Before & After: Stefanie's Own Little Sanctuary Bathroom

Before & After: Stefanie's Own Little Sanctuary Bathroom

Tara Bellucci
Oct 6, 2015
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New York, NY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
Everything about our outdated 1930’s bathroom was kind of awful. It had mismatched yellow tile, a dark shower stall, a clunky tub, a non-working heater, a water-wasting toilet, and hardly any storage. It was pretty disappointing. I love taking baths so I dreamt of a bright, white bathroom, with a claw foot tub. We spent a couple months honing in on subtle materials that we liked and that also fit together. I wanted something unique without breaking the bank so we combined things from a dozen showrooms & retailers, using marble, shell & glass tile to spruce things up. To maximize a tight space when we replaced the cracked pedestal sink with a cabinet, we splurged on a handmade vanity with U-shaped drawers that really hug the pipes. While the bath & adjacent bedroom were off limits during a couple months’ of work, everything now looks great & essentials are at our fingertips but out of sight. We actually look forward to spending time in the bathroom!
My makeover advice::
Imagine that smile on your face every time you’ll walk into your “made over room” and then dive in to make it happen! Think about what you really like and what problems your makeover can solve for you then include those things in your plan. Be realistic and patient. Renovations aren’t a cakewalk, but the results are well worth the time & investment when things look beautiful and everything works. If possible, splurge on a couple nicer things to dress up less expensive items and leave a 5-10% cushion in your budget for unplanned expenses (ours, for instance, was a minor but necessary asbestos abatement while replacing old pipes).
What I love most about my new space::
I love soaking in long, hot baths in the cast iron tub and watching how the sun or a candle’s light glints on the shell, Thassos marble, and glass wall tiles. The new shower is bright, the shower head feels great, and the mix of tiles in the shower is like a nicely lined jacket. Plus the radiant heated floor is like magic for bare feet. For me, that peaceful bathroom washes away not just dirt but the stresses of the day. I emerge feeling refreshed & ready to tackle anything. It’s my own little sanctuary!
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