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Snowberry’s Traditional Main Bathroom Reveal?!
Images by Monica Vargas Photography
It’s been over three years since we first visited Snowberry on a rainy winter day.
Ten days later the house was ours.
And the enormity of the renovation ahead set it.
Today it’s all about the main bathroom.
Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house.
(real estate listing photos)
It took about six months from purchase date to demo day.
Drafting and redrafting plans.
Applying for permits.
During that period I had lots of time to visit the house.
Thinking about how I wanted the finished spaces to look and feel.
Why was it ever a thing to put carpet in a bathroom?
Aside from the carpet, you could kill yourself getting in and out of the tub.
The shower was cruise ship cabin size.
And the vanity only 31″ high.
Fine for a child, but not an adult.
Pro Tip – it’s a good thing for all bathroom vanities to be 36″ height.
Kids can use bathroom stools like these until they’re grown.
Teens and upward will appreciate the more civilized height.
Obviously there are situations where this is impractical. And it is just my opinion.
Let the fun begin …
During demo niece Shelby came over to see what was going on.
She’s very interested in design and a great sounding board.
The entire house renovation lasted nearly nine months.
Main Bathroom Design Inspiration:
Schumacher’s Sinhala Linen Print fabric in Sky.
And Snowberry’s Farrow & Ball color palette.
All details and sources are listed at the end of the post.
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Here’s how the bathroom looked the day we (finally) moved in.
Notice the missing mirror?
It was damaged during installation.
Where’s the chandelier?
Our electrician wasn’t big on installing chandelier beads.
He felt all my light fixture choices were overly labor intensive.
We used the same MTI bathtub in our Fidalgo Island home.
It’s not too fussy and not too modern.
It’s just right.
We decided on a curbless shower.
And love it.
Two months and a little zhushing later …
The vanity is over 9′ in length and hard to capture in one shot.
I chose a beaded inset cabinet style.
And quartzite for the countertop.
Quartzite is more durable than marble.
And so far it shows no etching or staining like marble can (and does).
This drives Jim crazy and he said ‘absolutely no marble’ at Snowberry.
Except in the kitchen.
Which he now regrets.
For the window coverings, I worked with Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home.
I couldn’t love them more.
Here’s Mary Ann with her drapery fabricator figuring things out.
Confession – I’m not wild about a stand alone tub.
I love the idea and the look of it.
But as an avid bath taker, I find it less than ideal.
First of all, where to put your stuff?
Soaps, books, candles,
water wine glasses, etc.?
Ok, a tub caddy looks nice.
But be careful bending your knees.
I recently sent my (lit) candle, book and new edition of Vanity Fair tumbling into the water.
Not relaxing at all.
The Serena & Lily stool is great.
But unless I remove the plant to hold my bath stuff it’s useless.
Aside from looking cute.
Maybe a bigger stool would work, but it just starts to get complicated.
I like a tub deck.
Sorry, not sorry.
The infamous tub caddy.
With my favorite design book, Style & Simplicity, from Ted Kennedy Watson.
I’ve given this book to everyone I know.
He has a new book coming out in the August available for pre-order.
I have, of course.
The shower bench & niche trim are remnants from our quartzite slabs.
Pro Tip: Measure the height of the things you keep in the shower (shampoo bottles, body wash, etc.) before deciding on niche size.
We heated the floors.
All the way into the shower.
Including the shower bench.
I finally found as spot for my beloved Mick Jagger photograph.
Our photographer friend, George Rose, took it in 1981.
DETAILS AND SOURCES ~
- Farrow & Ball Paint Colors – Vanity: Manor House Gray No.265 / Walls, Millwork & Trim: Strong White No.2001 / Ceiling: All White No. 2005
- Cabinetry – Custom by The Cabinet Masters (Concord)
- Countertop – Quartzite slabs from Pietra Fina, Inc. (Hayward)
- Tile – Floors: 3 x 12 Carrara marble tiles / Shower walls & ceiling: 3 x 12 white gloss ceramic tiles from Siena Tile & Stone (San Ramon)
- Shower Tile – 3 x 12 ceramic white gloss tile
- Finished Plumbing purchased at Premier Bath & Kitchen (Walnut Creek). MTI Laney 2 Soaking Tub / Graff Camden Tub Filler, Thermal Shower Trim, Widespread Lavatory Faucets in Polished Nickel / Kohler Memoirs Toilet / Kohler Memoirs Under-mount Sinks
- Lighting purchased at Walnut Creek Lighting. Wall Sconces / Semi-Flushmount Chandelier
- Hardware (polished nickel) – Emtek Westwood Cabinet Pulls / Emtek Norwich Cabinet Knobs / Graff Camden Towel Rings / Graff Camden Tissue Holder
- Towel Hooks – RH Vintage Hook
- Door Hardware: Emtek Old Town Knob, clear with Rectangular Rosette, oil-rubbed bronze
- Window – Pella Architect Awning Vent
- Drapery Design, Fabrication & Installation Classic Casual Home
- Drapery Panel Fabric – Schumacher Sinhala Linen Print in Sky
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So there you have it,
Snowberry’s traditional main bathroom reveal.
What do you think?
Would you like to see more before an afters?
I recently shared the main bedroom renovation here.
As well as …
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheers from Snowberry!