Rowhouse Reno: Second Floor Bathrooms

If you’ve missed my previous posts about the rowhouse my husband and I are renovating, click here. Let’s move on to the second floor bathrooms.

If you can’t remember, this is what the main bathroom looked like before. It was way too small, awkward and really blue!

Currently it looks like this. We made it much bigger and added a wider window.

We needed some inspiration. Last year, my husband and I stayed at the Ace Hotel in New York. We loved the bathrooms — lots of handsome black accents, brass hardware and ivory tile. I also love the bathroom of the very stylish Jenna Lyons, creative director of J.Crew.

We are renovating this existing second floor bathroom, but we are also adding a brand-new ensuite off our principal bedroom. This main bathroom will be more dramatic and vintage-y, and the ensuite will be a bit more masculine and utilitarian. But both complement each other nicely.

Here is the floor plan we’re working with.

For the bathrooms, the jumping off point was the tile. It really dictates the look. If the tiles are sleek and modern versus pretty and glam, it would effect everything else that went into the place. So we looked at tile. A lot of tile! I knew I wanted dark floors and light walls. I looked at handmade, marble and bevelled subway tiles, and for the floors I contemplated a range of styles from tiny mosaics to big slabs of slate.

When I went into Beyond Tile & Stone, I found exactly what I wanted. Our designer, Mazen El-Abdallah, had shown me a small mosaic sample from the store and I knew I had to go check it out. It’s a blue stone hex mosaic — stunning! And it will be complemented by a honed statuario marble subway tile on the wall behind the tub. It’s very special and luxurious, but also very simple. I don’t think it will go out of style anytime soon. I loved shopping at Beyond Tile & Stone because the store has such a well-curated selection of tiles and very knowledgeable staff.

I don’t want to give everything away since you’ll soon see the finished bathroom in a future issue of House & Home. But here is a general idea of what we’re putting together now that we have decided on that tile.

Main bathroom:

Ensuite bathroom:

Stay tuned for more on our renovation!

See the finished upstairs bathroom in our March 2013 issue, on newsstands February 11th.

Photo credits:
1-2. Mandy Milks
3a. My Friend’s House blog
3b. The Fat Hydrangea blog
4-5. Mandy Milks
6. Clockwise: Tub, Living X Design; sconce, Rejuvenation; faucet, Kohler; vanity, Restoration Harware
7. Clockwise: Fixtures, sconce and mirror, Restoration Hardware; sink, Duravit

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