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Tips for Installing Marble Floors

Tips for Installing Marble Floors

CARRARA MARBLE TILE

Carrara marble is timeless and elegant. When I was making selections for our bathroom renovation, I knew I wanted to incorporate marble into the space. I’ve used it on my fireplace and I have plans to use it in our kitchen renovation too. It is one of the ways I am unifying the rooms in our home. Marble is beautiful, but it also requires maintenance and a little expertise on how to install it properly. Today, we are going to share some tips we’ve learned from our friends at The Tile Shop.

We are collaborating with The Tile Shop on several projects for our home remodel. We’ve visited their showroom here, have taken their tiling classes here, and you can see our first project, our marble fireplace makeover here.

Today is all about the new marble floors in our bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Before & After | Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

BEFORE YOU BEGIN | CHECK YOUR SUBFLOOR

Once we ripped out the old tile in our bathroom, we noticed a few things going on with the subfloor. A great takeaway from the tiling class was that prep is key to ensure a proper installation. 

Our subfloor in this room is poured concrete, but there was an area that used to be a closet that was just thin plywood. It wasn’t thick enough to handle marble tile and wasn’t level with the rest of the floor. It is so important to have a level surface and thick enough subfloor when installing marble. If you don’t, you will have uneven tile and it will crack. After talking with the experts on the best way to handle this issue, we used a self leveler to thicken the closet area and level the subfloor.

The self leveler does just as its namesake states. We mixed it in a bucket using a mixer drill attachment. It is pretty easy to apply. You just pour the self leveler over the surface. It spreads on its own. We did help it into the corners on our first pour, but it really does most of the work. It levels out as it sets.

Tips on Installing Marble Floors

It was also recommended that we install concrete board  after the self leveler. This ensured proper thickness of our subfloor. Concrete board is mold resistant and perfect for high moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Using a hammer drill and concrete board screws we installed our cut boards.

Tips on installing marble floors

Subfloor issues solved! Now we can tile…

TIME TO TILE

Tips on Installing Marble Floors

For our floors, I selected the Hampton Carrara Polished 8 x 19.5 inch tiles. These tiles have gorgeous veining and variations. My tip is to lay out the tiles before installation. This way you can create the exact look you want. I have “feature tiles”. Those are the ones I knew I wanted be seen the most, so I made sure they had top placement.

Tips for installing marble floors

*all products from The Tile Shop

2 large pails

sponges

wet saw

3/16 PRO series v-notch trowel

Economy ultra light float

Pro Bond thinset

Pro Grout Sanded

Pro Caulk and caulk gun

Marble Sealer Kit

Spacers are recommended

*products available online at The Tile Shop

TILE STEPS

ONE | Cut & Tile

wet saw, tile, spacers, thinset, trowel, float, sponge

Using your wet saw, cut the first 2-3 rows of you tile.Mix just what you need for the thinset. It should be the consistency of peanut butter. Getting the first rows level and straight are so important and this step will take longer than laying the rest of the tile. Using your trowel, apply thinset to floor. Place tile and use spacers to keep it even. Press down to level with the float. Keep a wet sponge handy incase you get thinset on the tile or the surrounding area.  Wait 24 hours before grouting.

TWO | Grout

Grout, float, sponges, buckets,caulk

Remove your spacers. Mix your grout and apply grout with the float. Make sure to get all the spaces evenly. Go over grout lines with a wet sponge. Keep a bucket of water handy and change it out as needed. We changed ours quite often. Let grout set for 24-48 hours before sealing. Note that you also want to caulk around things like your tub and toilet. Do not grout around these.

THREE | Seal

Marble sealer kit

Sealing your marble is so important. Sealing it prevents discoloration and scratching. It makes for easy clean-up. Since marble is porous this is a must do. The marble sealer kit from The Tile Shop comes with everything you need. We just followed the instructions that came with our kit. You will want to seal your marble once a year to ensure its beauty.

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The Carrara marble tile has added so much richness and beauty to our bathroom. We are, as I type this, working on Phase Two of our Bathroom Makeover in which we have gutted and are getting ready to tile our shower and tub. I have selected a gorgeous Carrara hexagon tile that is going to mix beautifully with the rest of the room. You can see our Phase Two Shower Makeover plans here.

If you have The Tile Shop in your area or close by, it is a fabulous place to visit if you are sourcing tile or thinking about taking on a tiling project of your own. Their selection blew me away! It is seriously tile heaven. We had so much fun browsing their showroom. They have so many rooms to get ideas from and can answer any questions you have.

I’d also recommend taking the tiling class. The class is free and hands on. You do every step in the tiling process and the tile expert can answer specifics for your particular project. Such a wealth of knowledge! We learned so much in that class.

What we have learned with each tile project we have tackled, is that each one is different. Each tile project comes with its own set of obstacles.  Especially with a remodel, you run into unexpected’s and things you feel not quite sure how to handle. That is where The Tile Shop has been such an asset to us. During the prep and tiling process, if we had a question, The Tile Shop experts were just a phone call away and always made time to answer and help with our projects. I can’t sing their praises enough!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The Tile Shop. The Tile Shop supplied the tile, products, and tools featured in this project. I only share brands and products I love. All opinions and photography is 100% mine.

