Around the House // Main Bath

I told you we bought a house and moved, right?  I fully intended on giving you the grand tour of what the house looked like before we moved in and things got really messy, but disaster has struck.  I cannot find the pictures!  How will I ever impress you with Before and After shots?  Ack.  So while I continue searching through a gazillion files on my computer and all the camera chip cards, with the vain hope of finding those “before” shots, I will share the one complete room in the new house.  The main bath.

First, let  me set expectations with a Before shot I snagged off You Tube, from the previous sale of our house. (excuse the grainy photo)

Ummmm….are those floor tiles on the walls?  The orange, brown, and beige colour scheme is really hard to stomach. Blech. And what’s with the styling?  That shelving unit completely blocks entry to the tub, which BTW, in such a small space only makes the room look smaller!

Enter previous homeowners, who thankfully had great taste and renovated the bathroom to match style and age of the home (approximately 50-60 years old).  So no, I cannot take credit for designing this space but I still wanted to share it because it’s so pretty!

A world of difference, right?!

Love the deep soaker tub. I haven’t tried it myself, but our toddler sure loves it!  A long hot bath with bubbles, candles, and a book is on my to do list.

I should have smoothed out that towel before taking a picture. Oh well. In reality our towels are usually wrinkly. Since I’m keeping it real, I’ll also admit that I decided to use the exact same shower curtain as the previous homeowners.  Weird? Maybe, but we already owned it. In our condo this shower curtain from IKEA hung in our son’s bathroom and when I saw the same one hanging when we toured the Open House I thought – check! – keeping it.  Fits the vintage style of the bathroom and keeps it fresh with a splash of colour.

We’re so lucky to have three mature hydrangea bushes in the backyard.  Next year I need to learn how to prune and fertilize them properly to encourage optimal growth, but in the meantime they are still lovely.

The console sink is really cute and enhances the old school style of the bathroom.  But as you can see there is minimal counter space.  Well….none actually.  Our solution?  One wire basket for each member of the family, kept in the linen closet right outside the bathroom door.  Did I mention this is our main bath?  It is. Small but functional and as our family grows we’ll have to get creative on how we’ll make this space work for us.

I had to take a close up of these delightful LUCIA hand soaps we received as a housewarming gift.  Each fragrant soap comes in a beautiful paper wrapper and the scents are amazing!

Here is a closeup of the marble tiled floor.  Pretty?  Absolutely.  I love the mosaic tile border that trims the whole bathroom.  But practical?  No.  So much white grout in the main bath is not a good idea!  It isn’t white anymore.  I am still trying to figure out the best method to clean the grout.  Any ideas?  I may look into re-grouting in a light grey to mask the inevitable dirt.

Our retro TTC Summerhill print found it’s new home in our bathroom.  Our Toronto roots. We love seeing it everyday.

Hope you enjoyed this first installment of [around the house].  Cross your fingers I can find the other photos!

4 thoughts on “Around the House // Main Bath

  1. Laura

    I absolutely love the medicine cabinet in your bathroom (that is eerily similar to our bathroom update!). Any idea where it was purchased, or what brand it is? Would love to find one just like it!

  2. Dayna Post author

    Hi Laura. Sorry for the slow response, not sure how I missed your question. The medicine cabinet is very basic, just built right in between the studs, with a shelf, door, and trimmed out…I guess you could call that “custom” :)

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