I have a huge confession: we are so good at starting projects around the Dream House, and so, so, so bad at finishing them! I keep coming up with awesome new ideas for posts for this column, and I’ll do a teaser post or a post about starting the project, and then months later, the project still isn’t done. So I have to find new things to post about. It’s like starting a new book every day and never finishing a single one. But it hit me again the other night that I haven’t given you a tour of very many rooms in the Dream House. We covered the kitchen a few months ago, but I feel like most of the rooms are still works in progress, so I don’t want to show them to you yet. Except for the master bathroom. For some strange reason, the master bathroom was the first room to be fully decorated and ready to go around here. Ok, probably more like 99% decorated, which is pretty good in my book! So here we go: a Dream House master bathroom tour!
One of the things people comment on when they look around our house is the lack of counter space in the bathrooms. We purposely didn’t put in vanities with lots of horizontal storage space because in our experience, horizontal surfaces mean one thing: clutter. If you put a horizontal surface somewhere, it will slowly fill with stuff. Stacks of books, bottles of lotion, phone chargers, a pair of earrings you took off 3 weeks ago and absentmindedly set down. The stuff just piles up. So we made a conscious effort to plan thoughtful, out-of-sight storage instead of lots of horizontal counter space. The master bathroom in the Dream House has wall-mounted medicine cabinets for items that get used every day, like toothbrushes, contact lenses, and chapstick. There’s a little ladder-shaped shelf between the vanities that offers plenty of temporary surface area where you can put your hairbrush or make-up while you’re getting ready. And there’s a tall, floor-to-ceiling linen closet for extra toilet paper, clean bed sheets, and baskets full of odds and ends.
We fell in love with some very beautiful and very expensive vanities in a fancy catalog, and decided to see if we could get something similar made for a lot less. The sinks come from IKEA, and the bases were custom made by our cabinet maker. They look exactly like the expensive ones we loved, and were a fraction of the cost. My favorite thing about the vanities is shelf at the bottom of each that holds a wire basket filled with towels. I had that set-up pictured in my mind months before we moved in, and it was one of the first things I did last Fall after getting settled.
My husband is one of those guys that actually has opinions about how he wants the house to look. Most of the decisions about what kind of fixtures or carpet or flooring or tile to put in the house were very much a joint decision. But the enormous walk-in shower in the master bathroom was all him. Everyone in the family loves showers, and we usually throw all the kids in there at the same time. In our old house with the teeny-tiny shower, that was tough to do (although no one complained), but the new walk-in shower is perfect for hosing off three or four kids at once. The floor and ceiling are covered in the same white subway tile as the walls in the rest of the bathroom, and the floor has the same white hex tile. But to add interest, we did a wrap around mosaic tile stripe in shades of minty green and grey. It’s the most popular place in the whole house!
Here are a few more fun detail shots of the bathroom. We are really happy with it!