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The Mountain Fixer: The Final Kids Bath Design (+ Shopping Links)

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Emily Henderson Kids Bath Render Opener Final

The kids bathroom in the mountain house is the biggest risk we’re taking in the whole house, but we are EXTREMELY excited about it. A month or so ago, you guys chose the materials (it was between that insanely gorgeous green quartzite we were secretly crossing all of our appendages would win and the blue zellige tile that I know would have been beautiful, too). It was pretty close(ish)…58% to 42%. A kids bathroom is a great place to have a little more fun, be playful with your colors and materials because, well…kids are fun and playful. Of course, kids grow up eventually, but nothing about this bathroom’s design feels “kid” necessarily, so I think it will definitely age well.

So now it’s time to show you how we actually designed it with those materials that won. As a recap, this bath looked like this before it was demo’d:

Emily Henderson Lake House Intro Before Plans Grid Upstairs Bathroom New 2

It’s upstairs across the hall from the bunk room (not attached to it because we wanted the kids’ room to be attached to the attic and we couldn’t do both).

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Floor Plan Second Floor Kids Bath 2 7.17.18

Originally, when you opened the door, you were faced with the toilet, with the bath and vanity on the left side, but we rearranged it so that, instead, you saw the tub first, which meant that the tub surround was our real “moment.”

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Kids Bathroom Update Floor Plan Original Vs Final

You chose the materials that we would use (see this post for the one that was rejected!). We were SO glad that this version won, but Brian is still VERY skeptical about that green quartzite.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper I Design You Decide Kids Bath Materials Final 2

Vanity Backsplash Tile | Emerald Quartzite | Window Frame | Countertop Marble | Floor Tile

And here is how we laid it all out.

Emily Henderson Mountain House Kidsbathsumnt Upstairs Render Vanity Closeup 1

EEK. I’m SO excited about this bathroom. The emerald stone (which we’re going to hone or leather) is the big moment here, with the quieter white tile supporting it (in a parquet pattern) and the modern brass fixtures from Kohler—who I partnered with for the mountain house (and Portland house) bathrooms—being a big star.

Because of my partnership, I was lucky enough to preview their Finish to Order program, which lets me personalize the faucet I want in the finish I want, which is then made to order. Customization, folks. Head to your local Kohler Signature Store or Kohler Experience Center to find out more about the program.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Kids Bath Upstairs Final Product Vanity Adj

Mirror | Sconce | Composed Faucet & Cross Handles | Caxton Undermount Sink | Composed Towel Holder | Cabinet Pulls | Cabinet KnobsComposed Robe Hook | Composed Towel BarPoplin Vanity | Marble Countertop | Corbelle Toilet | Composed Toilet Paper Holder

We chose the Poplin vanity because it’s simple and classic, and those shaker doors add some warmth to all those hard surfaces. The biggest challenge of this house has been balancing these really modern fixtures (me) with the rustic/cabin feel (Brian) and this felt like it was a good fit for that marriage of styles (and my marriage). This vanity also provides a ton of storage and can include electrical outlets inside for razors, hair dryers, etc…tons of great personalization options offered here. It comes in a variety of finishes but we ordered these way before we designed the bathroom so we chose the linen white to be safe and it’s probably what I would have chosen again (although I do love the teak finish). We went with a toe-kick versus legs in this bathroom because it was up against the side wall and I liked that slightly more built-in effect. Also, because it’s the kids’ bath and they will likely be messy with their water, we didn’t want water to get trapped underneath the vanity.

The faucet we picked is from the new Composed line and it’s SO BEAUTIFUL. It wasn’t available in the states until recently but I saw it at the Kohler Experience Center in LA in the international center (for designers designing abroad with different codes and therefore different fixtures) and fell IN LOVE with it in the vibrant polished brass. It couldn’t be more streamlined and simple, and in that modern polished brass, it looks really high end and hotel-like. This is the only faucet that Brian thinks is too modern for him, but he was fine with it in here since I loved it so much. The cross handles feel more classic and kinda calms down the sleekness of the faucet.

