It turns out all I needed was the right inspiration.
I’ve talked about Cluny here on the blog before. It’s one of my favourite bistros in the city, and is overflowing with decor inspiration. I took the above photo in their bathroom three years ago and I’ve had it filed away in my brain for reference ever since. I love how the simple subway tile is elevated when paired with wood trim and panelling. Taking that idea, of mixing materials, led me to this new and improved design plan for our bathroom renovation:
As you can see, I’ve taken that French bistro inspiration and run with it! 😉
There’s a moment that happens in design or architecture that you call ‘unlocking the plan’. It’s difficult to explain but you know it when you reach it… when you push the design far enough, try out options, until you reach “perfection” and all the elements fall in place and feel right. I’ve only reached that moment only occasionally but when I do, the plan turns out infinitely better.
To remind you, here’s the room we’re working with:
To test my concept, I did a rendering. I printed out the photo above in black and white on my printer, and then using tracing paper, I created a rough sketch on top of what the new bathroom would look like. Here’s a little video of the sketch in action:
What are the elements of French bistro style?
Typically, it involves:
– subway tile
– black and white
– globe lights
– rattan bistro chairs
– brass hardware
– antiqued mirror
– open shelving
– chalkboards or vintage art
– warm woods
You can see how I’ve incorporated many of these in my bathroom design. French bistro style is popular for kitchens – why not use it to inspire a bathroom as well? The marble floor tile and vanity from The Home Depot Canada and the champagne gold Trinsic features from Delta Faucet Canada are the design heavyweights in this scheme but I can truly say I love every element shown in the plan.
All of that sounds well and good, but how much progress have we really made around here? This is what the vanity wall is looking like…
And here’s the tub area:
We’ve taken out most of the wall tile and have had the electrician in to install new boxes for the lights and to disconnect the jacuzzi tub. Once we finish removing the shower wall tiles, we’ll take out the tub and then the floor tiles. And then we can start building everything back up! New cement board and new drywall will go in first followed by the new tub and so.much.tiling!!
Want to see how everyone else is doing? Head to the ORC blog to see progress on 300 other renovation projects!