The Tale of “The Lady of the Lake Goes Condo”. Chapter 2: “The Mermaid Guest Bathroom, a Small Space Design”

And so it was done………..the Lady of the Lake called once again upon her Design Fairy Godmother.

This time, our Lady wished to create two new Bathrooms in her Lake condo, one for her Mermaid Water nature and one for her Dragon Earth nature.

Our Tale is about the Mermaid Guest Bathroom, watery in feeling, and custom designed to the wishes of, The Lovely Lady of the Lake.

The guest bedroom ensuite, for our Lady’s many guests, was also to be used as the main bathroom for welcomed visitors, as it had a second door conveniently leading to her main living space.

Unfortunately it was long and very narrow with little room to navigate for a magical guest with extra tails, legs or tentacles! The vanity had long oversized doors, which when opened, took up most of the small space. And inside the vanity was the Black Ink Hole of no return—things disappeared into its depths unless you had a flashlight or a deep sea, electric eel’s head. Finding Nemo would have been next to impossible! The shower was very narrow, enclosed by solid walls and built for one slim fish—at a time!

Shimmering water, mother of pearl, shells and sand, frothy foam, ocean waves, mermaid tails, and an awesome Lady of the Lake inspired a new serene space….and that dear ones, is a true magical transformation………

The Design Fairy Godmother arrived with her Merry Mermen this time, contractor, electrician, plumber and carpenters, as much of their work would be done while gurgling bubbles and following the condo rules.

They demo’d everything, taking down the walls of the shower too, so they could create the Design Fairy Godmother’s new roomy bath design. They added feature pot lights, shower light, and repositioned a new vanity light. The Mer-Plumber reconfigured the shower faucets, controls and showerhead to another wall to accommodate the new design, as well he fixed a deep oceanic condo plumbing problem—taming a dripping beast.

The wall tile was artfully placed to create an expansive feeling of more width. Square white tiles were placed from floor to 2/3 of the way up the wall, continuing around the room. A small, rectangular, brick style, edge tile of natural shell, white glass, and mother of pearl was inserted at the top of the white tile to further define a horizontal line.  Now our space is breathing air and ocean.

The floor tile was a “sand” colored rectangular shape with a subtle wavy linear texture. Our contractor Merman laid our tiles across the narrow width to give an illusion of more space and also staggered them in brick formation. Ahhhhhhh…….. more breath…………….

A Glass shower designed by the Design Fairy Godmother was installed by SHOWER DELUXE to give a larger inner space, using sandblasted glass for privacy. The textural effect was like sea froth, and the color- like the sea. A chrome towel bar/handle was installed on the glass door. Inside the shower a feature wall was finished with combined square white tiles and white glass subway tiles in brick formation.  Additionally, a niche was built in, with glass shelves to store shampoo, creams, crustaceans and all things necessary for a clean, happy and presentable mermaid. Placing the glass where a thick wall used to be, gave a good 4” in the width of the new shower, tail and tentacle room to spare!

All faucets, knobs, controls, showerhead, lighting, towel bars, robe hooks and even vanity handles were in a silver chrome finish to create a watery light feeling.

A calming wall color was chosen, by matching a color in our Lady’s seashell art pieces. A warm gray with aquamarine undertones, BM Gray Cashmere #2138-60 was the perfect choice above the white wall tiles to continue the illusion of depth and breath. This color was harmonious in the flow to the guest room and to the hall of the living space. Ceiling, doors and molding were painted in BM Oxford White #CC-30.

A custom vanity, designed by the Design Fairy Godmother created space and order for all the generous and much needed supplies for the Lady of the Lake’s honored guests. Custom built by IGOMATT INDUSTRIES INC., of Toronto, and painted in BM Oxford White #CC-30, with two generous doors, shelves and three drawers, this roomy vanity had a light airy look. An asymmetrical wave pattern was designed for the doors, and accentuated by a wavy vertical handle design from LEE VALLEY TOOLS. A CAESARSTONE custom countertop from ARISTON MARBLE & GRANITE LTD., in “sparkle” white adorned the top of this water fantasy vanity and glittered like a mermaid tail!

