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We have started the process of picking finishes and getting bids on our phase two renovation and addition on our house. This one is gonna be a DOOZY as it’s a big, expensive (to me) job but one that takes this house from being livable to truly functional and enjoyable for us.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore my kitchen and new bathroom but having ONE full bathroom is NOT my idea of awesome. We plan to knock down our garage with it’s bizarre bedroom above (that you access through a teeny Hobbit sized half door) and rebuild a new garage with a master suite above, turning Andrew’s office into the master bathroom AND adding a mudroom, pantry and laundry room off the kitchen. HEAVEN!!!!

But back to the bathroom- I’ve started plotting and planning and am pretty sure I’ve nailed down the look I want. This is a SMALL master, and since we never take baths we’re opting for a big walk in shower instead of a tub/shower combo seeing as our current full bath/ soon to be guest bath has a tub if need be.  I am thinking this time I’ll go with brass.  I just love the richness and warmth and we already have a chrome/Cararra marble bath so why not mix it up a bit?

I have been madly in love with Walker Zanger’s Helsinki floor tile forever. And since it’s a small floor I am hoping I can afford to use this in there. It’s stunning. Pairing it with a grey vanity, white Caesarstone top (no more stains!) and two recessed sinks I think I’ll be a happy gal.  I looooooooove these Restoration brass rivet medicine cabinets, especially when paired with these Crate & Barrel sconces.

The shower will be simple with white beveled subway walls with white grout and white penny tile floor with darker grey grout (hides grime).  AHHHH, I’m getting so damn excited now!


A close up of the plan….


Here are some images I’ve been using as inspiration:



Brass details really make me swoon…



More shower wall inspiration.  The only issue here is that if I happen to be showering while any sort of storm is going on Baxter jumps in with me. You can imagine my surprise when I looked down from shampooing my hair to see a shaking, soaking wet little dog IN THE TUB WITH ME.




I like the warm grey on this vanity and I’m thinking the top will be an extra thick slab of Caesarstone’s Pure White.


This is the sconce placement I envision.

grey bathroom love

This vanity poses an interesting idea- adding drawers under the open cabinets under the sinks…. we need as much drawer storage as possible.



Brass faucets and bath fittings are hard to come by ( at least on a budget- there are some mind-blowing Waterworks ones but I’d have to sell an organ to get them).  I found a nice selecton available in a variety of brass finishes (antique, unlacquered, etc.) on Newport Brass Faucets.





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