We are using the Caxton undermount sink in a rectangle shape versus round or oval to help it feel more modern (although I like all three options), and topping it with a white honed Thassos that works beautifully with the tile backsplash and the emerald quartzite.

The Corbelle toilet is one of Kohler’s newest toilets and features their cleanest flush yet. It’s great for a few reasons. It’s affordable while still having some pretty cool features like ContinuousClean technology (this fights germs, stains and other yucky stuff) and CleanCoat technology which together actually and visually keeps the toilet cleaner longer. Every time you flush, ContinuousClean dispenses a small, consistent dosage of your toilet bowl cleaner tablet of choice that’s housed in the tank away from kids and pets. Because it’s special and optimized, each tablet can last more than a year (instead of dropping one into your tank and running through them within weeks). Yay for less toilet scrubbing.

To bring in wood and warmth we have wood cabinet pulls and knobs and this insanely beautiful and yet totally simple sconce from Allied Maker that I’ve wanted forever. If you are interested in the micro-bubble sconce trend and want some more affordable options, see this post. These are made beautifully in the US and we chose the walnut and blackened brass finish options.

For the mirror, we went with a rounded rectangle, although we haven’t purchased it yet so this could change. But we are going to hinge it and build into the vanity wall to create shelving behind it like a medicine cabinet. Yes, we could just buy an actual medicine cabinet but we are hoping to have something that looks more like a pretty mirror on tile and less like a built-in medicine cabinet, but we’ll see.

Now to the bathtub/shower side of the room.

Kidsbathsumnt Render Tub Side By Side

The entire surround, tub front and top will be in the honed or leathered emerald stone. This is what scares Brian, and I get it and it kinda scares me, too, but unlike the Portland house, I can take more risks here because it’s ours and we aren’t trying to sell it. I want to create some more risky, editorial moments in this house and this is one of them. Also, my team and I saw this stone in person and it’s SO BEAUTIFUL, whereas Brian hasn’t yet. He’s only seen the polished sample and having it in a matte finish makes a huge difference.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Kids Bath Upstairs Product Shower Adj

Purist ShowerheadComposed Transfer Valve Trim With Cross Handle | Composed Volume Control Valve Trim With Cross Handle Composed Thermostatic Valve Trim With Lever Handle | Shift Handshower | Composed Bath Spout | Underscore Drop-in Bathtub | Emerald Quartzite

The shower suite has mostly the same Composed line of the vanity with the exception of the Purist showerhead as they don’t have a shower head as of now, but the two look great together as you can see (a huge plus of pulling from the same manufacturer across the board…you want those finishes to match, folks). Mixing isn’t always a good idea, but these two lines work so well together. I love that simple spout and the squared off cross handles. For this bathroom, we have a thermostatic temperature control and a diverter, but we kept it simple. And we finally get a handshower for the kids, which I’m sure will prove to be messy when controlled by them, but I’m thinking it will make washing hair a bit easier. Plus, it’s JUST so pretty.

A classic of Kohler‘s, the Underscore drop-in bathtub comes in a variety of sizes and can even be tricked out in different ways. Kohler’s four hydrotherapy options harness water’s natural ability to enhance well-being and give you the benefits of a spa treatment in the comfort of your own home – so you feel centered and energized…who could say no to being balanced and peppy?!? Not this bubble-tub lovin’ lady.

*We are currently designing the niche for storage, but we have encountered some hiccups due to the plumbing in the walls. Stay tuned for that. 

We went through a few iterations of this design, so I thought I’d walk you through the process:

Emily Henderson Kids Bath Render Grid 1

At first, we had the marble just on the tub but it felt random and weird. Then we put it on the tub and floor but still, it wasn’t right. Lastly, we added it as the surround and put white on the floor which was the winning combo for us. We also played around with the mirror shape and size and ultimately landed on a rounded rectangle.

*A quick note: In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have that 3-inch framing jut-out on the left, but it was one of those things that wasn’t caught and they already framed for it. There is a huge original water pipe behind it and diverting it so that we could push that wall back would cost $3k so we aren’t. But if you have the opportunity to reduce the amount of awkward lines in a room, please do. Also stay tuned for shower door design, still TBD.

