katherine’s master bathroom reveal

by katherine |


Okay guys, this is one of my favorite room’s in our house! I love how everything came together, and would spend hours lounging in our tub if I could (instead I get to take a bath in leftover baby-bath water most days lol)

When we moved into our house, we spent the first couple years living on the first floor and updating that area. We finally made it to the upstairs portion of our renovation in Fall 2017. I’m actually happy we held off on this, because my design style has definitely changed since 2014 when we started our remodel.

The master bath had a wall of closets, and a separate room with the toilet and tub/shower. This made the bathroom look TINY and also wasted a ton of space. There was also a weird little window from the master bedroom that looked in onto the vanity. So, we pretty much had to start from scratch. Luckily my dad is super handy and was able to help with the majority of this remodel..and did all the demo himself! Thanks, Dad!


We removed all of the walls, tub/shower, toilet, vanity, lighting – everything. I knew I wanted a freestanding tub, and that became the focal point of the room. We added a fun little chandelier above, and stacked marble tile on the wall behind it. We actually found 18″x18″ marble tile for a steal at Floor&Decor and each piece into 3, to make 6″x18″ pieces (thanks again, Dad!). We installed this in a stacked pattern on that wall and on the walls in the shower. I kept with the same, simple design in both areas because the floor pattern is pretty busy…and also amazing.

*Pro Tip: When using a natural stone, like marble, tell your installer to pull from different boxes when installing. There is variation in natural stone, so this ensures there aren’t “blocks” of the same looking tile in one spot.

For the floor, I saw this gorgeous black and white hex tile while looking for tile for projects at work and fell in love. This adds an unexpected pop, and creates just the right amount of contrast in such a bright, airy space.

We carried the hex pattern onto the shower floor and ceiling, but used a smaller scale tile in a honed carrara finish.

*Pro Tip: Use a honed finished marble on your shower floor – it’s less slippery than a polished!

With all of marble in the space, we needed something to warm it up a bit! I designed a custom vanity in a walnut finish that we had a local Amish millworker build for us. It’s simple, clean lines add the mid-century vibe that flows with the rest of our house, and the walnut finish ties in the flooring in our master bedroom. I found this cute sconce on etsy, and flanked it with these mirrors from Target – which are a big bang for your buck if you ask me. Mixed metals are very on trend right now, and I love that the sconce ties the black and brass metal finishes together.


For all of the towel hooks, I went with a matte black finish, which looks great with the black and white flooring. I would eventually love to upgrade to matte black fixtures, but for now the chrome works and adds the eclectic mixed-metal look.

Instead of using a typical bath mat, I found a vintage persian rug on EBTH and used it infront of our bathtub. It is a simple, low cost way to really elevate your master bathroom. I also added a little side table next to the tub in a natural wood finish – because I need somewhere to put my wine, obvi! Lol, but it really just holds all of the baby washing supplies nowadays.

I really love how this space came together and I’m hoping I can spend more time relaxing in the tub, or taking a long hot shower in the near future. For now, Hadley hangs out in her bouncy chair while I shower as fast as I can…

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