I recently shared a picture on instagram of one of my favourite rooms in my house – my en-suite shower room. It was definitely a hit with you all too! Thank you for all the love. Theres quite a bit of information so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!
Judging by the interest, I thought that some of you may be interested in hearing where we sourced everything for that design and what our inspiration was.
First a little background on the room and what it was used to before it was renovated. I have lived in my house for 17 years with my husband and children and as you can imagine over the years, styles change and evolve, priorities change and evolve and now that my children aren’t little anymore and some are in fact taller than me and are entering adulthood, interiors and design has become a passion. In fact my love for interiors and the shop is very much linked and definitely influences me in both what I buy for the shop and what I like for my home.
The house dates back to 1890 so late Edwardian and has high ceilings which is a big advantage when working with a small room such as a shower/bathroom.
Inspiration came initially from Pinterest. When I look back at my boards, it’s interesting to see what I was drawn to and what the end product was.
Here are some of my inspirations. You can see more over on the Pinterest Board
As I mentioned, the room was small and was in fact a box bedroom but couldn’t really fit a bed because of a curve in the wall. In its life, that room was an office/playroom (really just a place to store toys that weren’t played with), a laundry room and then ultimately a store room for everything we didn’t want but for some reason kept hold of ‘just in case’. In other words, a dump. It was the room I used to avoid and always kept closed because I really disliked it and knew it was down to us to fix but could never bring ourselves to do it, with all the demands of life and kids. We knew it would take a lot of effort.
As the children grew older, we started to come to terms with the idea of renovating that room. Our initial idea was to make it into a separate dressing room but we knew at that back of our minds, this would also eventually become a place to have permission to keep lots of clothes – too many clothes and it would inevitably become a mess again.
Our main family bathroom is quite small and not proportionate for the amount of people living in our house, so we decided an en-suite would be the best idea. We also knew that if we ever wanted to sell our house, an en-suite is one of the most desired must haves on buyers wish lists so would make the house more sellable.
After committing to this idea, we already had a firm idea of the style we wanted – we knew we wanted patterned tiles on the floor and we knew we wanted a black framed shower screen.
We got to work to find the right team of builders and set a date. Because the main bathroom is at the back of the house and the box room was at the front of the house, all the floor boards needed to come up so we could get plumbing into what would be the new shower room. We knew we needed builders who wouldn’t be negative and give us lots of excuses and problems. In other words, we needed a team of builders who had a ‘can do’ attitude. Builders can sometimes have a reputation (fairly or unfairly) that they finish early, drink lots of tea and do lots of sighing when pointing out problems. Don’t get me wrong, I knew there would be unexpected surprises along the way and big decisions to make but this work would be smack bang in the middle of our home and would affect everyone as the floor would be pulled up, work would start from 7am every morning and our main bathroom would be out of bounds some times.
Here are some pictures during the build. They are from my phone so not the best quality but at least you get an idea.
Once the plumbing had been installed, the wall between our bedroom and the box room had to be knocked through. As you can imagine, this was one of the messiest and stressful moments. Dust was everywhere! And I mean everywhere! It travelled up to the second floor, down to the ground floor and into each and every room in the house.
Once this was done, we got an idea of how the space would look and could finally see that it was going to look great.
The tiles we used were from Topps Tiles I’m not sure the same tiles are still available but the link takes you to similar styles. I wanted a seamless floor throughout the room – so no shower tray. This was a little challenging for the builders as it had to have a gradual slope for drainage. Lots of tiles were broken in the quest to get that gradual slope but the builders were troopers and I think the final look was so worth it.
We decided to have a dark sink unit and had a purpose built shelves built above the toilet, which was painted in the same colour. Here’s the link for the sink unit. The paint colour for the shelving unit, wasn’t a complete match to the sink unit, although you’d never notice. It was mixed by our local decorating shop and was matched to the Farrow and Ball – Railings no 31. Because Farrow and Ball is water based, our builders felt it wasn’t hardy enough for a shower room so went with a more durable paint type. I’m not sure how much truth there is in that as we have used Farrow and Ball in our house for so many years and it has always lasted however it was the one thing they insisted on and as the builders had been so understanding about my more particular requests, I was happy to back down on that one. This paint carried on through to the bathroom walls and we ended up loving it so much, we carried it onto our bedroom walls! (Future post maybe)
Our sink, taps, shower and toilet also came from the same company
The shower screen style was the one thing we were always absolutely certain on and at the time of sourcing (2017) it was quite difficult to find a crittall or crittall style door that didn’t cost the earth and was based in the UK! Luckily we discovered Drench and they were able to fulfil our order and because we had a few weeks to wait for it, it was the last thing to be fitted They are after all very popular these days!
Anyway, here is the final look and what was shared earlier on this week. Told you there was a lot of information and probably a little longer than you were expecting. Hope I didn’t bore you!
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