oh yeah, we're doing this, too...

While the kitchen is the main focus of our big remodel, we also are slightly tweaking our master bathroom at the same time.  Nothing major, just replacing the vanity, faucets, mirrors and lighting.  The layout is good, and the tile is fine, so just fixing the few major things was our top priority.


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Obviously, the biggest features in the room that we will be working around are the grayish tile in the shower and tub surround, and the wood look tile on the floor.  While neither of these are something I would have necessarily chosen for myself (and definitely not together) I really wanted to make them work.  Tile is just SO expensive and time-consuming to replace.

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I wouldn't have chosen the wood tone cabinets either, especially not with a wood floor so close in color.  And while the upper cabinet seems like a good idea, in reality it is obtrusive and takes up so much counter space.

Based on the architectural style of our house (1950's beach cottage/bungalow) and our own preferences, I found some pictures to inspire me:

I love the mid-century feel of this vanity, but I'm trying to get away from adding back in more of that medium brown wood.

This is beautiful, feels modern and light, but our pipes come up through the floor, so we need to cover them up (don't want to pay to reroute them through the wall, and can't patch the floor!)  Also, not sure white is the direction we want to go in.

Love Orlando and love this bathroom!  I especially love the black accents!

Another favorite, I really love this vanity.  Restoration Hardware makes one just like it, but it isn't long enough, and again with the pipes showing.

I love the wall faucet! So much about this bathroom has the atmosphere that we're looking for!

The common theme in all of these spaces is a light simple palette, modern and somewhat masculine with a balanced mix of textures and finishes. 

But how to balance out the greige stone looking tile and the wood tone floors? I found this image of this gorgeous bathroom and knew I'd struck gold:

It still has that light modern feeling, and it incorporates some of the same finishes that we are trying to work around, namely the greige stone and the wood floors!

I went through several combinations, trying to find the right balance.  I really wanted brass in there, but I felt like adding that in (whether in the lighting, faucets, or hardware) was really one finish too far.  Also, because of budget restraints, I didn't want to have to change out all of the shower faucets - there are like 6 (only 3 but gee whiz!) There's chrome there now, with brushed nickel at the sinks and tub.

However, I absolutely LOVE this Brizo Odin faucet in matte black, so I ordered them for the sinks.  Now I'm kind of regretting it - not only were they pretty spendy, but I feel like with the black vanity, it might be too much black.  And I don't want to buy 17 new faucets for the shower (really only 3).

So, I'm going to try to return the black faucets and get these Delta Trinsic faucets in chrome instead.  A lot less money, but with a very similar shape.

Blah blah blah - lady, get to the point.

Here's the rendering I finally settled on:

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See, it works with either the black or chrome faucets!

The new vanity will hopefully be going in by the end of the week, right after the kitchen cabinets are installed!  Check back - I'll keep you posted!

pendants / mirrors / black faucet / chrome faucet / towel / decorative ladder