Overhead, it looks like this (note: we might replace the interior doors if we can squeeze it into the rapidly diminishing budget).

Emily Henderson Mountain House Kidsbathsumnt Upstairs Render Overhead Final 1

We all LOVE how it is turning out. Yes, the stone is a risk. Yes, the modern fixtures are a risk in a cabin. But we think we have a combination of styles, materials and finishes that creates this amalgamation of Refined-Scandinavian-Contemporary-Minimal-Rustic-Cozy California-Mountain-Cabin that we are going for. YES, I realize how ridiculous and insane that is, but it’s a challenge we are accepting and working on every day.

Here is the bathroom all together:

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Kids Bath Upstairs Moodboard 08.10.18 1

Mirror | SconceComposed Faucet & Cross HandlesCaxton Undermount SinkComposed Towel HolderCabinet Pulls | Cabinet KnobsComposed Robe HookComposed Towel BarPoplin Vanity | Marble Countertop | Vanity Backsplash TileCorbelle ToiletComposed Toilet Paper Holder | Floor TileEmerald Quartzite | Window FramePurist ShowerheadComposed Transfer Valve Trim With Cross Handle | Composed Volume Control Valve Trim With Cross Handle Composed Thermostatic Valve Trim With Lever Handle Shift HandshowerComposed Bath Spout | Underscore Drop-in Bathtub

And just so you can really feel like you’re in the space, we created a rendered video for your viewing pleasure.

Emily Henderson Mountain House Kids Bath Animation Final Gif

So what do you think?? Are you scared of the leathered quartzite and modern fixtures? Or excited? Or both?

Let us know all your thoughts, feelings or concerns in the comments (and praise or support is always welcome :)).

*This post is in partnership with Kohler but all words, designs and selections are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands we love that support the blog.

**A huge thanks to my design team for their hard work on the renderings of these.

 

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Tanvi

Love love love the green quartz ! This bathroom is going to be stunning. I have one question though – how would you terminate the two finishes (white tile and green quartz) if it wasnt for that 3″ jut out?

Vicki Williams

Basically the stone, (unlike tile) terminates itself. Polish it or in this case continue the matte finish. Done deal.

Tanvi

yes but isnt that so abrupt? I work in hospitality design and we would be crucified for that detail. Very first world problem I know. 🙂

Vicki Williams

One would just finish the edge of the stone. Unlike tile it is a solid material, the color goes all through it.

Hannah

I think it’s striking, certainly, but it really doesn’t feel timeless (or like something that belongs in a mountain cabin that’s rustic or cozy, although maybe one that’s refined/contemporary/minimal). I get it that you are a designer and looking for something editorial, but one of the reasons why bathrooms are often so boring is because renovating them is expensive and people want one they won’t tire of before, say, 15 years go by (I say this as a person with a bathroom with a tile job and bathtub from the 50s!). I like the green stone, but will I still… Read more »

Lane

I couldn’t disagree more. It’s hard to be tired of good design, quality materials and timeless pieces. Those kohler fixtures are simpler than traditional fixtures from kohler or other brands. Yet tgey posess timeless quality duecto their simplicity. As such they will age better without putting off a specific vibe. In such an interior you can add traditional accessories and rug, and it will automatically become more traditional. You can also put wood accessories or mat and it will be a mountain cabin vibe. I hate hate hate traditional kitchens and baths from the 1990s and 2000s.. they are so… Read more »

LizM

I couldn’t agree more! I love everything Emily does in general but I am not feeling this bathroom at all. Sorry 😬

Rosalie

Me too Liz M I love her work but this bath doesn’t speak to me.

Cori

Agreed. From the second I first saw this design, all I could think was how quickly it would look dated. To be honest, it already looks dated to me. It has a very 80’s-there-should-be-a-giant-corner-jacuzzi-tub-in-there-vibe going on. And it’s not even a little rustic, or Scandinavian, or mountainy.

beatirice

YES to all of this. Exactly what I was thinking.

susan calmenson

Question! Shower curtain or glass panel on the shower/tub?

