Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Our home is older and over the 10 years we have lived here we've done alot of updating.  Painting, wallpaper, brazillian cherry floors, scraping popcorn ceillings, etc.  It is now time to REMODEL...especially the master suite and kitchen.  The first will be the master.

This being our first tear-out and total remodel, I must confess I didn't realize how long just the planning process would take!

On my previous post MASTER REMODEL I shared the layout of our current master bath and the need to relocate my walk-in closet. 
We completed our new walk-in master closet by combining Mr. Hearts closet and a small office area and it turned out perfectly!

This was the master bath layout...
Below is now the current bath layout and it's ready for demolition!

The hardest part of this remodel is deciding where to put what!!!
The current window is throwing us a curve because it is not where we would want it in our new design.
Trying to leave the window as is and designing around it is proving difficult.  However, we aren't sure we want to close in this window for fear of how the back view of the house will look if the new mortar and patching doesn't end up matching well with the current brick and mortar.
Decisions, decisions, decisions...

We are leaning toward:
--Dark Cherry Cabinetry  --Carerra Marble --Polished Nickle Hardware & Fixtures.

There are some beautiful bathrooms to draw inspiration from and these were found through a Google bathroom search.

 So, what do you think?
Which is your favorite?



  1. Love the inspiration. I love the one with the claw tube in the middle and the dark hutch behind it!

  2. That's my favorite too! What a great tub and that hutch behind it is fabulous!


  3. Well, they are all beautiful. I too like the one the others liked... guess it is that tub.. : )

  4. Cindy, I think you're definitely on the right track for a gorgeous bathroom! I can't wait to see how yours comes out. How exciting for you!!

    Have a great day.

  5. Those are some beautiful "inspiration" bathroom photos. I will be very anxious to see what you come up with. I love how you set up the new closet. Our new home has a pretty nice master walk-in, but with a lot of untapped potential, so I'm looking for ideas. I'm really racking up the projects for The Man & we haven't even moved in yet. LOL!!!

  6. I love them all, Cindy, and it's hard to choose. Let me say that we have that square Kohler pedestal sink in two baths in the St. Augustine house, and I like it because it has a fairly large ledge where you can place cosmetics. The other bath has a tiny pedestal sink that has no ledge, making it a little hard to put on makeup in there. It's tight. We don't have a medicine cabinet in either of the downstairs baths, so I keep things like that in nearby hanging cabinets. We do, however, have a medicine cabinet upstairs in St. A which is original to the house.

    In my actual home, I have the same (pededstal sinks), only I have oblong pedestal sinks I purchased nearly twenty years ago from Renovator's Supply catalog. They are very goodlooking. There are closets in those baths which makes it nice. In the master bath, we also have a long sink cabinet that I love because it has drawers and cabinets under the sink for cleaning supplies plus a linen closet for extra storage. It was installed by the previous owner, and I would probably have done a more expensive cabinet... but it's there, and it functions and looks okay. :-)

    I love both tubs in the photos. I have had in other houses a clawfoot and one of the "pedestal" tubs for lack of a better word, and I like them a lot. But I prefer showers to baths, so I didn't use them a lot. Those nice handles make it better. I adore that handsome antique cabinet in the bathroom, but I would worry incessantly about the finish on it being ruined from steam, moisture, etc.

    I have neat hooks for towels for guests, but I also have a little prayer chair (antique) where i stack towels in the upstairs bath in St. Augustine.

    One thing I read years ago from a famous designer is that it's better to have lights on either side of your mirror than over the top. It makes for better lighting that is evenly balanced. I keep thinking that if I build a house someday, I will do that. But I did do that in both downstairs baths in St. Augustine, and I prefer it. I used nautical (outdoor) lights in the baths because I figured if they could work outside, they would be fine in a bath where there's moisture.

    Hope this helps.


    Sheila :-)

  7. Oh I can't wait to see which way you decide to go!

  8. They are all so beautiful! I can't decide! I forsee a master bath remodel in my future too! It sounds like an awful lot of work, but I am sure it will all be worth the effort!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  9. I love them all! I want to redo my bathroom (really really really) soon. Thanks for linking up to WhateverWednesday!!

  10. Hi Cindy,
    You have found some great bathroom inspiration to draw from. I love those fat yummy bathtubs! Especially the one with the fat feet as well, the 5th photo down, that's my favorite. They are all gorgeous!
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. We have a very, very small bathroom we're hoping to remodel. It has a window that is in the way - we're considering covering it up partially - leaving the top visible - perhaps working it so it still looks good from the outside - just covering up with a wall.
    Hope you have fun - :)

  12. I'm partial to baths with standing furniture rather than built-ins. Love the room with the tall cupboard and the squarish white tub. I'd love to have a renovation too! Good luck with yours!

  13. I like the last photo...except that it seems to need something a chair or bench! They are all lovely! I can't wait to redecorate my master bath! ♥

  14. Well, actually...I like them all! Beautiful. I am going to follow along so I don't miss out on your plans!

  15. I can see why you are having a hard time deciding, they are all gorgeous baths. I will be following along with interest, as I want to re-do my bath, now's just not the right time. I do love Carrera marble, and with the dark cherry cabinets, I think that will look amazing. Good luck, and thanks for visiting with me today and, as always, I appreciate your sweet comments!

  16. Hi Cindy! What a large and wonderful closet space. I love all the inspiration baths especially those with free standing tubs. We had a claw foot tub in our previous home and I loved it! Thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.

  17. Hi Cindy!!

    Trying to decide can be such a daunting task but also exciting!
    I love all these images but my favourite is the last photo!
    I can't wait to see what you do!!

