rvk_loves Bath Room

At some point this year, the plan is to redesign my bathroom.  Not a lighthearted task, especially when you have a family who already fight over who's in there next!  Today we have another instalment from Rebecca's home tour and yes you've guessed it, it's her gorgeous bathroom.

From Rebecca: The bathroom was one of the hardest rooms in the house so far to remodel. Once we removed the huge cupboard that was taking over a large chunk of the room {and cutting some of that gorgeous sash window in half}, removed all the tiles and smashed out the old bath, the space initially looked promising. But then we noticed the huge plethora of old chunky pipes running around the walls. There were so many plus a big airing tank to get rid of. We knew that we wanted a freestanding rolltop bath in here, a sink unit plus as big a shower as we could fit. 

But then came the hard part, working out the layout. I remember a couple of frustrating evenings where it just didn’t seem to work. We had to keep an existing pipe route {something to do with not being able to move a waste pipe due to historic floor joists. I don’t really get the technical side of things!} and it felt like we’d hit a wall. We worked around it though drawing it out on Paint and in the end, it’s worked out well. We did have to compromise on the size of sink unit and have a single sink rather than double like we’d had in our last bathroom and you may have noticed that there’s no toilet in here. It’s in the room next door, one of the quirks of an old house I guess. In the future, we may add one in. 

I loved the idea of pretty tiles for the floor but when we discovered the original boards I decided to paint them white a la Pinterest. We used sheets of mdf tongue and groove panelling around the whole room and painted them white which helps make the room feel bigger I think. It also saved on having to replaster. The walls and floor in here are both Farrow and Ball All White. We chose white flat metro tiles for the shower but used grey grout as a contrast.

We love old quirky finds rather than buying new and it was actually all incredibly budget. Everything in here is from eBay! We up-cycled our sink unit out of a chest of drawers {full DIY here} with a mini butler sink on top. The pink wasn’t planned, it was bought in that colour and serendipitously looked good with the grey bath I’d planned so it stayed that way! Luckily for me Ben doesn’t mind. 

I love having the taps coming out of the wall for an extra feature. Our last bathroom had a lot of chrome so in this project I felt like going for antique brass. The shower enclosure, taps and sink were all new from eBay sellers. The chest of drawers, bath and radiator were from eBay second hand. The bath is plastic but we primed and painted it {in Farrow & Ball Plummett} and now you can’t actually tell that it’s not cast iron.

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Photography: Claire Graham Photography | Home: Roses and Rolltop | Paint: Farrow & Ball | Tiles: white flat metro tiles | Shower Enclosure, Taps and Sink: eBay | Chest of Drawers, Bath and Radiator: eBay | Bath Mat: So Souk

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

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"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl