Hall Bathroom


Last time we talked about the hall bathroom, we hashed out the plans we have for the space (read more about that here). This time, we’re talking finishes and fixtures. Or as I like to call it, “the fun stuff”! While searching for the perfect brick-ranch-fixer-upper, I collected a pretty hefty folder of inspiration photos. When it came to the bathrooms, here are a few of my favorites:

It’s easy to collect photos of bathrooms that make you swoon. But when it comes down to actually narrowing all of your inspirations and being realistic while staying on budget … it can be murder! Never in a million years did I think that picking out tile would be so complicated. So. Many. To. Choose. From. Where is Candice Olson when I need her? But then we wouldn’t be staying on our budget, now would we? Haha! Oh, I wish… Okay, back down to earth.

As you can clearly see from my favorite inspiration photos, I love white. It’s crisp. It’s clean. And I love it.  But when it comes down to it, cleaning a bathroom surrounded by white subway tile … after a year or two, could and would become very old. Aside from that, though I love the crisp, white photos, Greg loves dark wood and warm colors.

One thing we both like is classic, clean lines. Seeing as how we are planning on using similar, if not identical, fixtures when we are ready to tackle that master bathroom (for the sake of cohesiveness), I really wanted to have a bathroom that we would both enjoy.

With inspiration photos in hand (or in our iPhones I should say), we headed over to Morris Tile Distributors, Inc. here in Richmond. With the largest local inventory, we knew that we would definitely find something we loved. A 7,500 square foot designer showroom… who wouldn’t find something? And sure enough, we did. We decided on this lovely ceramic tile called Sabbia Dorato by American Olean.

Going into the tile-picking-out-process, I wasn’t too keen on ceramic tile. But this isn’t your normal ceramic tile. It has a lovely marbling design that makes it look more like marble than ceramic. We also love how each tile is different. It has touches of both warm and light tones. It also has a touch of grey – meaning it would flow nicely from the hallway paint color. Another thing that made us go gaga over this tile is the finish. It isn’t super shiny like a lot of ceramic tile. It has a dull, almost sand stone look to it – which we l.o.v.e.

Once the tile was picked out, the other elements of the space came together rather quickly. And so, without further ado, here is what we feel to be the perfect marriage of our styles:

1. We’ve already gushed about how much we love this tile. Check their website for distributors in your area. For those of you in the Richmond area, you can find this at Morris Tile Distributors.

2. For the countertop, we decided to bypass granite and go with Quartz. We chose quartz for a few reasons: it’s harder, less prone to chipping and you don’t need to seal it. We have yet to pick out the exact piece, but we do know that we are going to go with a milky, white color.

3. The bathroom vanity  was a bit larger than the standard size (83″ to be exact). So we opted to get one custom made through our local Home Depot. As far as design, we are going with the classic shaker doors in an espresso finish. The dark finish (which is what Greg prefers) will really warm up the space and pull out the dark tones in the tile.

4. We chose simple, clean lined light fixtures in a satin nickel finish. Keeping the design very simple will help give the bathroom a more modern touch rather than super traditional.

5. White linens tucked in the open shelving of the vanity will tie in nicely with the white shower curtain and give that crisp white element that I love so much.

6. I know this may sound really odd… but I love this toilet. It has really classic lines and the molding detail really makes a statement rather than just being an ordinary toilet.

7. These faucets will look great paired with the nickel light fixtures. I call this look “Classic Contemporary”. It’s classic because it had sort of a “molding” element on the base while the overall fixture is very square. You get the best of both worlds without going too far one way or the other.

8. As far as accessories, we want to keep it simple, uncluttered and classic. These Apothecary Jars will look stunning between the sinks. Now the only trouble will be deciding what to fill them with! So many choices…

9. We actually had the same shower curtain in our apartment and we loved it. So we are bringing it in again in this bathroom (this time an extra long one).

And there it is! The perfect marriage of crisp whites and warm woods… or what works for us. Wish us luck as we start the instillation process!

Inspiration images from here, here, here, here and here.

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    Tracy B
    September 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have that same shower curtain and I love it! You can throw it in the washer and it looks brand new. I hope they never stop carrying it!

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    April Moss
    September 29, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Wow! A friend told me about your blog and I really enjoy watching your projects come together. Can’t wait to see the finished bathroom! Good luck!

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      September 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you! Glad you found us 🙂

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    Courtney McWilliams
    September 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I’m looking for new tile for our bathroom renovation and I love the tile you picked out! I will have to check it out for sure.

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    September 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

    If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of budget are you working with?

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      September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Good question! We will be sure to break down the budget when we post the “big reveal”.

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    Jenny Livesey
    September 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I have this shower curtain also! Love love love Pottery Barn… although I did see Target has one very similar and less expensive.

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      September 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Yeah, this one is from Target as well. We had it in our apartment as well and we loved it!

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    September 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I have followed a lot of blogs over the years and yours is already proving to be a “must follow”. Good luck on your journey!

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      September 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      Why thank you, Brenda! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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    October 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    LOVE it! Great tile choice! Love the way you incorporated both your’s and Greg’s style!

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      October 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks, Brooke!!

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    October 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I am rowing the boat with you!! My husband and I just purchased a 1890s home that requires many renovations. I feel your frustrations and your rewards. Keep us informed!

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