Stylish Blue-Gray Bathroom Renovation

We completely gutted this bathroom to give it a whole new makeover, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty!

At First Glance

In the “before” photo, you can see that this bathroom is a bit outdated.  It has old white ceramic shower tiles and white subway tiles on the floor. The brass shower door is bulky and could use a sleek design. The only lighting is above the vanity and the vanity itself could be more functional.  We kept the general layout of the bathroom to avoid having to install new plumbing and pipes.

The Lighting

Since the only lighting was above the vanity, we installed new recessed lighting which brightened the room.  A night and day difference… literally! The fixture above the vanity mirror received an upgrade as well. 

The Vanity

We added a new vanity that was more functional with a bit more counter space. We chose one with several drawers for improved organization. The square sink and new faucet gave it a more up-to-date appearance.  The generous white mirror above the vanity makes the space appear larger.

The Shower

This was our favorite upgrade to the entire bathroom!  The walls of the shower are gorgeous navy blue handmade tiles with glaze on them, THE color everyone is using right now.  We used 1 x 1 tumbled marble tiles for the shower floor to give it dimension.  All the brass on the old shower door was an eyesore so we opted for floor-to-ceiling solid glass panels for a crisp, more open design.  The only things visible were a few brackets, a couple of hinges, and a handle, all of the polished chrome.

The Toilet

We couldn’t leave an old toilet in a beautifully renovated bathroom, so we put in a Toto Toilet that has a special finish on it called Sani Gloss to help keep the bowl clean.  Plus, the style screams “hi, I’m new here!”.

The Flooring

The thing I love most about this tile is that it looks like marble but it is actually porcelain!  This is a much more affordable option but is absolutely beautiful.  It could fool almost anyone at first glance with the gray vein running through it all.  We chose to use 12 x 24 tiles because a larger tile makes the room appear more spacious. 

The Finishing Touch

The walls were a bit too ostentatious. We elected to paint them a more subtle color to give the bathroom a clean and hygienic feel.  The blue-gray color pulls together the navy shower tiles with the gray vein in the floor to complete this stylish bathroom renovation!

Shop The Look: Young Lady’s Bathroom

I’m excited to share with you the final product of a Young Lady’s Bathroom transformation that we completed just before Thanksgiving in 2021! 

The Before. 

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom before the transformation took place. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with it, it was clear that a little bit of TLC would truly transform the space. Here, I feel the vertical stripes on the walls made the already-small room appear much smaller than it actually was, creating a slightly claustrophobic atmosphere. 

The Colors. 

The color palette is much more important than you may initially believe when it comes to bathroom design. In this case, I decided to opt for a rather simplistic color scheme, combining a bright white shade with pastel blue hues. These shades are commonly featured in bathrooms – and for a good reason. This is because they give the room a clean and hygienic feel, which is perhaps more important in the bathroom than anywhere else in the home!

In this instance, we painted the walls in the stunning Lily White shade from Benjamin Moore. As the color white is light-reflective, this instantly makes the bathroom look bigger. 


My favorite part of this bathroom is, without a doubt, the tiles behind the vanity. Handmade by Marble Systems, they feature a simplistic yet effective blue and white geometric pattern that adds a new dimension to the bathroom. We also installed unique ‘raised’ shower tiles in the back wall of the shower, which added a further dimension to the space. 

It goes without saying that tiles are the perfect choice for bathroom decor since they are easy to clean and resistant to the build-up of moisture. This makes bathroom maintenance a breeze! In terms of maintenance, we also decided to install a glass shower door, removing the old shower curtain previously hung by the owner. Again, this is much easier to clean and gives the space a more modern-finish, perfect for a young lady! 

Mirror & Vanity. 

As mentioned previously, the vanity became the focal point of the room once we added the handmade tiles. Here, you can see the prep behind installing a mirror within the space. We used blue tape to measure out the exact location of the mirror and sconces, which were then installed upon the tile for a clean, professional finish. 

