Bala Cynwyd Global: Master Bath Reveal

Knock Knock… anyone still reading?  Sorry for the late summer pause, but we are back and excited to share lots of goodies this fall.  Don’t miss an announcement at the end of this post.  Today we’re revealing a sweet little master bath project. Sadly this will be a ‘reveal’ post and not a true ‘Before & After’ because we can’t for the life of us find the file of before photos. Ugh. It’s a bummer, but especially in this case because there was a pre-renovation glass-block wall situation that really deserves photo documentation to appreciate the full awkwardness!

This master bath belongs to our longtime Bala Cynwyd Global client who came back to us ready to tackle her small, challenging space. While it’s technically an on-suite, it’s hardly much of a master bath by today’s standards – coming in at only 60 sq. feet. Our goals were to update the very dated finishes (hello 70’s!), and to maximize both storage and layout to make it the most functional and luxurious little bathroom it could be.

While we don’t have the ‘Before’ photos, imagine glass-block, primary-colored wallpaper, pink tile, and very dated finishes.  In contrast, here’s what we envisioned for the space:


The main structural changes came from stealing several inches from the adjacent hall bath to make a larger master bath shower. Our client didn’t have the budget at the time to renovate the hall bath as well, so we made sure to leave enough space in that room for a future renovation to include a full bath/ shower.  It’s always good to look to the future when planning renovations.  You don’t want to make changes that may negatively effect another room down the line.


The new master bath layout involved removing the aforementioned shared glass-block wall that awkwardly connected the master bath shower to the hall bath shower, such that one could be seen through the other – opaquely, we’ll grant you, but still – way too close for comfort!


Aside from the vast improvement in privacy, the new shower is now larger and more airy thanks to the installment of recessed lighting and a frameless glass door. We enhanced this open feeling by selecting white beveled subway tile, and finished the space with luxuries like a second shower head, a bench, and a recessed niche for bath products.


We continued improvements to the rest of the bath, providing ample storage in the new custom-built vanity. This piece was fashioned after a campaign chest, and has plenty of drawers (six in all) to stow our client’s goodies and keep them organized. With the shower tile and vanity color both in white, we wanted to add some contrast and character to the space. Much of this bath maintained fairly traditional bones, so it was important to select a few finishes that would keep the room from feeling sterile.


First we selected a “wood” porcelain tile for behind the vanity to create warmth and depth. We then embraced the bathroom’s small footprint by installing this gorgeously patterned cement floor tile.  Because the amount of floor to cover was minimal, we could really go for it with a high-imact pattern without risk of overwhelming the space.


What results is a bath that’s both classic and clean, but also feels warm and modern. A happy ending for this little bath that has grown up into true on-suite status.


Announcement Time:

Up next week we are bringing you a very special BEFORE- ie the beginning of a project.

We intend to take a not-so pretty room and renovate in 6 weeks, sharing progress along the way.

Sound familiar?

That’s right, its THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE!!

We are so excited to be back as one of the twenty participants in this decorating challenge.

We can’t share the details yet, but it’s gonna be good, guys.

See you next Wednesday- our ORC post will go live nice and early.

  1. Tracey

    So wonderful that you are blogging again. Please keep it up. Your work is so fabulous and we miss you. Design manifest has always been a firm favorite.Thank you!

  2. Kathleen B.

    So glad you’re back !!!

    • Naomi

      Thanks, Kathleen!

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