January 17, 2010

Ottawa interior decorator: Here’s the Asian-inspired bathroom makeover!

I want to thank everyone who left comments on my last post about Kylie. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you took the time to leave me words of support. Thank you all so much, and I’ll be by to visit all your blogs soon.

In October, I posted about helping my friend Sylva do a complete bathroom makeover. This picture was our starting point:

black vanity[3]

Sylva loved the simple lines of the black vanity and the tiled wall. Because her bathroom is small and the vanity fits into a niche between two walls, I suggested that she go with a floating vanity with similar simple lines. Like this one:

vanity decorlux[5]

We went to a A-1 Millwood in Ottawa to have a vanity custom made. Sylva had originally wanted to go with a charcoal grey finish, but after we looked at the different finishes that were available, we both decided that the wenge finish would be a better choice.

vanity and floor close

The floor tiles look blue in the picture, but they’re actually white with a grey & blue strie design. Sylva had narrowed her floor tile choices down to three, and we decided on this one together. As you can see, the tiles are laid in a brick pattern.

Sylva wanted simple white tiles for the tub surround. She selected 6” x 8” tiles and had them installed horizontally. she kept her existing shower head and faucet, because they’re still in good condition. The tub & shower are across from the vanity.

shower 1

I really hoped she’d go with a glass countertop, but she wanted to go with a stainless steel countertop from Ikea. I won’t bother giving you the link because the countertop has been discontinued. So, Ikea countertop it was!!


The focal point of the bathroom is the wall behind the vanity. Sylva wanted glass tiles in greens and blues. When I showed her a sample of these Cane Series tiles from Mirage Glass Tiles, she decided they were just what she wanted. I suggested that she have them installed vertically — I think they look great!! The vertical layout looks sort of like water running down the wall.

tiles closeup

We found this simple square white vessel sink online. The chrome faucet is made in Italy. And here’s an important tip about buying a faucet – make sure it reaches far enough over the sink that the water doesn’t splash up and out!!

sink front

Sylva’s old vanity light fixture was nice, but one of the glass shades has yellowed. She replaced it with this frosted fixture:


And finally, the paint colour. It would have been nice if we’d had the time to try out a few different colour samples, but Sylva was under a time crunch. Because the bathroom is small and the window is under a carport, I thought a lighter colour would be better. We chose Sico Winds of Change, sort of a light grey-brown-green.

And with all those selections made, Sylva’s bathroom went from this:

before 2

To this:

from door

The vanity went from this:

before sink

before vanity

To this (picture taken standing on a stool in the shower!!):

vanity 2

It’s not exactly elegant, but I have to include a before shot of the toilet.

before toilet

This is really where the whole reno started. There were some damaged tiles around the toilet that Sylva wanted to replace. But the house was built about 50 years ago and they’re the original tiles, and she couldn’t find a match. So Sylva decided to to a full reno — which was a good thing, because there was a lot more damage to the floor than just the tiles. The whole subfloor needed to be replaced. And seeing as she’s updated the rest of the house, it made sense to update the bathroom. Here’s her new toilet, complete with a self-closing lid and dual flush:

toilet 1

And a few more pretty shots to end with (excuse the wrinkly shower curtain!!)…

sink angle 2


Sylva’s cat Neko loves to hang out in the bathroom. Sometimes he curls up in the sink for a nap :-)


This bathroom makeover was a collaborative effort, and I have to give Sylva a lot of credit for making quick decisions and finding a lot of the items herself. And in the end, we accomplished what Sylva wanted — a simple, Asian-inspired bathroom that’s just her style. And Neko approves too :-)

met monday Be sure to head over to Susan’s Metamorphosis Monday blog party at Between Naps on the Porch to check out more room transformations. And a bonus this week — Susan is having a giveaway!! You can win a beautiful tassel made by the very talented Angela from Angela’s Peony Patch and The Tassel House. And check back here soon to see the glamourous bathroom reno that Victoria did for her client Patti :-)

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Christy said...

WOW! So gorgeous! You and Sylva did an absolutely fabulous job! I totally love that vertical tile and the cabinet. Bravo! What a fantastic project to add to your portfolio!

Mrs B said...

As always, fantastic work Kelly! I also love the way the tiles are vertical rather than horizontal...very modern look indeed. These are always my favourite posts as I love seeing before and after shots. Great choices for the bathroom you and Sylva selected...very much my style and taste.

