March 11th, 2018
I know lots of you are curious to see how I’ve designed each room of the flat I live in: you have seen the kitchen, in the past, and glanced at the bedroom, but here is how I transformed the bathrooms!
A few months ago I posted this picture, saying that we decided to redo the guest bathroom as well.
This space, before, was not inviting at all: it is at the back of the building, and barely gets any light. Because of that, it’s quite dark throughout the day, and feels really cold.
It’s also isn’t very big, and before, it was in such a bad state: there was peeling wallpaper, old rusty pipes exposed and leaking (we actually found out they were so old they were dangerous), the water was either freezing cold or extremely hot, and there were stains throughout the whole room.
It just wasn’t nice, and felt a bit embarrassed to have our guests using it.
So when we decided to redo it, we quickly realised that because of the limited space we had to work with, a walk in shower, right in front of the door, could work: we turned it into a wet room, using small glass tiles all across the walls.
I didn’t want to crowd the space, but rather keep it quite minimal. In order to make it interesting, I played with patterns and textures that went well together.
I loved these floor tiles as soon as I saw them, and because I previously mentioned that this room is very cold, we put underfloor heating. This is particularly helpful because if you take a shower, it helps with drying the floors much faster; plus – of course – it is always nice to walk into a room and feel the heat under your feet.
We noticed that one of the tiles was put down incorrectly, so we will need to call back the workers to fix that, but hopefully it won’t be too difficult for them (did you see it as well, in the first photo?).
For the sink, I didn’t want any chunky piece of furniture, so that it wouldn’t feel as tight in there when trying to move around or entering the shower.
I selected this wall hanging counter top, with handles on the sides, so that we can hang towels; it is also wide enough to put soap and other must-have bathroom utilities.
We have two mirrors: a bigger one, and the little moveable one, as Felix really wanted it. I’m glad he asked for it, as I think it looks very sophisticated – like a hotel bathroom.
We then added a big heated towel rail on the other wall, to provide extra heat and hold bigger towels.
I’m in love with how this wet-room turned out, and since it’s right next to my office, I’m sure I will use it a lot more than I did before – not just as a guest bathroom.
It is a tiny room, but thankfully the ceiling is so high that it opens up the space.
By the way, this is how little light comes in during the day time: to fix this issue, we decided to install 4 spotlights, which bring in lots of white light.
Now, this one is our main bathroom, the en-suite.
It is a fairly big space, especially when compared to the other one, so we can store most of our stuff in here.
We originally got this bathroom redone two years ago, but at the time I hadn’t studied interior design and so we let someone else pick everything for us. She did an alright job, but a lot of the things we asked for back then, she said she couldn’t do because her company didn’t supply them.
We mostly wanted a big, deep bath. Instead she gave us a very small bath with shower attached, which was fine, but because we decided to redo the other bathroom, we took the chance to swap this out with what we originally had in mind – so up here you see the new bath tub. And we love it!
I also removed the tiles they used, which were cute but felt a bit dated, are replaced them for these small marble ones.
We asked our workers to put in a door – the one you see in this photo – as that’s the laundry corner, and we didn’t have anything there in the past (which brought down the whole look of the bathroom).
Up there, instead, we are lucky to have a massive storage space: it’s a bit inconvenient, because we need to get the ladder out each time, but we store Christmas stuff, and other seasonal things we don’t frequently need.
This room has the exact same problem as the wet-room: it has a window, but very little light comes in as it’s covered by a building.
I’m taking these photos in the day time, but you can see how you don’t get much light at all.
Because of that, we made sure to install as many lights as possible, and this mirror turned out so well-lit that it’s where I apply my makeup.
The furniture piece built around it hides tons of pipes and a boiler on top, and it also allows us to store a bunch of stuff at the bottom.
And that’s all! I think by now you should have a pretty good understanding of how the flat looks like. I haven’s shown you my office yet, because I’m waiting for a ladder and some finishing touches, but once it’s done, I will share some photos!
The ‘chill room’ stayed pretty similar, just new floors and fresh paint to match the rest of the flat, and the living room had a small upgrade as well, but it’s currently holding all the boxes and stuff we are selling so it’s in no condition to be shown – just yet. 😉
So for now: what do you think about the bathrooms?
Which one do you prefer?
If you are interested in doing some works to your own property, and you live in England, I can’t recommend the team that worked on my flat enough! You can contact Cleiton Lemes at 07588 465638 (he is okay with me posting his phone number, but please do not call him if you are not seriously interested). Him and his team are great to work with – you can tell them your ideas, sketch them out, and they always make sure to give you exactly what you ask for. Definitely the best service I’ve ever gotten!