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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

 

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Happy Sunday!

I hope that you’re enjoying your weekend and that your week wasn’t too busy. 

On my end, I received pictures from my photographer that I will be able to share with you soon! 

As we approach the end of this series, I’ve been brainstorming new ideas for the next series and future posts and other ways to interact with you. I’ve decided that my mid-week post will be linked to one of my Pinterest’s boards so that you will be able to further explore the topic of the day. 

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Lighting

Lighting is a very important factor when incorporating Feng Shui into a room or a home. Feng Shui’s core is energy and light is the greatest source of energy. Both natural and artificial lighting have a big influence on the quality of your home’s energy. It is important to value good lighting and air quality in your home, as mentioned many times above. There a many different uses and sources of lighting, and each has its own beneficial properties.

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Stay away from fluorescent lighting when decorating your home or office since it’s known to have negative effects on human behaviour and health. We feed off of our surroundings: we are either energized or drained by the energy around us. One of the most important rooms to light properly is the kitchen, which should feel spacious, bright, clean, and welcoming. To accomplish this, you can use several different types of lighting.

When choosing lighting to decorate your Feng Shui home, allow yourself to be guided by your energy. By doing so you will bring colour and beauty into your home. Do not forget to open your windows and let the sun in.

Extra tips

  • A big mirror that reflects the table doubles abundance and brings good fortune.
  • Mirrors recirculate energy and enhance natural light. They put the focus on what they reflect, so if a mirror has an upsetting view, move it!
  • Hang mirrors high enough so that your guests are not looking at themselves while seated.
  • Balance is fundamental for achieving Feng Shui in your decor. Have a good mix of masculine and feminine; hard and soft; straight and curved.
  • People feel safer with their backs to the wall as opposed to sitting with their back to a window, door or hallway.

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