This before and after is of the main Family bathroom, shared by the three children. The room was set up as a Study when we bought the house, but it would originally have been used as some sort of Butler's Pantry/ Servery, as there was a door in it that connected into the house's original Kitchen. I don't have a full before shot - the room is quite small, faces South, and had dark Navy wallpaper. It was a very dark little room. There were also around 3 sets of wall sconces to give it some light. This shot below was taken during the renovation - they had removed the ceiling and the roof, and the sun was shining in, the wallpaper had also been removed and they were in the process of blocking up the door into the kitchen. The same view as it is now is seen above. 





The floor tiles are the same as I chose for our bathroom - I wanted consistency. As this bathroom is used by little boys, I also didn't want natural stone. It's too porous, so I went with a porcelain flagstone effect tile from Aeria Country Floors, and a large format wall tile in a brick bond pattern. I didn't want to tile the whole bathroom walls, as it would increase the echo factor (and be incredibly expensive due to the high ceilings), so the tiling is in the shower and behind the toilet only.


The toilet is Duravit (bought on super sale at the Mary Noall Warehouse sale in Melbourne).  The chrome towel rail is part of the Hydronic Heating system, and the floors also have underfloor heating in them. The main light fitting is a simple glass lantern. I was planning to reuse one of the existing two that were in the hallway when we bought the house, however they were stolen from the site (unsurprising, they were they only two that were any good, the others being universally ugly), so these were supplied by the builder, and were actually much nicer anyway. It has a fern leaf pattern up the sides.


The bath is by Studio Bagno, which is Italian, and was the very big splurge in the bathroom. It was 50% off in the Mary Noall sale. It was always going to be the centrepiece of the bathroom, as it was located in front of the window, so I wanted something freestanding and special.


The vanity unit was designed to maximise storage space for the three children using it. I wanted it to look like cabinetry, but also not to project into the visual path too much (it's in line with the doorway). The mirrors are framed and the lights set into the mirror. The lights are from Vaughan, and I chose them to match the taps, which are fairly classic 1920's style chrome from Astra Walker. The basin was an undermount Villeroy and Boch, as I like the ease of cleaning an undermount basin, and the countertop was a caeserstone for the same reason. Vaughan lights come without their candleshades, and I'd forgotten that in the moving rush, so I put the two more chinoiserie style candleshades that I found at my parent's house in the back of a cupboard. I quite like them, so I think they'll stay. The pressed glass knobs are from Mother of Pearl and Sons.


The shower has a moveable height arm so that small children can use it too. On the opposite wall is a hook for hanging towels (you can see it in the first picture)





My main criteria was firstly ease of cleaning, then a reasonable amount of storage and finally a serene and timelessly classic bathroom. 



19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous bathroom Heidi!
    My favourite is the lantern light fitting (it's a shame that the originals were stolen though). It makes for a great contrast with the beautiful modern bath.
    K xx

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  2. Thanks K! I think you could say the builder was also a little annoyed to find they'd been stolen from the shed....especially as he had to pay for the replacement. xx

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  3. How beautiful! I love it all, but especially the vanity! Did you get that custom made?

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    1. Thank you Laura. Yes, the vanity was custom made. I'm not sure I'd have found one with that detail ready made (especially in Australia where we have fairly limited off the shelf choices) xx

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  4. What a transformation! I love that bath and I love the pattern of the wrought iron lacework glimpsed through the window and reflected in the shower screen. Heidi, you have incredible attention to detail. Rx

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    1. Thanks Romy. I love that you can see the iron lace outside every window in the house. The verandas are such a lovely feature of the house, and were probably the main reason why we fell in love with it. xx

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  5. Gorgeous! LOVE the pendant light and your wall scones!

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  6. Please come to my house and fix it. Your new place is just beautiful, no doubt mostly due to your hard work and superior eye for detail.

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  7. Z, I'm quite certain that with your fabulous taste in shoes, clothes and accessories that your house is perfection already! xx

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  8. Lovely, and you have a bath you can use. So jealous. Kx (The Blog a House Built)

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    1. I do, but I have to share it, unlike yours (and surely you're able to use it by now???) xx

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  9. Absolutely adore your floor tiles!!!!!!

    B

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    1. Thanks B! I was planning to use them in the back extension as well, but unfortunately Country Floors went into liquidation earlier this year. xx

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  10. I love it! Great makeover!!

    -Bronx Shower Doors

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  11. Timelessly elegant - really lovely. I adore the Astra Walker range - quite sure that they will outlast everything on the planet because the quality is so superb. xx

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  12. I just found your bathroom and I love it. Great Job. Can you share with me more details about your vanity. I would like to have our cabinet maker do the same. I would love to know the measurements (width and depth) of the center and side cabinets. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Michele, The measurements are: overall length 1500mm, centre part (with handbasin) is 650mm long. Depth is 430mm on the sides, depth in the centre is 530mm. The handbasin size determined the size of the centre part and the depth. Hope it goes well! x

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  13. So glad I found this! Absolutely gorgeous...

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