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Monday Makeover-Master Bath

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The Master Bath was one of the rooms where this house really showed her age. It was kind of like a middle aged woman still wearing her Daisy Dukes and teasing her hair with Aquanet. There was an enormous shower complete with three heads and steam jets, a lot of lacquered brass plumbing fixtures and faux marble tile, not to mention a Whirlpool tub with room for 6 adults, and jets spewing God knows what kind of bacteria set atop what can only be described as a small stage.

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Goodbye platform party tub

Goodbye platform party tub

Next to go was the shower….We opted to remove the faux marble tile and go with a porcelain tile and clean modern fixtures.

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Demo of the shower area

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The double vanity was outside of the main bath area. The layout of the space was good, it just needed a little cosmetic upgrade to the Corian countertops, and highly lacquered brass that proliferated the space, and add some better lighting. Plus the vanity cabinets had so many compartments, it bore a likeness to a library card catalog system.

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It all came out, and the space immediately felt much lighter and more spacious. Now we had something to work with…

The next big decision was the color palate and the tile/plumbing fixture selections. I did not want to repeat our pristine white bath from our previous house. This space called for something warmer and more modern. I found a great looking ceramic tile that matched almost exactly one of my favorite Ben Moore paint colors: Revere Pewter.

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I chose to go with the 12x18 tiles for both the wall and floor. The floor tiles are a solid color and a little darker to create some contrast. The wall tile was arranged in a straight grid, while the floor was staggered, so the space became a subtle dance between complimentary textures, patterns and colors without becoming overwhelming in a small space.

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The last big decision was the plumbing fixtures. I spent a lot of time at Molufs mulling over the mind-blowing array of options, but in the end I went with the new Jason Wu collection in matte black finish from Brizo. It was just the right balance of modern and classic, and worked beautifully with the palate of the room.

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We also went with concrete vessel sinks in the vanity from Stone Forest Inc. I discovered them at ICFF last year and absolutely fell in love with everything they do. You will see more of their creations in the Powder Room later…

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When it all came together, we created a rather unorthodox Master Bath, but it actually works really well and feels more like the updated version of this house that we were trying to achieve.

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The Main Bathroom includes the shower, a soaking tub and toilet, mixed with an antique mahogany table and a collection of nude sketches.

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The finished vanity area of the Master Bath includes floating vanities, and added a new sconce design from Urban Electric Co called Hedges. We finished the space off with an antique kilim runner, African table and of course more nude sketches.

Stay tuned next week for the next Monday Makeover! Next up will be the Family Room….