Tuesday, April 14, 2015

my cottage bathroom reveal….



If you’re a regular to my blog you already know about our move to Southern California last year.

I always knew I’d need to transform any house we ended up in--- but our decision to live walking distance to the beach meant choosing a real fixer upper.

And it’s been an adventure for sure.

Although the fun part has been decorating with a fresh slate. Plus, I like to think of our new place as our future beach cottage (although we’ve got a loooong ways to go).

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here seven months already, but today I’ve got some pictures of our first bathroom reveal. Thank goodness for that water damage in the wall because it meant a whole new bathroom.

There’s still a few details left. Some towel hooks to find and and a distressed sign I’m making, but so far I’m so happy with the results.


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As you can see I’ve been painting our interior doors with Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard Black. After seeing it HERE, I decided my plain, cheapo doors needed a little sprucing up.


The first thing people notice when they use this bathroom is the pretty chandelier. 

I was so bummed from the dark, gloomy feeling in this previous space that my number one priority was lighting.


I picked this chandelier because of all the great reviews HERE.


It’s got three bulbs which was important to me.

Yes! Let there be light. And lots of it.


Once the wall was opened up I decided to have the electrician wire it for sconces on either side of the mirror.

I read somewhere that overhead lighting in the bathroom casts unflattering shadows on the face so when it came time to pick lighting …I knew what I didn’t want.


I also had both the chandelier and sconces put on dimmers which I love.

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I decided to bring my old bamboo shelves in here for towels but I still have to find the rustic, nautical towel hooks I want.



I had the bead board installed horizontally and I really like it.

I determined the height of it by figuring out the placement of the sconces and mirror first.


Here’s a shot of the vanity.

Tough to get a good picture but you can see it has the feet that I wanted.



Standard white subway tiles with my splurge of marble on the shower floor.

And I’m very happy with my charcoal grout color.


The flooring is actually a sturdy porcelain tile that mimics the real marble in the room.

It has a matte finish which I love because I tend to worry about people slipping on wet floors.




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To save on costs I chose mostly shiny, chrome fixtures (faucet and sconces) except on the shower handle. I liked the brushed metal so much more.


Then we splurged on Moen shower fixtures.


Is it possible to have a crush on a shower?

Because I’m in love with this frameless beauty.


Here’s an inside view of the bathroom door right now. I just couldn’t bring myself to paint it black on this side… although it definitely needs a fresh coat of paint.

What’s your opinion—black or white?


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While that’s it for now.

Stay tuned for some updates on our backyard transformation currently taking place. I’ve been taking lots of photos through the tedious process of filling in our old in-ground pool. And I can’t wait to talk about outdoor living areas with you.

Thanks for visiting today, I love your company.





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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh wow, it is gorgeous. I love the fabulous marble and that floor is stunning.

Debra@CommonGround said...

oh, it's really gorgeous, Leslie. Love all the beautiful tile, the vanity, and that bamboo shelving is wonderful!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Leslie your bathroom turned out stunning as I knew it would!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is a gorgeous bathroom Leslie! The beautiful chandelier sets the stage for a room that just sparkles!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful, Leslie! I love all the choices you made.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

You did a fantastic job onyour pretty new bathroom - WOW!

I say keep the door a fresh white, or even a light grey but black will be so "cave like" and I don't think you will love it.

White is always so awesome in bathrooms b/c it looks/feels CLEAN.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous, Leslie. Your beautiful choices make this space remarkable. Great job!

Karen said...

What a great transformation. I love it. I think the bamboo shelving is wonderful and the subway with dark grout looks wonderful. I love the dark interior doors. Yikes, I'm not sure about it but I think I'd do dark paint on both sides. I'll be eager to see what you decide.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, I love this look! It reminds me of a hotel bathroom! And they are my fav! Just gorgeous!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You put together such a lovely space, Leslie! OH the chandelier...and the marble...beautiful!

Blondie's Journal said...

I simply love everything! The light fixture is the icing on the cake! Everything is bright and clean and very inviting.

