Have you decorated for the holidays? Tom and I are busy wrapping up a few projects before joining in the season’s festivities.
Speaking of busy, I haven’t had a lot of blog time lately – apologies! There are half a dozen posts that I started which still require photographing, more tweaking, etc. Hope to share them soon. Here is a recently completed post on a small bathroom located in an upstairs guestroom.
Our soon-to-be 100-year-old home has a total of three full baths plus a powder room. All of those were gutted during a major house renovation. While old houses captivate me, I’m not terribly excited about their vintage baths – usually with rusty pipes, dated fixtures, and cracked tiles.
At approximately 5′ x 6′ this bathroom is compact but not tiny (compared to others in homes from the same period). Because it’s for the occasional guest (we have a private, more spacious guest suite downstairs), I renovated it sensibly yet beautifully. Storage is not an issue, by the way. So sticking with the existing footprint not only made sense, but also kept costs down and allowed splurges elsewhere. Let’s take a look.
Above photo shows the bathroom after renovation, and below is before.
Here’s a breakdown of the renovation process:
-Gutted entire space.
-Converted to en-suite by connecting new entry to guestroom.
-Replaced swinging door with pocket door to better suit tight space.
-Installed all new plumbing, fixtures, fittings, lighting, and tiles.
-Relocated sink and toilet to improve flow.
-Replaced old drafty window with energy-efficient double-pane window.
Much brighter! The window size stayed the same, so what changed? Meet my friend Calacatta! Let’s chat marble.
First of all, upgrading from ceramic tile to marble did raise costs but, in a room of this scale, that increase wasn’t prohibitive.Marble is all Calacatta, which is not as gray or muddy as Carrara. Carrara is hugely popular; I do love and use it when appropriate. But the morning light of this room wanted warmer, clearer tones.
For the 40″ x 54″ shower stall, I originally selected three marble wall slabs. Then I opted for 12″ x 12″ wall tiles to make the budget friendlier, which allowed for more marble splurges: herringbone floor with 3″ x 6″ tiles, custom one-piece thresholds, carved baseboard tiles, and mosaic shower floor.Mosaic tiles work great in shower floors. Arranged on flexible sheets, those mini pieces conform well to the pitch of a shower floor. Plus the texture helps reduce slipping.
Notice the grout lines are barely visible. It’s about the marble, not the grout.
Calacatta mix. ABOVE: Floor tiles in a herringbone pattern, custom one-piece threshold, and mosaic shower floor. BELOW: Carved baseboard tiles.
Pipes and ducts were relocated to allow room for a custom soap niche as well as a recessed medicine cabinet.
Medicine cabinet is from Waterworks. I had the wooden frame painted the same color as the trim. Note its mirrored back.
Light fixture is from Pottery Barn.
Both toilet and sink are from Porcher. Since there is ample storage elsewhere in the bedroom, a console sink with open base looks lovely here – simple, clean and airy.
I’m thrilled with the transformation – our guests, too!
As 2015 comes to an end, I’d like to express my appreciation for your support, enthusiasm and visits throughout the year. And some of you made it to the shop for the first time – fun meeting in person 🙂
With many thanks and much gratitude,
Just beautiful, Loi!! Lucky guests. Happy holidays to you and Tom!
Hello Loi, This is a magnificent upgrade, with so much beautiful and well-planned marblework. The one thing I would have added would be side light fixtures on either side of the mirror–lighting from above casts the lower face in shadows. Does the shower have its own light? I like the way you relocated the electrical outlet to sink level–not so many wires flying through the air!
Thanks so much. Appreciate your suggestion, Jim. Yes, there is lighting in the shower. Happy Holidays.
what a gorgeous bathroom… love that marble! and i hope we get to meet in person finally in 2016!
Me, too 🙂 We'd have so much to chat about. Thanks!
The bath remodel is fabulous. Great use of the space and the materials are the best!!
MC and I wish you and Tom a wonderful 2016 filled with joy and happiness.
Lovely and classic!
and may i start by saying how very grateful i am to you loi for your posts and unending inspiration.
as i am seated designing a small bath, this timely post filled in the missing details. thank you my friend
Thanks so much, Debra. Happy Holidays!
Be still my heart….breathtaking!…My aunt had those blue fixtures in her home and I always loved the color as we had "plain white" funny how things go….Genius in relocating the entry into the room….Love pocket doors…gained me space in my laundry room…The bathroom is exquisite and took notes on the tile as it is all so very exquisite!…but that is they way you do things…in the most exquisite ways!….Beautiful job!!….May you and Tom have a most wonderful and joyous holiday season!!!
