One or two things when remodeling a home: My masterbath after

Julie Paulino Design marble shower
When we started remodeling our home I knew we were not going to live here forever, I also knew what many people know to be reality now a days that the time of the housing boom was over.  Knowing that, my choices on materials and structural changes needed to be more cautious, but I didn't want to sacrifice style or comfort.  So I kept the kitchen and bathrooms as traditional and neutral as possible, something that would appeal to most people, in case one day we decide to sell this house.
For our master bathroom I mixed "real and steal" materials.  Marble mosaic in calacata gold for the floor, chair rail (to end the tiles that I extended 12" up the wall, below) and the pencil border that frames the walking shower.  The shower walls are in porcelain that looks exactly like calacata gold marble.  It's funny the tile installer didn't know it wasn't marble until he saw the back of it.  I bought the porcelain tiles at Classic Tiles in Brooklyn.  The vanity is custom made.
The master bathroom is on the small side so I installed a programmable tile warmer, a luxury feature that will compensate for the lack of space.
Anyone who has ever remodeled a home knows that faucets are extremely expensive.  For the shower faucets I simply left out unnecessary things such as volume control handles.  Those things complicate life, really! The main shower handle does the volume control already so why buy an extra one?  I got the big overhead shower at Lowe's and the handheld is a combination of one of those handles that come with the shower I just replaced the hose for one that you can connect separately and got the set of handles with its respective valves at a trade showroom.  After doing all that math and all the search I became more savvy about plumbing and my hubby keeps telling me that I like to complicate my life.  But when he enjoys a shower with more than one water source all hitting his body he gets to understand why I like to complicate my life and why I always choose to go through the less traveled road.  Whatever you think it's possible it's because it is!

Julie Paulino Design mosaic marble floor
 A shot of the floor and chair rail.
Julie Paulino Desgin bathroom
Our son's bathroom.  We finally got the oval shower curtain rod that was in back order (I don't stand when things are in back order) and replaced the L shaped rod we used for the previous photo shoot. 
Photos (besides the second) by Robert Levi


Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful, Julie!
Happy Wednesday.

P.S. I love this... said...

Looks beautiful. Can you share more photos of your bathroom? We are considering a masterbath remodel and want to use "real and steal" without compromising style and timelessness..

That vanity is a dream!

Karena said...

Julie, I love your bath! The vanity and mirror are so lovely!!

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The enchanted home said...

Julie your bathroom is exquisite!! Love what you have done, and your sons as elegant!

Dawn | enterloop said...

Both bathrooms are really beautiful. I love the mosaic tile. And your son's bathroom is great, too! I love the way the light fixture plays against the sky blue ceiling; the oval curtain rod with the blue and white curtain are perfect.

Anonymous said...

That is one of the most beautiful bathrooms I have ever seen. I'd love to see more of it. Kerry

classiq said...

Both bathrooms are beautiful, Julie!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for an oval curtain rod and like that one. Where did you get it?

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