Who uses it: Two busy parents who have three children
Location: Hockessin, Delaware
Size: 69 square feet (6.4 square meters); 13¾ by 5 feet
This Delaware couple was working with a seriously small master bathroom — it was just 30 square feet. To expand it and have a shower stall where their elbows weren’t knocking into walls as they washed their hair, they were willing to blow through a wall and sacrifice their walk-in closet. But they needed professional help to design the layout, create a cohesive look from the overwhelming number of inspirational photos they had found online, and figure out where they were going to store their clothes after giving up the closet.
Scope of work. This was a complete renovation that included expanding the bathroom to take over the closet, rearranging the doors on the wall between the bathroom and the bedroom, and updating the plumbing, millwork, tile and lighting.
Style. Interior designer Liza Nicole assessed her clients’ tastes, 1960s center-hall Colonial home and circumstances to land on a style that was traditional with fresh transitional elements. Because her clients had a high chance of relocating the family in the next few years due to a job, a potential resale situation also factored into the design equation. So she kept the permanent fixtures classic and went more transitional and eclectic with accessories that could be swapped out for a different look if needed.
Window treatment. A relaxed Roman shade in linen adds softness to the room.
Artwork. Nicole found two frames from Target’s Magnolia Home collection and affixed them to the walls with chains hanging from Anthropologie pewter knobs. “This was my way of giving my client some of the brass she liked,” she says. “And stacking them like this created a vertical element that makes the ceilings feel higher.” It’s easy to switch out the artwork whenever the feeling strikes them; for now they have sheet music inside.
Wall paint: Agreeable Gray, Sherwin-Williams
Countertop and backsplash. The Pure White quartz by Caesarstone came with the vanity and creates a crisp contrast to the lovely wood and antique look of the cabinetry.
“It’s better to take chances with items that are easier to switch out down the line,” Nicole says. If they have to put the house on the market, it would be difficult and expensive to change out a tiled wall. Instead she gave them mirrors and sconces that were more modern in style than the rest of the elements in the bathroom.
Finishes. The faucets, mirror frames and other accessories are chrome. “Chrome will never go out of style in a bathroom, not ever,” Nicole says. “It’s classic, and while I love antiqued brass, chrome’s tones are more complementary to Carrara marble.”
Vase, Magnolia Home collection, Target
Splurges. Some of the splurges are not visible to the eye. They include radiant heat flooring and a top-of-the-line fan with an exhaust system to prevent future problems with moisture.
You may be wondering where the couple stores their clothing now that their closet is gone. Nicole designed a custom closet system along another wall of their bedroom with drawers and spaces for shoes and hanging clothing.