Well, with a very surprising interior blog award nomination, I felt that it was only right that I did a little house update and share our dream bathroom inspo. I started this blog as just a fun and creative way to write about all the things I loved so to hear that I’m nominated for the Best Use of Photography category in the Amara Interior Blog Awards makes me feel incredibly grateful to everyone that reads these posts, double clicks on my Insta pics and sends me lovely messages. If you’d like to vote for me, the link is HERE.
Anyway, back to the post! Things have slowed up a little on the house renovations while we enjoy our lovely new kitchen (which you can see HERE) and just take a breath after recently moving back in! But, I found myself ‘accidentally’ shopping for a few bathroom accessories on the Soho Home website last week and suddenly we’re planning our dream bathroom! Side note: If you’ve ever stayed in a Soho House room you’ll know how dreamy their bathrooms are and you can now recreate their look at home by shopping their entire interiors collection.
Although we’ve got a few more structural bits to finish up before we can officially start work, the plumbing is in, the interiors are in storage and we’re sketching out exactly what we want from our dream bathroom.
I feel like women will know what I mean when I say there’s a special bond between us and that one room in the house. The bathroom is where we do all of our thinking, analysing and addressing…of our appearance that is! It’s definitely the place where I spend a lot of time trying out new beauty products, body brushing, soaking, exfoliating and giving my skin some TLC.
So when it came to planning our dream bathroom, I wanted somewhere that was an oasis of calm. Somewhere I can really enjoy spending time in. I’ve been lucky enough to stay in a lot of luxury hotels around the world and a good bench mark of a hotel isn’t the bedroom or the mod cons, but the bathroom. It sets the tone of the whole experience and I wanted this to extend to my own home as well. Our dream bathroom would actually be three times the size of what we will have but as we’re dividing a spare bedroom to make the bathroom, it’s important to make the best use of the space which all comes down to…
THE COLOUR SCHEME
As you’ve probably guess I’m not the biggest fan of colour. This is definitely something that’s evolved over the years but I feel much more at home with calming neutral tones and natural accents in both my personal style and my interior choices. Not only does this make a room look and feel bigger, it also has a real luxe vibe to it. Minimalism is something I’m leaning toward more and more due to our hectic lives and ever crowded minds, it brings a beautiful sense of serenity to a space.
To keep it light and airy, we’ve decided to go for a really pale colour scheme with a bold patterned grey and white tile on the floor so it doesn’t look completely blank. The wooden accents such as our chunky handmade vanity unit and accessories keep with the tone of the rest of the house which has exposed beams everywhere (something we definitely want to keep in the bathroom).
The colour scheme may be neutral but one thing we were set on for our dream bathroom is that it’s packed with details. Making sure we respected the history of the house is something that’s been at the forefront of all of our decisions when it comes to renovating. We’ve tried to recycle and upcycle everything and source materials from the time (or as near to as possible) which is why we’re re-using old beams from the kitchen as shelves for the bathroom.
It’s also made decisions so much easier to keep everything authentic. The fittings are all brushed antique brass and in an old industrial style which I’m absolutely obsessed with, combined with modern shapes like a tabletop sink and freestanding roll top bath (living my best life!). To make sure we keep the space open, we’re going to create a glass floor to ceiling cube for the shower enclosure (fingers crossed the floor is level enough) and a sliding barn door as the main entrance to the bathroom.
I wanted as much natural light in the room as possible but as the house is so old, putting in a sky light or bigger window would be too risky and far too expensive on a listed building. But compromises have to be made in renovation work and with all of the other plans coming together I’m so excited to get started!