At the end of February my sister closed on her first apartment! It’s a one bedroom in the same co-op as my other sister and her husband. I’m happy that they will be neighbors even though not so secretly I want them to move to Long Island and be closer to me! The apartment is a bit of a fixer upper while it has great bones the kitchen and bathroom will need to be renovated. First up is the bathroom, which is still in it’s original glory. I actually love retro style bathrooms especially when they are black and white. It’s a style that is still popular today so, it’s easy to fix them up with just decor. The bathroom we are dealing with is in the tan and black color combo and we wanted to make some updates to bring it up to present day.
Originally we were going to move all of the tile on the walls and go with something new, but when we started talking with the co-op board we were told that if we were taking down the tile we would need to update all of the plumbing again. This was going to add around $5k to our budget and we didn’t want to do. Instead of just working with it or blowing our budget I found a compromise. We would leave the tile up, but get it re-glazed in white. The tub and all of the tile on the walls are going to be done for around $900.
The tile on the floor was a different store. It was crumbling and has to be replaced. Last week the tile got removed and now we have to make a new sub floor for the new tile. So, we will still get to have fun with tile on a more affordable scale.
So, what the plan?
I’m so excited for it to come together. My jumping up point for the design was the amazing wallpaper from Laura Park Designs. Laura is an artist based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. She started out selling her paintings and home decor items with her designs. From this came her own line of fabric and wallpaper! I have loved her abstracts for years and I was absolutely delighted when I realized they came in wallpaper! The paper arrived two weeks ago and it’s just as stunning in person!!!! It’s going to look amazing!
We decided to have fun with pink in the space. It’s such a small little jewel box that it’s the perfect space to let your creativity fly and go big. So, instead of blah flooring we went with pattern and pink!
We went with Estrella Pink Cement tile from Cemento Collection.
I loved picking up the pink from the wallpaper in the tile. It’s nice that design wise they speak to each other. The rest of the elements in the room are there to add a touch of glam to the space.
We are finalizing all of the rest of the design elements and this bathroom should be done in the next two weeks! Fingers crossed!
Next week I will be sharing the kitchen space!