Do you remember the story of Cinderella?
She was a girl who was once just like a maid doing all the not so pretty work
like scrubbing floors & washing dishes and mending clothes.
And like every girl
she wanted to go to the Grand Ball- but when the time came
she wasn’t ready.
Until her Fairy Godmother showed up and waved her magic wand
and made a little old pumpkin into a coach.
Then her torn and tattered dress became a beautiful gown.
And on her feet
she had the most gorgeous glass slippers of all.
Of course, it was just for one night in the story-
and at the stroke of midnight
her coach turned right back into a pumpkin
her dress to rags and she lost one of those slippers…
until her true love showed up with it.
But in this storybook fairytale about a bathroom…
we don’t have to wait for the glass slipper and for love to be found.
It is already here.
I cannot tell you how in love I am with this bathroom.
How many times I walk by and go into the bathroom-
and stand there and look around and just…
How that marble subway tile, those wood plank walls
and all that vintage gold mingling with them makes my heart sing.
And I have absolutely no shame that a bathroom
can make me weak in the knees.
as I have worked on re-doing this and that in this house-
I have found much more than sawdust in my hair, bruised knuckles
and random things hidden inside walls
and random things hidden inside walls
And there are many tales to tell coming up.
So this bathroom is a little bit vintage, a little bit cottage
a little bit French and a whole lot of charming.
I chose my favorite elements
vintage brassy golds
and classic style
and put them together.
The plan changed a few times along the way as the project dictated
and as my path crossed with various treasures.
Do you remember that vintage mirror I found in San Diego?
Do you remember that vintage mirror I found in San Diego?
I pretty much tossed aside the original mirror plan when I saw it.
I saw this mirror in my mind instantly above this very sink.
And with those. sconces.
Can we talk about how incredible they are?
Can you believe that they are brand new?
They are from Lowe’s.
Pretty much everything in this bathroom changed-
but I am going to break down a few specifics
but I am going to break down a few specifics
and will delve much further into each aspect separately.
We used knotty pine boards on the walls and the ceiling.
First- since our entire house has knotty pine walls- it was a perfect period fit
and we even uncovered original wood planks when we took out all the old- so they were there back in the day
and second- I am not a fan of sheetrock. Plain and simple.
The plank boards are easy to install and have such a great look.
We also used a gorgeous marble subway tile wainscot.
Perfection in my book.
The old not so relaxing ‘spa tub’
became a fresh and classic glass enclosed shower.
We made the shower completely out of marble subway tile- floor to ceiling.
Seriously. I think I could live in a house with marble in every room.
I am mildly obsessed.
And I have already told my husband that when we build
we will be using a lot of marble.
We added a custom spot for shampoo & conditioner in the shower
with a herringbone tile cubby on one wall.
and by taking out the ‘spa tub’ shelf –
we were able to get some much needed
storage which this bathroom didn’t have before.
The storage shelf area was a simple job
and you might recognize those slatted shelves
from our closet makeover.
Next to the shelf/laundry basket area- we added a huge vintage mirror.
And I have a confession.
The bathroom decor isn’t quite wrapped up yet.
You see, I have a couple pieces that are being added
but I was too excited to share already.
Can you see something different with the ceiling?
Remember the skylight?
It is there-
but it is not a tunnel with a flat ceiling any longer.
We peaked the ceiling and followed the roof line
giving the bathroom a super nice height and the opportunity to board and beam it.
Not the easiest to get a photo of really- I think I need a wide angle lens
but will show in more detail in a separate post.
The Sink & Hardware
This Bancroft pedestal sink from Kohler.
It is vintage in style and charm and absolutely fit the space perfectly.
From the simply smooth fluid lines to the ample soap space –
I chose my favorite new finish for the hardware
for the sink and shower
Champagne bronze from Delta Faucet.
Of course I already mentioned my love affair with the sconces.
Seriously these are amazing.
You might also see a vintagey chandy peeking out
because, a chandelier in every room
well, c’est moi.
I would by lying if I said this was an easy DIY renovation.
It was a lot of work.
And there was blood, sweat and even a couple tears involved- I won’t lie.
It pretty much was just like almost every other project we have taken on in this old cottage.
We had issues that cropped up that we were not anticipating
went through 3 boxes of Band Aids and did a lot of head scratching
and I might be keeping my massage therapist in business for a while 😉
But to go from this?
it was sooo worth it.
