Inspiration for Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom

Inspiration for Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom

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Faith Durand
May 23, 2013
I like the long, generous vanity and the mix of butcher block and white cabinets (we realized early on we couldn't afford a white Corian or quartz top, as I originally wanted). Dislike the vessel sinks, though - they're just so not my thing. (See the full Apartment Therapy house tour here.)

Name: Faith and Mike
Type of Project: Master Bathroom Creation
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Type of building: 1920s, multi-level, single family home

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Last week we were introduced to Faith and Mike's master bathroom project. Rather than renovate an existing bathroom, they're getting really ambitious and creating a master bathroom out of whole cloth in a space that was once a sleeping porch. Here, they share some of their inspiration for the project. 

From Faith:

Our style is clean, unfussy, yet warm. I gravitate toward rooms that collect a blend of clean lines, natural materials like wood, and cool yet bright colors. Our goal for the bathroom was to keep it very clean and functional, with no unnecessary clutter or lines, and to bring in a lot of natural light. Here are some of the things that inspired us.

Searching for concrete inspiration for our bathroom turned out to be a little more difficult than I expected. There are plenty of airy, natural bathrooms out there, but I think I headed into it with such a clear picture already formed in my head I never found anything that quite matched.

One immediate source of inspiration was the simple hotel bathroom at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. I loved the plain white tile and spare vanity, but the overall look was just a smidge too rustic for us. I trawled through photo after photo (here's my edited Pinterest board for this project, plus my original massive collection of inspiration). I found myself bookmarking plenty of subway tile, penny rounds, and clear glass shower enclosures. I felt like I was trying to strip our inspiration down to the bare minimum, the essence of a small modern bathroom.

Another source of inspiration was our budget (more on that later). Since we didn't have much to spend, I leaned heavily on white and wood to give us a clean look without expensive finishes.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week as Faith and Mike discuss the budget for their project.

(Images: 1. Beth Lundell Garver & Finjay Studio for Apartment Therapy: Roy & Liane's Design-Build Home 2. David Churchill - Architectural Photographer, via Houzz 3. & 4. Lauren Zerbey of Chezerbey 5. Pope Street Residence by Ana Williamson Architect via Houzz 6. & 7. Elizabeth Roberts Design via Remodelista 8. Raphye Alexius Photography/Apartment Therapy 9. Rachel of Clevernettle 10. Modus Architects via Houzz)

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