Let’s go on a tour of the Red House Bathroom, deliciously designed in head-to-toe muted pinks, terrazzo and warm wood accents.
Happy Reveal Day!
If you feel like this day has been a long time coming, I don’t blame you! We first shared our plans on how we’d like to carve out a half bath by stealing space from the main bathroom in April of last year! We immediately went into planning mode, and we were able to share our design plan in May. By the time summer was in full swing, the bathroom had been demolished from head-to-toe, and we spent our fall installing tile, custom cabinetry and tying up loose ends.
Just joining in? Here’s a recap of what you might have missed: How we added a half bath by taking space from the main bathroom, bathroom mood board, bathroom layout design, and all about our custom cabinetry.
I’d like to let the photos do the talking, but I’d be remiss not to remind you of where we started! The original layout was L-shaped, with a large standalone bathtub and separate shower. Truth be told, I didn’t mind the lilac walls, but the view outside of the window wasn’t being taken advantage of. More on that in a moment! All sources are shared and linked at the bottom of this post.
Reconfiguring the Layout
Before | The standalone bathtub took up most of the room, but we knew our family would benefit more from a tub and shower combo. Removing the bathtub was the first step in creating our half bath, and I’m so glad we made that decision! You can see how we did so in this post.
After | Shades of taupe, pink, terrazzo and brass warmed up the room and makes it feel like a HUG. You might notice I compare a lot of rooms to hugs (ha!), but I truly believe that a room should make you feel something, and it’s apparent I crave comfort in every space we design. The wall on the left (below) is where the dog-leg of the room used to be, which is now walled off.
Before | You can see it best in the photo below! The shape of the room was a little awkward, so by reducing it to a true rectangle, we created a space that was most functional for our family
After | We moved the location of the toilet to be more centered on the wall it’s plumbed against, and we topped it with a vintage mirror I scooped up at a yard sale. To illuminate that side of the room, this linear sconce adds a cozy amount of light. We brought the tile halfway up the wall and found the closest match in paint color for the walls and trim to create an all-around soothing effect.
Walls: Benjamin Moore Meadow Pink, Millwork: Benjamin Moore Whispering Woods
Before | The opposite side of the room had a vanity and standalone shower, and we made the decision to keep this the ‘wet wall,’ with only a minor tweak.
After | We opted to swap the placement of the shower, and we nixed the vanity on this wall in favor of a linen closet! It was a tight squeeze, but we made it happen within a sixteenth of an inch. I love that we were able to add storage to this room, which will come in handy for obvious reasons (towels and toiletries), as well as a place to keep backup supplies when we ultimately have this home open for short-term rentals.
Get Ready With Me
The star of the show, we’d argue, is that view! I can’t imagine a more perfect view to get ready in the morning. The Red House is backed up against acres of untouched woods, and there are only a few windows in the home that allow us to view the thicket up close. This is one of them! We ordered a new larger window than the one that was originally there, knowing all along that we’d set the vanity beneath it. With such beautiful surroundings, it was important for us to make that a standout feature in our home. Mid-century design is all about harmony both indoors and out, and we want to fine tune the design in this home to reflect that.
We created a space for seating, and whether it’s for getting ready or watching our Lucy splash in the bath is up to us! The countertop was a Milano Quartzite remnant, and we paired it with this Delta Faucet from the Saylor collection in their Champagne Bronze finish. No room is complete without artwork, but the (literal?) cherry on top is that sweet scalloped light fixture!
The vanity turned out better than we hoped for! Cabinet base was designed by us and created in partnership with Cabinet Joint. What we love about working with Cabinet Joint is that they’re able to bring our vision to life with little to no restriction. It’s truly custom! Both our vanity and linen closet were created from their Modern Texture Collection in the color Straight Noce. It has a hand-feel that I must point out; it feels like a raised grain, offering the look and feel of wood cabinetry.
To make room for plumbing, Scott notched a U-shape into one of our drawers. I found these acrylic drawer organizers meant for spices, but check it out! I love that it feels like I’m shopping from my own boutique as I get ready morning and night.
But let’s talk about the drawer hardware. The custom pulls were absolutely the right choice! I knew I wanted something that went edge to edge, inspired by this kitchen. (Yes, kitchens can offer bathroom inspiration, too!) After ordering several samples on Amazon and scouring Etsy and still coming up empty handed, we turned to our friends and woodworking experts, George and Leigh-Anne of Norman Leigh Design. They recently moved their Chicago workshop to Three Oaks, Michigan, which is right around the corner from The Red House! They took our idea and ran with it, milling us gorgeous handles from walnut. It was a perfect match to our Cabinet Joint cabinetry!
Shower + Storage
The shower features a floor-to-ceiling cream curtain, all Delta fixtures in Champagne Bronze, and petal-pink tile from the Alison Victoria collection at The Tile Shop. Scott and I knew the minute we saw it that it was the one! It has an imperfect, handmade look, which we love. However, we wanted to tread the line where traditional meets modern, and that’s when we decided to lay it as a vertical stack. We’re thrilled with how it turned out!
Tucked neatly next to the shower is our slim-but-mighty linen closet! Again, adorned with Norman Leigh custom pulls, this tall cabinet swallows up a LOT of towels and toiletries.
The cabinet is 24″ deep, so we’d like to add some additional pull out storage (this way items don’t go missing in purgatory), and the drawers are full extension, allowing for easy access to everything. You can see that it’s a tight fit, and for a moment during installation – despite months of careful planning – we were worried it wouldn’t fit, but wooohooo! In a happy turn of events, the tight fit makes it look truly built-in!
Let’s Talk Flooring Details
I can’t wrap up our bathroom tour without talking about the flooring! The flooring was the first decision we made, and we based every other single decision around it. For starters, we added heated flooring, because Michigan winters are no joke. If you’re ever on the fence on whether or not to add heated floors during your own renovation, we can’t recommend it enough!
We chose terrazzo-look tile from The Tile Shop in Nero Micro, a nod to its popularity in Mid-century home design. These manageable 8″ x 8″ squares were perfect for the space, allowing us to add the brass edging that was absolutely worth all the trouble of figuring out! (We used this for the brass detail, and grouted it along with the tile. Sadly, it looks like the brass finish is not available right now.) We share all about our decision – along with a mini terrazzo history lesson – in this post, if you’re interested!
Get the Look
Thank you for sticking with us through months and months of bathroom planning, renovation and execution! We are over the moon with the results, and we can’t wait to carry this feeling out of the bathroom and throughout the rest of the home. All sources are shared below!
Walls: Benjamin Moore Meadow Pink, Millwork: Benjamin Moore Whispering Woods
1. custom vanity | 2. Milano quartzite | 3. wall tile | 4. floor tile | 5. curtain rod | 6. faux linen curtain | 7. fran light fixture | 8. wood door hooks | 9. malina mirror | 10. saylor faucet | 11. undermount sink | 12. fox + feathers painting | 13. walnut picture frame | 14. woodpecker print | 15. saylor shower head | 16. hand held shower | 17. colette sconce | 18. tank lever | 19. kohler reach toilet | 20. bentwood stool | 21. soap dispenser holder | 22. bellwether tub | 23. utility stool
See the bathroom renovation journey from start to finish right here, and continue following along as we go room-by-room to turn this Mid-century cutie into a gem. Thank you for being here and supporting our small business! What do you think of the completed bathroom?