    Pamela ox

  18. Hi Cindy,

    Love your inspiration photos! In fact, I used many of them when planning our master bath remodel :) I'd love for you to stop by and see how it turned out. Looking forward to seeing yours!!

  19. Hi Cindy! How exciting to begin a new remodel. I love your inspirations pictures! Can't wait to see it and I'll bet you can't wait for it to begin and to finish so you can take a soak! :)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Can't wait to see it when you finish

  21. Beautiful inspiration, I lake it!
    Greetings from Croatia.

  22. Hi Cindy..thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday and your kind comments. You have a beautiful blog too! And this post is worth so many stunning bathrooms! I could't possibly pick a favorite....isnt' the internet great with all this instant inspiration! Thanks for sharing...I will be sure to refer back to this post for divine bathroom inspiration..and will be back to your blog!

  23. Hi Cindy!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment...I really appreciate it. Oh goodness...sounds like you have your work cut out for you. Are you and your husband doing the work yourselves or are you having it done? With all the samples you've shown us I think your bathroom will turn out favorite is they yellow bathroom and the two under it. Sorry I couldn't just name had too many good choices! We should be finished our renovation today and I can hardly wait. I'm tired of having my whole house scattered with things from the bathroom and it's only a tiny bathroom! Good luck with your renovation and I'll be looking forward to seeing it completed..and so will you I'm sure ;) Have a wonderful day.
    Maura :)

  24. What gorgeous inspiration pics!! Can't wait to see what you do!:)

  25. Cindy, this is so gorgeous that it takes my breath away. I LOVE IT. It's a dream bath, for sure.
    I am signing up to follow..please come by to see me when you have the time.
    xo bj

  26. wow, these are ALL gorgeous, love the sconces within the mirrors, what a neat touch. thanks for linking up with VIF and all these great images. Have Fun!!

  27. I guess I would have to say the bathroom with the antique chest with the huge venetian mirror over it was one of my favorites!

  28. Wow! You have chosen some great inspiration! So hard to pick a favorite. Thinking I like the big nubby clawfoot, the furniture style cabinet w/taseel, the flooring in the next to last photo and the door in the last photo. How's that for a mix? Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  29. Cindy,
    What gorgeous bathrooms you have here. I like a lot of them but, the one that really seem to stand out was the fourth one. They are all beautiful! Can't wait to see your results. Thanks for linking up!

  30. Wow they're all gorgeous! But the one with the french buffet turned sink(s) took my breath away! I'm going back for a second look! *winks* vanna

  31. Personally, I like number 5. I love the style of the tub with the hardwood cabinet. I wonder how many of us use our tubs. We lived in a home for 4 years that had a jacuzzi tub and I didn't use it once. So, I guess for me it's about the look of a tub but the function of the shower is probably more practical.

    Thanks for sharing your French Inspiration.

    Blessings... Polly
    French Cupboard & Counting Your Blessings

  32. wow! those inspiration pics are all gorgeous!! I am anxious to get our master bath going, but it's definitely down the to do list. Looks like your plans will be gorgeous whatever you decide to do :) thanks for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures! Good luck~

  33. I like a combo of a couple of them. I like the first one the best...not sure about the floor though. That is a tough decision when you have so many ideas to glean from. It would be hard for me to narrow it down. Your newest follower. I hope you can come by and visit me too soon!

  34. who could pick a fav? you can't go wrong with a master bath redo. have fun with it.

  35. Wow these are all such gorgeous bathrooms!! I love so many things about several different ones- no matter what you chose- it will be beautiful! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  36. Love the photos! We are also preparing to finish a new Master Bath. Thanks for the beautiful pictures, they are just the inspiration I need! I love all the ones with repurposed funiture in the bathrooms.

  37. I love them all. Hard to pick..I love the third one, the yellow room..and the one everyone likes best too!
    Bet you will enjoy your's when it is complete..

  38. I'll take one of each please! :-) Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous inspiration!

  39. They are all lovely, but Im leaning towards #1 and #8...beautiful...a place I'd love to linger in!
    Can't wait to see yours!

    Deborah :)

  40. Goodness! So many wonderful inspiration pictures....I don't think I can pick a favorite!
    They are wonderful!

  41. I love the yellow and white narrow bathroom. We have a 100 yr. old house with a very similar bathroom, except the walls are painted red! Yes, a soft yellow with white would be an improvement!
    Best of luck with your remodel.

  42. I'm such a sucker for hardwood in the bathroom, even though I know it would NOT end well. Sure does look pretty, though!

  43. Your home is beautiful. I love bombay to and I do missed it. Thank you for sharing your home.

  44. I definitely love the yellow!!! I just want to go there to soak!!!

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  45. I like elements from each of the images. But I would have to say that three of them were more representative of my style - images 3, 4, & 5, with 3 being my favorite. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. I'd love to have you join me each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  46. Hey!
    I really like that second to last one, nice dark cabinets and white tile. It's really pretty!
    I am your newest follower and it would really mean a lot to me if you checked out my blog and followed me back.
    Have a wonderful day

  47. Hi Cindy!
    Gorgeous images to choose from.
    Your remodel project will be a huge hassle, but so worth it in the end. My husband was up for it but he couldn't stop commenting on how much better it was in the end and why we hadn't tackled it sooner!

    You spend so much time there every day so it should be a pretty, functional and relaxing space, right?!

    Have fun. It's so worth it once it is done!
    Can't wait to see how it turns out.

  48. Ah, a great big tub where I can soak and relax. Sounds like a dream! Could you put the tub in the area where the closet was with a comfy chair beside it. In my last house I had a fireplace in the bathroom and a whirlpool tub.. .and my workout equipment. It was heavenly!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


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