We helped to re-imagine a 23 year-old bathroom design in South Loop. Take a look at the results.
Here is the bathroom before:
Our client knew exactly how she wanted the new bathroom to feel. She was definitely over the lavander-ish blue on the walls and the typical square white ceramic tiles. Warm, earthy, and cozy were the words driving this whole renovation.
The half wall between the vanity and the toilet felt cumbersome and served no purpose, other than a potential landing spot for stuff. By taking that half-wall down and replacing the small square tiles on the floor with the large scale porcelain we were able to visually enlarge the space. Bonus: fewer grout lines to deal with!
The shower floor got a complete make-over when the old acrylic pan was sent packing and the beautiful pebbles found their way into this bathroom. We know that some people feel weird about pebbles. While they like the look, they don't feel comfortable with the uneven surface or large grout lines (or grout "areas"? can you really call them lines if in some places they take on a shape of a coin or a kidney bean? But I digress...)
Anyway, we are happy to tell you that there is a remedy for both of these fears. First of all, you don't have to use the pebbles in their "natural" rounded/uneven shape. There are options where the top of the pebbles get shaved off, and what you are left with are the mosaic sheets of completely flat pebbles. You get the look, but not the bumpiness.
Second, about the grout lines - those can be addressed with specific grouts that have latex built into them, do not need to be sealed, they do not harbor bacteria, and therefore, give you virtually no headaches (of course you still need to maintain the shower floor and keep it clean, but that's really no different than any other tile shower floor).
After all was said and done, we are happy to report that we really had a fun time collaborating on this concept and creating a contemporary Master Retreat in warm earthy tones that our client loved.
Since KaMiKo Design Studio is a two woman shop, the same goes for our blog. Both of us, Mila and Katya, throw pearls of our acquired design wisdom in here. They often get combined with some fun life experiences, awesome things we go ga-ga over, and cool products we fall in love with along the way.