Now more than ever, practicing a little self care needs to be at the top of your to-do list. Finding a way to incorporate a spa like feeling to your bathroom is one way to give yourself some well deserved pampering and a place to retreat to when things get overwhelming and you need some time alone.

I have a secret… master bathroom was ugly. It had been on my list of updates for a few years but because I always have client projects in the works, it makes it hard to start one tat my home too. I dreaded the demo and knew it would be inconvenient and messy, two things that I don’t want my bedroom and bathroom to be. I realized that the ugly bathroom was weighing on me and every time I walked into the room, my anxiety went through the roof and I needed to put my project at the top of the list.

The plans started in July and the project began the end of October and took almost 3 months to complete. That’s the reality of any home renovation project, it doesn’t happen quickly and there are always a few hiccups along the way. I am still working on a few details here and there but it is the room I’ve dreamed of for a long time.

The Design

I had a budget and knew that if I didn’t rearrange the layout of the bathroom and kept the footprint of shower and bathtub the same, it would save money. The number one goal was to make it feel bigger even it the square footage didn’t change. Removing the pony wall between the shower and huge (gross) builder grade tub would allow for a bigger shower and a soaker tub with a fabulous tub filler that made my heart skip a beat. Installing a frameless shower gave the feeling of more space and using the same tile in the shower and around the tub helped as well. The less lines and changes in finishes the better in a small bathroom.

We have a really tall ceiling in the bathroom and I wanted to take advantage of it. Adding a wood beam draws the eye up and repeats the dark wood of the vanity which helps with the overall design of a room. The chandelier also helps the space feel cozy and defines the tub as the star of the show. I didn’t know I could love a tub as much as I love this one and it made the difficult process worth every second. Save money on things that don’t matter as much and splurge on a few luxury items that will make the space a retreat.

Next have was a vanity that was tall enough for my 6’7” husband. I had it custom made and decided to warm up the space and use wood for the countertop. I love how the dark wood warms up the space and gives a great contrast to the white vessel sinks.

The Decor

A beautiful room is a big incentive to keep it clean and uncluttered. Everything having a place and bringing beauty and function to the space are the details that pull a room together. No one can enjoy a bubble bath while looking at dirty clothes on the floor and a mess of items on the countertop. Get organized and spend a few minutes each day maintaining it so when you have a bad day, your space is ready to offer you a soft place to land.

Soft candle light is my absolute favorite but I also have my chandelier on a dimmer switch and it is magical. This was must have on my renovation list. I also made sure my vanity lighting was flattering and worked well with the mirrors.

Pretty baskets, glass containers and trays help with storage and styling.

The Extras

Aromatherapy - certain scents have a calming effect and can help you relax. Collect bath products you love, hand made soaps, essential oils, bath bombs and soaking salts are some of my favorites and can be displayed for decor too.

A tray for the bathtub to hold your favorite beverage while you soak.

New big fluffy towels are a must. Treat yourself every two or three years to new towels. I rotate mine to the other bathrooms and donate the old towels from those bathrooms to local animal shelters. Life is too short for scratchy old towels y’all.

Add a couple of plants for a pop of color, most love the humidity of the bathroom too.

If a complete bathroom renovation isn’t possible right now, here are a few things you can do that will make a big impact to your space.

  • Refresh paint and trim
  • Change hardware on the vanity
  • Update faucets and shower head
  • Update lighting fixtures

Now excuse me, I am headed to soak in my tub and let the day’s stress drift away.

Stylishly Yours,


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