It makes me sigh to just to look at this bathroom
and I feel like a part of my style and the vision has truly come to life.
I will share a break down of each change and more about how we did it
in separate posts because this post is already too long.
So you will be seeing this Cinderella story
a lot more on here soon.
I have to give a big shout out to both of my big boys for coming home
and doing the back breaking work for the demo, my dil (almost) and daughter for helping when my fingers were sore to the bone and my ever patient husband for re-cutting each and every
little 1/16″ off tile.
and for smiling through the hiccups along the way.
You can see more of our home and this bathroom in my book
FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE & my newest book FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE INSPIRED GATHERINGS
This is probably the most beautiful bathroom I have seen. I totally understand why you would want to just stand in there- I know I would do the same exact thing! Congrats on creating a dream worthy bathroom!
Thank you so much Katy! I am pretty much in love with how it turned out. 😉
It is beyond beautiful. If you're not careful, you're going to end up with an uninvited guest. It feels like a relaxing spa and you know I love California! You always amaze me.
Haha! 😉 Thanks Julie!! You definitely need to keep me posted on when you will be out this way again- would love to meet up for a bit!
This is beyond beautiful! It is just so perfect Courtney. I'm so happy you finally wrapped this project up. It's just so pretty and soothing.
Thank you friend! I am happy to have it wrapped too! 🙂
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says
Gorgeous! Every single detail is perfect.
Thank you Sherry!
julie - eab designs says
Truly one of the most beautiful renovations I have seen. You've captured the style perfectly and it's so inviting. Just pinned it to my "Swoon Worthy" interiors pinterest board. Just gorgeous!
Thank you so much Julie~ you are so sweet! I appreciate you stopping by!
OMGorgeous Courtney! As always, love your vision and style!
I love the marble subway tile. I too want to replace a spa tub like this, I am so pinning this.
I would go stand in there and sigh, too! What I NEED to know, however, is where did you get that basket on wheels under the shelves behind the shower???
Soft Surroundings. 🙂
Elegant and cozy. A perfect blend of old and new. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.
want to duplicate this!! have an old cottage we are doing…the ceiling…is it insulated with boards over it? Loved that look but wasn't sure what to tell hubs and know he will ask! Thanks.
Yes, insulated the roof- then sheet rocked over it, then planks, then beams. Hope that helps! 🙂
Your bathroom is truly gorgeous, Courtney! The mirrors, sconces, and chandelier give it your signature look of perfection.
Thank you Debbie!
It is the prettiest bathroom I have ever seen.. Didn't realize lowes had such beautiful things. Ahhhmazing. Just gorgeous… Ru leaving window open just curious.. Beautiful job…
Haha! It's only open because it has been so hot here and I shot a lot of photos in the evening- needed a breeze! But it does close 🙂
The storage was soooo clever
Very pretty! It so fits your style. Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you Anne!
~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says
Stunning ! ! Lots of great ideas. Hopefully some day I will have the opportunity to use some of them. Thanks.
Heaven's Walk says
Oh Courtney! I'm speechless! No wonder you feel like you've stepped into Cinderella's world when you walk through that door! It's incredibly beautiful!! You all did an amazing job! Big kudos to each and every one of you! I LOVE it!
Thank you Laurie! I kind of have a little bit of a crush on it 😉
Just so awesome! The bathroom turned out so gorgeous! So happy for you. It reflects you.
Congrats! To all of you!!!!
Sandi Magle says
ABSOULUTELY GORGEOUS….no other words. I love the mix of textures… with the beadboard, beams, tiles in different patterns…really lovely!
Another beautiful renovation. I want more information and pics of the crystal chandelier, please! I am loving the sconces and the marble is so classy! I need to renovate my master bathroom and there isn't room for a tub and shower. We have fiberglass tub/showers. Not too great. I had thought about taking over the walk-in closet and making a larger bath to include a new tub and shower. You definitely have me thinking a luxury shower is all we need. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous bathroom. I love everything!
More to come 🙂
WOW! You did it again, lady!
C'est magnifique!!! Tres bien!!!
Marisa Franca @ Allourway says
*sigh* can I come live in the bathroom? I promise I'll clean up after myself. I love the light bright look. And I agree — I love marble!! Terrific job!! All that work certainly brought up a beautiful outcome.