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Bathroom Phase Two Plans and the Before

Today, we are sharing our Bathroom Phase Two Plans and the before shots of our current shower situation. It’s a situation, trust me!

Bathroom Shower Plans

I am so happy with how our bathroom makeover turned out!!  We took an outdated and storage-lacking space and turned it into a glam and über-organized retreat. (You can see the full bathroom makeover reveal here if you need to catch up.)

An Illinois home full of style and surprises of color via Bliss at Home Bathroom Makeover Phase One Reveal

It is more than I had originally dreamed up for the space.  Due to budgetary constraints with an unexpectedly large plumbing bill we didn’t see coming, we had to wait on tackling our ugly shower situation. PTL for shower curtains! That’s all I got to say!  Now, we are full steam ahead again! Woohoo!

Are you ready to see the current state of our shower? It’s not pretty. It falls into the FUGLY category right above JANKY and just under TURN AWAY!!!

Let’s pull back that curtain!

Bathroom Shower Before

Pretty, right? Okay, so the only thing this shower stall has going for it is that it is clean. We have quite a few issues going on here.

ISSUE #1 | THE SEAFOAM TUB

Back in 1954, the year this home was built, this color was all the rage. If I wanted to do a retro bath I might toy with the idea of keeping it, but it does not work with the new design.

Bathroom Shower Before

The good news is I like to preserve and reuse what can be salvaged. I like to give a nod to the era of the home when I makeover spaces. Since this tub is good quality– it’s staying. It is cast iron, I like the lines, and it doesn’t have a nick or scratch on it which is a real testament to Kohler and how well it is made. It is getting a makeover and new enamel. Bright white will give it a whole new life.

ISSUE #2 | THAT TILE

The ceramic tile has got to go! It is very 1990’s.

Bathroom Shower Before

Not only is the tile outdated, but it stops before you reach the ceiling. Over time, the paint started peeling. We are ripping it all out. The tile, the walls. New green board will go up and we have selected a gorgeous Carrara marble hexagon tile that will go all the way up to the ceiling. HEX YES!! We are also putting in a higher quality exhaust fan that has some pretty awesome bells and whistles.

ISSUE #3 | WHERE DO YOU PUT THE SOAP?

This shower stall lacks built-in storage for shampoo, soaps, etc. It’s a bit annoying to balance everything on the corners of the tub.

Bathroom Shower Before

Our new design will have a built-in soap dish and marble shelves to hold bottles.

ISSUE #4 | BAD SHOWER FIXTURES

The shower head is just gross. Rusty, old.

Bathroom Shower Before

I am so excited to install the new shower fixtures!!  Having to de-rust the shower head every week is just enough to make me lose it. Let’s just say the new fixture is gonna rock! Wink, wink!

Those are the 4 major issues going on here. I have some extras I am going to add in that are *awesome*, but the bones will blend seamlessly with the new look of the bathroom. More marble goodness to come!!!

Here’s a glimpse at the plans for this shower makeover:

Bathroom Makeover Plans Phase Two | The Shower/Tub

This will be a fun one because a lot of times we aren’t able to change the footprint of our bathrooms. By using the existing layout and tub basin, I am going to show you how you can transform your regular shower/bath combo into an attractive and spa-like oasis.

I will be unifying the shower to the rest of the bathroom using Carrara marble tile. The tub will get a facelift to match the vessel sinks. As much as I wanted to get the Purist gold shower fixtures, it wasn’t in the cards. So, I will be using a Kohler shower head that is still going to make our shower rock in more ways than one. A luxe shower curtain rod will tie into the awesome vintage lucite towel bar we installed. A couple smart DIY projects will also take this to the next level.

We are having family demo day this Friday and we will be working through the weekend to get this Phase Two transformation underway. I can’t wait to show you the progress!

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April Month in Review and May Projects Announced

I just want to thank you again for your emails, condolences, and prayers for our family. Taking last week off was not in the plan. My family and I so appreciate your kind words and thoughtfulness.

As you can see, I am back ready to share more of our home remodel and projects. A LOT has been going on that ties into Bliss at Home these past weeks, but I cannot spill the beans on any of it. I will be trying to find a new balance so bear with me.  It’s all fun, exciting stuff so it doesn’t make me feel stressed, but energized.

It just seems fitting to do an April recap, since I’ve been away too. What did I do last month??? Just kidding, sort of… Here’s our April Month in Review.

April Month in Review and May Projects Announced

DIY PROJECTS

April really was all about the bathroom remodel around here. All of our DIY prowess went into finishing that, which didn’t leave much spare time for other projects. I got to fit in a few fun extras, but getting Phase One of that bathroom finished deserved a celebration! It was so exciting to share our new bathroom before and after with you.

Kohler custom vanity | Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home BATHROOM BEFORE & AFTER REVEAL

DESIGN

With April being bathroom month, I shared my designer insights on ways to add high-end style to your bathroom in a two-part series.