Mrs B xxx

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That bathroom looks great, Kelly! The tile really makes the whole thing, in my opinion. I love it! Great job!

Kat said...

Wow Kelly, this just came out gorgeous! I love the tile, and the vertical placement is perfect. Love the floating vanity. Fantastic reno! Kathy

Kammy said...

Wow, who would have thought that the tile would make that room "pop" ! It looks great !

Kelee Katillac said...


Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments!

Your interpretation of the original pic is lovely. The tile makes a strong graphic pattern and the vessel a nice center! Neko's eyes look superb in there too!

Lovely makeover!

love, kelee

Paul Anater said...

Brava! That bath looks fantastic. You're really good at this!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It looks awesome -very chic! Stainless steel looks great, but..., well you'll see every tiny spot and smudge.

Kelly, your button disappeared in your side bar (and in mine too). Just thought I let you know.

xinex said...

Beautiful bathroom transformation, Kelly. it looks so fresh and clean and so stylish...Christine

Sharon said...

That vertical tile was genius!

qerat said...

Great job Kelly :)
What a transformation

Lana Kim White Austin said...

WOW! This is absolutely fantastic!!! I love the vertical placement of the tiles and the "floating" vanity and most of all the square vessel sink.
Hugs, Lana Austin

Michaelle said...

Simply stunning! Great job!

Diane Schuller said...

Oh gosh, I'm amazed you're posting so soon. My heart truly goes out to you Kelly.
I definitely remember this bathroom and I must tell you I would pay you anyday to do a similar bathroom for me! This is exactly my style -- or exactly what I long for. My fave above all is that amazing glass tile but moreso because you had it applied vertically instead of horizontally! Love that big time! My other fave thing (everything is, however) is that light fixture. What an excellent job you did.

Gayle said...

Wow! That is wonderful! What a great job!

Angie Holden said...

I love it! Those glass tiles are TO DIE FOR!

Susan said...

Your project came out fabulous. Love the glass tiles, so pretty. They make the room sparkle and shine. I'm also liking the vessel sink alot!No doubt your clients are very happy with the results :)

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

That bathroom is magazine worthy! Great job - love ALL of it!

KK said...

It vibes with tranquility. I love it. So cleen and refreshing! I LOVE the tiles vertical. Great job girls!

Liza said...

Yes, placing the tiles vertically looks incredible! It's so different.

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

Wonderful!! The tile is amazing and really makes the bathroom dazzle!!

Great job.

Unknown said...

What a great project! It turned out beautifully. Colors, style and finishes are really appealing. Great job Ladies!

Thanks for stopping by Ideezine and Kelly it's true our pets fill us with such joy that's unsurpassed. Each pet is so unique and no two are alike. Kylie lived a long time as did my Kayla. Huskies have such a sweet disposition and they're panting and quick action of run and stop always made me laugh.

Kayla was a husky/chow with a light grey mask, brown eyes and a stripped tongue of grape and pink (chows have purple tongues) Both Kayla and Kylie have other assignments now. As much as we dreaded the day they left us in
physical form only means they will always be with us everywhere else.
Give yourself all the time you need to heal it's a slow process for a reason.



Unknown said...

love that you installed the tiles vertically- it's so fun to see design with a twist. nice work!

Kelly-thanks for the link to the purple and red interiors- aren't they fabulous?

daily decorator said...

Can't believe that is the same bathroom! Going vertical was a great choice!


Kelly@ColorSizzle said...

I love what you've done with this bathroom, Kelly! The tile's 'waterfall' effect is amazing; it has so much movement. I just gave your beautiful office the thumbs-up. Good Luck!


Maria Killam said...

Wow that tile totally makes the bathroom! Exactly how I would have done it, go big or go home with mosaic/listello tiles, I say!
Beautiful work Kelly, you are very talented!!

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore glass tile!!! Have thought about using it as a backsplash in my kitchen... hmmmm

puna said...

This is just gorgeous. I'm sure the client is thrilled. I just wanted to say that the inspiration bathroom matches my kitchen:)

marie @ modern ottawa said...

Now that's an improvement :) Great job! I love the tiles.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Wow! That tile wall is stunning! What a beautiful makeover.

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