A spacious mirror from KOHLER, was placed above the vanity strategically to create a window of light and depth. A rectangular mirror from LOWES was hung above the wall tile across from the shower to create an illusion of width in a very tight space.

Two “Hotel Style” Towel shelves in chrome were installed over the toilet, so her guests’ towel supply would never run out! …and a great use of small space!

Decorative seashell embroidered towels hung from The Lady’s towel bars. The Lady of the Lake’s own framed artwork of shells and star fish were placed across from the vanity mirror. Whoever gazes upon them, will be gently reminded of the sea………………

And……..whoever enters the Mermaid Guest Bath will be gently touched by watery memories of the ancestry of. ……………………….The Lady of the Lake………….

THE END of Chapter 2….now to Chapter 3

© 2013 Andrea Carini

© 2013 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Claire Louise Foster

INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

A Guest Bath Fit For Any Mermaid Or Merman!

BEFORE:

A typical 1970’s condo style bathroom needing serious updated renovation! (Before the Lady was ready for full renovation -“in between stage”- and to make the space more “livable”, we initially painted the walls & vanity to “lighten” the room, which you will see in the following BEFORE & DURING pics.)

A typical 1970’s condo style bathroom needing serious updated renovation! (Before the Lady was ready for full renovation -“in between stage”- and to make the space more “livable”, we initially painted the walls & vanity to “lighten” the room, which you will see in the following BEFORE & DURING pics.)

This original shower is so cramped and tiny!

This original shower is so cramped and tiny!

A thick wall that closes in the shower and houses all the plumbing, will be removed.  The old shower floor and walls show its “pretty” time has past….years ago!

A thick wall that closes in the shower and houses all the plumbing, will be removed. The old shower floor and walls show its “pretty” time has past….years ago!

Original Track Lighting…..Ugh!….and just not functional……but with our team- we will  re-configure the electrical to suit our client’s needs!!!!A PLAN

Original Track Lighting…..Ugh!….and just not functional……but with our team- we will re-configure the electrical to suit our client’s needs!!!!A PLAN

THE PLAN!

A rough elevation sketch for the new bath design and placement of fixtures by Andrea Carini.

A rough elevation sketch for the new bath design and placement of fixtures by Andrea Carini.

A new curvy vanity to replace the old! The inspiration rough sketch by Andrea.

A new curvy vanity to replace the old! The inspiration rough sketch by Andrea.

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Demolishing the old— including that shower wall, and installing the new wiring!

The electrical design plan reconfigures the fan, vanity light, adds 3 feature pot-lights, including one in the shower, and all new plugs and switches. Yea!

The electrical design plan reconfigures the fan, vanity light, adds 3 feature pot-lights, including one in the shower, and all new plugs and switches. Yea!

The shower plumbing was completely reconfigured to the guest bedroom wall. Because of the electrical found in this wall, there were limitations as to how much we could add or do—so sorry! no additional handheld shower!

The shower plumbing was completely reconfigured to the guest bedroom wall. Because of the electrical found in this wall, there were limitations as to how much we could add or do—so sorry! no additional handheld shower!

AFTER:

A stunning renovation for a very small and narrow bath space! Tons of storage was incorporated in this smart design to organize and welcome any guest-land or sea!

A stunning renovation for a very small and narrow bath space! Tons of storage was incorporated in this smart design to organize and welcome any guest-land or sea!

A Custom vanity with wavy curves and storage to the max (3 full drawers and inside shelves)!... glittery, Ceasarstone custom counter with rounded profile, double medicine cabinet with more mega storage,  new lights-feature pots, wall sconce and new “neat” electrical plugs & switches!.. chrome decorative details …lovely tile choices including a shell, white glass and mother of pearl horizontal tile insert, makes this bathroom serene and welcoming.

