Before & After: A Master Bath that Pairs West Coast Sleek with East Coast Warmth

Shortly after purchasing their home, our clients decided it was time to remodel the master bath. Oddly placed partitions made the space feel dark and cramped. And with builder-grade materials, such as a fiberglass shower surround, and a jetted corner tub that was dated, the room was lacking in style.

Working within the existing footprint, Lisa Lally, a designer at our South Shore kitchen and bath showroom, completely transformed the space. She began by removing the partition walls – next to the shower, and between the vanity and toilet – to open up the space. Replacing the dated, triangle-shaped soaking tub with a rectangular one provided room for a larger walk-in shower with bench seat.

The couple, who hail from California, wanted the look of their new bath to have the sleek appeal of a West Coast home, yet still feel warm and respectful of the New England vernacular. To achieve this, Lisa opted for an unexpected combination of materials.

“The flooring tile [on the right in the photo above] was the starting point,” says Lisa of the splurge-worthy mosaic.

Adhering to the budget was a must for this couple, so Lisa offset the cost of the flooring tile with a unique oversized tile as the facing for the soaking tub and shower surround. Its size made it a price-conscious option, while its clean lines and warm taupe color checked both the West Coast and East Coast style boxes. A contrasting herringbone tile in the shower, on the floor and backing the product niche, adds a touch of contrast.

The pièce de résistance in the new bath is the vanity.

“The wife wanted to add wood to the space for some warmth. She did not want white on white,” says Lisa.

After taking inspiration from a piece the wife found online, Lisa worked with Ivy Creek Custom Cabinetry to custom create a vanity that beautifully completes the room.

“They didn’t need too much storage, so they were okay with a ‘furniture-style’ vanity with an open shelf on the bottom,” says Lisa. “It makes the piece feel less heavy.”

Integral drawer handles are another unexpected element that works to reinforce the room’s contemporary California vibe while adding texture and visual interest.

The end result is just what our clients wanted in their new master bath. Its look is sophisticated and spa-like, yet warm and approachable.

“They love it!” says Lisa.

Please contact us to get started on creating your bathroom remodeling project.