The vanity is painted white in order to match the rest of the space. However, it has a stunning marble countertop, which helps bring a bit of luxury into this bathroom and pairs nicely with the silver furnishings dotted around the space, such as towel racks and plumbing fixtures like the shower and faucets. The vanity is also on the larger side, with ten drawers meaning there are plenty of storage options for the user – whether she chooses to store make-up or toiletries in the space.

Once we had installed all of the fixtures, lighting was the step of the process. We chose to hang two wall-mounted lights in the bathroom, which are both sophisticated and practical. 

A Reflection of 2021

As we move into the new year, it’s hard not to feel a little nostalgic. While 2021 was not without its challenges, it was also a year full of success, joy, and happiness. After months of canceled plans, I was able to head out traveling again, and I also got to help clients bring their interior design dreams to life through a series of renovation projects.

While it would be difficult to talk about every single highlight from 2021, I thought I’d celebrate the new year with a quick reflection on some of the projects we tackled this year! 

Bathroom Renovation.

Whenever I am tasked with redesigning a bathroom, I like to focus on who will be using the space before I kickstart the design process. This way, I’m able to incorporate the clients’ likes and interests into the room – whether that relates to the colors on the walls or furnishings such as a custom-made vanity. One of my favorite projects of the past year was the renovation of a small, modern bathroom designed for boys

Luckily, we didn’t have to carry out too much-complicated plumbing work for this project, as we kept the general layout the same as the original design. However, we did strip everything back as much as possible so that we had a blank canvas to work with. After completing all of the necessary installations, it was time to make the space look beautiful. To do this, we painted the walls in Benjamin Moore #860 in Apparition. 

Living Room Transformation. 

I love working on Living Room transformations, as they are one of the most important rooms in the house – the space where families often spend the most time together, whether they are watching TV or unwrapping Christmas presents on the big day. This year, I assisted in a range of Family room transformations, though this living room remodel was one of my absolute favorites – due to the fun upholstery work we carried out. 

For example, we upholstered older armchairs in a textured grey fabric from Kravet. Here, the use of textured fabric and decorative stud trimmings added extra texture and dimensions to the furniture. It also ensured that the armchairs were particularly eye-catching. We also used Kravet linen, in a similar shade, for the drapery. In this instance, we were trying to use the drapery to create an illusion – making the room seem much bigger than it actually was. We achieved this goal by hanging the curtains a little higher on the wall than is custom and ensuring that they reached all the way down to the floor. This made the ceilings seem much higher than they actually were! 

Sisal, Sisal and more Sisal!

Over the past year, I also fell in love with Sisal flooring. As we as a society become more and more eco-conscious, there’s an increased demand for eco-friendly home design and interiors – and Sisal flooring ticks all of these boxes. Sisal flooring is made from Sisal (no surprise there, right?), a plant that is typically native to Southern Mexico. When harvested, the tough fibers were originally used to construct ropes – but in recent years we have found more and more uses for them, including carpeting! Not only do they look great (especially for those that love eco-chic styles), they’re also highly durable and long-lasting. This means you won’t need to replace them in a hurry – whether you feature Sisal carpeting in your living room or as a stair runner.

A Trip to Palm Beach, Florida

I have always loved to travel. It’s a great way to escape from the chaos of everyday life, destress and simply live in the moment. However, I also find that my travels inform my work, as I’m constantly inspired by the world around me and the sites and cultures I soak in when abroad. For this reason, I absolutely adored my trip to Palm Beach. While I did visit a wide range of shops in Palm Beach, my biggest inspiration came from nature itself – and the vivid colors of the landscape around me. Everywhere I looked there was something new to observe – from bright, blue oceans to luscious green trees – and it truly took my breath away. I was also inspired by the way in which these colors found their way inside the buildings through clever interior design. This is something I hope to emulate moving forward!

So, there we have it! A (brief) look back at 2021 and all of the fun that came along with it. With the New Year just a few days away, I’d like to take this as an opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy new year! 

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