A Custom vanity with wavy curves and storage to the max (3 full drawers and inside shelves)!… glittery, Ceasarstone custom counter with rounded profile, double medicine cabinet with more mega storage, new lights-feature pots, wall sconce and new “neat” electrical plugs & switches!.. chrome decorative details …lovely tile choices including a shell, white glass and mother of pearl horizontal tile insert, makes this bathroom serene and welcoming.

Curved faucets & handles grace the top of our vanity like a bird on the sand.

Curved faucets & handles grace the top of our vanity like a bird on the sand.

“Hotel Style” chrome towel racks add more convenient storage while our medicine cabinet mirror reflects the other side of the bathroom. The opposite wall hosts The Lady’s own” sea art”, while an additional mirror hangs in the shower area creating the illusion of light and air! The horizontal, decorative tile winds all the way around the room, further deceiving the eye--- Wider Space? Hmmm!

“Hotel Style” chrome towel racks add more convenient storage while our medicine cabinet mirror reflects the other side of the bathroom. The opposite wall hosts The Lady’s own” sea art”, while an additional mirror hangs in the shower area creating the illusion of light and air! The horizontal, decorative tile winds all the way around the room, further deceiving the eye— Wider Space? Hmmm!

The mirror reflects another view of the glass shower in relation to the rest of the space. The shower design, completely tiled inside, leaves “breathing space” at the top for it’s glass shower wall & door.

The mirror reflects another view of the glass shower in relation to the rest of the space. The shower design, completely tiled inside, leaves “breathing space” at the top for it’s glass shower wall & door.

The shower’s Sandblasted Glass finish allows privacy, but still gives an airy & watery feel. The new glass shower wall added much more space inside the shower and was placed outside the tile floor step for maximum space.

The shower’s Sandblasted Glass finish allows privacy, but still gives an airy & watery feel. The new glass shower wall added much more space inside the shower and was placed outside the tile floor step for maximum space.

A Niche was built inside the shower with a glass shelf to hold all one’s necessary beauty products. A white glass subway tile (matching the glass in the tile insert) was added to the shower interior for design interest and texture. The shower door opens another very calming perspective.

A Niche was built inside the shower with a glass shelf to hold all one’s necessary beauty products. A white glass subway tile (matching the glass in the tile insert) was added to the shower interior for design interest and texture. The shower door opens another very calming perspective.

This beautiful shower angle shows an elegant, clean, sophisticated style expressed in a small space!

This beautiful shower angle shows an elegant, clean, sophisticated style expressed in a small space!

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The Tale of “Contractor, Contractor, Where Art Thou?”

This is not a story for the faint of heart. Listen well and learn my children.

Once upon a time there was a goodly homeowner who wished for a beautiful new bathroom. One that would never leak into his living room ceiling, damage his floors and put him out of his home for many a moon, as the current old washroom had.

Now, my dears, this is a story known to many unfortunate folk and told again and again until the cows come home. Moo!

Some folks call a friend to discuss the problem and seek advice. Some call their reliable contractor with whom they have an established working relationship. And some call their favorite Design Fairy Godmother (Me!!!) who comes armed with her magic wand, her happy binder for project management, a great contractor and band of merry men (tradesmen and tradeswomen, that is).

Our goodly homeowner, having gotten advice from friends, decided to be his own contractor. Now this could work for those at home weaving flaxen cloth, with time to spare for trades scheduling, and project management. However, most  have fulltime jobs answering to a sometimes grumpy Duke or Duchess who won’t allow the time off.

After many moons, and truly heroic and exhausting attempts at trying to work fulltime and organize this domestic disaster, our goodly homeowner, brought in his Design Fairy Godmother (ME!), as he could no longer stand the plaster dust, the inactivity, or the black Troll Gob he blew into his tissue at night. YUK!