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style via Bliss at Home 10 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE

PART ONE

PART TWO

SHOP THE LOOK

I took a little detour to share our new sofa and collaboration with Scout & Nimble. A lot of you know my tastes well and guessed right!

An Illinois home full of color: living room designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home BIZ WE LOVE  |  OUR NEW SOFA WITH SCOUT & NIMBLE

We collaborated with Kohler on our bathroom remodel and I shared our Kohler Tailored Vanity and coordinating fixtures with you. Such amazing custom storage and quality design!

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home OUR KOHLER TAILORED VANITY AND FIXTURES

GET INSPIRED

I love to change things up in the spring. It’s a time of refreshment and reintroducing color. As part of the spring Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, I shared our spring home and how I use color in our different spaces.

color play for spring via Bliss at Home A DOSE OF COLOR  |  SPRING HOME TOUR 2015

 COMING UP THIS MONTH…

BATHROOM RENO PHASE TWO:  OPERATION PRETTY MARBLE SHOWER

There is one thing we all agree upon around here, and that is our shower is UGGGG-GLY! Phase Two of our bathroom reno starts this weekend. Operation Pretty Marble Shower has the boys pretty excited to demo. We’ve selected Eye of the Tiger as the theme song, and we have even considered making a funny home video complete with smoke and costumes to commemorate this much-anticipated demo.

BATHROOM DIY TRICKS and THE BIONIC POTTY

Since I had an unexpected week off, I have a bit more to share from our bathroom makeover. Get ready for some DIY tutorial goodness with our custom wall treatment, problem-solving subfloor and tiling tips, and my boys’ favorite addition to our bathroom, the toilet.

LET’S IKEA HACK

I never tire of an Ikea hack, do you? I say keep them coming blogland! I will be taking part in a sponsored Ikea Hack competition with 8 other bloggers. Details coming soon and our projects will be revealed before the end of the month. I’m busy nailing down my design.

WE MUST BE CRAY

So, Dave and I were talking and trying to decide on our next project around here. June is open for us to work on another space. We thought maybe you lovely readers could pick for us? We have so many spaces left to remodel, but we narrowed down the list to the next 3 we are considering.

 

Thanks so much for helping us decide. Sometimes my mind jumps from one space to the next, and I am a girl who has learnt just to stick to one project at a time when it comes to our home remodel.

 

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The Unexpecteds

roses in the sink

I apologize friends. I’ve been MIA. There have been a lot of new developments over the past couple weeks that have been taking most of my free time. Dave’s been back and forth traveling and it’s been hard to balance it all. Then, Saturday morning my Grandma passed away. So, this week will be spent with family and attending services.

I don’t see myself being able to get back into the swing of things until next week. Thanks so much for your patience as I transition through a few things going on here. I will get back to each and every one of your comments and emails soon. Just a couple new things I’m working on that are taking me away a bit, but I promise to not keep away too long.

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10 Tips to Give Your Bathroom High End Style | Part Two

10 tips to give your bathroom high-end style |  Part Two

Happy Friday friends! Today, we are sharing Part Two of our series 10 Tips to Give Your Bathroom High End Style. Next week, I’ll be sharing more about our bathroom DIY projects and you can expect a few more bathroom features in the weeks to come.

You can see Part One of this series here to get the first 5 tips. I expounded a bit on each tip,  so I felt it best to split this into two posts.

Part One includes:

ONE  |  IT BEGINS WITH DESIGN

TWO  |  USE UNEXPECTED VESSELS FOR STORING ITEMS

THREE  |  ADD IN LIFE

FOUR  |  ADD IN FURNITURE

FIVE  |  MAKE IT PERSONAL

10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE • PART TWO

 

SIX  |  ADD IN UNEXPECTED TOUCHES

10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE | PART TWO

Dorothy was my kind of lady! High-end spaces always have the unexpected. Whether it be a surprising color choice or an interesting piece of decor or art. It takes your space into another realm and can get some interesting reactions.

For our bathroom, I guess it was toilet kitty…

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style | part two

This one is so funny to me. Our cat toilet brush and holder caused quite the stir! Some people absolutely loved it and had to have it, and then others said, “Oh, gosh! I hope you didn’t buy that!” Oh, heck yes, I did! To me, toilet kitty was the most glam toilet brush and holder I had ever seen. Plus, I had a feeling some would love it and some would hate it. To me, it was sculptural and interesting…and useful. Apparently, also controversial!

SEVEN  |  MIX IN VINTAGE ITEMS

10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE | PART TWO

I’m a collector by nature. I’ve collected all kinds of things from a young age just because I liked them. A high-end space always has great decor that seems original. This is where my love of hunting for treasures comes in. I frequent thrift shops, flea markets, and antique marts to find those older items that I love. You can source things online too, but I usually find the best things when I spend a little time out and about…and it’s really for fun…so, there’s that!

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style | part two

Our bathroom design is full of little treasures. A brass wall hook that is extremely old I got at an estate sale for $5. I cleaned it a bit, but left some of the patina as-is.  Thrifted bamboo frames, our brass and marble accent table, the Greek key bowl (a fab gift), the brass candle holder and the lucite Art Deco style towel bar all came from treasure hunts. Those vintage and antique items add uniqueness that is next to none. Every space I touch always has something from the past.

