This is the inspiraton:
My version is below. The marble is Rojo Alacante with a white marble that I don't recall the name of. I do know that crema marfil was to creamy. The cabinets are curly maple. You would have never guessed that! I was lucky to get my carpenter to make it out of an exotic wood. But then again, Papa usually does whatever I ask for!
We had the slab fabricator make baseboard.
He also made a nice threshold for us, a beautiful transition into the bedroom.
OK, back to the bathroom. Here you can see the color of the floor marble against the white fixture.
The floor was a honed marble mosaic. I don't understand why people are so paranoid about using marble. Have you ever been in a 100 year old hotel in Europe, where the marble is worn because so many people have walked on it? Well I did whatever it took to keep the marble/grout white. Yea, bleach it is. I would seal it afterwards. If I remembered.
Below you can see that I had a tile scene inset in the shower.
That remodel was in 2004. Now I am looking for inspiration for my next bathroom. I did this bathroom in the casita for my parents in 2011:
It has a Restoration Hardware vanity, with rusty iron sconces. The shower walls are marble subway tile.
Of course if I'm talking about bathrooms, I have to share my bathroom done in 1990:
New Inspiration Needed - 2014
I have to do a bathroom in our new house. It is being built by Toll Bros, a national builder, so I am somewhat limited as to what I can do. For example, I have to use one company for cabinets. They don't have inset doors. Rats. So I have to do a full overlay door to get the look.
I have saved photos from prior street of dreams houses that I liked. The one below is from 2005. I like to look back to see what looks dated, and what I still like. What I liked about this room was that it had so many windows. I don't like the giant built in tubs, but that's just me. I don't think I like the split counter, but I do like a makeup counter with chair. I like the ottoman. it's perfect for me to throw my robe, and also use to get dressed.
I don't remember where I got the photo below, but I'm leaning towards the all-white bathroom right now. I like the free-standing tub. I have a discovered a few things-- they are outrageously expensive, in the $4000 range for a model like this. You have to have the plumbing done for a center drain. I can't use it because our house is on concrete slab which has some post-tension devices running through it, so I can't move the plumbing. Just a warning. It would work on a second floor.
I don't think I lie the black and white basketweave, too contrasty for me. Ann Sacks has a great little blue dot I like better:
Last summer I went through the house below in Portland. I really like the cabinets, but not sure how I feel about the cream colored marble.
I would like to do an inset floor pattern. I would probably pick a herringbone pattern.
Models around town have cream marble. This seems sooo boring. Help!
I checked Houzz to see what I could find:
Interesting how they went with cream colored cabinets and white marble. Again, I'm seeing a lot of basket weave.
I've taken you down memory lane. I think that while some of my choices in the past aren't as timeless as I'd hoped, I'm hoping that I will make the next house as nice as some of my previous choices.
So what are your thoughts? Would you do a wood cabinet or painted cabinet? Would you go white or cream on the floors/counters? All decisions need to be made by the end of the month.