The ensuite is actually the smallest room we’re tackling in the next stage of our renovations, but probably the one room that has caused us the most headaches, planning, but also excitement along the way.
After remortgaging from the renovations earlier on in the year, we knew we wanted to split the large front bedroom and incorporate an ensuite into it, as there was so much space (and most other updated houses on the street have already done this). With the baby on its way, our thoughts are to treat the front bedroom as almost a studio flat – thinking we’ll spend a lot of time in here!
We’ve made the decision to go with brass hardware this time, something I had always regretted not going with in the large bathroom, as time restraints held us back. However, it proved so tricky – not sure why it is so hard! Everything brass is basically double the price, super shiny, not the right shape or from the US. We ended up buying a lot of items from Chinese suppliers via Amazon, and found this article by Design Soda quite helpful!
After finding brassware so difficult (but perservering!), we’ve decided to stick to what we know with the tiles – hexagonal mosaic floor tiles from Topps we had in our last ensuite (mainly because we loved them and didn’t feel we got to enjoy them for long enough before moving!). But we are doing a wet room this time rather than a shower tray – wish us luck – but with a step into the shower, something I’d loved in hotels like Artist Residence (where I get most of my style inspo from!).
We loved the idea of encaustic cement tiles, however, they’re no cheap feat…we decided against Bert and May, which were way out of our price bracket, and found some via Ripples Bathroom (most will have seen on Instagram Stories but if you haven’t, I will save until they’re finished as they are rather wow!). Still pricey, but we’re compromising by just having one wall of fancy tiles and then the rest with cheaper white metro tiles. But again, instead of going classic we decided to do herringbone for something new – it’s starting to look great, but a word of warning if you go for this: your tiler will hate you.
Also, encaustic tiles come with their own woes: we have a big booklet of instructions with sealant, grouting etc and they’re extremely heavy and thick – let’s hope it’s worth it!
There are definitely things that went out the window after endless internet searching – a brass edged radiator/towel rail for one (we ended up just doing black to save money and time trawling), the marble trim skirting (couldn’t justify another expense) and a marble sink (I’ll keep that for my Pinterest dreams). But we’ve always known the dream house is as much about compromise than it is about perfection!
This room is definitely a bit more out of our comfort zone of a plain monochrome bathroom that I’m used to, we have a lot more going on in this room but I am really looking forward to seeing it all come together…
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