Bonjour chère amie,
Une salle de bain qui ne manque pas de charme et de personnalité… J'aime la douceur et la lumière qui l'illumine…
Bravo et merci pour le partage de vos nombreuses photos.
Gros bisous ❀
A very stunning bathroom, so worth all the headaches and sore muscles!
It's just beautiful! Well worth the hard work!
I love it! Every singe detail. Just gorgeous.
Thanks so much Cielo!
DD's Cottage says
Wowza Courtney-SO LOVE it! The little table is the best part (ha ha ha ha)!
Haha! THE best gold table! 🙂 Thanks Darrielle!
Gay Van Beek, Canterbury Cottage Designs says
Bravo Courtney – it's lovely! Perfect in every way.
Hi Gay~ thank you! I hope you got my email -let me know if you didn't -I have been a bit behind this week. Thank you for stopping by!
As I move through this post I felt heart palpatations! This is truly one of the most stunning bathrooms I have ever seen! Such clean simple elements yet put together for an elegant but not overdone, relaxing, inviting space! I'm already imagining how to incorporate your design into our master bath…poor husband doesn't know what he's in for!! Absolutely gorgeous Courtney!
Thank you!! My husband is the same. Always surprised and shaking his head at my latest ideas 😉 We have to keep things interesting right?
Judy at GoldCountryCottage says
Really beautiful, Courtney. Everything done with charm and class as usual. I would stand there all day too..Happy Thursday..Judy
Thank you Judy! 🙂
Amazing!! You've captured ultimate elegance in this room. So beautiful!
Such a compliment- thank you!
Absolutely gorgeous – marble and gold have never been done so beautifully !
Thank you Suzan! 🙂
sharon santoni at my french country home says
What I find amazing about your tiling is the very gently colour it creates. Sometimes a sheet of marble can seem a little brash, but your subway and herringbone tiles make everything look so perfect, thank you for showing us the pictures!
Thank you Sharon- I love the subtle color and variations in it too and actually found that I enjoyed mixing the shades and veining. 🙂 Did my email reach you btw?
Your new bathroom is perfection from head to toe! The gold hardware is so elegant. I don't blame you for not being able to stop looking at it, I'm even weak in the knees!
Thanks so much Jenise!
Hi Courtney, so I have a question. I have an antique dresser that I am having marble and a sink made for it and I brought back a gorgeous mirror I just posted about. My bathroom is all white marble and white walls. I love the contrast it will have with the gold mirror and light wood vanity with the white marble. Here is the question. My existing faucet which I love is silver and shiny. Will that clash? With the gold? I didn't want to get a new faucet. Will I have to?
Hi Lee! I would say try it and see what you think maybe? You may like it. I think mixing gold and silver is totally fine. Chrome is a classic metal and I have chrome in my master bathroom with the toile and have used gold in there as well. You could always try to paint it if you don't like it? I know some bloggers have done that. Hope that helps.
sweet violets says
Love every itsy bitsy detail of this gorgeous bathroom!!! The new hardware is amazing…… I especially love how the marble tile pairs so well with the planked walls, a design dream!!! Now, I have to ask….is there a toilet??? Enjoy!!!
haha! Yes, on the other side of the large mirror. It is nothing fancy schmancy- but I will be sharing what the back of that tall wall looks like in another post- so you will see it. 🙂
And I am in LOVE with this STUNNING, ABSOLUTELTY PERFECT BATHROOM too,…
This is truly divine, perfect….the combination of the wood works, tiles, the colour scheme…
Your attention to every single detail is more than excellent, its like a poetry….
Your are so gifted, the way your always plan every little touch is adorable!!!
There is no many people like that in the designing world!!!
I AM LOVING THE BIG MIRROR, THE LIGHTING, THE CHANDELIER…THE HARD WARE is so so perfect!!!!!
The brightness of the room, its so fresh elegant and stylish….
I just cant get enough of admiring the excellent room meaning your work…truly amazing space!!!
I would definitely enjoy my morning Lavazza in there….in your company of course!!!
It’s a breath taking – perfect bathroom, ..if I will ever have a big bathroom like that…I do have my
Perfect dream one already!!!
Lots of Love _Anna
Hi Anna! Thank you so much for your sweet compliments! 🙂 Sometimes things come together and have the perfect mix and mingle- I think this bathroom is one of those rooms. I truly appreciate your kind words- thank you for stopping by!