EIGHT  |  INCORPORATE SPA TOUCHES

10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE | PART TWO

High-end bathrooms exude luxury. The best way to achieve this is to incorporate spa-like touches. Artisan soaps and grooming products, plush towels, and terry cloth robes add to the luxury. Having a soothing design as your foundation with natural materials also creates this spa-like oasis.

An Illinois home full of style and surprises of color via Bliss at Home

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

NINE  |  HAVE INTERESTING ARTWORK

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I love art. It can be a statement that takes on a life of its own. Bathrooms are actually a great place to showcase art. Art sets a mood, can spark an emotion, and adds style. Art says what to feel in a room.

10 tips to give your bathroom high-end style | part two

Our bathroom was inspired by Chanel and I wanted to embrace that Art Deco era. I also wanted a whimsical, fun take on it. Black and white photographs were my art of choice. I framed iconic photographs from that era that had an off-beat feel. It really does make the space to me.

Bathroom styling by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

My art tip for the day:  Frame pages from books. I had a couple great books on hand that had some fab photographs, so I just used an Exacto knife and carefully took the pages I wanted to use. Coffee table books usually have at least 8×10 sized photographs.

TEN  |  IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

I really don’t think you can be a designer and not over think the details. Great rooms always have great attention to detail. High-end bathrooms have a smart use of the space, no matter the size. They have thought of every use and every need. They provide smart storage and eye-catching displays of everyday things.

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style | part two

Even the way you fold a towel is designed to look good and increase space. I love to roll my larger towels. I can fit more into a cupboard and I love the look. Also, you can stack items on top of folded towels.

PART ONE OF THIS SERIES:

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style via Bliss at Home

10 Tips to Give Your Bathroom High End Style | Part One

OTHER POSTS ON OUR BATHROOM MAKEOVER:

Bathroom Before & After | Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

Bathroom Makeover Reveal | Before & After

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

Our Kohler Tailored Vanity and Bathroom Fixtures

I wish you all a fab weekend! The weather is supposed to be lovely here so I am excited to get some yard work done and visit a few of my favorite places to hunt for treasure.

Cheers!!

 

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Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Today, I’m sharing the deets on our new sofa and an awesome business that is helping consumers furnish their homes one designer room at a time.

THE BIZ

Scout & Nimble

Scout & Nimble is the brainchild of my dear friend Jesse Bodine. Jesse and I first met at the very beginning of this blog. We started our blogs around the same time and I quickly discovered how much I loved her style and laid-back nature. She is one of the first bloggers I felt a real connection with and we shared a love for raising our little boys and good design. Genuinely an all-around great girl and an amazing friend.

When Jesse shared what she was going to do with Scout & Nimble, I thought– Wow! How freaking amazing is that going to be! To see her vision come to life is so very cool.

Scout & Nimble’s mission is simple. They want everyone to have access to design. S&N is a site that features shoppable rooms carefully curated by designers and stylists. They feature only quality furniture pieces and accessories. You can purchase the designed room looks right off the site and not have to worry about hunting all the pieces down on your own. You can buy piece by piece too. It’s such a fabulous thing for designers and consumers alike! They also offer free shipping on a lot of their items– especially on a lot of their larger offerings (like sofas!), which is a huge savings!

OUR NEW SOFA

When it came time to shop for a new sofa for our living room, I checked S&N first, since I knew they carried only the best quality items.  I knew I could find things on their site that I can’t find at my local furniture stores or other online furniture sites. Purchasing a sofa was a pretty big deal; at least it was for me. I wanted style that would transition with my ever-changing whims and comfort was key. We spend a lot of time in our living room– a lot. It needed to be comfy! I also wanted a good quality piece because I didn’t want to have to replace it again in 5 years.

I instantly gravitated toward the Murnan Sofa. Swoon! It checked off the little boxes in my design loving head. HELLO! Sofa of my dreams! It has completely transformed the look of our living room and I couldn’t be happier with the design and quality. Scout & Nimble also has white glove delivery which is so great.  It came to my door unpackaged and carefully placed by professionals.

Here’s how our new sofa has added style and transformed the entire look of our living room.

Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love |  Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love | Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love |  Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

Biz We Love | Our New Sofa with Scout & Nimble

The Murnan Sofa has just been discontinued!! Le sigh. But, if you love this sofa never fear! Scout & Nimble has a very similar sofa just in called the Anderson Sofa.

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               sofa                      banana leaf pillow        brass crane         ribbon pillow          moroccan shag

ANNOUNCEMENT TIME

I am excited to announce that I will be joining Scout & Nimble as a room designer. I’ll keep you updated and let you know when my designer rooms are ready to shop. I am beyond excited to partner with Scout & Nimble and bring you B@H styled looks that you can bring into your home.

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You can visit Scout & Nimble now to see what all the hype is about.  You’ll thank me later. Also, be sure to sign up for an account  and save 10% off your first order.