Loi, it is perfection, beautiful! Have a wonderful and happy holiday!
Just right!! franki
Absolute perfection Loi. Keeping the base open makes the room seem more spacious, and the marble is to die for. Your designs are always on point!
We've all been waiting for a new post from you! This is so lovely: that marble is perfect as is the entire transformation. So, have you decided to stay in this house for a while? In any case, this renovation is wonderful…
Thanks, Libby! We have news on the house…..coming soon 🙂 Happy Holidays!
Je vous admire loi!!!! A bathroom reno is NOT EASY because it took our 2 years to complete. Bravo you have done it again. Gorgeous selection of materials to capture that signature style we love!!!!!
You mean you didn't love the yellow and black wall tile and the blue sink/toilet? I can't imagine why!! LOL. The remodeled bath is lovely. Marble is such a gorgeous material, but the way you've used it is what makes it so special. Beautifully done.
It looks beautiful…
Loi, your redo project is fabulous. You give me hope for redoing our small bathrooms. Our home was built in the 30s – small rooms, small baths, and no closets! Ha! But we love older homes and make it work. I like the idea of all marble. Will work on a plan for our next project. Wishing for room for a standing tub, but not sure we can make that work without adding some space from an adjoining room.
Some day I hope to make it to DC to say hi. Happy Holidays to you!
Hugs ~ Sarah
Love the mercury glass on your mantel!
Would love to meet 🙂 Please come visit!! Thanks, Sarah.
Loi, that is beautiful and bright. What a change.
Hi Loi, This is truly a magnificent renovation! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
Thanks, Holly! Always love hearing from you. Merry, Merry!!
Loi, I just love this bathroom!! Marble is absolutely exquisite, looks so bright and clean! Beautiful renovation!
Marry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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Hi Loi, I love the new space. The old bath color scheme was "a bit" dated. Sending love to you both. xoxo Mary
I love the fact that you kept the gout lines and color minimal. Im sooooo over (actually never into) contrasting the grout.
You made a timeless yet current bathroom. Bravo!
Thank you! I don't like to accentuate the grout 😉
I love it! It's funny how a few simple changes can make such a huge improvement. Everything looks wonderful.
Best to you both this holiday season.
Absolutely stunning my friend! I would love to come and visit and see this bathroom in person! I am a big fan of marble and your choice is perfect. I especially love the little shelf in the shower, we have one in our master bathroom. Thanks so much for sharing.
Hi Loi! 'Have been delving into your blog for quite a while now and finally, would like to compliment you on your sense of style. Your posts and images are always very interesting and inspiring too. Thanks for sharing these opportunities to look into your world, even from afar. Very enjoyable!
Greetings, Gerard – Thank you for your note. I appreciate it very much! Always fun "to meet" a new friend 🙂 Happy Holidays!! Cheers, L
Absolute perfection! And I loved the carved stone baseboard. Lots of good ideas here! xoxo
Lo, thanks so much for your Christmas greetings – meeting you at your phenomenal and exquisite shop was definitely a hilight of the year for us.
I love this bathroom re-do – very clean, bright and elegant. Can you give a little info on your glass doors please? Manufacturer, whether you find them easy to clean etc? We have sliding glass doors in our walk-in and I'd love to change to the swinging door – does just one side open?
Hope you both enjoy the holidays – know you will with all those lovely family and friends surrounding you, and all the good food!
Merry Christmas, happy New Year – love Mary & Bob
Mary – I still remember our meet and greet: so fun! You and Bob are very special, and I'm grateful for our friendship. The shower glass was installed by Chevy Chase Glass in Maryland. I don't know what kind of glass or the manufacturer. Cleaning is a breeze….just squeegee after each use. Merry Christmas!!
Sorry dear – of course it should have been LOI – so here's an extra holiday hug!
Loi, you truly are a design genius and I love it!!
crazy for this bath re-do as well as everything that receives your skillful touch and killer eye. thanks for sharing this and so much lovely all year, loi. i lift a chalice of French bubbly in your honor as i am grateful for the opportunity to connect with friends i might not ever have the pleasure of knowing. the only thing that could be better? tone on tone satellite shop in chicago! a girl can dream. xox
Wouldn't that be fun? And I can come hang out with you 🙂 jingle, jingle
It's fabulous Loi! I'm crazy for Calcutta
myself. Wishing you and Tom
and the pups the most wonderful Christmas holiday with lots of love and rewarding festivities!! I hope 2016 brings us together for a few outings together-we sure flunked in 2015! Xoxo Nancy
I can't wait to hang out again! Merry Christmas, Nancy
A truly lovely and timeless transformation Loi!
