One Room Challenge :: Week 2

contemporary bathroom vanity

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge and today I’m sharing what inspired the design for my master bathroom + walk-in closet and the demolition process. Let’s start with the master bath. The space (as you can see from the before images) is a long and narrow – approximately 7.5′ x 24′. The original 1940s bathroom was enlarged and remodeled in the 50s and featured beautiful metallic silver and pink wallpaper. Closets, a double vanity and makeup vanity were added in the process. At first I wanted to removed the closets and add a free standing tub at the far end of the bathroom, but after living in the space I grew to love functionality, storage and high-quality. In the end, I decided to keep the footprint as is and focus on new flooring (the wall-to-wall carpet had to go!), fixtures and finishes (I was a little sad to see that the pink wallpaper had to go).
master bath floorplan // @simplifiedbee

As for the look and feel of the master bathroom, I wanted the space to feel contemporary, yet timeless. As you know, I love the hexagon and really wanted to incorporate the a hex or octagonal pattern somewhere. This tile floor in a bathroom by Grant Gibson (below) served as inspiration. I love the chunky marble bench seat too!
mosaic tile floor // bathroom // grant gibson

This bathroom designed by Laura Tutun also has a look and feel I love. The clean lined vanity with large square pulls are the best!
white bathroom // laura tutun interiors

Once I had a vision in mind, I started sourcing for the bathroom. Here are a few items that caught my eye at first glance:

master bathroom inspiration // one room challenge // @simplifiedbee

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1 wall sconce // 2 lamb bench by jonathan adler  // 3 liquid amber by kamala nahas

4 ketut natural linen from caroline cecil textiles // 5 marble octagon tile // 6 brass octagon mirror

The bones of my husband’s walk-in closet are pretty good. There are a couple tweaks including adding some upper shelving in lieu of a second clothing rack.

master walk-in closet before // ORC // simplified bee

As for the look and feel, I had a good idea what I wanted from the start. We used a neutral wave pattern wallpaper by Cole and Son (available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest) in our last closet and loved it so much I’m using it again. It has a wonderful calming effect that my husband loves and it’s a great starting point for the overall design.

wave pattern wallpaper // closet // @siimplifiedbe

Now onto demolition. Because we have an older 1940s home, several materials (plaster walls, tile, etc) were tested for asbestos and lead before we started the demo process. It’s always best to know what you are dealing with ahead of time for the safety of you and your contract workers. The bathroom’s vintage pink tile was tested and it came back positive for low levels of lead. The lead is actually found in the glaze of the tile and isn’t harmful until it’s disturbed. Therefore, the demo had to be done with special precautions including wearing a toxic barrier respirator, using a HEPA filter vac and covering over vents and doorways to keep dust from contaminating other areas. If you are thinking of having an older home renovated, consult with environmental inspection & control company first. If you do have hazardous materials that need to be removed, they can recommend specialized abatement companies in your area to do the work.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbeemaster bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Once the carpet was removed in the master bathroom we discovered that there was an additional sub-floor that once had linoleum over it. Linoleum floors produced in the 1950s commonly used an adhesive on the back side that contains asbestos. Because we didn’t know what the gray paper material consisted of (see image below), so we had it tested. In a matter of a few hours, I received a call from the environmental inspection company that surprising the material came back negative for asbestos and we could move on safely. Whew! We dodged a bullet that would have set us back a few days.

master bath demo // @simplifiedbee

Tune in next week… I’ll be sharing paint colors, wallpaper and stone selections for the master bathroom.

I’m so excited to see what the other ORC participants are up to! From bedrooms to kitchens – this talented group is transforming some fabulous spaces.

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** first image via kapito muller
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19 Responses to One Room Challenge :: Week 2

  1. Maria/simplenaturedecor April 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    This reminds me so much of my construction on my bathroom, so happy its over, but I wished I had this post to get me inspired, because I am digging your pics. So classy, simple and beautiful. I am also doing my first OCR and its on my guest bedroom. Stop by if you have a few. Love you expertise
    Warmest Reagrds

    • Cristin April 19, 2016 at 9:43 am #


      Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I’m striving for a beautiful bathroom – hoping it all comes together within the timeline 🙂


  2. Kris {Driven by Decor} April 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    This is right up my alley – I can’t wait for all of the inspiration your makeover will bring since we’re jumping into a master bathroom addition later this year!

    • Cristin April 19, 2016 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks Kris!

      Now, just crossing my fingers and toes I can pull it together by the due date!


  3. Anna Lynn Garrett April 15, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    I can’t get enough of marble in a bathroom! Seriously love that bench and can’t wait to see the closet transformation!

    Cheers! xo the Waiting on Martha team

    • Cristin April 15, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      Thank you so much!!! It is exciting 🙂

  4. Barbara April 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    I love the design!! Going to be beautiful when finished <3

    • Cristin April 15, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Thanks so much Barbara!

  5. Kevin | Thou Swell April 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    I’m loving the idea of a hex or octagonal tile pattern. I’m also digging the fur stool – so fun!

    • Cristin April 14, 2016 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks so much Kevin!

  6. Sarah Walker of The Curated House April 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Diving into a construction project for this 6 week design dare officially makes you one of the brave few. I can tell from your presentation boards and inspiration images it is going to be nothing short of stunning. Can’t wait to watch it all unfold! xx Sarah

  7. Linda @ Calling it Home April 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Nothing like raw plumbing to feel like you are beyond the point of no return. The plan is beautiful. Love the wallpaper, too.

  8. the misfit April 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    Hey! I love following along with these. I love your choices so far, but the OCD requires me to say: Grant Gibson’s bathroom may have hexagonal tilework, but the tile you are proposing to use (which is beautiful) is OCTagonal. Eight sides! The hexagonal tile has earned its share of admiration, but I worry that the octagonal tile is underloved. Maybe your bathroom will help change that!

    • Cristin April 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

      you are so right! editing my text to reflect that.

      many thanks!


  9. Grace from April 13, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Oh hey! I used that tile in my Kids Bathroom Makeover! I LOVE it!

    See the full makeover here.

    Your ORC plan looks great, can’t wait to see it.

    • Cristin April 13, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      Looks amazing!!! your kids’ must love their bathroom!


    • liz n. April 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      What a great makeover, Grace!

  10. Elise April 13, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    I feel like you’re well on your way to making a master bath of my dreams. Good thing we haven’t gutted ours yet!!! And you’re so right…that marble seat is a DREAM!!!! xx

    • Cristin April 13, 2016 at 8:27 am #

      Thanks so much Elise! A marble bench is in the plans 🙂