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Bathroom Reveal!

July 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

I’m excited to share with you a bathroom renovation from a couple of years ago! It was for our Client’s family bathroom on the second floor of their 19th century home in the Glebe. Part of the charm of this Ottawa neighbourhood is the size of the trees that line its streets and backyards.  However, despite their size, the large maple trees behind my Client’s second storey bathroom window did not provide enough privacy from the neighbours.

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Privacy was one issue that had to be addressed in order to feel comfortable showering. We were also asked to incorporate the existing vanity into the new design. So, we took our cue from the romantic and glam details of its marble counter top and backsplash. We also wanted to maintain the character of the century home. Finally, our Client was looking for a room that would feel serene.

Using the vanity as a starting point, we pulled the soft grey tones from the marble countertop and backsplash, and the crackled frosted glass from its doors. 3-D Rombi Bianco Mixed Polished Marble Mosaic was used as accent tile in the shower. It worked in the veining of the vanity marble and brought the space on trend with its geometric shape. And we matched the shower and window ledges to the same marble as the countertop and backsplash. Our Client really liked the various ways that we ran with the marble inspiration.

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It was important to find a solution to the window that would ensure privacy, but not at the expense of precious natural light. We did this by replacing the original window with a frosted glass, awning window, which also replicated the detail on the vanity doors.

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The flooring was selected with a nod to the past by mimicking the hardwood flooring throughout the rest of the house.  To do this, we used grey, 6” x 36” porcelain tiles, and installed them in a staggered pattern. We opted for a high-gloss finish instead of matte to both enhance the glam effect and inject a contemporary spin (and crossed out fingers that our Client would approve)! High-gloss flooring isn’t usually a designer’s first pick for bathrooms, for obvious safety reasons, but we got the green light from our Client. The hardwood-like porcelain tiles set the stage for the original hot water, cast iron radiator. Don’t you just love its Victorian charm?! Other ways we kept this era’s feel was by recreating the wall moulding found in the rest of our Client’s home. We simply adjusted the scale to fit the size of the bathroom. Finally, we used sleek, minimalist accessories to firmly establish the room in the 21st century.  Chrome was the perfect finish to keep up the glam of this renewed space!

Before & After

 

Hello dear readers! 

I hope you enjoying the Canada Day long weekend! So far, this weekend’s highlights for me have been the fireworks on Parliament Hill, the surprise Snowbirds fly-over yesterday afternoon, and of course wearing red and white from head to toe on Saturday! Hope you enjoy this week’s Feng Sui  installment. 

The Kitchen

The kitchen is the most important part of your home: it nourishes and sustains life, and is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. As such, it’s essential that the kitchen not be located near the front or back door of your home because that’s where energy escapes from the home.0803O3-17Since food is our fuel and gives us energy, it is important that it be prepared in a balanced, harmonious, and uncluttered space. So, keep the energy fresh and simple yet vibrant, which can be done by the simple addition of fresh-cut flowers.

The Dining Room

There is but one thing to touch upon in the dining room: the shape of your dining room table. Each zone has its ideal table shape:

  • East and Southeast is rectangular or square;
  • West and Northwest is square or round;
  • Southwest, Northeast and in the Centre is square;
  • South is rectangular;
  • and lastly, in the North it’s round.

0504A1-17These shape selections are inspired by the five Feng Shui Elements and how their energy in a Bagua area is either strengthened or weakened. Also, your table should be proportionate to the room, and there should be an even number of chairs around a rectangular or square table. The best dining room chairs are those with a solid back. Finally, avoid choosing a dining room table with a glass top.

The Bathroom  

Bathrooms are tricky because, like the staircase, they have a reputation of being bad Feng Shui. They leak energy and accumulate lower vibrations. But there are ways to transform this ill-reputed room into positive energy! 0121A2-17This can be done by hanging visuals that bring light to the soul. For instance, add mirrors to bring in the water element. Incorporate different sources of lighting, such as candles, to create serene energy flow. Scents can also improve the Feng Shui energy. Think of the smell of lavender which is great at relieving stress and can be found in essential oils, body lotions, candles, and aromatherapy. The bathroom should be kept warm, and don’t hesitate to listen to soothing music while enjoying a relaxing bath. Decorate your bathroom following these Bagua guidelines to make it as refreshing and rejuvenating as possible!