Last week we shared details on Leo’s bathroom and bedroom (if you missed it, check it out here … it’s pretty darn cute!) so this week we thought it was only fair to take you on a tour of OUR ensuite!! This space feels like what dreams are made of. It’s where I feel like I can just mellow out, whether it’s drawing myself a candlelit bath or hopping in the shower for a scrub and steam … this is the space I feel the most at ease, almost like I’m in a spa somewhere far away on vacation.
There’s really not much I would consider changing in our ensuite, other than a couple of minor things. In our old bathroom (in our previous home), our closet was in the bathroom, which sounds strange but I thought it was the best thing ever! I loved the fact that we could keep the mess limited to one area. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about how our bathroom is now, I just think if we were to build a house that I would keep the closest in the bathroom or at least have them connected!
The other minor detail I miss is having an island in our bathroom (that damn Tori has one!! lol), this is another feature we had in our last house and I fell in love with it because it was a great area to keep my perfume, candles, and flowers without cluttering up our countertop! However, I absolutely love my bathroom the way it is and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Ps. We used the paint Classic Grey by Benjamin Moore in this space, it’s slightly darker than the cloud cover that we have in all of the other rooms in the house!
One of the many things I love about our ensuite is the fact that there’s a TON of storage!! Clarice from Home Image Interiors helped with the design of this and I have to admit, she’s a bit of a genius (for more than one reason!). I would totally recommend installing lots of cupboards for all of your items or do a linen tower like mine, it’s a total game changer! The fine folks at Kelowna Innovative Cabinets worked hard to install the cabinets and the linen tower in our bathroom and they also provided crown for all of our ensuite so that the entire room had the same crown as the linen tower cabinetry!
If you take a look at the linen tower you’ll notice that there are enclosed drawers, this is where I keep my hair tools, my makeup, and most of my toiletries … and then there is the area of the linen tower that is exposed behind the glass doors, this area is mainly for display purposes! This is where I like to store my Chelsea King scrunchies in a nice glass container and anything else that I feel is pretty … including bath soaks, candles, flowers, and my nice white fluffy towels. In fact, I had to put a note in between these towels so Justin stopped using them because he kept making them dirty when he has his own towels to use!! LOL!! Boys will be boys … am I right?! LOL!
The sinks and the shower are from Kohler. The steam shower was actually something that Justin and I argued about because he thought I wasn’t going to use and it that it’s bad on energy and while the latter might be true … I actually LOVE using the steam shower and frequently enjoyed it when I wasn’t pregnant. One of my favourite things to do after a busy day is to have a nice long steam to calm my nervous system. By adding some essential oils, eucalyptus, or a good scrub and listening to the sound of the steam, it immediately feels like you are in a high-end spa.
One thing I will mention here if you are building a house, don’t forget to put a niche in your shower! Whenever I designed bathrooms this was often times something I would forget in the shower and it sort of makes or breaks the experience, it’s so handy to have your shampoo and conditioner easily accessible and at a comfortable height.
I was worried mixing the tiles and the marble in this space as one has a warm tone and the other has a cool tone … you’ll come to notice that most European marbles are warm and standard marble is cool and most people don’t tend to mix and match but I ended up loving the balance of the two together. The subway and penny round tiles in this space are both from Olympia Tile and Stone and the countertops are 5141 Frosty Carrina from Caesarstone. The thing I love the most about Caesarstone quartz countertops is not only how beautiful they are, but, also that they’re seriously durable and heat resistant!
In addition to the steam shower (and before I got pregnant!) one of my other favourite things to do was to pour myself a glass of wine, turn on some music, add in some Saje bath salts and just let the day melt away as I turned into a raisin in the tub. LOL! I’m really looking forward to getting back into the habit of nightly baths soon and have my new little babe join me!! OMG, so crazy to think about!
When I was picking out which tub I wanted to go with, I didn’t measure the area where the tub was going, I just found one I liked and ordered it only to find out that the one I went with was MASSIVE. It was SO massive that our plumber told us that our hot water tank wouldn’t even be able to fill it. So, I ended up selling it as it would have cost an arm and a leg to ship back and I then ordered a claw foot tub … which then turned out to be too SMALL for our ensuite. This is turning into the home renovation version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, isn’t it?!
Welp. You’re probably wondering why I never bothered to take the dimensions and save myself all of the headaches, right?? At that time I was driving back and forth to Vancouver, filming Jillian and Justin and just had Leo so … needless to say, I just didn’t bother. LOL!! Like Justin says, “The lazy man works the hardest” LOL!! So, after being down two tubs and trying pretty much every tub that I liked from Kohler, I decided to look on Wayfair and that’s where I found the soaker of my dreams … and it was juuust right!! LOL!! Actually, funny enough, I originally found a photo of this soaker on Pinterest (1st photo below!) and had pinned it to my new house inspo board, below is the image I had saved!
Ps. Can we chat about the chandelier over the tub for a quick minute (this is from Visual Comfort for those wondering!)?? LOL! I love it to bits but the only thing that was hard about this decision was the fact that there’s a decorative light fixture in my closet, bedroom and our ensuite and I’m not a fan of too many decorative light fixtures in such a small area. So, I wanted to make sure they complimented each other. When we do the master bedroom tour, you will see that even though the fixtures are from different manufacturers the closet light fixture compliments the ensuite light fixture. I should also mention here that all of the lighting in this space is from Sylvania!
Even though the flooring (from Olympia Tile & Stone) in our bathroom is light, I’m surprised how well it hides dirt and my dark hair, it’s always a win when you don’t feel like you need to be cleaning your floors every day! LOL! Our floors in the bathroom are heated thanks to the team at NuHeat … there’s really nothing better than stepping out of a shower or bath onto a warm floor … or the feel of heated floors in the morning when you first roll out bed. The doors and windows in this space are from Plygem and the hardware on our cabinets and drawers are the Alexander Pulls in polished nickel from Emtek! The millwork and paneling (including the amazing medallion above the tub!) is thanks to Metrie!
The beautiful white drapes in this space were made by Q Design Centre, we have these throughout our home and I’m obsessed with them as they’re such amazing quality! I know that some of you will ask where the mirrors are from in our ensuite and these are actually from HomeSense! I found them for around $30 each!! The original mirrors I wanted for this space were from Pottery Barn, they came on brackets in silver and gold but every time I went to order them, they were on backorder so I originally went to HomeSense to look for temporary mirrors but fell in love with the ones I found and I don’t intend on swapping them out anymore!!
There you have it!! I hope you have enjoyed this little tour!! Make sure to swing back next week as I will take you through our MASTER BEDROOM!!
Photographed: Janice Nicolay
Flowers: A New Leaf Floral
Cabinetry Design: Clarice Maidment from Home Image Interiors
Cabinetry: Kelowna Innovative Cabinets
Pot Lights: Sylvania
Electrical: Bridge Energy
Drapery: Q Design Centre
Sinks & Shower: Kohler
Upper Bath Wall Tile: Olympia Tile & Stone
Lower Bath Wall: Olympia Tile & Stone
Shower Ceiling Tile: Olympia Tile & Stone
Pencil Trim: Olympia Tile & Stone
Floor: Olympia Tile & Stone
Heated Floors: NuHeat
Soaker Tub: Wayfair
Rug: The Cross Design
Chandelier: Visual Comfort
Wall Sconce: Wayfair
Millwork & Panelling: Metrie
Paint: Benjamin Moore Kelowna
Justin and I are so excited to work with all of the above-mentioned companies throughout our renovation and we’re so grateful for partnering with some of them on this huge project of ours!!! Stay tuned for more updates!!