I’ll let you know when my rooms are ready for you to shop on their site. You can also browse Scout & Nimble to see their entire selection of furniture, rugs, lighting, and decor.

This sponsored post is in collaboration with Scout & Nimble. I am so thrilled to be sharing this company with you today! All opinions and photography are my own.

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A Dose of Spring Color

BLOGGER STYLIN’ HOME TOURS  |  SPRING EDITION

Let’s talk spring color today, how ’bout it?!

In honor of it being the spring edition of Blogger Styling Home Tours, I thought we could chat on ways to bring spring color into your home.

If you are coming here for the first time from The White Buffalo Styling Co. WELCOME!! (You can read more about me and this blog here.)

Oh, and hey! You’ve shown up on a good day because my fur baby, Zoey, has been practicing her ‘blue steel’ all week for this moment!

Here’s some zhushing I’ve done recently to our living room and Zoey looking fierce as ever…

An Illinois home full of color: living room designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

spring-color

By the way, isn’t that the best puppy blue steel, ever?! Now let’s talk spring color!

Whether it’s a little color or a lot, it says spring to me. Our living room got a new edition recently, which I will be sharing more about later this week. This, of course, had a domino effect and things got moved, switched out, and I added in some new goodies. You know how it goes. Let’s have the pictures do the talking and I’ll stop blabbing! Enjoy!

COLOR IN OUR LIVING ROOM

An Illinois home full of great style and color via Bliss at Home

An Illinois family home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

color play for spring via Bliss at Home

An Illinois home full of color and style via Bliss at Home. An Illinois home full of color and style via Bliss at Home. Design and styling by Kristin Cadwallader

 

COLOR IN THE BEDROOM

An Illinois home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

An Illinois home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

An Illinois home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

See more of the bedroom here

COLOR IN THE BATHROOM

Bathroom makeover and styling by Kristin Cadwallader Bliss at Home

use of subtle color

An Illinois home full of style and surprises of color via Bliss at Home

See the more of the bathroom here

COLOR IN THE KIDS ROOMS

An Illinois family home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

Use of loud color in decor.

An Illinois family home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

An Illinois family home full of color and style via Bliss at Home

See more of the kid bedrooms here

I love using color different ways in our home. Our living room just feels more spring-like now with some bright and bold decor added in. Thanks so much for visiting and happy spring!!

Be sure to visit The Makerista next to continue the Blogger Style Home Tours blog hop!

BSHT line-up for Monday, April 13th:

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

<< Bliss at Home • That’s me! >>

The Makerista

The Chronicles of Home

Craftberry Bush

Tuesday, April 14th:

A Place of My Taste

Burlap and Lace

Restless Arrow

Iron and Twine

Wednesday, April 15th:

The Nester

Simple Stylings Blog

Cuckoo 4 Design

Avery Street Design

SG Style

Thursday, April 16th:

Sarah M. Dorsey

My Fabuless Life

House Seven

Dwellings by Devore

Friday, April 17th:

Inspired by Charm

Dream Green DIY

Primitive & Proper

Dimples & Tangles

Claire Brody

The Blissful Bee

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10 Tips to Give Your Bathroom High End Style

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style  via Bliss at Home AESTHETICALLY MINDED

I am a big believer that your surroundings can enhance how you live and boost your mood.  I’ve experienced it first hand in my own home. I think every room in your home should reflect your own unique style and feel personal.  No matter what your budget, there are plenty of things you can do to accomplish this. This week, I shared the reveal of our bathroom makeover and this is a great example. Thank you for all your sweet comments on the blog and social. You sure do know how to make a girl blush!

Utilitarian spaces like bathrooms and kitchens are bred out of necessity, but often times get overlooked in the details. When you think about how often you use these spaces in your day-to-day, why not give them some personality and a dose of major style?

I am a sucker for a high-end space. The finishes, the fixtures, the decor. I like nice things, but I often search for items at thrift stores, flea markets, and online sites to score these objects for much less.

I got thinking…

A lot of the things I do to design a space come naturally to me, but then I thought…Hey! What if my readers don’t think like I do? Maybe they can benefit and apply some of these ideas into their own spaces.

So, are you game for some tips and tricks to create a cohesive look, get great storage, and some decorating ideas to really make your bathroom a jaw-dropper?! Oh, and I broke this up into a two-part series, because I guess I have a lot to say on the matter.

10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE  • PART ONE

 

ONE |  IT BEGINS WITH THE DESIGN.

10 tips to give your bathroom a high end look

One of the biggest tips I tell people who want a high-end look is to get inspired by SOMETHING and to JUST BE YOU.  Don’t follow trends just for the sake of being trendy. Chose what you love and it will always be in style.

I usually start with one thing. Either a piece of decor, something I saw while out and about, or an everyday object. For our bathroom, it was the classic look of a Chanel No. 5 bottle.

10 tips to give your bathroom high end style Yes, I designed a room around the bottle. The simplicity of black and white lettering, the gold color of the perfume and wrapping, and the crystal of the bottle were the foundation for our bathroom design. This decided our base colors of black and white with touches of gold and clear accents.

