All reveal photography taken by Lauren Edmonds of Evernew
It’s here... reveal day for the HRDC Mixed Modern Master Bath! And I have to say something feels really special about this one.
Maybe because my little design biz, Harper Rae Design Co, celebrated its one-year anniversary just days after this reno wrapped up.
Or because this year I’m turning 40 and feel evermore grateful for where the past four decades have lead me.
Or because this was my first official full bath remodel and I am so.damn.proud of what was accomplished.
Maybe it’s because this project happened in our very own home and it is my dream bathroom in all of the ways. Designing at home is such a rewarding process because you have the ability to dream + create without pressure. The end result here, is something that feels just so wonderfully personal because design is fundamentally a form of expression. It is in fact, my favorite form of expression.
So, let’s take a walk through the past together…
This bathroom had so much going for it in size, layout and natural lighting. The builders got it right on that front. But the finishes were a sad tribute to the 90’s and the majority of them were covered in a thick splatterlike paint application. I get what the homeowners were doing when they added that coat of paint to modernize the house before listing but it just wasn’t going to fly in the long term.
The Jacuzzi plumbing was filled with mold and a total drain on our water tank. And it was all just SO MUCH GRAY.
The biggest issue though, was the shower situation. The doorway was a wide open gap with no good way to attach a curtain, so water was constantly spilling out. Half the space was essentially unusable and the glass barrier was a wobbly mess. And don’t even get me started on how cold it was in the dead of winter. Quite honestly it took me back to my middle school locker room days. no thanks.
That all became a moot point when the shower started leaking through the ceiling onto the recently renovated family room. Days later, I peeled a corner of the master closet carpet from the wall on the other side of the shower to find water damage and an impressive-sized colony of ants taking up residency in the soaked plywood. We stopped using the shower and waited two months for the project to launch. Three months of renovation after that, we were looking at our dream bathroom. Worth the wait…
So crisp and clean and breezy and inviting now! And so very different from before. But the best part? The shower is so warm + steamy…ahhhh.
Sitka Projects was an incredible asset on this remodel - as usual - and helped us come up with a solution to enclosing the shower. We built-out the wall to make an even rectanglular footprint and that gave us a spot to attach a gorgeous custom glass door. We removed the pony wall + wobbly barrier and went floor-to-ceiling glass to allow all natural light into the shower. Now that it’s enclosed, the entire space is usable. It just.makes.sense.
Our plan is to live here for 20 years so I selected hard finishes that will stand the test of time, not only physically, but trend-wise as well. Marble floor tiles will get a natural patina, the vertical stack oversized white subway will always be a staple and the resin soaking tub not only has a timeless elegance but is easy to maintain. You can literally just sand off scratches + stubborn marks! #familyfriendly
Other details are easier and cheaper to update with changing trends, like the plumbing fixtures, mirrors, paint. The current color is Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace.
If you read this post talking about how this design came to be, then you know I wanted to experiment with an inlay tile rug. I have such a love-hate relationship with vanity bath mats. They feel great, but need constant washing. Now with less rugs, there’s less washing. Win-win!
The tile inlay rug also seemed like a great solve for breaking up the expansive flooring. We centered it on the custom CVG fir vanity and together, I think, are a match made in heaven.
My overall main goal when designing the space was creating a combination of the luxe modern retreat feel of a Westin hotel with the hip art deco vibes of a trendy boutique hotel. I get a lot of inspiration from hotels and their architecture. Many of them have a take on design that is refined but a little playful and I wanted to replicate that.
We worked locally with Beaudry’s Custom Woodworking to design this 10’ wide vanity. With so much space to work with, I wanted the center area to serve a defined purpose. Initially, I planned for a makeup station, but that didn’t leave enough room for the wide drawer space I wanted on the ends (I prefer drawers to doors in cabinetry, even in kitchens. much better use of space). And without a great spot to store linens, a set of shelves for folded towels seemed like a perfect plan b.
Rectangular vessel sinks, single-handle wall-mount faucets, and concrete-meets-marbled-veining quartz countertops all merge to express the sleek, contemporary modern look envisioned. And as always, mixed metals are a winning combo with matte-black knobs + pulls adding a nice dose of contrast on the warm wood and these striking art deco sconces making a statement in brass. I spent a good deal of time sourcing mirrors for this design concept and ultimately settled on these from CB2 for their simple look + great price point.
A look to the right reveals a simple water closet…
I debated between wallpaper or paint for this spot, ultimately choosing paint so I could put wallpaper in the master closet. I’ve been itchin’ to paint a room all black for some time now and here was my perfect opportunity! See how it ties in the matte black hardware? I love the way the little room stands out from this viewpoint, just screaming… Hey look! Even tiny rooms can be striking too!
I can’t say I’ve ever found a water closet to be remarkable, but painting this one in Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard Black (including the ceiling) gave the space an identity all its own. The power of paint, yet again!
My ultimate goal is to make that black wall there in your sightline that currently holds this cheeky art piece into a gallery of art pieces. The fun part will be collecting + building it over time and enjoying the process as it develops.
Another lengthy inner debate? The perfect piece of art to view from the tub but also tie the entire space together. NBD.
…something impactful but simple with a pop of color + contrast. something special but not too elaborate…
And then this one caught my eye while scrolling on Minted one night. I was basically sold on sight, but when I read the name of the print, I knew it was meant to be - The Balancing 2. Honestly can’t think of a better reminder while laying in the tub. The bottom “banana” shape is actually a brighter shade of pink that didn’t come through in the pictures - my little pop of color.
BUT. I saved the best part for last because look at this natural wood ceiling installation! Sitka Projects and team nailed it. I described my vision to the GC, Brad, he gave me a recommendation on wood, and after a full day’s work from his crew, the whole thing came to life. It is utter perfection.
So that’s it - the HRDC Mixed Modern Master Bath - my dream bathroom. Worth all the chaos and challenges along the way. And without a doubt worth the wait, as all good things are.