The Design Fairy Godmother (Me!), blew the plaster dust off her wand, designed a lovely new washroom, called in her Contractor Chieftains, and organized all other tradespeople to demolish, reconfigure, renovate and custom build “The Most Beautiful Bathroom in the Land”…….or at least on the street.

Custom cabinets and vanity were designed and custom built, with chrome knobs and handles from Restoration Hardware, granite countertop from ARISTON Marble & Granite LTD; Coach and spa lights from Union Lighting highlighted all features; tub and shower faucets, spout and shower heads from Dupont Plumbing, were lovely sculptural details; gorgeous glass, marble, and granite wall and floor tiles from OLYMPIA Tiles warmed the space; and a custom mirror and framing of original art from Eclectic Gallery decorated the space with sparkle.

The goodly homeowner, moved back into his Sacred Castle. His first shower, in his spectacular new bathroom was an experience like Nirvana, that satiated his wishes and was his dream come true—and there was still a little fairy dust left behind………….

THE END

© 2012 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Claire Louise Foster
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

The Goodly Home Owner’s Bathroom Reno, A Transformation into a Princely Space.

BEFORE: A Tiny Space, where the door opened into the tub and grazed the sink counter. Okay for Rumplestilskin! Time to re-think, design & reconfigure.

DURING:…And they came with their trusty Hammers, Crowbars, and all other Weapons of Destruction to tear down what was and to  build what will be…

AFTER: A soaker tub with “step for bath supplies and storage niche above with glass shelves.

AFTER: Left; A feature wall, with glass tiles, half shower glass and gorgeous contemporary faucets and shower pieces. Right; Custom Vanity & mirror, Original Art Photography, & tile detail.

AFTER: Left; The original small window removed, transformed into a longer, larger light source created with glass block. Steel Blue glass tile combined with a “frame” of handpainted glass feature tile, harmonize with a black granite (used in floor), lining on the inside of the window.
Right; Granite & marble Floor in diagonal pattern creates an optical illusion of more space. Custom cabinetry utilizes all “dead space” into practical space that fully functions.Design of all cabinetry inspired by  original cabinetry in this 1920’s home.

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS OF WISDOM:

  • VERY IMPORTANT! If you can’t take the time to be there ALL the time, DON’T try to do it yourself—HIRE SOMEONE competent.
  • IF you have a favorite Interior Designer, she/he would most likely have their own professional Goodly Contractor, and tradespeople, and  he/she will also project manage. If you don’t have one, call or e-mail me …or say my name 3 times and I’ll appear.
  • Make sure your Goodly Contractor has insurance and a license. If he comes highly recommended through someone you know, who has actually had work done by him, then you can pretty well be assured of the contractor’s skill, experience and integrity. Ask to see the work.
  • A really good contractor is usually someone you have to wait for. So be patient and get in line. It will so be worth it!
  • Always get references (at least 3), testimonials and see a portfolio of the Goodly Contractor’s work. His reputation is a valuable asset.
  • A Goodly Contractor will give you a proper written estimate, a complete proposal, broken down with a list of all work he will provide you. Should there be additions or changes, the price will also change. Be aware of what you ask for and be very clear of the scope of your job.
  • A professional contractor will never ask you for 50% of the money up front. Initially it’s about 10-15% for materials up front, depending on the job, so he  can get started.
  • Should you be interviewing Goodly Contractors, meet several and get their estimates. DO NOT take the cheapest deal!!! A Goodly Contractor will not budge on his price as it is based on facts and professional experience. Choose SKILL OVER PRICE…..you will be relieved you did.
  • A most important asset for your Goodly Contractor is his ability to clearly communicate with you, the Goodly Homeowner, and his understanding of the value of this. With this in place, few if any misunderstandings will occur, and constant feedback will help to produce a successful renovation and a good working relationship!
  • Now that you have found your Dream Contractor or Designer, stay with him/her as you already know they are great! Get ready for your next Magical Reno!!