Jo Alcorn’s Master Bathroom Reveal

Two years ago when we purchased this home we knew ONE day we’d get to our master bathroom. It was dated and needed a good reno but we felt we could ‘live with it’ for a few years. Well, that one day finally came and we couldn’t be happier.

THE PLAN

When planning out our space, I looked at a few different configurations. Ultimately, I was thinking I’d put a shower at the far end of our bathroom, install a smaller vanity, scooch the toilet over and have a claw foot tub where the existing bath was. I think this would have made for a really functional space. That thought changed pretty quickly over a weekend when we bought a new house. Surprise…WE’RE MOVING AGAIN!! With that said, we wanted to keep this reno on a tight budget. Things would stay where they were so that we wouldn’t need to move any plumbing and we could get things started right away.

TILE

First off, I fell in love with these tiles from StoneImpressions. They were a quick ship option, I LOVED the pattern and they were unlike anything I had seen before. I started playing with the idea of using the Avery tile as a feature wall and didn’t look back. I reached out to Stone Impressions and was over the moon when they wanted to collaborate on our project. They shipped us the hand selected carrara marble tiles all the way from San Diego. When I opened up the package I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes. The pattern on each individual tile looked so hand crafted and luxurious. I swear, we’re going to miss them in our new home.

VANITY

Next up, the vanity. We went with the 60″ Ashburn Vanity from Foremost, available online at The Home Depot Canada. It was the perfect size for our space and the color is GORGEOUS! My favorite part? That it has feet. It really looks like a piece of furniture. We decided to add an additional sink and it’s so functional for us. Before, we had so much counter space that we really didn’t need. We ordered the vanity online and it was shipped to our door (countertop, sinks and all).

FAUCETS &
HARDWARE

When it came to our faucets I decided to go with matte black. I really love that the faucets don’t match the hardware on the vanity. The mixed metals work so well in our bathroom. This also allowed me to incorporate a polished nickel shower head and some polished nickel in our vanity light. We ordered towel racks and our toilet paper holder in the same matte black collection from Pfister. They’re stunning! The moments of black in the room really work so well with everything else we have going on. It’s exclusive to The Home Depot Canada and I couldn’t be more thrilled to recommend it. The water ribbons as it pours, the design can work with any bathroom aesthetic, it came with an easy to install push to seal drain, it has a lifetime warranty AND there are other finishes to choose from. Major win!

SANIFLO

When planning our bathroom reno, we thought we’d be able to incorporate Saniflo into our project. When they explained to me how it worked, I jumped on the opportunity for a collaboration. In the end, we didn’t end up moving any plumbing and didn’t need to use their system but I can assure you… we’ll be using it in our next home and I’ll be telling my friends about it. What is it exactly? Let me explain:

The Saniflo Sanicompact macerating toilet is the system that I’m referring to. Get this, if you’re looking to install a toilet in a trailer, a cottage, a basement or anywhere else that typically requires you to move plumbing, the Sanicompact allows you to quickly and easily add a new bathroom without any major construction! There is no need to break the concrete or move plumbing lines because the Sanicompact can tie into your existing lines. The best part about this system is the tankless design which makes it great for smaller spaces – and looks very modern, too. Sounds pretty great right? I thought so. 

Well, that’s a wrap. Thanks so much for checking out our Master Bathroom Reno. We love it! Stay tuned for future renos in our new house. I can’t wait to start planning. 

 SHOP MY
BATHROOM: 

Tiles: StoneImpressions | Faucet: The
Home Depot
 | Tub: The
Home Depot
 | Towel Bar: The
Home Depot
 | Hand Towel
Bar: The Home
Depot
 |
Toilet Paper Holder: The Home
Depot
 |
Vanity: The Home
Depot 
 | Turkish
Towels: House of Jude

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11 Bathroom Renovation Ideas to Freshen Up Your Bathroom

Are you contemplating freshening up your bathroom décor and design? There are many ways to go about this but knowing where to start is not always easy. Below we give you 11 bathroom renovation ideas that are guaranteed to give you the bathroom of your dreams.

1. CONTEMPORARY BATHROOM VANITIES FOR BOTH AESTHETIC AND FUNCTIONAL PURPOSES

You can install sleek bathroom vanities to give your bathroom not only a fresh new look but also to get more storage space.

You can include a vanity with a countertop or one without,depending on your requirements. The vanity is the focal point of the bathroom and you should, therefore, be creative. Quartz and marble are the most popular materials for vanity tops today.

If you want a contemporary look, go for a wall mounted unit as this gives you extra floor space. Stainless steel also gives you a contemporary look and feel.

If you want enough room for two, consider upgrading from a single sink to a double sink. For more space, use custom drawers. 

If your bathroom is small, consider a pedestal sink or a compact powder room vanity. Pedestal sinks give bathrooms an antique look and feel.

For example, Muti, Tidal Canada and Ron Bow offer wide variety of vanities in different designs and styles.

2. DRAMATIC BATHROOM ARCHITECTURE

If you want a complete overhaul of your bathroom (and you have some money to spare), you can go for dramatic bathroom architecture complete with handsome moldings, lofty ceilings, and deep arches.

3. SMART TILES FOR EASY INSTALLATION AND GREAT LOOK

You can install smart tiles which are self-adhesive and very easy to install. All you have to do is cut the tile, peel off the tape, and stick to the floor or wall.

