decor porn: master bathroom renovation, city house

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Who doesn’t love a little interior design porn? It’s definitely one of our guilty pleasures. We love love love a renovation, a great ‘before and after‘ and pretty much any excuse to ogle high end fixtures and finishes. Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Houzz. We can’t stop. And while this obsession may leave us a little envious of that sexy boudoir down the street, it also fuels a crazy over confidence in our abilities insatiable passion for renovation. So when a home with an amazing view, a desirable address and the space we wanted came onto the market, we made an offer, sight unseen, based solely on the listing photos, including this (sad) one of the master bath. Swoon worthy, no?

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The dreaded ‘Before’

A surprising number of people thought we were insane to tear out cream colored marble and this solid wood double vanity. I. Can’t. Even.

The minute the house was ours, we hired yours truly as the General Contractor and Interior Designer, because after all, I was the lowest bidder, totally understood the vision and completely trusted in my own ability to bitch at subcontractors. Hiring subcontractors (electricians, plumbers, tile installers and trades who actually DO the work) that are qualified, understand your vibe and you enjoy working with is the most important part of any construction project. In reality, the subcontractors we worked with were amazingly talented, professional and a pleasure to work with and it certainly shows in their craftsmanship. We adore the finished project.


We were feeling the curves of the fixtures against the sharp rectangular tiles, sinks and medicine cabinets.


We love the reclining angle of this soaking tub and the smokey beveled mirror tile.

We got a vibe and tried to stick with it. Consider matching finishes & forms, but use complementary colors, periods & styles.


The Thermostatic Shower for Two. Extra Thick Glass French Doors. Tile in Drain. Perfect Date Night/Date Morning!

All Marble Everything. Don’t be afraid to try out different fixture heights & placement.


A Separate Potty Room Made a Tad Prettier With Shelves.

The Essentials:

Vanity, Countertop, Sinks: Herringbone Double Vanity with Caesarstone Countertop & Rectangular Sink RH

Mirrors: Astoria Flat Mirror in Chrome RH

Sconces: Pearson Tube Sconce Pottery Barn

Sink Faucets: Newport Brass, Secant in Polished Chrome

Tub Faucet: Newport Brass, Secant in Polished Chrome *Also requires Rough Valve

Smokey Beveled Mirror Tile (behind tub): TileBar Paris Gray Beveled 4″x12″ Mirror Tile

Accessories: Ginger, Lineal Double Post Paper Holder, Lineal Robe Hook (2 each), Lineal 24″ Towel Bar all in Polished Chrome

Shower Heads (2 each): Grohe, 27480000 headshower  in Starlight Chrome *Also requires nipple/escutcheon (ceiling arm & flange: ours are 4″ long)

Hand Held Shower Head, Holder & Hose: Grohe, Euphoria Cube Hand Shower + Euphoria/Allure Shower Outlet Elbow Cube Union + Euphoria Cube Holder + Grohe 59″ Metal Shower Hose in Starlight Chrome

Shower Thermostatic Control: Newport Brass, Secant in Polished Chrome *Also requires Rough Valve

Shower Flow Control (3 each): Newport Brass, Secant in Polished Chrome *Also requires Rough Valve

Shower Tile in Drain & base: California Faucets, Tile Style Drain in Polished Chrome

Best, N+K