Christine

I was wondering the same!

Kelly

My guess is nothing until the kids are bigger and then glass

Rose

First, I absolutely adore this bathroom!!! Re. the 3” jut out – I actually think it looks great! To me, it looks intentional and makes for a nice transition. Re. leathered quartzite – I think I would do the honed, as I feel like it will be more timeless.

Catherine

I agree about the jut out! I like it and think it actually makes the stone look more substantial and luxurious. I wonder if repeating the jut-out on the right side would make it look even more intentional, and provide a possible solution for building in storage on that side if plumbing is currently getting in the way?

Karen B

I agree with the choice of honed over leather. It seems more timeless. I also feel that beautiful stone will always be beautiful.

Emily

Agree! Honed will be awesome. Leathered, meh, not so much.

Karen T.

Sooooo scared of the green quartz! One, green just isn’t in my palette and two, I’d be scared that it’s going to feel dated in a few years (or the second it goes up?) I don’t know but I’ll be watching (reading!) to find out. It’s so fun going on this journey with you. If you ever VRBO the house out, I’d be there in a heartbeat with my besties! 🙂

Tiffanie

I am anxious about the shower door design. Since you said “door” and not “curtain” does that mean we will always will get to see the lovely green tiling? I like the blank space wall for towel knobs. Can’t wait to see how you deck out the bathroom with soft goods and accessories to make it more playful. Great chance to add some forest friends- dragonflies, frogs etc

Ashley

It’s certainly an eye-catching moment, and I really want to just love love love it. Like every element is awesome, but I do echo some of the concerns about it not being timeless… I really feel like that green marble might be the pink and black tiles of the 50’s. (I say that having a lot of love for pink and black tiles of the 50’s.) I think where i’m stuck at is while this is certainly a striking look, it feels nothing like a kids bathroom. I realize that kids aren’t kids forever, and they’re currently probably more stylish… Read more »

s

I agree with this. This doesnt say fun or young to me at all. It says “I am a designer” (shrug)

Piperlou

100% agree. I feel like a kid bathroom would be more playful. This is editorial, but feels more Hollywood Hills or Palm Springs than mountain house

Nicole

Yes! Definitely Hollywood/Palm Springs with the marble and gold fixtures. Pretty but not rustic/Scandi

Donald

You wouldn’t buy and install a Disney themed toilet just because a kid was going to poop in it? Or would you? Sorry, your opinion and all, but saying the bathroom isn’t kid enough because kids happen to use it is just silly. It’s a bathroom.

Susie Q.

Oh come on. There’s a million miles between a dumb Disney-themed bath and this slick Hollywood glam bath. I’m not feeling the bath either, and it’s not so much because of the kids, but because it doesn’t seem to suit the house. Even if there’s a “theme,” which it’s better not to be tied to, this bath is nowhere in the ballpark of Scandi, cabin, whatever. But hey, I’m waiting to be proved wrong.

Hurrem

Very very tasteful design and selection of materials. It must be very exciting for children. The bath is one of the initial excitement experienced with your children. It is very important for mother and father in terms of to see the confidence and skills related to children care. When you use the appropriate products and materials you will realize how much fun that your child bathe. Based on my experience in my children’s towel selection, I can say that the Turkish towel is one of the the right choices for responsive mums and the generations growing healthy. It is a… Read more »

Janine

The green quartzite feels so 80s to me. I think my relative had a bathroom like that. I know it won’t look bad bc you designed it, but I’m watching through my fingers on this one!

Erica

Same. My concern about it not being “timeless” is that it already reminds me of bad trends from the past, not so much that it’ll look modern now and dated in two years. That said, I believe that the stone is beautiful in person, and that EHD’s design will hold up, so I can’t wait to see it come together.

brooke

That was my exact thought! I love everything but the green…it looks like something my grandma had in her bathroom years ago

Sidra

Beautiful! We are redoing our master bath and read in several places you shouldn’t place lighting above the mirror [which is what we previously had] because it creates shadows on the face. Instead you should have your sconces on either side of your mirror. We also have a very large window facing the vanity [so, behind you when you are standing at the sink]. Thoughts? Thanks!

