Fresh New Beach Baths

Our home on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, California was built in the 1950's.
  Recently, we remodeled three bathrooms.  I like a bargain.   I shopped sales (like at Restoration Hardware and Wisteria), negotiated prices at the plumber's warehouse and with stone suppliers and bought a number of field tiles from Home Depot.
 The above photo is of the new powder/guest room bath.

the vanity originally looked like this.

We replaced the window with a vertical one to the left and had a smaller vanity custom built (good job Adrian).
The vanity was painted a charcoal grey. We added the Circa Lighting Iron Kassel Sconces and a narrow Venetian mirror from Wisteria.  White wainscoting is below a custom mixed soft dove grey color.
This is another "before" picture.  We put a door where the medicine cabinet is so that guests in the adjacent room would have private access to this bathroom.
Another complementary Venetian mirror hangs above the toilet.  The shower to the left was claustrophobic so... 

this window was added.  All the tiles in the shower are basic Home Depot white subway tiles.

In fact, the Carrarra marble floor tiles are also from Home Depot.  My daughter comes home to visit from New York tomorrow.  I am excited for her to see her new bathroom for the first time.

On to my son's bathroom.  It is a good-sized room.  Here are two "before" photos:

And now...

The sailboat oil paintings were purchased at the Long Beach, Ca. flea market.

The herringbone tile insert in the shower adds some interest to a focal point wall.

 For a teen-aged boy, why bother with a towel bar?

Now... to the master bathroom "before" photos (shooting around mirrors is tough--I'm surprised I am not in more photos):

The large whirlpool tub was mildewed and the arched window leaked and did not really fit the architecture.  

After the renovation...
The little television on the opposite wall is reflected in the mirrors.  We have an extra tall medicine cabinet and crystal knobs.  The sinks are rectangular. 

The shower is light and spacious.  (Incidentally, all the oil rubbed bronze egg shaped door knobs were a great deal from Overstocks.com).

A 200 year old print of the Grand Canal in Venice is difficult to see here (but not from the tub). The demi-lune table was my mother's.  She enjoys a nice bubble bath, too!  So, which bathroom is your favorite?
This photo in my son's bathroom was taken when we lived in Paris on the day of his First Communion (10 years ago).  Today is his 18th birthday.  Another reason to be thankful!

Stayed tuned for a Palm Springs design feature next.

Mary Ann


  1. Lovely! I don't think I would ever leave the bathroom!
    I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving.


  2. Wow! So much progress. It was great to see you guys again! We want to come over for dinner again the food you made was the BEST EVER!


  3. incredible! wow! i love that bathtub!!!!!

    the blog really isn't working right yet. the pictures are running off the squares unless the screen is maximized. i may have to go back to no squares and i am sosoo upset. oh well.


  4. Oh my! I am loving all of these bathrooms! I am taking a couple of ideas- we are doing a reno on 2 baths after the first of the year. I wanted that exact bath tub! We had a cast iron one growing up and I always loved it. ~ Sue

  5. I want your bathroom!!!!! and all the rest of them!! Sweetheart I'm going to have to post about your home! Coming up soon!

  6. Wow! You were right when you told me you transformed your bathroom! It is just beautiful. Bye-bye pink tile! Wonderful choices and colors throughout!

  7. Beautiful!!!
    Happy to have found your blog...

  8. Oooh, ahhh...need I say more?

  9. WOw! I'm in love!!! You have such amazing taste! I love the mirrors!!! Oh and the tub!!! Just glorious!!! Great job!


  10. Doing some blog hopping, and stumbled across yours. So glad I did! We are nearing the end of a bathroom remodel... it's similar in many ways to yours. I guess that's why I like yours so much :) I'm your newest follower!

  11. Gorgeous, really. Your choices are all so spot on! I didn't know HD had those carrera marble floor tiles avail?! Thanks!

  12. Love it! I like your classic style and that beautiful mirror!

  13. mary ann, i am in Dana Point, and I would love to know which Home Depot you found your beautiful carerra tiles at.

    would you also mind sharing your tile installer? im in need of one, oh and who ever built your masterbath cabinetry, my bathroom will be demolished at the end of summer.

    thanks in advance


  14. I am a big fan of white cabinets, white subway tile, Carrara marble, and silver finishes in bathrooms, so I'm swooning over all three bathrooms! We have those same elements in our kitchen, but we cheaped out and installed cultured marble counters in our bathroom as cost engineering when we built, assuming we'd upgrade down the road. How are the marble counters holding up for you in the bathrooms?

  15. What a great difference :)

    Rasha @ mychampagnetaste

  16. Hi! Please let me know the dimensions of the Carrara marble tiles from Home Depot used on the floor of your daughter's beautiful bath. Thank you!!!

  17. incredible! wow! i love that bathtub!!!!!

  18. Love your blog!! Great bathroom. Can you share the paint color in the powder/guest bath?? Thanks so much!!

  19. Love ALL the remodels! Must ask..where is the mirror from in your son's bathroom? I LOVE IT!! :)

  20. WOW!! All the 3 bathrooms look awesome. Bathroom renovation is very difficult task and only done by professionals ,, I also need to improve my tub refinishing. Actually I hired remodeller some days ago but he can't remodeled my bathroom properly but your bathroom is good and most liked white subway tile, Carrara marble, silver finishes and tub also.

  21. I love all of the pictures! I've started getting estimates for a bathroom remodel. What are the dimensions of the double vanity in the "After the Renovation" picture? I'd love to fit double drawers in the center and an upper cabinet too. Thank you!


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