The Bones, The Beauty and The Bling in a Bathroom Reno

2020 was the year of the reno for many people. People were stuck in their homes and wanting to enjoy every single square foot, and I was no exception! I tackled my master bathroom, wanting to create a hotel room feel in my space. Here are some tips on how to create the ultimate, serene bathroom where you can have a tranquil escape at the end of the day or start your day in pure luxury.

(This post is in partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond)Master Bathroom

The Bones

My top floor bathroom functions as the master bedroom ensuite and the household’s main bathroom. It was a great size; however, the space was not effectively used, and it was dreadfully dated! The room itself had challenges due to the shape plus two entrance doors and a large window.

 Wood in a bathroom

My biggest challenge was figuring out the door situation. With two doors opening into the space, it blocked a lot of the room for clearance, making that space unusable. First order of business was to swap out the existing doors for pocket doors, eliminating the need for any clearance space. I also moved the door openings closer to one another, so I had more wall space to work with.

 Bathroom makeup station mirror

I think by now most people know I love WHITE. For this space I started it off by using Super White PM-1, which I find to be the purist white from Benjamin Moore, to set the stage for my spa like reno.

 bath tub next to shower

The Beauty

There is nothing like an amazing tub in a bathroom to set the mood. I really wanted to have that European wet room look but due to the layout of the toilet and window, I had to create my own interpretation by having the tub and shower side by side instead of in front of each other. This meant I would have to make sure the bathroom, both walls and floor, were waterproof. I sourced the most beautiful freestanding tub, matt black sleek faucets and easy to install glass shower from Bath Depot; it was a one stop shop for all the bathroom must haves. I also love that they are a Canadian company as I love to support local. I really wanted to add a floating sink and faucet off to the side, which I was also able to find there. And you can not forget about the toilet, the main functionality in any bathroom, and an eyesore most days; however, I went with a thin, sleek profile that faded into the design and allowed everything else to stand out, a true unsung hero.

 slated wall

I LOVE wall detailing and the bathroom is NO exception. I used slatted wood pieces from Metrie to bring in a Scandinavian, one of kind look for the wow factor.

 bathroom vanity

When it comes to vanities, I prefer more counter space than sink space. With FOUR girls living in this space (me plus three little ones!) it is a perfect hair and makeup station. The space allowed me to add a long vanity, which gave me more working space and storage. I put two vanities together for a custom feel, creating both the look I wanted and fitting the space perfectly. I established separation of the zones by adding two mirrors instead of one, all from Bath Depot.

 bathroom sink

I have said this before and I will say it again…when it comes to countertops, forgo a DIY and turn to the professionals. I went with Chantilly from HanStone Quartz , a modern classic with feathery charcoal veins set against a crispy white background. Once the counters were chosen, I worked with Stone Edge who measured, templated, and installed this gorgeous countertop for the custom look I wanted to create, spanning both the vanities to create one long, seamless countertop and then adding a four-inch backsplash to match.

 large tiles in a bathroom marble

Tiles are a big part of a bathroom design concept and can truly set the mood. I knew I wanted something masculine with drama, yet elegant at the same time. M2 Tile & Stone had the perfect bold marble-inspired porcelain tile, the New Arabescato Series, that I used throughout. I went with the 24” x 48” large-format tile for the walls and used the 4” x 24” size to create a modern herringbone look on the floor and complete the dramatic yet serene effect.

 bathroom decor

The Bling

For the final touches, and to create the spa feel I was going for, I partnered with Bed Bath and Beyond to find everything I need to create my at-home spa bathroom. For lighting, the rule of thumb is to always put in dimmer switches. Ambiance is a must in any space; in this case, when taking that relaxing bath, the dimmed lights really help set the mood. I installed three of the globe sconces from Bed Bath and Beyond to be placed between the mirrors for ideal lighting when primping. I also found this STUNNING ceiling light to hang over the tub in the most perfect hues of black and gold – it is a showstopper in this space. I chose white blinds to further compliment the space. Finally, I outfitted the room with fluffy white towels that further create the spa look and feel.

jo alcorn bathroom design

All together, the elements in this space create a luxurious, spa feel without ever having to leave home. Which is perfect for these times we’re living in! Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go relax in my stunning new bathroom!



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  • I love the fin product !!! Quick question, is the wood wall sustainable? What about the moisture in the bathroom? Thanks for answering !

    Amy on
  • I can not believe the transformation, before and after …WOW, WOW, WOW.
    Outstanding design and incredible product.

    Florin Nstor on
  • Amazing makeover! Congrats on the design Jo!

    Michelle on

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