Evane

Absolutely beautiful. I think the green stone brings a little bit of ‘rustic’ and lots of warmth — highlighting a beautiful natural material. curious to see what your ideas are for the shower door!

Amy E Jones

EXCITED!!!!

Selena

I can’t wait to see photos of this finished bathroom! While the green wasn’t what I voted for, I know this is going to be stunning.

erin

I re-read some of this a few times because I do not understand why the green is scary- it’s a beautiful neutral and I wish so badly that I could have access to it for my own life. It’s gorgeous.
I also don’t understand the appeal of double vanities but I guess other people love them!

lizj

This is hard for me to say because I for one love the green quartzite. I think people are reacting to the way you have applied it here rather than the actual material. Doing it up the walls in solid panels with bathtub application reminds me of the bad resin plastic shower inserts of the 80’s. Where its one big cheap solid piece of plastic. Now its done in apartments in all white but from the 80’s it was a faux marble sometimes and usually an odd color like pink or green. If you do the quartzite Id save some… Read more »

Chris

I feel exactly the same. It already looks dated, to me.

Eleanor

I disagree – solid walls with no grout lines do not look dated. Function-wise, it is much better — easier to clean without the grout.

Lisa

I love the green. I find that to this day, 25 years later, I still love the slate and granite I chose for our remodel. I hate the ceramic tiles. Something about stone. Granted I chose black and gray but I think if you love the color green you will love this stone. Oddly, the only thing I don’t like about this bathroom, which is gorgeous IMHO, is the black frames on the mirrors. I’d prefer a light wood, actually. With stone that dramatic, I’d like everything else in the room to provide minimal contrast, so it’s peaceful, textured, subtle,… Read more »

LYNN

Agreed!

Vicki Williams

Yes the minimal black edged mirrors are out of place for me, though the shape is great. The green stone is gorgeous! Stone is timeless. Always, unlike tile. Though these tile chosen are stunning and I don’t think will ever be anything but timeless. I love all the materials, though they don’t speak cozy mountain cabin they certainly go along with Emily’s recent aesthetic.

Suzy

Yes! I couldn’t put my finger on what felt ‘off’ here for me, but you nailed it. The green can go ‘Mountain fixer-upper’ easily but the black framing and gold modern elements take that away from it. Thanks for hitting the nail on the head for me 🙂
(Though in a different house, I’d adore those black frames!)

gigi

Glass doors and kids in a bath do not mix with me. I would consider a curtain and when they are older install glass doors.

A.B.

Stone is gorgeous. Any other options for mirrors?

Virginia

Hmmm. Not sure about the green. And the brass. Beautiful room but doesn’t read Scandinavian let alone rustic. Definitely more contemporary. I do like the new improved layout and tile picks.

Mary

LOVE the quartzite. How exciting and beautiful and different!

Holly

I had originally voted for the blue tile option, but I am definitely excited to see how the green turns out! And I love the shape of the mirrors. The only thing that’s throwing me off is the combination of the brass fixtures against the green stone. Did you ever consider black or silver hardware?

KD

I’m excited to see this. I would love to see a pair of vintage teak mirrors or some sort of interesting shaped vintage wood mirror in there for a little more fun and warmth.

Hilary

Love this but I keep thinking..isnt black plumbing fixtures more mountain house or even the brushed oil rubbed bronze in a modern design. The brass just keeps throwing me off of it all feeling “mountain house”

Peggy

I think I could love the green shower if it were paired with warmer mirrors and lights. Those little in-your-face bulbs are going to be a tough sell, as in dated within a few years. Those mirrors are beautiful, but bring no mountain retreat warmth to this space. Can’t wait to see how you and your team will make it all spectacular in the end and make me eat my words though😆

Paige Cassandra Flamm

I love all of the pieces that you chose! It’s such great inspiration for our bathrooms that we’re currently starting to remodel!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Raha

I cant get over how realistic the renderings are!! The future is here guys!

