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Freestanding Tub Surrounds

As I’ve mentioned before, my parents recently moved into a new home in a great little ski community just north of Toronto. It was built in the 90s and is in desperate need of a facelift (happens to the best of us!)  They were in town this weekend and I’ve started helping my mum pull together some ideas for her kitchen and master bathroom.

Here’s what the master bath looks like now (see the price you pay for being related to Amy or me…we expose your before pics!)

McCann master bathroom before

McCann bathroom tub area before

My mother is super eco friendly and wants to save as much as she can. Right now, our plan is to paint the vanity a soft white, quartz countertops in a soft taupe with grey accents, two mirrors with sconces between and on sides, replace the tiled floor with radiant heated 12×24 tiles, beveled subway tile in the shower with a smaller herringbone marble floor in the shower. When we first started talking about her project, she really wanted to save the whirlpool tub and wanted to just paint the wood facade and retile the surround. I’m happy to report, however, that I’ve convinced her that the 15 year old jet tub is on its last legs has to go and that she should put in a nice, freestanding tub! Thought I’d share some of the considerations we’re discussing for the surround.

One option is to do a slab surround just around the back of the tub (I’m not a huge fan of this, but shared this inspiration shot with my mum just as an option)

via Andrea Braund Staging

via Andrea Braund Staging

My preference would be for my parents go for something like this with wainscoting out of subway tiles (tbd ceramic vs. stone)

via Cynthia Lynn Photography

via Cynthia Lynn Photography

via Joni Spear Interior Design

via Joni Spear Interior Design

Via Focal Point Design

Via Focal Point Design

Or, full tile wall…

Via indigo & ochre design

Via indigo & ochre design

Another option is simple wainscoting wood details

via The Remodeling Company

via The Remodeling Company

via Cablik Enterprises

via Cablik Enterprises

via Oakley Home Builders

via Oakley Home Builders

Or, don’t do any surround at all!

Via Refined LLC

Via Refined LLC

via Palm Design Group

via Palm Design Group

Lots of different options, but I’m still reveling in having convinced them to get rid of the old tub! Will keep you posted.

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Panels Popping up in Bathrooms

A  trend (a small one, I admit!) that I’ve been seeing is using curtain panels instead of a shower curtain in bathrooms.  While I still prefer the look of glass doors, it’s not always the case for some bathrooms.  And let’s face it, I only have it in me to clean one glass shower door in my house which means my kids get stuck with a shower curtain in their bathroom.  Our kid’s bathroom also serves as our guest bathroom so I think adding curtain panels  would give it a more ‘finished’ look and make them feel like they were staying at a Four Seasons (okay, maybe not!).

Here’s a few inspiration photos that got me thinking about doing it in my own home.

 If you are fortunate enough to have a bathtub nook, I think adding panels makes this feel so serene.

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The pattern of these drapes give this all white bathroom a bit of interest.

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Elegant and classy!  Love the soft colored band on the drapes.

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Love this bathroom design for a boy’s bathroom and those horizontal, striped drapes look great with the bathroom decor. I’m bookmarking this photo–don’t you love the library light sconce?

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These drapes soften the all over look of marble.  What do we think about the artwork hanging over the tub?

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Love the valence which took this ‘average’ bathroom and turned it into a luxurious hideout.

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So many things I love about this bathroom, white subway tile with darker grout, black door, dark (slate probably?) tile flooring and the casual feel the drapes add to this room.

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If you’re thinking about trying this look in one of your bathrooms, here are a few drapes that I think would work for a master or kid’s bathroom. Above, they’ve used the Ikat Ogee Curtain from West Elm

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West Elm-Ogee Linen

 At first glance, these look like just drapes with a small blue pattern but….

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Land of Nod-Fish Curtains

look closely….love these Land of Nod Fish Patterned Curtain Panels for a kid’s bathroom and also love the fact that they are pocket rod drapes so you don’t see hooks or grommet holes.

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Land of Nod-Fish Curtains

 Or, these for a simple look…

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Land of Nod-Grey and White Panels

These PB Kids Addison Panelscome in three different colors but I think the pink ones would look adorable in an all girl’s bathroom.  Or, they would have been great during my single days!

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Pottery Barn Kids-Addison Panel

Do you think you will follow this trend?  I’ll keep you updated when I decide to give it a try.  Enjoy your weekend and we will see you back here on Monday!

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Open Showers

Did you noticed it in this photo I posted last week from Canadian House and Home? A rain shower with only a narrow glass divider and no lip at all…

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As I’ve mentioned, Amy and I have been working on a master bathroom project and one trend we’ve noticed a lot recently is this idea of open-concept showers–i.e. a half wall or glass panel only rather than an enclosed door. This seemed to be more common in very contemporary designs, but we’ve been seeing the idea applied to more transitional bathrooms…

ID By Gwen

ID By Gwen

Webber + Studio

Kallista Plumbing

Kallista Plumbing

Bosworth Hoedemaker

Bosworth Hoedemaker

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Here’s another look with a half wall

Lonny

So, what do you think about this? In theory, I love the look. It’s exactly what a bathroom should be–open, clean and simple looking. I like it so much that when our shower door broke last week, I brought up the idea of ripping it out, along with our tub and instead installing a big half-open shower in our master bath. Well, the idea got nixed by my husband who said he would freeze his ass off–especially this terrible winter! He said he hates even having to creep his hand out of the glass door to grab his towel. The man’s got a point. So, instead I’ve moved on to this image–all closed in and lots of coziness…

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

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