Suburban baths: Job security!

Cheryl Kees Clendenon The Bath Designer 6 Comments

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I have lamented to my staff repeatedly ,we really should go around to some of the older homes and paper the neighborhood with our cards. Not so old that the baths are actually kind of charming…but the abundance of work in the middle class suburban neighborhoods, much like I grew up in, is good job security I think. Why is this so? Because the 70’s and 80’s really stunk in terms of design. I cannot think of much that came out of these decades that has any lasting style. Oh I am sure someone will email me about a lava lamp they loved or that avocado green really IS coming back. I will not hold my breath.

So along these lines, here is a simple redo of one of those baths. I think it might even be a bit older but I cannot recall. All I know is that it had a cramped physical feel to it, had materials that were dated the day they were installed and not much in the way of style. I would not call this a glamourous bath, but it is a good example of what can be done to update a bath on a creative budget and truly transform it. We used rectified porcelain tile on the floor in a large format, same tile in the shower, great custom mosaic glass behind the vanity and in niches and a painted taupe vanity. The countertops are quartz and the sinks are kohler and faucets are from Delta. The Blue dog painting is from their living room. ( I tend to scour the house when staging for a photo shoot…I am sure clients later go WHERE did she find THAT?)

Light and airy and....updated!

Long and narrow..typical of the time. Small shower before...we eliminated the tiny claustrophobic potty room to make more space for shower

Great Hansgrohe raindance system! Great look for the price. Used Shluter trim on the niches and edges as this is rectified porcelain tile

slender pullouts are great storage in a bath

The "Before"...does anyone have one like this?

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      Actually mosaic loft, I think as a designer, I made a conscious decision in this space that was quite small and understated to NOT do anything more than letting the glass speak for itself. This is often a mistake people make: wanting to do it ALL and not editing their decisions. A design in the mosaic would be pretty in the right setting but thia is not correct setting for that much attitude. Sometimes materials needto speak for themselves without additional embellishment. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  1. I agree! I love the boldness of tiling a wall behind the vanity or a tiled wall in general, and in this bath, the subtle hue gives the space that “spa-ish” feeling. Good Job!

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