed it down to about 20 options. We slowly eliminated down to this little number that ties in the golden brass and wood door.
On upgrades: When you take on a construction job, occasionally there are mid-job selections that need to be made. And this is why it pays off to be present and take a look at everything during the process. Typically a shower has one square niche, and one shorter rectangular niche for razors. We switched to two larger square niches for symmetry and the extra room for shampoo bottles. You might never notice this, but we also upgraded from a standard bathroom fan to an integrated can light/fan. It makes the ceiling look much cleaner and more high end.
On buying storage pieces: If you want to simplify and organize your home, one of my favorite pieces of advice is NOT to buy more storage solutions. “Owning less is better than organizing more.” So, before filling a single drawer, we started by decluttering our toiletries down to the essentials. This is definitely a place where random things, like sample sizes or meh nail polishes, or empty mascara bottles can collect.
Once we ordered the vanity, I realized there were probably enough drawers that I could use one for my jewelry, with a simple velvet tray added to a drawer. I’ve never had a jewelry box, so this feels so adult! Zach also stowed his leather catchall for watches and odds and ends into a drawer.
On decanting: Ok, would you decant your soap? This was easily the most unnecessary yet strangely satisfying job. I even did it with our kids’ soaps in the other bathroom. The amber plastic bottles from an online warehouse were economical and have the look of a science lab, yay! The larger pump size is for our body wash and the smaller two are for face soap. So happy I did this, especially since you can see the shower niches from our bedroom.
On finishing touches: Once the construction dust had cleared, I didn’t want to clutter up the room with too much stuff. So a simple plant in a milk glass vase, our all-time favorite candle, and a little Depression glass bowl from my Grandma to hold my earrings were all I added. It’s surprising how much the plant really brought the room to life. It’s like a little sculpture.
On mistakes: The one glaring mistake I made was to order a regular size shower curtain. I failed to notice that without a tub, the curtain would hang lower and hit Zach about mid nose. So, we needed to hang the curtain rod above the window and find an extra long shower curtain. This drapey linen curtain softens the room and breaks up the white. Thankfully this mistake wasn’t too big!
We’re loving this room, and highly recommend Emergent Construction Group in Indianapolis, who did all the construction work. This is not an ad, we just love the work they did and realize it can be hard to find trustworthy contractors who are craftsman. These guys are awesome and very reliable.
Thanks so much for reading along. It felt like a crazy summer, but I’m so thankful for this new space now that we’re on the finish line of the renovation.