Project Reveal: California Master Bath

I am beyond excited to share this reveal with you today! I could hardly wait to get back from a long holiday weekend in SoCal to post all about this master bathroom transformation. After 2-1/2 glorious days in San Diego that went by way too fast, it was up the coast to Ventura to style and photograph this remodel.

A little background before we get into the “After” photo goodness. This is the only bathroom on the entire second floor and it serves 3 bedrooms, including the master bedroom. We can almost call it an en suite because it does have a second door that goes to the master bedroom. Now that my client’s kids are grown and out of the house, this bathroom will function almost entirely as their master bathroom. So while the design was 100% all about my clients needs for now, we did keep an eye towards resale. Should a family with kids buy this home, we wanted to make sure this bathroom could also be a very functional family bathroom. Since it’s the only bathroom on the second floor, we also wanted to ensure it was a complete knockout. As I worked on the design I would imagine the pretend couple on House Hunters having the following conversation:

“This is the only bathroom on the second floor?

“Hmm..that could be a problem”

“You’re right sweetums and normally I agree with absolutely everything you say but if you can only have one bathroom at least it’s incredibly gorgeous and highly functional with plenty of storage and classic details that we’ll cherish for years to come”.

“Good point hun, let’s buy it and offer well above asking to make sure we’re not outbid!”

And scene.

Before, this bathroom was stuck in a bit of a time warp. Aesthetically it was dated and worn out. Fixtures were also starting to wear out and there were other practical concerns like a lack of lighting, only one outlet (can you imagine using this bathroom with your sister and fighting over the single outlet? Horror!) amongst other issues.


The tile in the shower definitely needed to be replaced and updated in a major way.


IMG_1063We kept the layout exactly the same but changed every last surface and fixture in the place.

Before, this bathroom was dark, dated and primed for a gut job.

So that’s just what we did.

MasterBath_1This tower was a “must have” for my client. She loved the look and along with the custom vanity I designed (loaded with doors and drawers) the tower gives this bathroom tons of extra storage.Tower_4

The countertop is quartz, chosen for easy maintenance (no resealing!) and durability. The marble mosaic backsplash is finished off with a beautiful ogee liner, also in marble.



In the shower, we combined simple subway tile with more marble.


Tub_2Shower_8I also designed a built-in shower shelf to hold soaps and other necessities. Functional, practical and another opportunity to use more of that gorgeous marble mosaic!

Shower_5ShowerheadA few other details:

Shelf_1 FloorStool_1Tower_3Vanity_8Vanitys_3Hardware_closeupVanity_26Vanitys_3 Tower_2Counter_TrayMy clients are absolutely thrilled with the transformation and so am I. This remodel was a true mixture of budget friendly options (subway tile, tile floors) and some custom pieces, like the vanity for a result that is fresh, classic and just SO pretty.

The bathroom was finished last week then I came up on Monday to style it with towels, trays, the rustic stool, plenty of flowers and did a big reveal for them. I love that moment when they see it completely finished for the first time and was really glad I got to be there for it. Seeing them so delighted makes all the hard work so incredibly worth it.

If you’d like help creating a home that you absolutely love, email me!



29. May 2014 by Sarah
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