Also, it is really important to keep in mind the flow of your house. I wanted this room to compliment the other spaces we have finished, so the Chanel bottle inspiration was the perfect jumping off point. I added in unifying pieces like the Carrara marble and modern gold fixtures to give it a cohesive look and flow to rest of the house. High-end style always works in natural materials. Selecting hard surfaces like natural stone, will add richness to your design. Even if you can only afford to use them sparingly.

Get your design selections down in the beginning. High-end spaces always have a solid foundation.

TWO | USE UNEXPECTED VESSELS FOR STORING ITEMS.

10 tips to give your bathroom a high end look

High-end bathrooms are unique, out of the ordinary. As it comes time to accessorize your bathroom, storage is such a big part of that. A lot of times, the beauty of storage gets overlooked; it’s an afterthought. The regular response is to purchase those plastic bins and call it a day. I look at storage needs as an opportunity to add in beautiful objects that will only enhance your space and still meet your needs. Having a collection of beautiful bowls, trays, and bins gives your space high-end appeal.

10 tips to give your bathroom a high end look

A marble canister can hold travel size toiletries and a mortar and pestle can hold Q-tips. See objects in new ways and have fun!  Use china plates to hold soap. Select unique trays to corral items on top of counters and toilets. Glass canisters in cabinets and on shelves can hold your soaps, bath salts, and sea sponges. Thrift stores and places like Ebay and Craigslist are great places to find these quality treasures and you don’t have to spend that much. I suggest pulling items from around your house first, before you go out and buy. Keep in mind to include colors that work with your design and pull plenty of various sizes. With the exception of just two items, all the above came from a house hunt.

THREE | ADD IN LIFE.

10 tips to give your bathroom a high end look

Oh, I’m giggling. I love that movie and I love that quote! One of the easiest things you can do to achieve high-end style is add in some life. I love flowers, but you may not want to spring for new blooms every week. Potted plants are great too. Every great interior has a form of life. A touch of nature is always a good idea.

Bathroom Makeover with Gold Faucets designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

FOUR | ADD IN FURNITURE.

10 tips to give your bathroom a high end look

Along the same lines as using beautiful objects for storage, you can add furniture into your bathroom. This will give your space a high-end, collected vibe. Often times, people purchase the main pieces like a sink vanity, toilet, and tub and call it a day. Adding a piece of furniture can offer function and style to your bathroom. Some people are really hesitant to do this if they have a small bathroom or a very humid space. Options like garden stools are great and useful in bathrooms and can take the moisture. If your space is big enough you can get away with a wooden chest or cupboard.

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In our bathroom, I opted to use that little brass and marble table. It doubles as a stand to use next to the bathtub. Also, it is a beautiful accent that just adds to the collected feel of the room.

FIVE | USE SENTIMENTAL OBJECTS.

10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM A HIGHEND LOOK

Great rooms always have meaning to the ones that live in them. A good designer always designs for the people who live in the space. Yes, in magazines they are styled to perfection and for the camera, but those spaces always have sentiment and thoughtful details that make them shine. My best tip for a high-end bathroom is to make it personal.

10 tips to give your bathroom a high end look

Adding in your initials on a monogrammed towel is always a lovely touch. In our bathroom, I also added a photograph of our own to our black and white collection. No one would know it’s us unless they had seen it before, but that shot of the shoes is from our 10 year anniversary. It makes me smile every time I see it.

I also used a marble canister that was my Grandma’s for storage in our bathroom too. Just a little heirloom touch that is extra special.

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Next Friday, I will share Part Two of this series with 5 more tips to give your bathroom high-end style.

I still have plenty of things to share about our bathroom makeover, including some DIY projects and a couple more products that are making life easier around here. I’ll be mixing them into the weeks ahead. There’s a lot going on here to share besides the bathroom, so I am going to try each week to mix it up.

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 Bathroom Before & After Reveal

Bathroom Before & After | Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

Our Kohler Tailored Vanity & Fixtures

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

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Our Kohler Tailored Vanity and Fixtures

Monday, I revealed the before and after of our bathroom makeover. If you didn’t get a chance to see the reveal, you can check it out here.

Our bathroom remodel is something I have been wanting to do ever since we purchased our home. This has been a project that has truly enhanced how we live our everyday. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Kohler for this remodel. Their products are a big part of the design. This is a company and product line that I love. I attended the Kohler Blogger Conference last fall and I got to see first hand the products and experience the Kohler culture. They have great design, quality products, and a remarkable attention to detail. A real emphasis on style with function.

Today, I am thrilled to share the brilliant Kohler tailored vanity with all its smart features. I will also be talking about the gorgeous fixtures and accessories that compliment the overall design.

Kohler custom vanity | Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home Featured in our design:  The Kohler Jacquard™ 60″ Vanity in Linen White

The selection process for the vanity and accessories is really simple. Here’s a breakdown of the process. 

Step 1 | Select your vanity. Choose the style, configuration, color and size.

Step 2 | Select your countertop, sinks, and faucets.

Step 3 | Select your custom storage options for inside the vanity.

