Coastal Master Bath

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In these difficult days of no travel and self-isolation around the world, there’s one thing we can still do—is dream. I hope when the lockdown bans are lifted this blog will inspire you to remodel a room to create the space you’ve been dreaming of.

Some of my clients have become my best friends and vice versa. Randy and Bonnie are no exception. I have vacationed with them, dined at restaurants together, celebrated Christmas in their home, and have attended each other’s home parties. Incidentally, I wrote a book about the vacation we took together. I dedicated it to Bonnie.

A beautiful, functional and comfortable home means so much to Randy and Bonnie. They hired us two previous times before this project. The first time we took their cramped, outdated kitchen and make it into something beautiful and functional. The second time: when they asked us to update their guest bathroom. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a designer is when a customer asks for me to return to their home to help them with another room.

The left side of the above slider is a reminder of what the master bathroom looked like before. When you use the slide bar, you’ll see what the room looks like today: a spa-like escape in the middle of a bustling neighborhood, this master bath is a modern beachy oasis. This master ensuite is spacious, light filled, and full of the homeowner’s favorite color—blue.

For the paint color, Bonnie went with a bright, turquoise blue that she had been obsessed with. The BEHR paint is called “Beachside Drive” (M460-2). As soon as she and her husband started painting it on their master bedroom wall, she knew it was perfect! She wanted a color to go with the quilt on their bed. She once saw a picture with “Beachside Drive” with crisp white cabinets. The perfect combination in that picture created an easygoing coastal feel, reminiscent of a charming seaside cottage. Bonnie knew that when they got around to remodeling their ensuite this was the look she would go for. The blue walls provide crisp contrast against the white cabinets.  

If you want to incorporate color into your bathroom design, look no further than shades of blue. The color of water is a natural fit for a room built around its role in keeping us clean and healthy. Blue is soothing, relaxing, reminiscent of sea and sky. Paired with white paint it will never go out of style. But this gorgeous color isn’t only for houses near the water; it’s also a great choice for a dreamy atmosphere.

After years of cleaning grout from dozens of square feet of wall tiles in the corner shower, Bonnie was looking for something easier to maintain. She decided to go with wall surrounds that were custom manufactured for their corner shower. The acrylic material is a non-porous material that is completely waterproof and resists mold and mildew. She chose a gray, tone-on-tone color palette with white accents.

When it came to selecting the countertop she searched for stone perfection, and found it! Bonnie selected a slab of “Ocean Beige” granite with cool shades of white, cream, gray, and taupe. I’m a big fan of fairness and giving credit where credit is due. So, huge shoutouts to: the detailed workers from Imex Stone, the skilled crew from Coral Coast Construction, and the talented team from Just Counters & Other Stuff. I think they all did an amazing job creating this bathroom oasis.  

My favorite feature in this bathroom, aside from the additional corner storage, is Bonnie’s painting. She’s a self-taught artist and has created amazing paintings. The floor tile she painted on reminds me of their remodeled coastal ensuite…of where ocean blue waters meets a white sandy beach.

Excuse me, all this writing about the ocean and a sandy beach…I need to go look for a cocktail with a festive paper umbrella! 

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