Courney, It's absolute perfection! Making the ceiling taller by opening the rafters really makes a huge impact! Oh, I think I'm in love with marble. Did I hear you mention the possiblity of building? Your home has so much natrual character and after all the work you've done, I hope you will be staying awhile.
Hi Sandy! It is hard to think of making any change after we have poured so much into this cottage but yes, we have talked about the possibility of building down the road.
Sandy Linville says
Beautiful. Courtney!! Love your style and talent ❤️
[email protected] Designs says
I do not think I have spent more time reading one post as I did with this post….taking in every detail….so in love with this bathroom Courtney….and those sconces?….well I think there just may be a run on them at Lowe's!….truly exquisite!….Great job…a true labor of love that resulted in sheer beauty in every inch of the room!!!…Stunning!!!
Angelina at Petite Haus says
What a beautiful renovation! Of course I love the marble (I have a thing for marble), and the herringbone pattern is my favorite tile pattern! The new faucet fixtures are yummy in that champagne bronze. Congratulations on all of your hard work as it certainly paid off! – Angelina
I am in love with your bathroom Courtney! It is stunning!!! Our master bath is a someday project so of course I've pinned this to my inspiration board. Thanks for sharing your Cinderella bathroom story.
STUNNING, Courtney, simply stunning!!! Love all the bronze, gold accents, especially the mirror and sconces…WOW
Wow…I think that's all I can say. It literally took my breath away, bathroom design & kitchen design is one of my favorites and this is one beautiful room, I have seen in a long time. Every little aspect is your style to a tee, those sconces epic, the shower yes please, the mirror, all the gold o my decorating heart.
I am so glad you are finally completed and you have shared your beautiful new bathroom with us all.
Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor
I frequent your blog often, but someway I missed the bathroom post. I am about to begin a bathroom reno similar to yours. The storage/shelves beside the shower are a wonderful addition that I had not thought of. Do you mind sharing the dimensions of the shower? I would love to incorporate that shelving if my space allows.
Your makeover is lovely, and I only hope mine will turn out as beautiful.
I am going to put in your ideas in my bathroom. Loved the way you started the blog with the Cinderella story.
christine fodor says
So amazing and beautiful. It definitely has been an inspiration for my reno. I am using the same marble tiles. Can you tell me how you tiled the corners since the ends are not finished?
[email protected] Stroll Thru Life says
Oh my word, this truly is absolutely stunning. I love it all. The marble tile as wainscoting and all the way to the ceiling in the shower is gorgeous and that floor is amazing. So well done. Total perfection in my book
Pat @ bringingfrenchcountryhome says
WOW! So gorgeous and so you! Well done, Pat @ Bringing French Country Home
Absolutely magnificent… there are not enough beautiful adjectives to describe. I am so jealous. Maybe in my next life…sigh…
So, so BEAUTIFUL! Look forward to reading all the details. How is the lighting(sconces and chandy) for applying makeup. That's one of the biggest dilemmas I've run into as I plan a bathroom reno. Thanks! And enjoy that beautiful space!
What was the paint color you used in this stunning renovation?
Karen Mary Miles says
How absolutely beautiful! I'm looking for bathroom flooring, and this is perfect, but — the description on Lowe's site says it's not for foot traffic (they show it on a wall). Did you decide it would be fine on the floor, or is it something else that you used (incorrect link)? Thanks for your help! I may get my bathroom done after all! 🙂
Love it!! Curious, what color grout did you use?
Gorgeous! Curious, what color grout did you go with?
mON aMI! yOU HAVE MY DREAM BATHROOM! literally I COULD JUST MOVE IN THAT ROOM ALONE AND BE VERY HAPPY. tHE CLEAN, BRIGHT WHITE PALETTE, THOSE STUNNING MIRRORS, THE VINTAGE SINK, MARBLE FLOORS AND WALLS, AND THOSE SCONES!……..TOO MUCH VISUAL BEAUTY THAT OVERWHELMS MY SENSES. I GOT THE FEELING THAT IF YOUR FAMILY CANT FIND YOU, ALL THEY WILL HAVE TO DO IS LOOK IN YOUR NEW BATH. actually, YOUR ENTIRE HOME IS A SHOWCASE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE SEE THE BEFORE PHOTOS. yOU ARE gifted, MY DEAR, QUITE GIFTED IN SIGHT AND CREATIVITY. eNJOY THIS WELL-EARNED REPOSE!