Devon

This bathroom needs some wood! Love the green, but I feel it needs some warm wood accents to somehow ground it to make if from feeling too…80’s? Is there room for a skinny bench along the wall? Some ancient wood step stool for the kids to reach the sink? Without wood it feels a little stark and sterile.

Caroline

Yes, I agree to wood! I love the inspiration picture you shared on Instagram Emily with the minimalistic modern custom wood vanity. It modernized the green marble and helped it feel special. I feel like green quartzite isn’t the issue here so much as the vanity. The white vanity looks a little like a missed opportunity. Excited to see how you make it work though! It’s fun to see you taking a big risk 🙂

Megan

Beautiful! Can’t wait to see it finished 🙂 What program do you use for the still renderings?

Kate

I like your decision to carry the green quartz up to the ceiling! I think that rendering looks best.

I believe you that the quartz will be beautiful, but it does read very modern – I’m not getting any rustic cabin feel. I’m wondering if it might be the brass faucets and shower trim. Have you tried this in polished chrome or nickel? I think that green and gold isn’t sitting well with me.

My other suggestion would be to find another way to bring in wood/natural elements – potentially wood mirrors? Or a less modern light fixture?

Courtney

I think it’s going to be a beautiful space. It feels very hotel/refined to me, not ‘kid bathroom’ at all. Maybe the art or rug you choose will bring in a bit more of a youthful vibe? One thing I would have liked to see in this house overall is less brass fixtures…I was hoping you might opt for black or something else that’s different from your other homes. But again, it’s clearly going to be beautiful. Maybe not timeless with the green, but I can see it’s a risk you’re ready for. Looking forward to seeing it come together!

Karen

It is beautiful. Reminds me, though, of a high-end hotel bathroom. Maybe it is the gold faucets, etc with the quartzite that takes it to that level. Thinking about the bathtub. the reason one is put in a children’s bath is to give small kids a place to bathe. If you use glass doors it is difficult to turn on the water, adjust it and actually wash the kids as the door is in the way. So shower curtain makes more sense as a practical matter. And if the shower will be used the majority of the time then no… Read more »

Bre

This is the only room I’m scared for. Hoping you’ll prove me wrong.

Love, love, love the Cle tile though!

kathleen

I think the green is going to be timeless- weird and funky in a beautiful and expensive-looking kind of way. It won’t be a ‘little kids bathroom’ for long. I think it will be dated but in a good way. I think down the road it will be the one thing in the bathroom not to change during an update. I could see pairing it with a wooden cabinet and even dark tile floor but the green makes a statement. I really wish the gold wasnt polished but looked more like the rendering shown, but thats just me. I agree… Read more »

Julie S

I’m pretty scared of the green quartzite. Now green is my favorite color, particularly yellow-based greens, but I get a sort of camo vibe in the renderings, especially with the yellow of the brass fixtures! I feel like once it’s in it could go either very 80’s or modern woodsy. I’ll just have to wait and see… and styling can really push the feel, of course! I don’t care at all that there’s no “kiddie” stuff happening. Kids don’t need that, houses don’t need that. At least not in the permanent and expensive fixed finishes! Put in a cute tree… Read more »

Juliet

I want to love this, and I think maybe for a boutique hotel in New York it could work?🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s just so dated 80’s. It’s not a look for a bathroom that’s in a cabin. I just think there are a million other options that could have had an amazing FUN feel for a kid’s bathroom. I feel like a total jerk for leaving a negative comment, but I wonder if you and your team are striving so much for stuff that’s new and different that you are losing sight of livability and cohesiveness. I absolutely love your style, (so… Read more »

Juliet

I want to love this, and I think maybe for a boutique hotel in a city it could work?🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s just so dated 80’s. It doesn’t say bathroom in a cabin. It also doesn’t seem to be designed for kids. I just think there are a million other options that could have had an amazing FUN feel for a kid’s bathroom. I absolutely love your style, (so much!) and I’m excited about the kitchen and the gorgeous black bookshelves in the family room. Those things were pushing the envelope a little, but in a way that made sense for a… Read more »

Cate

I totally agree it needs some wood to warm it up/cabin it up. Sad you couldn’t do a real vanity so wood mirrors are an excellent suggestion (or wood accessories).

