Kid’s Bath Reno

It is kind of funny how I found my latest client. She is a friend and colleague of the Cutie Casita client that I am finishing up with now (pics are coming soon!!!) She approached me in order to “just get my opinion” and see if she was “making any mistakes.” I told her, very gently, that the light fixture she picked was probably too elegant and glamorous for the bathroom she was remodeling for her boys. She protested and explained that she LOVED that light fixture. As an act of generosity and charity, I told her that choosing this light was going to be the single biggest mistake of her life and bring SHAME to her entire family!!!OK, not really. I made a couple of suggestions for alternatives, which snowballed into me taking over the whole entire design!

And thank God. After getting to know this client, I am sure that she would not be bothered by me saying this at all: the light fixture she was in love with was TERRIBLE! I am not against crystal or chrome as a general rule, but this thing was completely wrong for the space and not very attractive. I am so glad that these clients gave me their trust and allowed me to help push them from their comfort zone. As a bonus, I am having so much fun working with this couple, and I have really enjoyed getting to know them. The wife is hilarious. I watched her say with absolute certainty to her husband what she wanted for Christmas: “Lush Bath Bombs, Chocolate, and Scratch-Offs!” She is very direct, and keeps it real which keeps me laughing all of the time. I am really confident that the final result of our collaboration is going to be fresh, modern, and fun when it is all finished. Most importantly, it won’t be just a vanilla bland bath.

Hell No
My apologies, but I cannot find the link for where to buy this fixture. (kidding)

When she first approached me, she had already chosen a lot of her selections for the space. Her choices were definitely not bad, but the overall scheme just felt a little flat and too monochrome. There wasn’t any excitement or warmth to the selections. We decided to keep the vanity she started with since she had already ordered it (in white instead of grey) and it was neutral enough to carry in a million different directions, but we went back and revisited pretty much every single finish from there – starting with the aforementioned abomination light fixture.

Mood Board Before
The BEFORE Selections. Not bad overall, but everything is too similar in tone. I should also mention that the exact same tile in the upper left corner is used in the bathrooms at her work. Do you really want to be reminded about your work every time you are giving the kids a bath? No. You definitely do not. You already have enough problems!

In the end, we wound up adding more contrast in the fixtures and doing a mix of black and brass hardware. The black provides a nice masculine edge to the space while the brass will provide some warmth. Currently the space has been fully gutted, and we are finishing up the tile in the bath area. Everything should be completed early next year, and I cannot wait to show the final product. Everything is coming together and the final product is going to be SO GOOD you guys! Here is a sneak peek at some of our selections:

  1. Vanity (similar)
  2. Light fixture
  3. Faucet
  4. Cabinet Pull
  5. Wall Switch Plate
  6. Tile


I'm Allison McCowan, and I live in Florida with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Clover. I am inspired by music, art, books, design, and nature. This is a place for me to share my ideas, my vibe, and my observations.

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