Marble gives you a natural finish that complements any style from traditional to transitional to contemporary and is long-lasting. You can have marble in a variety of geometric shapes and patterns.

Maax offers great utile wall tiles that have the same deep texture, stylish patterns, and rich colors you expect from wall tiles.

4. WATER-EFFICIENT TOILETS FOR COST SAVINGS AND BIDET ATTACHMENTS FOR A CLEANER BATHROOM

Go for a water-efficient toilet that will help you reduce your utility costs. Porcelain perches come in different styles – pick what complements the rest of your bathroom décor.

Bidet attachments and handheld wands give you a cleaner,
healthier bathroom.

Acti-Clean self-cleaning toilet and innovative cartridge system from American Standard gives you a fresh, clean toilet. The system offers 2cleaning cycle options, one for a 10 minutes thorough clean and one for a 1minute regular clean.

Some of the top toilet manufacturers in North America are Duravit, Toto, Kohler, Produits Neptune, and American Standard.

5. FEATURE-PACKED SHOWER HEADS AND PANELS FOR A PREMIUM LUXURY EXPERIENCE

A good shower in the morning sets the right tone for the rest of your day. Go for a feature-packed shower head and panel to have the same experience you would have in a 5-star hotel. A good shower head gives a gentle stream that soothes you.

Today’s shower heads and panels come with such features as LED displays that change color as the temperature of the water changes and adjustable shower handles.

6. EYE-CATCHING BATHTUB WITH MORE SPACE

Go for an eye-catching bathtub without compromising on functionality. You can go for a soaking bathtub, a freestanding bathtub, or a whirlpool tub, whatever your preference is.

Today’s bathtubs are available in different styles from shabby chic to formal antique.

If there are seniors in your home, go for low height tubs for easy entry and exit. These can go as low as 16 inches.

Top bathtub manufacturers include Kohler, Maax, Zitta, Victoria & Albert, Oceania, Produits Neptune, Mirolin, Bain Ultra, and American Standard.

7. POLISHED FAUCETS FOR A SUBTLE FLOURISH

You can go for a waterfall faucet for natural beauty that will turn your bathroom into a spa. Bronze and chrome faucets are particularly breath-taking. Be consistent with the material you choose.

Moen, Grohe, Kohler, and Delta have a wide range of polished bathroom faucets that combine style, aesthetics, and exceptional performance.

Other top manufacturers of faucets are American Standards, AquaDesign, Blanco, Brizo, Franke, Hansgrohe, Kindred, Maier, Biobel, and Rubinet.

8. SIMPLE, MINIMALISTIC SINKS FOR UNDERSTATED SOPHISTICATION

Consider installing under-mount sinks for a sleek, modern, and contemporary look. The understated sophistication you get with this “less is more” approach lets the sink take the spotlight.

Under-mount sinks below the countertop offer an innovative design that will send a statement in the bathroom space.

Pedestal bathroom sinks save you much-needed floor space and are easy to install. They can give your bathroom a traditional look or a contemporary one, depending on how they are implemented.

You could also go for a wall-mounted sink that does not require a vanity base or a countertop. This is particularly ideal for a small bathroom as it gives your bathroom a more spacious look and feel.

Top sink manufacturers include Franke, American Standard, Blanco, Cantrio Koncepts, Duvavit, Victoria & Albert, Kindred, and Kohler.

9. LARGE MIRRORS FOR AN ILLUSION OF EXTRA ROOM

When picking your mirrors, consider large or oversized mirrors for an illusion of extra room and more light to brighten the bathroom. Large mirrors also have a functional benefit in shared spaces as they make mornings easier.

Mirrors come in different designs and have different functions ranging from LED mirrors to adjustable makeup mirror.

10. DISTINCTIVE ACCESSORIES AND HARDWARE TO COMPLEMENT THE BATHROOM DÉCOR

The accessories and hardware you pick should complement the rest of the bathroom décor. The materials, finishing, and forms should match the other fixtures in the bathroom, otherwise, they will feel out of place.

11. ILLUMINATING LIGHT FIXTURES TO SPOTLIGHT YOUR UNIQUE BATHROOM DÉCOR

The right vanity lighting will make your unique bathroom design even more spectacular. Light fixtures, just like other bathroom accents like faucets, tell a story about your bathroom.

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5 Essential Bathroom Accessories

Creating a spa-like experience in your bathroom is a great choice considering how much time you spend in there. Here are 5 essential accessories to make the most of your bathroom design!

Heated Towel Rack

Stepping out of the shower and wrapping yourself in a warm towel is a wonderful feeling. A heated towel rack is a great way to keep towels warm and ready to use. They also help keep towels dry which helps avoid that moist, mildewy smell that can develop on towels left hanging after use.

LED Lite Mirror

A mirror with built in LED lighting provides a fantastic secondary light source and offers even lighting for a variety of tasks. Choose a mirror with a dimmable light option for added flexibility.

Rainfall Showerhead

A rainfall showerhead is a modern, luxurious alternative to a standard showerhead, offering a gentler, more even distribution of water for a spa-like experience.

Robe Hooks

Keep your robe off the floor with a robe hook or two. These also double as additional towel hanging space when needed.

Linen Cabinets

A linen cabinet is a beautiful addition to a bathroom and adds valuable storage space, especially for bathrooms without a built in linen closet.

All products shown available from Modern Bathrooms.

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