July 7, 2011

Interior Design

Yesterday we met with our new interior designer, and the designated project manager, for the master bath re-do we have planned. A couple of weeks ago we met with two local designers. I passed on the first because while she had great credentials, the amount of money she thought we ought to spend on the bathroom equaled about a fifth of our house's worth. The second designer, who also does contemporary spaces, although ours is eclectic more than modern, also has great credentials, but I felt far more comfortable with her.

A few days after signing the contract with her, she sent out the project manager and his assistant to measure the space and take photographs. Not long thereafter we received three design concepts and some photos. We decided on the concept we liked best, then I began to get additional ideas so that when our Big Meeting happened yesterday, I'd be able to show them what my "ideal bathroom" looks like.

BTW, for those of you interested in interior design, Houzz.com is a fantastic resource...I actually located some of the photos our project manager sent to us for perusal while going through ideas, and soon discovered our designer had 181 photos on Houzz as well. Anyway, on Saturday and Saturday night, because local bathroom showrooms all closed down for the Fourth of July weekend, I created an ideabook at the site that featured the colors I gravitate towards, tub and shower designs, etc.

I was thrilled that they had intuited my design aesthetic and brought wood and tile samples in my color palette, which happens to be sea foam green, and various shades of gray as the neutral influence. As I explained to Rachael, "think Vermont"—the color of the granite you see as you drive the highways that pass through the mountains, with their cutaways of the granite within— and "organic." We plan bowl sinks, a white free-standing tub, but not one with claw feet, a shower with two glass walls that will open up an end of the bathroom, cabinetry that doesn't rest on the ground and includes open areas for that "spa look," and drawer space made for jewelry. All of this meets our design aesthetic but also takes into consideration resale, as we would love to leave Dallas as soon as the housing market picks up.

Here are some photos from my Houzz ideabook:

Master Bath contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom design by seattle interior designer
Garret Cord Werner

Tub and shower configuration, though the tile wall is actually our outside wall, with a large window over the tub
XStyles Bath Design Studio contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom design by detroit kitchen and bath Tanya Woods

Inset for shampoos and such
Raven Inside Interior Design contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom design by vancouver interior designer Claudia Leccacorvi

Rain Shower Head
Cambridge Modern Bath modern bathroom

modern bathroom design by boston architect LDa Architecture & Interiors

Above floor and "open" cabinetry
Luxury Bathroom contemporary bathroom

contemporary bathroom design by new york general contractor Prestige Custom Building & Construction, Inc.

Color Scheme (the lighter gray)
Tribeca Loft modern bathroom

modern bathroom design
by new york architect Ann Marie Baranowski Architect PLLC

Bowl sink...although ours won't be glass, and will be the same oval shape as the tub


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