We lost two baths and much more at the lake recently due to a broken pipe. I was so happy to see hubby make monumental changes in the full bath (which he designed several years ago and I really disliked), with white and clean, light tile. The basket weave tile you have in the shower is what he chose as well.

Good for you...I know you are thrilled!

Jane xx

Linda said...

Stunning! Love the vanity.
I'm on the lookout for a new vanity, was your top included?

Lori said...

Leslie ~ your bathroom is gorgeous! That vanity is perfect ~ love everything that you have done. I would choose white for the door to keep that spa like effect. xo

Mary Ann Pickett said...

So so pretty. Great idea to move to side sconces!

Art and Sand said...

Oh, my goodness!

What an awesome bathroom. The floors, the subway tile and the shower floor are all wonderful.

Angelina at Petite Haus said...

This Reno looks fantastic! I would've never guessed the floors were not marble! You did a really nice job.

Leslie said...

Oh Leslie... I just love it! The chandelier is perfect and of course I love all the marble. Your title, sconces, and the bamboo shelving is perfect ~ very pretty and I know how much work all this was. xxL

Kim said...


Cindy said...

Your bathroom is just beautiful and filled with inspiration for our own upcoming bathroom renovation!

Jennifer said...

I'm in love! I love absolutely everythign about your bathroom! It fits my asthetic perfectly! Congratulations!!

Jennifer said...

I saw typo's just as I hit post! Sad state of affairs on an Iphone :(

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful, Leslie. I love the light fixtures and the fact you have dimmers. I'm never one for really bright light ~ except the natural kind. :) I love lamps but not overhead lighting in family, living rooms, bedrooms. The shower, tile and flooring are all perfect.

Can't wait to see what's next!

Carla from The River said...

I love it. It is just beautiful. The shower is my favorite and the floors are second favorite. :-) I would paint the door black.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Beautiful job, Leslie! The colored grout in the shower makes a wonderful statement, and I love your choice of flooring. (May need to get details from you when I start my "someday" house...) I have a pair of antique light fixtures that are very much like the one you used here except they're embossed brass with traditional crystals. So far they've hung in three master bathrooms. Such great sparkle! I know you'll enjoy yours a lot!

Unknown said...

How exciting! This is absolutley gorgeous Leslie. I have enjoyed watching your progress and to see these images-wow! I'm loving everything about it (especially the frameless shower and the marble!). I'm sure it feels completely luxurious.

FYI-Jen (A Well Styled Life) and I will be hosting our first Lifestyle LinkUp “STYLEfocus” on Friday. Just stop by both of our blogs and share your favorite post link from the last month. Easy breezy! We want to include any lifestyle bloggers who want to join so everyone is invited.

I love the idea of creating more lifestyle connections for all of us-new bloggers and seasoned bloggers alike. Have a wonderful weekend Leslie!
xx, Heather

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, Leslie...I love the tiles, marble floor and the lighting...perfect!

michele said...

oh leslie, you have made so many wise choices! the dimmer switches, the darker grout, the chandelier! i have never posted images of our walkin closet, but i have two very similar crystal beauties in there, and i love them still! keep going on the beautiful beachhouse. it just gets more charming. peace to you right where you are, friend.

Stonecropsister said...

Hi Leslie,
um, I think I want to live in your bathroom. It's so pretty, that vanity is exactly what I love. You must be so pleased. Can't wait to see what's next. xx Nancy

Pam Kessler said...

Well, it appears I'm late to the game, but wanted to say I have a crush on your new bathroom too. You really have an eye for putting it all together!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Hi Leslie! I LOVE your new bathroom! Everything is just so gorgeous and has that relaxed, coastal feel that I crave! I have been guilty of hiding in my bathroom to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. With your bathroom, I may never leave! Can't wait to see what you've been up to in the back yard and see what ideas you have. My yard needs so much help! Take care. Hugs, Leena

Unknown said...

Hello Leslie...thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog...I'm so pleased to have met you in our 'blogging world' if you are ever in London, please let me know it would be lovely to meet up for a coffee and chat ;) xx

Calypso In The Country said...

Absolutely stunning! I keep scrolling back and forth to take it all in. I am so obsessed with that shower floor! Enjoy!

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