a direction for the master bathroom

Let me share my design direc­tion for our mas­ter bathroom.

My goal for this space is to keep it as time­less as pos­si­ble. I love the look of white sub­way tile and how it lends itself to any style — a plus for this tra­di­tional, his­toric home. It’s safe to say mar­ble is going any­where any­time soon so white Ital­ian car­rara was an easy choice for the counter top, end caps, shower shelves, and thresh­olds. (We actu­ally demo-ed white car­rara mar­ble thresh­olds so I’m happy those will be replaced with what was orig­i­nal to the home.) Decid­ing to stick with a mar­ble tile on the floor is the only thing that eases my mind about the gor­geous tiles that we had to rip out and even though it’s a lit­tle more expen­sive, we’ll still stay on bud­get because the white sub­way tile is so eco­nom­i­cal ($1.76/sf!)

carlton master bathroom scheme



Most of the items on this inspi­ra­tion board are def­i­nite — van­ity, white sub­way tile, bath­room cab­i­net — but we still have a few deci­sions to make — rug (con­vinc­ing Jason that we should go with a turk­ish or per­sian), tile (def­i­nitely want her­ring­bone, just need to source it), tow­els (we’ll choose these toward the end)


What do you think so far?



sweet lu

Louie is the biggest cud­dle bug but there are days when he’s extra snuggly.


I live for these kisses!




I snapped these pho­tos a few months back when this bug was around 5 months old but they make my heart so happy I have to pre­serve them here so I can rem­i­nisce again and again. My cud­dly baby is grow­ing so fast!

Carlton renovation: week one

So, we made it one whole week! I still haven’t decided if that’s a glass half full or half empty state­ment. The thought of get­ting to week twenty with this series of posts scares the crap out of me, but really, we’re one whole week closer to our dream bath­room — now that’s pretty exciting!

The week actu­ally got a lit­tle cra­zier than orig­i­nally planned. Here’s the break down.

The demo­li­tion was WAY harder than our con­trac­tor was expect­ing. After three days of tear­ing out rein­forced metal + tile walls and 8 inches of con­crete that could only be removed by jack­ham­mer and patience our mas­ter bath­room was down to it’s orig­i­nal 1928 studs…



And then we decided, “you know what? Let’s just do the other bath­room, too.” Yep. You read that right. Yep, we’re com­pletely crazy. So, on Sun­day our lit­tle fam­ily took our final show­ers in the green bath­room (the guest bath­room that shares a wall with the mas­ter bath­room) and said our goodbyes.


By noon J, his brother, and our dads were in there with sledge ham­mers and crow bars. This is what the green bath­room looks like now.







So now we’re com­pletely shower less. We pack hobo bags and sneak into our neigh­bor­ing fam­i­lies houses to steal their water. Luca’s liv­ing the dream though and kinda lov­ing sink baths… Must be nice to bathe in your own house kid… Must be nice.

As for ren­o­va­tion updates, the mas­ter bath­room has been re-plumbed and they’ve started the elec­tri­cal. It seems like smooth sail­ing but we did have our first scare. Noth­ing like no heat or water on a Fri­day night at 5:30pm. Praise the Lord we were able to get that fixed by 10pm and before I pulled my hair out. (And thank the Lord for really great friends) I’ll share more later. :)

bathroom dreaming: layout inspiration

Oh gosh, friends, I’ve been plan­ing out my dream mas­ter bath­room since prob­a­bly before I was even a home­owner.  Maybe it’s a typ­i­cal girl thing to day­dream about a some­day giant shower and soak­ing tub that con­nects to a mon­strous walk in closet that’s per­fectly orga­nized… or maybe it’s just me. Either way, the incred­i­ble oppor­tu­nity that’s been pre­sented to me to re-design my own bath­room doesn’t escape me as a pretty incred­i­ble life event.

Since I’ve been plan­ning this out since like the third grade it shouldn’t come as a sur­prise when I tell you that I’ve got hun­dreds of inspi­ra­tion images saved of my dream bath­room.  (I’m actu­ally kinda seri­ous about that third grade part… When I was 8 my mom taught me about blue prints and how to draw a floor plan and ever since then I’ve been a space plan­ning GEEK.)  Over the last month I’ve been re-examining each one, keep­ing in mind that I’m work­ing within a 8’x10’ space (that’s not really very big) and pair­ing them down to this curated list. Here are my ulti­mate mas­ter bath­room inspi­ra­tion images for layout:

inspiration 7 SIZEDvia

inspiration 5 SIZEDvia

inspiration 9 SIZEDvia

inspiration 6 SIZEDvia

inspiration 4 SIZEDvia

inspiration 3 SIZEDvia

inspiration 2 SIZEDvia

inspiration 1 SIZEDvia

As you can see, with an 8x10 space we’re think­ing we only have room for a 3 piece bath — shower, van­ity, toi­let — oh but that shower… it’s gonna be big! I’ll show you soon…



bye bye pink bathroom…

I’ve been dread­ing this day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to shower with­out stand­ing in a pool of water and to not trip over the box fan cord because we don’t have any ven­ti­la­tion.

I’m excited to plug my hair straight­ener into the out­let with­out hav­ing to first cross my fin­gers and pray that it works and don’t even get me started on my desire for counter space!

This ren­o­va­tion has been a long time com­ing… But it also means liv­ing in some dirt and chaos (I’m not really the best embracer of change) and more impor­tantly, and per­haps even a lit­tle sad, this ren­o­va­tion means the end of the 1928 era of this home.

Good­bye orig­i­nal pink tile. Good­bye built ins (although your exposed plumb­ing always made me ner­vous to keep any­thing inside).

Good­bye indus­trial toi­let, man you were amaz­ing. Good­bye tub — I promise I’ll take good care of your twin sis­ter… Who gets to stay. Sorry.

I’m refus­ing to say good­bye to the char­ac­ter though. With this ren­o­va­tion we promise to stay true to our 1928 Geor­gian Colo­nial. To infuse char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity while bring­ing this bath­room into this mil­len­nium. I also promise to post a few more updates… Stay tuned.