So kind of you- thank you!
Hi! I See that i’m 5 years late to the party, but i just found you on pinterest ☺️ I am needing to choose my bathroom tile asap (or 2 weeks ago 😉) and have been PROCRASTINATING because i’m lost when I try. But yours…. I looooove this!!! can you please share more details and/or where I can buy your floor & shower tile? thank you!!!!
Hi! Both of these tiles can be found at Lowe’s. Hope that helps!
GorgEous! Can i ask what type of marble you used/where is the tile from? I love it!
Hi! This is a marble tile from Lowe’s /Home Depot- I think the type varies depending on which one you choose but they both have different options.
Lyndsea Hoard says
Do you know the Names/brands of the tile? Thanks so much.
I so love see this bathroom, it looks awesome!!!!!
MARIA LINDSAY says
I love MARBLE also! We put white marble with grey veins in our kitchen. Love the way it lights up our space… however, it is harder to clean and if the light catches all the “demarcations” from ketchup, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, etc! then it slightly irks me. i do so want to change up our small shower also & this gives me great hope!! now to talk hubby into the new reno~~ What is the best ways you have found to clean the marbles in your home? and i mean in each location. if i could find an easier way, it may help convince sir hubby! Love your site and books!!! Thank you Courtney and many hugs ~ HOPE YOU ARE SAFE DURING ALL THE FIRES HERE. ~ MARIA
Nancy Yoakum says
That turned out absolutely beautiful!!! The light, the space, the details are perfect! It is a real showcase and it also looks like you have some lucious cotton Turkish towels for all the enjoy. Well done!!!💐💕
What a vision and such patience! Youre truly inspirational.
I just love the BEAUTIFUL reno.
Love relooking at this post it gives so much inspiration!!! It is help me get focused on what i want for my shower!!! Thank you
Absolutely stunning. Have been looking at same marble combination for an upcoming bathroom reno. I keep going back and forth with the marble finish (honed vs. polished). Wondering if you marble choice is all honed (shower, floor, walls). The pictures look that way.
Yes, they are all honed.
Thank you for your timely response. I was wondering how you find upkeep of marble (shower walls and floor in particular). I currently have tumbled marble in the shower and main floor. Although main floor held up over the last 20 years, the shower floor in particular did not. Ready for an update but weary of marble upkeep in shower. Any thoughts or recommendation for floor upkeep would be appreciated. Thank you for any feedback. Be well. K
i Love your bathroom renovation. I’m in the process of getting ready to create aspa master bathroom. I know you bought the tile at Lowes for the shower. Can you share who the tile MANUFACTURER is?
Beautiful!!! YOu don’t show the toilet, is it in the same line of the faucet or in the opposite wall?
It is behind the door on that wall.
This is prob the pRettiest bathr I have ever seen. The Marble just makes such a beautiful STATEMENT. Wow and yes I love the entire room. Jean
Christine Ann Murphy says
Your bathroom reno is just what I am looking to do in my own bathroom. May I ask who the manufacturer of the wall tiles is? Did they come in boxes with the color variation or did you buy different color tiles and mix them up?
same question for the floor tiles-who is the manufacturer and did they come with the color variations or did you mix them up yourself? Thank you for your inspiring posts!
Hi Christine- the tiles came mixed that way. Since they are natural stone- they have natural variation. We did sort through and choose ones that fit each slot- and had a lot of leftovers that were not a good fit for the overall look. Same with the floor tiles- those are sheets of tile that came as they are.
Hi. Do yOu mind sharing whay kind of shower pan you ised?
well we embarked on our bathroom renovation in January. Since my husband is a contractor -the shoemaker’s kids don’t get their shoes too quickly. We are up to picking out grout and trim colors..I was wondering what color grout you chose.
I’m not inclined to having a dark grout color and it’s seems the picture shows you do not either. I find the grout chips not helpful in seeing the BIG picture. Is there a color name for the grout you chose. Thank you. Kathy
Your bathrOom is gorgeous! Do you happen to Remember the size of the marble tiles in the shower?
They are standard off the shelf- 3×6 I believe.
This bathroom is so pretty and timeless! I am about to order marble herringbone tiles for my own bathroom remodel. I’M STUCK IN ANALYSIS PARALYSIS 🙂 Do you know if your floor tiles are 1″ x2″ or 1″ x 3″.