Monthly Mailbag: Master Bathroom Renovation

We're so excited to be back with our Design Dilemma blog series. If you didn't catch the details on's what you need to know:

-Each month we'll be featuring a reader's design dilemma to feature. We'll take their question and give our best advice in hopes that it will help them AND some of you (should you have a similar tricky situation in your own home.)

-If you'd like to be featured, just let us know HERE. We'd LOVE to have time to get to all of them; but hopefully some problems will overlap and we'll be able to help lots more of you that way.

-Of course, should you need one-on-one help, we'd love to welcome you onboard as a virtual design client. For all of THOSE details, head right this way.

OK - to kick things off, we're starting with a dilemma will make one of the most dreamy before and after shots!

No. 1: Heather's Master Bathroom "I have a master bathroom that we would like to update but don’t know if we Want to do complete remodel because of cost and not sure how long we will be living in this home. This is definitely an outdated designers mess and I don’t know what to do!! Please consider me for your design dilemma!! Thanks so much"

Here's our thoughts for you, Heather

Full Renovation vs. Partial : Though you likely won't need all of these sources for a partial renovation, we wanted to help you cast a full vision of what it could be if this ends up being your long-term home. New cabinets and lighting will take you far! We just wanted to give you a road map for the future should you need it.

Cabinetry: We love a good contrast between floors and cabinetry. So we wanted to give you a color that would be contrasting whether you keep your floor tile or not. Shaker style cabinets with modern gold hardware would make such a chic statement.

Lighten up those walls: If you're up for a little painting, we'd suggest Benjamin Moore's Classic Gray or Swiss Coffee at 75% for the walls. This will offset the dark cabinetry while lightening up the space even more.

Tile: There are many great marble look-a-likes in the tile world these days. We've shown you a porcelain option laid in a herringbone pattern. You, of course, could also choose real marble tiles as well. (These will just require a bit more maintenance.)

Finishes & Details: We intentionally mixed the metals for you in here. Our general rule is 2-3 metals in a space with one dominant metal taking the lead. The dominant metal will be gold; but it will coordinate well with your nickel finishes in your bedroom. Nickel and Gold are both warm metals - so they'll blend perfectly together.

Mirrors: Replacing the rectangular mirror over the single vanity with an oversized brass round one will help break up all of the straight angles in the space and add some dimension. A single swing arm sconce hung above (in a nickel finish) will be a timeless focal point. The same mirror (in perhaps a bigger size) could be used above the larger vanity if you are re-working all of the cabinetry. That vanity will have room for two sconces hung on either side of the mirror instead of above.

(see below for all of the sources to shop this space)

Swing Arm Sconce / Oversized Mirror/ Gold Hardware/ Faucet/ Shaded Sconce

Shower Tile

*Use Code "Crisp15" for these and any other tiles you may need for 15% off your entire order!

(Alexander James has graciously offered this to ALL of our readers. Enjoy!)


Hopefully this is helpful, Heather!

Send us pictures along the way - we'd love to see pictures of your progress.



P.S. Don't forget...if you'd your space to be featured next month, get in touch with us HERE. We can't wait to help!