Il Bagno

This is a story about a fun project that took place in October, but the pics are hot off the press today.

Cathi, whom I had never met, but was a Facebook follower of mine, called to see if I might be interested in helping her and her husband plan a master bath renovation. YES! (And as an added bonus, I asked my friend Jen to be in on the fun.)  They had just moved from the suburbs to a great new home in Decatur. For those of you not from Atlanta, think Berkeley: a forward-thinking, environmentally friendly, darling community with hip restaurants, great schools, charming bungalows, front porches and sidewalks galore. (Can you tell I'm a fan? :)

We learned quickly that Cathi and Chuck are passionate about Italy, and wanted their bathroom to reflect that (plus a teensy bit of Charleston). She loves how the Italians are masters at blending the antique with the modern, and asked us to keep that in mind when planning the space. Yay! You've come to the right place!! (read here)

In addition, the couple felt their old bathroom was dated, full of wasted space, with a long narrow shower, and a GIGANTIC tub wedged in the center of the room.


BEFORE: Note the vanity shoved all the way to the left, and no room for storage.

On their wish list was a new layout, a larger shower with seamless glass doors, a new vanity, ample storage, and special touches to render the space unique...all on a medium budget. Can we do it? Yes we can, and more!

Voila', the PLAN, and the AFTER:

Antique, or Old World elements, were brought in with the chiseled travertine flooring, mosaic tile backsplash, antique European armoire, window mirrors, and script chair.

 We blended in modern touches with square fixtures, rectangular sinks, a streamlined custom shaker vanity, seamless glass shower doors, and fresh white walls. 

I am a firm believer in saving where possible, and splurging on that one-of-a-kind statement piece. All of our stone tile was reasonably priced from Floor and Decor warehouse (save), but we decided to pull out the big guns for the mosaic in the shower and backsplash (splurge). Adding the mosaic to the backsplash as well, was Cathi's idea, and one of my favorite elements in the room!

The antique European pine armoire with chickenwire was from a local antique dealer (splurge). We had it painted to match the room, and I made a linen drape from a remnant to line the door (save).

The linen script chair adds a soft element to the hard surfaces, and was a steal at Home Goods!

The free standing custom vanity, locally made by my favorite carpenters, is top of the line quality, but at an accessible price point. We also saved on the remnant travertine top from my favorite fabricator, and purchased all of the fixtures and sinks from Lowes, and sconces from Ballard's.

Plantation blinds for privacy. Window treatment arriving soon!
Where did Charleston fit into the equation, you might ask? In the powder blue ceiling, and beadboard walls in the wc. Jen further embellished the white walls with a stencil for a whimsical wallpaper effect.

Throughout this whole process, I have to say that Chuck really was the DREAM husband/client: always positive and agreeing with the ladies.  One thing he really cared about having, though, was a bench in the shower, and we all knew we had to make him happy.  Jennifer had the genius idea to put a concrete garden bench there, as opposed to your standard half wall and pre-fab slab.  I love the unpredictability of this piece, and alas, Chuck is happy! And for the record, so is Cathi.  She loves the understated elegance of the space, and that to me is a great compliment, seeing as how understated elegance is a centuries old Florentine characteristic....and NO one does it better than the Fiorentini (sorry Milanesi).

We had a wonderful time from start to finish, and are so lucky to have crossed paths with this exceptional couple. Since Cathi and I have grown accustomed to exchanges in Italian, this is for her:

Sono cosi' grata di averti conosciuta. La tua gentilezza, intelligenza, e interesse per l'arte e il design mi fa sempre piacere. Sono contenta di avere una nuova amica in te, e spero di vedervi prestissimo per un bel brindisi a casa nostra. Grazie dal cuore.

Un abbraccio,

Hugs to all,


Chiseled Travartine 12 x 12 floor tile-Floor and Decor
Wavy Katrina wall tile 6 x 6 -Floor and Decor
Shower floor octagon mesh mount mosaic- Floor and Decor
Mosaic-The Tile Shop
Wall Paint- SW Antique White
Vanity Paint-SW Tony Taupe
Trim Paint-SW Chestnut
Ceiling Paint- SW Topsail
Armoire-Similar styles available through me
Chair- Home Goods
Sconces- Ballard Designs
Mirrors- To the trade, available through me
Faucets- Lowes
Sinks Lowes
Honed Travertine vanity top- available through me
Custom vanity- available through me
Hardware: Anthropologie mirror orbs
Concrete bench: Home Depot
Towels: Target
Rugs: Target
Accessories: Home Goods, owner's own


Unknown said...

Beautiful, Lisa1 I wish you were here in Florence to help me decorate my house.

Lisa Gabrielson said...

Thank you Lorena! That is the second request I have had this week for decorating in Florence. Have suitcase, will travel...maybe we can arrange something:)) Baci a te e a tutta la famiglia. Non vedo l'ora di vedere la casa nuova. Lisa


You might get 2 versions of this comment. Tried to do it on FB but had to open in my browser. ANYWAY.....gorgeous. Taking out the tub was the best thing. I am sure they are thrilled with this beautiful space!

Unknown said...

This project was a dream! Thank you Lisa! You captured it beautifully. Congrats on your second official re a pro!


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I am officially your first GFC follower. I feel so honored. Sherry sent her, and now your blog too!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Yay, Lisa you started the blog!! So excited for you, you are gonna do great with it. Love this post, everything you do is beautiful. Such a talent you are and I'm so glad I got to know you this year. I love your story with your Italian man and those beautiful children. So fun! Can't wait to see you tomorrow! Ciao!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OK, Lisa! Here's a tip for you. Go into your settings and turn off word verification for your readers. They will love you for it!

Kathleen said...

Welcome to blog-land! So much to learn and so much fun learning! Enjoy!

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

Congrats on the new blog (I popped over from Sherry's blog!). The bathroom is beautiful - I would not have thought to use those mirrors over a vanity but it looks perfect!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Gorgeous makeover and yay you started a blog.

Lisa Gabrielson said...

Thank you, ladies, for all of your kind comments. You seasoned bloggers know how much they mean! Have a Merry Christmas all! Lisa

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Found your lovely blog though Sherry. So glad I made my way over - loving the bathroom makeover!

Lexi Keppel said...

Found you through Design Indulgence, so now you've got us hooked, just start posting!!!

A Perfect Gray said...

wonderful job on the bath...donna

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