August 8, 2016

Our fresh bathroom!


Ta-da! Like magic, our new bathroom is complete. Well, not really – it look about three weeks and countless tradespeople to get this finished. I am so happy with the final product and I think it really has the same vibe as our inspiration. I definitely underestimated how much time and money this renovation would use… we went over on both counts.

Here is the very satisfying/scary ‘before’ picture. I am slowly forgetting the mouldy shower-screen, the white tapware, the water that refused to come out of the bath taps, the aircon vent that had dropped months before, the INTERNAL WINDOW, the blue and beige colour scheme. Sure, it was functional, but it really needed a refresh.


RenovatedBathroomThe best thing about this picture below are the Marimekko towels I won last year:


Ah, this Ikea vanity is much better. We’ll see if it stands the test of time and use, but given that it was exactly what I wanted (and pretty well priced) I couldn’t say no. Choosing a height to have the vanity was one of the hardest parts of the renovation. We had our plumber, Laurence, out to move the pipes a bit and almost had to have him come out again when my dad (who tiled) suggested it was too low! I may have freaked out a little bit so Laurence invited us to his place to check out his vanity which was even lower than what we were going to have. I’m so glad we did that, because what we had was absolutely fine and saved having to rip up tiles AND move the plumbing. Also, I know it’s only a small detail, but we ended up buying a slimline powerpoint and light-switch which gives the room a slightly more modern feel.


Ryan and I had initially decided to splurge on real marble for the bench tops. We had a sample piece given to us by really helpful staff at Beyond Stone, and I tested if my makeup marked the stone. I was pretty disappointed when the next day I couldn’t get some of the mark off, so we decided to give it a miss as it would be too much upkeep. We ended up ordering Caesar Stone in the Calacatta Nuvo finish, which I LOVE. It’s bright and white with a nice marble finish through it. Here’s my beaded box I purchased at the Ubud markets in Bali a few months back with my beautiful Bridget Bodenham planter sitting pretty on my new benchtop. RenovatedBathroom3

The white marble hex against the white tiles keeps the design subtle and also brings in the element of the benchtop and black hex flooring. We ended up going for white matt 300×600 wall tiles and black hexagonal floor tiles. My dad (being the amazing dad he is) did all the tiling for this bathroom free of charge, which is incredible. By the end, I’m sure he wanted to divorce me as a daughter as laying the floor tiles were utterly fiddly and time consuming. Beware of tiler costs if you buy similar tiles! RenovatedBathroom4

Our glorious rain shower head is the brand Dorf and was a special order from Reece. I was determined to find a rounded goose neck shower, so we did end up splurging on this item. It’s SO GOOD though. It’s better than any shower I’ve ever been in, to be quite honest. The other taps and all three mixers in the bathroom are the brand Phoenix. I found a good price for them online and Masters happily (begrudgingly?) matched it PLUS took an additional 10% off. Oh, and we had to return our original taps as they were quarter turns which is apparently a big no-no for Perth’s water. We had about four different people telling us to stay clear of them as they continuously leak and just get a mixer instead!


The feature of the bathroom is really the amazing Velux skylight! It lets SO much natural light in that I don’t have to put the light on during the day anymore. If you can fit it within your budget I would most definitely recommend one (or two, or three). Having the skylight means I can have my favourite Lightly planter hanging from the ceiling. RenovatedBathroom5

I had purchased these Muuto Dots from Arrival Hall a few months back with the thought I would hang them in my bedroom when I repainted but they wound up in here holding our towels and some of my necklaces. Perfection!



Demolishing was way messier than I expected. I also didn’t expect that the walls were going to be so wonky and that both my brother and my dad would have to spend a day fixing the lean before tiling. There was also dust literally everywhere in the house. Don’t even bother cleaning during the process!


My brother-in-law Ben (being blinded by the light) who tore our ceiling and roof apart installing the skylight. BathroomDuring5

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I actually quite like this look before the white grout went in!  BathroomDuring

We probably spent about $12,000 (maybe more… eek) in total and were without a shower at our place for two weeks. Luckily we had a bit of extra cash saved up so we could afford the additional surprises!

Here’s our supplier list if you’re interested:
Stone benchtop:
Showerscreen and mirror (both custom): Peter’s Glazing
Tiles: Imported Ceramics
Basin: Sink Warehouse
Tapware: Phoenix brand from Masters. Dorf showerhead from Reece.
Skylight: Velux
Vanity: Ikea
Plumber: Laurence at Men on Tap. He also organised the electrician which was super helpful.










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  • Reply mahani August 10, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Excellent work! And yay for dads! My dad rebuilt all of the walls in our bathroom reno and saved us a fortune. The walls were not only crooked but ravaged by termites so had to be completely replaced.

  • Reply mahani August 10, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Hehe! Just noticed Men on Tap 🙂

  • Reply Stacey August 28, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Love this Jess! We are about to start our bathroom reno – daunting but so exciting! Going to check out th skylight for sure… Such a great idea and our bathroom needs some natural light!

    • Jessica Holmes
      Reply Jessica Holmes August 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

      Yes definitely check out the skylight Stace! The only issue with them is that they make EVERY SINGLE GREY HAIR show up. Yikes. Have fun with the reno, it’s worth the pain.

  • Reply Allan Mclean August 29, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    awesome i love the frameless shower screens

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