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Exuberant Blue Master Ensuite

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I happen to have a passion for many home styles and décor. While I wouldn’t necessarily design my home the way a friend or client would, I still have an appreciation for the creativity that tells their story. Truth is I love a home with a personality that is as unique as the people who live there.

Come take a front row seat as we tour this master ensuite.

Larry and Carmela have three bathrooms in their 2006 four-bedroom single floor house in Port Charlotte, Florida. But they wanted to make the master ensuite really stand out. That meant, in part, ditching the former mustard yellow walls and boring beige colored tile that was creating a drab atmosphere.

One of the homeowners’ number one must-haves was a soaking tub for a relaxing bath after a busy day. Despite how large the existing bathroom was, it felt all wrong. This master bath had loads of space, but most of it was going to waste. The existing large bathtub was a space hog. The before photo shows how much wasted space there was in the room. Not one of pedestals on either side of the bathtub provided any much-needed storage.

Another must-have was to reconfigure the walk-in shower. Their existing shower, although curbless, felt tight and awkward. Not to mention that the finishes and the fixtures were dated and dark.

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We centered a freestanding tub underneath the window and accented it with floor-to-ceiling mosaic tile. This made it a striking focal point. The window was barely noticed before, but now it has become a beautiful architectural feature.

The gorgeous new shower is curbless and it has no door, which will help allow the couple to age in place. The new porcelain floor tile determined the room’s color palette. Because there was only the one small window in the room, Larry and Carmela wanted to keep the room light and bright. They started with the veins in the tile, plucking out a gorgeous shade of blue, which balanced the crisp white vanities.

Now they have his-and-her vanities on each side of the freestanding tub complete with tall linen closets. Speaking of linen closets, there was a linen closet with a bi-fold door in the hallway. Right next to it, on the other side of the wall, is hers walk-in closet. They wanted to close off the linen closet and open it up inside hers walk-in closet side…thus giving Carmela more storage in her closet.

This was such a fun project because Larry and Carmela wanted a look with some different and fun looks, even towards the trendy-looks side, which we do not do all that often. Most people are not brave enough or design-savvy enough to do this sort of thing and I know that they will love it for a long time. From the exuberant blue paint, to the fun mosaic tile, to the accessories that topped it off – it all came together wonderfully!

Before After

Here’s list of the details. I’d also like to recognize everyone that worked alongside me to help bring Larry’s and Carmela’s dream ensuite to life:

Project Management: Jeff Reed and Cindy Kohls-Brophy

Cabinets: Aspect Cabinetry

Door style and color: Oxford raised door panel; Ice Cap paint

Trim Carpentry: Tyler Mowatt and Ben Hanson

Cabinet Hardware: Richelieu transitional metal pulls and knobs

Paint: Sherwin Williams Liquid Blue SW6779

Countertops: Cambria Whitendale

Countertops fabrication & installation: Imex Stone Unlimited LLC

Plumbing fixtures: Maax Ariosa freestanding tub, Delta Lahara sink, tub faucet, and shower faucets

Plumbing showroom: Charlotte Plumbing

Tile: Paramount Empire 18×18 floor tile; Paramount Empire 9×18 Shower Wall; Paramount Empire 2×2 shower floor; Glazzio Oyster Cove Series-Mellow Waters mosaic tile

Flooring & tile installation: Pucci Tile & Marble

Decorative lighting: Willow flush mount

Light Store: The Local Lighting Shop

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The homeowners now have the ensuite of their dreams. I do think the finished look of this bathroom reflects the clients’ personalities and shows off their great sense of style.


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