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LOVE This Bathroom!

I love working on all different kinds of design styles, and about six months ago I collaborated on a project with Morse Remodeling, Inc. The project was a bathroom remodel in the most charming home; a 1920’s farmhouse original located on one of the county roads in West Davis. The previous owners updated the rooms in an eclectic fashion not at all in keeping with the original design aesthetic. The current homeowners have restored and/or updated much of the home during the past eight years. The downstairs bath was next on their list to be improved. The pages of Country Living or the much missed Cottage Living magazines capture the essence of this family farmhouse. The main house exudes classic country style with paned windows, a welcoming porch, original wood floors and a glorious hardwood staircase. There are outbuildings as well that are all functional and equally as charming as the main house. The fencing, landscaping and surrounding orchards all capture a lifestyle most experience temporarily at a B & B, not in a typical suburban family neighborhood. The homeowner was very clear with her vision of the project which made the selection process a breeze. Imagine the PBS program This Old House but with boutique hotel panache!  The results are fabulous! Enjoy the eye candy…..

Gorgeous subway tile in a glossy white by Pietri Besage was installed in shower; a custom awning-style window by Marvin was made to match the home’s original windows; the luxury brand Perrin & Rowe by Rohl was selected for the exposed shower bar fixture with classic style porcelain levers. I love the bell shape of the showerhead; Classic Carrere white and gray marble was used to fabricate a corner bench and threshold for the shower; a heavy, 3/8 inch glass shower door replaced the previous entry.

The custom window is framed with Sonoma Stellar 3 x 6 porcelain tiles to give it a picture moulding effect. An awning style “push out” window was installed and no screen used for optimal enjoyment of the verdant landscape and fresh country air.

From Kohler’s Memoirs line, a petite pedestal sink in white was ordered; the polished nickel faucet with classic cross handles is from the Perrin & Rowe line by Rohl; the light fixtures,
towel bars and textiles were ordered by the homeowner from Restoration Hardware.

From Kohler’s Memoirs collection, a round-front toilet with stately details in comfort height was selected in keeping with the overall traditional aesthetic of the room;
tumbled and honed marble tiles were used with onyx accents as
the focal element
for this quintessential vintage look.
Notice, also, the wainscotting used and the flat baseboard finishing.

The phrase, “it’s all in the details”, certainly takes meaning when remodeling a home with respect to its original era. This vintage looking crystal door knob was ordered
from Rejuvenation, a classic American lighting and “houseparts” resource.

Again, keeping in mind the turn-of -the-century design inspiration, this push button light switch and the switch plate were replaced with reproductions from Rejuvenation. Incidentally, all the light fixtures in the home have been replaced in this fashion.

If you’re a fan of vintage looking style and/or a design junkie, I think we can all agree that this bath is white-hot! The timeless appeal of the selections – many of which can be seen in person at The Plumbery in Sacramento – and the quality construction by
the team at Morse Remodeling, Inc. resulted in a fantastic finished project!
Important to the process was the homeowner’s specific vision for her farmstyle home.
Anyone remodeling can do this; keep a conscious focus on a specific style,
era and/or material. It is a key factor in design no matter what the aesthetic.
While this project was a single room, the updates are in keeping with the same era and style
of previous phases of the home’s remodel projects.

If you have specific questions about this project or another design project,
please feel free to contact Morse Remodeling, Inc.
Special thanks to the featured homeowners and their permission
to use photographs in this article.

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