Step 4 | Select your extra pieces to compliment your design. (Hardware, mirrors, sconces, and other accessories.

I cannot stop singing the praises of the Kohler Tailored Vanity. All the vanities are made with thoughtful details and quality craftsmanship. Features like dovetail drawers, soft close doors and drawers, and hardwood construction are nice touches. It is a quality piece of furniture for your bathroom.

For both consumers and designers, it is nice to have options for your vanity design. This way you can tailor your vanity to your own personal needs and wants or that of your client. The custom storage options are designed with how you live in mind. The storage selection process was so much fun for me because I love great organization!

Are you ready to walk through the selection process with me? Let’s take a look inside…

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

Inside the left side door of our vanity, I opted for the Kohler Adjustable shelf with electrical outlets. I adore this! I can keep my hair appliances plugged in and have a total of 4 outlets. They are hidden away and out of sight. So smart, right? Two of the outlets have an on/off switch. We opted to install the shelf upside down so there would be a lip on the edge to help corral things. This shelf holds all our hair appliances and hair products.

Kohler Custom Vanity via Bliss at Home

I even had room to add in the Kohler appliance tray that can fit the roll out drawer or adjustable shelf.

Kohler Custom Vanity via Bliss at Home On this side of the vanity, I also opted to add a Kohler roll out tray. This such a nice feature to access everyday items without having to dig way in the back.

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home The center drawers are packed full of great storage solutions too! Take a look…

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

My MOST FAVORITE option is hands down the Kohler make up storage package. That top cubby with the mirror keeps my everyday make up. It is so handy! I just pop it out in the morning to get ready. It is stackable and underneath it,  I keep my other make up that I don’t use everyday. It comes with a make up brush holder, but we are using it to hold our toothbrushes since this is a bathroom shared by the four of us right now. Each tray is made of bamboo, which is a perfect material for a bathroom.

Kohler custom vanity via Bliss at Home

Our boys have their own drawer with a Kohler dental tray and Kohler general tray to keep all their items organized.

Kohler tailored vanity via Bliss at Home

For the bottom drawer,  I chose to add the Kohler drawer divider so I can customize it as needs change. It comes with 3 adjustable dividers.

Kohler Tailored Vanity via Bliss at Home

Inside the right door, I wanted to keep it fairly simple since we needed ample towel storage. I used the Kohler adjustable shelf to create a great space to stow our towels. Underneath, there is enough room to keep our daily grooming items, miscellaneous items, and tissue storage.

I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have a place to neatly store everything!

Once I had selected the vanity options, I completed the design with faucets, lighting, mirrors and hardware.

Kohler Tailored Vanity via Bliss at Home

Kohler Tailored Vanity via Bliss at Home

I went with a family friendly and heat-resistant surface with the Kohler Solid Expressions 61″ solid surface vanity top and backsplash. I paired this with a set of Kohler Conical Bell Vessel Sinks in White. To finish the look, I selected the Kohler Purist widespread sink faucet in the Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold finish. This faucet is like jewelry for our bathroom.

Kohler Purist Faucet via Bliss at Home

Lighting has always been an issue in this space. Our lighting problems are now solved with the Kohler Purist Sconce. It casts the perfect light. I decided three sconces would give great light for the size of the space based off the bulbs used and amps. By placing them on each side of the mirrors, the whole room has great light. Even after the sun goes down this room is full of light like it is daytime. They also have an LED nightlight on the bottom, which is so nice if anyone needs the bathroom late at night.

Kohler Tailored Vanity via Bliss at Home

The Kohler Jacquard mirrors also coordinate with the vanity.  I went with the same Linen White finish as the vanity. The finishing touch is the beautiful Kohler Purist Stillness cabinet knob on each door and drawer.

Kohler Tailored Vanity via Bliss at Home

There you have it. What do you think?  A ton of storage packed into a beautiful vanity. So many smart options like the electrical shelf, the roll out drawers, and specialty trays. You can handpick every detail.

Kohler Tailored Vanity via Bliss at Home

I know I’ve said it a million times, but the Kohler Vibrant Moderne Gold Finish is my favorite gold on the market right now for bath fixtures. To be able to get coordinating lighting and accessories in the same finish is so fantastic!

Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader | Bliss at Home

See the full bathroom makeover here

Be sure to check out the Kohler Tailored Vanity Collection. They have a style for every taste with lots of options for fixtures, lighting, storage, and bathroom accessories.

This post is made possible in collaboration with Kohler. Kohler provided the vanity and all the coordinating products featured. Kohler is a company that I trust and I love their products. All opinions and images are 100% mine.

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The Bathroom Makeover

  BLACK & WHITE BATHROOM MAKEOVER

This is the tale of our home with only one functioning bathroom that was less than ideal for our family of four. It was out-dated, not our style at all, and lacked proper storage. With only one lonesome sink, it made the morning rush some kind of awkward dance where we were always stepping on each other’s toes. The floor was breaking off in pieces and I was constantly sweeping up broken grout and tile. Oh, and it had a wallpaper border and oozed of 1990’s oak. Yep. It was that bad. To say I could not wait to makeover this space was the ultimate understatement.

