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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!

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Mix! Mix! Mix!

July 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Among the exciting 2017 design trends that are continuing to gain strength, such as geometric motifs in everything from fabric patterns, to lighting, and furniture, is the rising popularity of mixing finishes. Whether it’s mixing copper with gold, gold with chrome, or blonde wood with dark wood, dare to try something new and mix, mix, mix! The photo below, from Crystorama, is a great example of a successful mix of finishes.

How many different metal and wood finishes can you spot?

 

I found six: stainless steel, chrome, blonde wood, dark wood, brushed metal and dark bronze.

The key to achieving an effortless and attractive mix in a space like this is to  s p r e a  them out. Clustering multiple finishes together ends up being too busy and overwhelming.

Breaking down the room, you’ll notice that there are two different types of woods in the eating area: blonde and dark wood. I find that woods are easy to mix because you can match the colour of one to the undertones of the other so that they complement each other. Here are two tips for you when mixing woods: use a buffer, like an area rug, so that you are not directly drawing attention to a wood table placed on a different wood flooring, and limit your selection of woods to 2 or 3 so that they do not compete with one each.

As for the metal finishes, the bar chairs are brushed nickel which is kept close to the similar chrome spout and stainless steel oven. The light fixtures directly over the island are dark bronze; this works because this finish creates a subtle contrast against the white cabinets and counter top, and is separated slightly from the other metals in the room.

 

What do you think? Is this trend or yea or a nay?