Our mission on this project was to design and build a bright whimsical shared bathroom space for two vibrant and busy school-aged kids with a touch of creative contemporary nostalgia! Of course, adding more functional storage space is always on the list, and we utilized the general existing plumbing locations for the new fixtures and trim. It was also a must-have that this space reflected the streamlined continuity that flowed throughout the rest of the home we also remodeled and refreshed.

Working with the existing plumbing’s general location and existing plumbing wall helped us to keep costs within budget and allowed us to install a new tub, custom vanity, two new medicine cabinets (which took a little creative rerouting of the new plumbing lines), all new beautiful fixtures, lighting and hardware, charming accessories, and custom countertops and tile!

SOLUTION:  We decided to tile the ENTIRE back wall (see the before above) for a couple of reasons:

  1. The existing window placement was just SO unyielding, making it virtually impossible to install glass or a sliding door; and doing so, would would have made it’s placement look even more awkward.  Further, dividing the wall into TWO visible sections by using two different materials would have made the awkward placement look even MORE obvious, so we opted for an elegant, nostalgic, and practical solution by tiling the whole wall for continuity and style, and the custom brass shower rod and vintage style linen curtain was the perfect finishing touch. What a great look!
  2. It will be much easier to keep the area behind the toilet clean for years to come!

TIP:  For us, it’s always about the longevity of a space.  How long, and how WELL, will your space be able to maintain itself after years of wear? Will it patina beautifully over time, or just wear out and in a year, becoming nothing like what you expected? Something to think about, right? Here, the tile was a great move, and for a small expense, over time, will prove to be well worth the investment.

A touch of whimsy and nostalgia…

If we’re talking about adding a touch of nostalgia and whimsy to a contemporary space, then this classic hex floor is a perfect choice! It goes in pretty easy, IF you have the RIGHT installer.  In this case, we did.  Our go-to tile team takes their work VERY seriously and alignment is KEY.  No house is EVER perfectly straight, therefore, it is imperative that you: 1) prep properly in advance of tile installation; and 2) take the TIME to optically set your lines and tile patterns before install.  This oversight is EVERYTHING and is standard for our team.

As you can see in the finish result, the time you take in preparation, observation, installation, and material selection, will NEVER disappoint.  Being mindful of these steps also will provide a solid foundation for the material selection to be a little “less” than HIGH LUXURY, which eases the budget considerably when need be!

TIP:  HIRE A PRO! Remember, it’s ALWAYS about the installation and oversight. Two VERY important key elements to a successful result. THIS is the investment every client must consider when considering a new build, remodel or renovation.

So… Here’s the result… What do you think?

Touches of antique brass in a vintage style and whimsical touches throughout this space give it the personality and charm that brings this space to life! Bright white LOW SHEEN – HIGH QUALITY paint that will stand the test of time is always a sound investment!

TIP:  Use a LOW SHEEN finish on the ceiling. Making sure that it will stand up to moisture is key, but no need to opt for a super shine in the bathroom (see the before) to get good coverage.

The lovely extension on this fabulous honey brass faucet (and wall mounted quite intentionally, for easy clean up) is perfect for little ones, as it projects closer to the center of the sink making the reach a little easier!

We added TWO new medicine cabinets in addition to the new custom vanity, which is larger and more efficient. The extra medicine cabinet makes it easier to “share” the space overall, giving each user their own personal storage.

A subtle but necessary niche in the shower keeps soapy items at bay, and the GORGEOUS matching shower fixtures and trim gives another vintage pop to this California contemporary space.

As always, if you have any questions or if you want WORK WITH US, tell us about YOUR next project and please say “HELLO” by contacting us HERE.  Fill out our questionnaire, and let’s get started!

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Blessings,

Laura

22 comments on “A CONTEMPORARY CALIFORNIA FARMHOUSE CHIC KID’S BATH WITH A TOUCH OF MODERN WHIMSY

    • Laura Muller on

      Thank you so much, Julie! So easy to use affordable tile, when you put value on great installation. These knobs and pulls are (I totally agree) amazing. The color is glorious. Not too brassy and not too “antiquey”…LOL (is that a word?) LOL… Just enough grey tone in it to make it easy to use in a contemporary setting. Happy weekend! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Thanks Crystal! These kids are so cool and kind…A well deserved update! Such a pleasure to perform this magic when there is so much gratitude and respect. So happy you stopped by. Happy weekend!!! xox

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  1. Leslie Carothers on

    Laura: there’s so much I love about this space, but I especially love all these before/after and process shots to help us see exactly what the differences are.

    And, I get how important alignment is in tile, and your clients are so fortunate to be working with you, since you have such an experienced team that knows exactly how to handle this.

    And those little butterfly hooks for the towels? I love them. Such a charming final touch!

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    • Laura Muller on

      Beautiful Leslie…THANK YOU!!! It’s a challenge to get these done and up…but YOU inspire me to do it and LOVE that you create a platform for the design community to share our stories! Bless you for that. Indeed, working with a pro, even on an hourly consulting basis, is so very very important. It can save clients from a lifetime of stress every time they look at something that could have easily been prevented with a little thought, patience and a relatively small (in comparison to the construction budget) fee, in some cases. Especially when compared to ripping it out and doing it over! GAH…I can’t tell you HOW MANY TIMES we’ve been hired to “FIX” this type of paralyzing situation. Good point my friend…as usual! Love you! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hello dear friend! Thank you so much. Isn’t just so great how we can all share our experiences here and learn so much from each other! Love YOUR blog so much. You’re always so generous and inspiring, Linda. Happy weekend!!! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hey beautiful! Thank you so much! It’s getting more and more challenging to get these posts up on the blog…but so enjoy sharing with you guys! By the way, I LOVE your video journaling from the job sites! You’re so great on camera. Have a great weekend! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hey Janet!!! Thanks so much. Indeed, the clients are OVER THE MOON…and the kids are so lovely. A well deserved update. Happy Weekend! xox

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    • Laura Muller on

      Hi Kari! Thanks so much. Aren’t those pulls and knobs just so great…I love resourcing hardware, it’s such a creative and effective item that adds SO much “design” to a space. Have a great weekend! xox

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  2. Laura Koshel on

    What a stunning transformation! I enjoyed reading about how you made your choices and your tips. Wall mounted faucet is a great idea for low maintenance =) I hope that kids are enjoying the space!

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    • Laura Muller on

      Thank you Laura! Indeed they are. Such great kids too. Well deserved and long overdue for this beautiful family! So glad you enjoyed it! xox

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  3. Claire on

    Laura, your work is always so exquisite. Some of my personal favourite elements from your design was the wall mounted faucet and that sweet dragon fly towel holder! Well done Laura!

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