Last week, we showed off an impressive kitchen revamp from California designer Marissa Cramer. Today, we’re looking elsewhere in the same house — the master bath! As you can see from the “before pics” in the slideshow, this was a total gut renovation. With the exception of a pony wall by the toilet, everything was demo’d. Goodbye beige and boring!
Marissa told us, “In our initial design meeting, my clients knew they wanted to use white beveled subway tile in the shower. The bevel makes quite a statement on its own but my client was excited to introduce additional patterns in the space.” First up, Marissa used 3″ Carrara marble hex tiles for the bathroom floors and marble 1×3 herringbone mosaic for the shower floor. There’s a Bianco Gioia marble slab on the bench and shower curb, which breaks up the pattern and creates a balanced design. She also added new frameless glass doors and Kohler Artifacts fixtures to complete the shower’s design.
It was easy to say goodbye to the cramped built-in tub when an English-style pedestal tub would be the replacement. “The tub’s freestanding design gives breathing room for the shower and is quite the stunner when you enter the room,” Marissa said. “Its telephone style tub faucet adds a classic vintage touch to the bath area.”
The vanity is also quite impressive. Marissa explained, “We used a readymade charcoal double vanity but swapped out the drawer’s hardware for modern polished nickel pulls. The same marble slab from the shower is carried over on the countertop while Kohler sinks and polished nickel widespread faucets complete the vanity. Large vintage-style pivot mirrors are installed above the vanity with a tapered double sconce in between for additional lighting.”
For finishing touches, the walls were given a fresh coat of paint in Benjamin Moore Light Pewter. “It’s a neutral greige color that works nicely with the marble and warm polished nickel finishes in the space,” Marissa said. There’s a pastel vintage Turkish rug, which brings in substantial character and pattern. “The great thing about vintage rugs is that they’ve survived years of wear and tear so a bathroom is a perfect place to show one off,” Marissa told us. “Glass apothecary jars on the built-in shelves hold bath salts and bath bombs and lovely textiles from EXIR Home are on display over the towel rings by the vanity.”
Finally, the space is complete with some great art above the tub. “The black and white photography print by Leonard Nones originally appeared in the April 1961 issue of GQ magazine. I’ve had my eye on this print for some time and finally found the perfect space for it. I love its cheeky humor, the partially full scuba mask, waffle print shirt and hair hovering above. It’s quirky and adds a playful touch to a space with traditional elements.”
Take a tour of the bathroom in the slideshow, where Marissa will share her top tips for a spa-like bathroom in your own home!