Julie Dawson

Love the green! I just wish there were a beautiful stained wood vanity to make it more rustic.

lauren

I’m so excited! If theres one thing I hate about bathrooms it’s dirty grout lines so this is basically a dream tub surround. My neighbor has green stone countertops and although it sounds horrible on paper in person it is drop dead gorgeous. You are creating something no one else will have and I can’t wait!

julia

What color grout will you use on the floor? Are you worried about using white/light grout in a kids bathroom? Also, are those zellige tiles slippery when wet?

Christa

Are you doing the countertops in quartzite too? I thought I saw that and it looked great? I think the bath will be stunning! And I actually like the little 3″ bump out for the shower.

Melanie

My initial reaction awhile back was to think, “Well, it’s not my bathroom.” But the green quartzite is soooo growing on me. I think it will be beautiful. It sounds like the materials are pretty well firmed up on this one, so my one comment for (hopefully) constructive feedback is that the amount of tile going up the wall will cause one heck of a reverberant and loud space. A backsplash that does not go all the way to the ceiling may soften things up, be less cacophonous, and perhaps help the main focal point, the quartzite, truly shine. Can’t… Read more »

Laura

Wow! I love the risk you’re taking with the green quartz and am so excited to see it when it’s finished. I feel like the honed would probably be my pick over the leathered but I do believe it will be gorgeous and incredibly striking either way.

BreAnne Neuman

Hi Em & Team,

Your teams Sketchup skills are ON POINT! Can you share if you use any additional plugins to get the good fixtures, lighting and layering?

Grace

Hi Breanne! We use the plugin SU Podium from the Sketchup Extension Warehouse for a ‘relatively quick’ rendering, and then add a line layer of the scene over on Photoshop to define the edges of the scene a bit more. Podium also has lighting capabilities which we sometimes also use depending on the image we’re trying to render.

Hope that helps! 🙂

Debraj76

I think it’s brilliant (in more than one way) that you’re engaging your readership with requests for their opinions. My decision regarding the green stone would hinge on how long I plan to keep this property. Clearly, YOU love the more unconventional selection. It is beautiful. I firmly believe designing a home should be a reflection of who you are, the locale where the property resides, and the emotions it stirs as you walk through each room. From a ROI standpoint, these factors should be tempered with the length of time you plan to keep the house. If you project… Read more »

Sarah

Love all of it except for the herringbone tile next to the green quartzite – it feels too structured next to the organic quality of the stone. That Cle tile is GORGEOUS – I just worry it is competing and it feels a little formal for a kids’ bath. That quartzite is stunning. It feels so mountain appropriate to me

Cece

Yes I agree. I really want to give the green quartzite a proper chance, I voted for it because the material is beautiful and you have such a cool vision for it, but when I look at the renderings there’s something about the scale/contrast of the shiny herringbone and the quartzite that just doesn’t work for me. I don’t know if it’s the scale or the texture but something is throwing it off.

I do think the green can be amazing! I’m just interested to know how it might look with a simpler tile, I think.

Kylie

This looks incredible. I would spend an alarming amount of time in my bathroom if it looked like this. Don’t change a thing!

Mandy

It’s looking great! The green certainly isn’t for everyone but like you said, it’ll be editorial and something fun for you! What about putting the shower niche under the window in the tub? Chrislovesjulia.com did a whole post on deciding about their under-the-window shower- niche and all the options looked great! That way it would balance out the wall with all the fixtures and shampoo bottles (although I’m sure even those will be beautiful) won’t be on the wall facing the entrance and you’ll be able to see the stone as the star!

Mari

I love the green quartzite but worry about the combo of the quartzite and all the brass fixtures being to glam. Maybe matte black fixtures would be more Scandi ?

Lauren

I love it all. Especially the bump out of the shower pluming wall. It looks special and interesting to me 🤷‍♀️

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