After some major wallet busting surprises behind the walls and under the floors, we finally have phase one of this remodel complete. It took weeks longer than expected, but we got it done!  For this being a pretty small space, it packs a major punch now. You guys!!!!  Are you ready to see the before and after? I am SO READY to show you!!!! Here’s my take on a black and white bathroom makeover…

Bathroom Before & After | Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

I had to pull the before from an old video, so it is not the best photo. This was a complete gut and remodel project. We ripped everything out of this space, uncovered some lurking problems, and installed all shiny and new everything. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader | Bliss at Home

The above image is the view walking into the room. I wanted this space to blend with the design that we’ve finished so far in our home. I knew from the beginning I wanted to stick to classic black and white and work in the Carrara marble we used on our fireplace makeover.

I also wanted to add in some charm and character, so we came up with our own wall treatment with this DIY wall paneling.  I added in the bold glossy black crown molding to help define the room. It really took the room to the next level and worked in that contrast that I was going for.

Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

By adding two sinks into the new design, we can now get ready in here so much easier in the morning. That Kohler vanity is packed full of amazing storage that was so needed and I can’t wait to share the deets on that!

Lighting was always an issue before. The glare of the 90’s brass and oak globe lights was awful. Now, our beautiful new Kohler Purist sconces cast the perfect amount of light for this space. They even have night lights on the bottom, which is fantastic for the littles.

Gold faucets from bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader | Bliss at Home

Bathroom Makeover with Gold Faucets designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

My trip to the Kohler Blogger Conference last year, made me fall in love with the Kohler Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold finish. The sleek style of the Kohler Purist faucet paired with the gold is absolutely divine. Design angels were trumpeting when I saw them in person.

Having two sinks was a must-have on my list. Also, I wanted to have a vessel sink moment in our home, so I opted for the Kohler Conical Bell vessel sinks. They pair perfectly with the faucets.

Bathroom makeover and styling by Kristin Cadwallader Bliss at Home

Bathroom styling | Designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

I had a lot of fun with the styling on this space. I knew I wanted to have moments that would showcase everyday items. I am just not a “hide everything” kind of dweller. I like some things out, and if they are useful and have pretty packaging–it’s on. This faux python tray is the perfect size for between the sinks and catches all my everyday pretties.

Bathroom via Bliss at Home When shopping for a shower curtain, Target saved the day with this black and white Threshold number. I was rubbing pennies together at the end of this makeover, so that was a welcomed find! So chic and a budget-friendly option.

Our window was also in need of some coverage since it is on the front of the house and close to our front door. It was such an odd size that a custom window shade was pretty pricey. I made my own with this DIY ribbon-bordered shade. I sewed it from a plain white curtain panel. It does the job of covering the window but allows natural light to come in.

Bathroom styling and design by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home We have a new toilet in the house and I will be sharing more on it soon. It’s touchless, soft close, and doesn’t overflow!! With having two young boys in the house, it has saved us from many an incident– if you know what I mean!  

We also have a toilet kitty. A what? What did she say? Yes, I could not leave the store without buying it. It’s a toilet brush and holder, but isn’t it lovely?!  I never thought I’d say that about a toilet brush in my life! I’m a weirdo that gets excited about chic toilet brushes.

Bathroom styling and design by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

Atop our toilet was another moment to store some pretty and useful items. I found a small acrylic tray at TJ Maxx and it is the perfect size. I mixed in some everyday items and the marble canister was my Grandma’s.

I also had a lot of fun choosing art for this space. I went the black and white whimsical route. I was at the end of my budget, so I shopped my home and framed some pages from books. Also, I printed a photo from our anniversary photo shoot. For some reason I dig that shot of our feet and it’s a personal touch that I love.

Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader Bliss at Home I never miss an opportunity to monogram something, so I used the same custom monogram on our hand towels that I used on our bedroom pillows. I scored that beautiful art deco style lucite towel bar at a flea market. That was the best $8 I’ve spent in a while!  I’ll be sharing more on our decor in another post.

You can see out the door how this space ties in with the rest of our house. I love how it compliments the bamboo pagoda fixture and the black French door.

Bathroom designed by Kristin Cadwallader via Bliss at Home

This space has gone from unattractive, hard to manuever, and lacking storage to stylish and fit for our family with some über smart storage. We’ve made the most of this small space without changing the original footprint. It now feels like it fits the vibe of our home and our personal style. Doing this bathroom makeover has truly enhanced how we live in this space. It’s made our AM ritual much more bearable and I actually feel excited to primp now.

Phase One is done!!! You better believe I celebrated!  In Phase Two, we will be tackling our ever ‘lovely’ shower situation. Oh, it’s a dandy!

I’ll be sharing all the details on our bathroom makeover in the days ahead. Tomorrow, I am sharing our Kohler custom vanity and coordinating Kohler pieces. The custom storage has been a major game-changer for our family!  I can’t wait to show you what’s behind those doors and drawers. Be sure to check back tomorrow for all the details.

See Part 2 of this reveal here:  The Kohler Tailored Vanity & Fixtures

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