This boring bathroom shared between sisters Hunter, 9, and Campbell, 8, was begging for a colorful update.
In Need of Repair
Designer Rebecca Hawkins couldn't wait to fix the obvious problems: a pastel tile; a low, stock vanity with cultured marble countertops; and ho-hum fixtures from the late ‘60s.
Including the girls, who loved consulting on fabric and wallpaper ideas, was a must.
Fun With Floral
The three mirrors hanging above the counter are an interesting departure from the one giant mirror covering that wall and were driven by Rebecca’s desire to show off the dramatic wallpaper along that wall. The fluted detail of the cabinets brings texture to the space. “All of the drawers close on their own so you never hear any slamming, and I never see drawers left open - and that makes me so happy,” says Janet.
Showered in Luxury
Since the girls no longer needed a bathtub, Rebecca designed a luxe, spa-inspired shower. Inexpensive ceramic tile lines the entire shower area and wraps up onto the ceiling to minimize the effects of steam and water. “Instead of the typical bricklayer’s pattern,” says Rebecca, “we turned it vertical, which emphasizes the height of the ceiling.” Penny round tiles on the floor add a classic note of elegance, enhanced by the white Carrera marble floor. A countertop of white Alabama marble, more affordable than slabs of Carrera, looks nearly identical and kept the bathroom on budget.
For the renovated bathroom, the girl's mom Janet wanted each girl to have her own area for getting ready. So Rebecca added a wall at the end of the vanity to conceal the toilet, giving her a wall to install a second medicine cabinet. Changing from a double sink to a single, placed at one end of the vanity, allows one girl to be brushing her teeth while the other braids her hair in the mirror at the other end of the counter.
To Grow With Them
“I can see the girls when they get older putting on their make-up and having enough space to talk with friends and really have a ball getting ready together, just as girls do,” says Janet
“Adding the wall gave me a spot to install medicine cabinets at each end of the vanity,” says Rebecca, “so that each girl can have a place for all her cosmetics.” As an added bonus, the mirrored cabinet doors can be angled to give the girls a view of their hair from behind.
The Osborne & Little wallpaper was a bit of a splurge, but makes a dramatic design statement. “It’s also sophisticated enough that as the girls grow up, they can change out the towels and other bath linens to emphasize a different color in the wallpaper design,” says Rebecca.