Thanks so much, Kat! Hope you are well….miss you!
What a pretty transformation. I love Calcutta–agree it is much warmer. I also like the herringbone pattern and baseboard! Well done, as always!
Oh my goodness Loi, I love what you have created in this little bath! The Calcutta marble is perfect!
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Simply gorgeous. I love a marble bathroom. Your design is perfection!
Carved baseboards even, nothing was overlooked! Sigh… simple perfect and absolutely exquisite Loi, as always! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Rié | Portobello Design Blog
Such a clean but elegant look, I am smitten with it Loi! You did a fantastic job ( no surprise considering your wonderful taste and practical sense). We also have a small bath with almost the exact footprint so you have given me some hope that it's still possible to create an attractive and useable area!
Wishing you and Tom a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season!
Thanks so much. Good luck with your project. Merry, Merry 🙂
I like how you took your marble theme and ran with it … light, bright, classic, and perfect. I can't help but mourn the loss of the yellow and black tile. Not your aesthetic, I know.
We have a bath renovation of our own coming soon. Space will be deconstructed clear to the studs and brought back. No fixtures to move … nowhere to move them in the tight space. The leaky, cracked 1960s must leave to make way for new plumbing and electric. Your space gives me a few ideas to ponder.
Gorgeous small bath! So light and airy. I love it! The happiest of Holidays to you and Tom.
You sly devil! There you are leaving such a nice comment on the plans for our bathroom (which, surprise, surprise is getting increasingly more complicated) and here you've just finished up a fantastic one. I love it! You do simple perfectly.
What an absolutely perfect little bathroom! Love it all! White on White and Calacatta– Yum! And the layout is MUCH better! It's so funny, we almost used that exact sink in a powder room recently but because of a curved wall (the staircase) it didn't fit by about an inch, so we went with a pedestal. I'll look forward to getting your other posts whenever you can manage it! Happiest of Holidays to you and Tom! xoxo ~ Laurel
Well I am very late to comment on this post Loi, but what a wonderful transformation you've achieved in this tiny space. It's so light and charming. I particularly love the carved marble baseboards – not something we're able to find easily here in Australia. I just love all the subtle textural details you've made with the marble, and the choice of fittings is spot on in honouring your house's age. Have a wonderful Christmas.
This is perfection Loi! Did you use honed or polished Calacutta? I also love the faucet. Can you tell us who makes it?
Thank you! It's all honed. Faucet is from Porcher.
Fresh, bright and clean…love every square inch!! Wishing you and Tom a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!!
Your guest bathroom looks beautiful Loi. Such a change from the old one. Wishing you and Tom Happy Holidays!
Loi, as always your designs are magical! This bathroom is beautiful and perfect! Thank you for sharing your talents and beauty with us. Happy Holidays to you and Tom and your little pups!
A very impressive transformation, as always, Loi.
Wishing you and yours cozy Christmas moments!
Thank you so much for sharing the details of this beautiful bathroom. I am wondering whether you used the 75% white dove paint color in this room? I am finding that the gray tones in white dove work well with the calacatta stone I am using, but it seems a bit dark and am thinking about trying this.
Wow, what a beautiful transformation. I could live with that bathroom as my main :).
Perfect – I can fit all of my makeup and hair products while we visit. After I'm done primping, I'll mix us up a mean cocktail!
i just love your creations and your aesthete-fab self so much, loi! this reno is so beautiful and timeless. the herringbone pattern may be my favorite, and how are we gonna talk my husband into caving and doing that for our master bath???? he doesn't touch alcohol so the seduction by bubbly is out. maybe i'll simply direct him to this post since he loves your blog too. happy new year, foxy, and don't listen to haters tellin us blogs have already gone the way of banana-clips and gauchos (i totally made that up, but whatev)…it is WE who will decide when to step away from zee keyboard, oui? xox
So tastefully done as always Loi! I love the marble and the pattern you chose for the floor and shower!
Wow! What an awesome renovation. I really love how it turned out! Just beautiful. The tiles and the colors are great too! Your bathroom looks very inviting. I would be a lucky guest!
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