Designer Emily Johnston Larkin says she wasn’t sure she wanted to take on this bathroom remodeling project in Dallas because it meant working with the pickiest, most perfectionistic client of all time — herself.
She tackled it anyway, and I was amazed to see how that cramped and dated space, which had a shower “too small for even Twiggy to fit in,” looks now.
Keep scrolling to see it!
A Master Bath Makeover
Ahhh…much better! Emily says it was important to her to go with a classic look that would suit her “small little house,” which was built in the 1930s.
She chose Calacatta marble hexagons for the floor and subway tile that goes all the way up to the ceiling in the shower and to chair rail height on the other walls.
“I knew I wanted to do Calacatta gold marble because of its warmth (Carrara marble was way too cold for my house). Calacatta looks best paired with polished nickel since it’s a warmer metal, so I chose that for my fixtures versus the widely used and ‘colder’ chrome.”
“My husband and I opted for a larger shower with a bench instead of double sinks. We are never getting ready at the same time so we felt that double sinks would be a waste of space for us.”
“One of the details I’m most happy with is the shampoo bottle niche and soap dish in the half wall in the shower so you don’t see any toiletry bottles in the shower upon entering the room. They’re completely hidden!”
A closet offers additional storage and makes it easy to get ready in the mornings:
The large mirrored medicine cabinet over the sink is from Restoration Hardware:
Thanks to Emily for sharing her pretty new master bath with us!
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Alie B says
Wow! Fantastic job, Emily! So many thoughtful little details went into this bathroom reno. I love that the overall feel is warm, even with a white and gray color scheme. The product niche is pure genius!
Wow, that is gorgeous!! It is on my dream list to have a marble bathroom. I stayed in a hotel in NY a few years ago that had a bathroom that looked very similar to this one actually and I fell in love with it.
I love it. What a beautiful transformation. And I want that mirror! Oh Restoration Hardware, sometimes I want to dislike you, but really I love you.
Marble is so beautiful. I don’t have any in my house and I’m jealous! I’d never heard of Calacatta – it’s lovely. She did a very nice job (and I’d feel the same about the double sinks).
Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
The marble is gorgeous! What a beautiful bathroom!
Christine Bewley says
Wowzers! That is amazing! So bright and beautiful!
You are hired!! Seriously, this is beautiful.
WOW, so many details to love. That hidden shampoo niche is brilliant, and I love that acrylic base on the sink. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before, but it’s beautiful and puts a glam twist on the classic. I also love that RH mirrored/medicine chest. Great job! I’m sure her “picky client” is thrilled.
What a beautiful bathroom! I had no idea Calcatta gold marble existed, I’ve only heard of Carrara, but I think I like Calcatta better!
Esther George says
Hi Julia what can I say but Emily your bathroom is perfection. I love the marble and of course subway tiles you just can’t go wrong. The niche for shampoo bottles I regret not thinking about it when we renovated our little bathroom, very foolish mistake. Thank you for sharing this beautiful bathroom. Have a wonderful weekend. Regards Esther from Sydney.
What a lovely master bath. It looks so warm and inviting now.
Trisha Troutz says
LOVE this bathroom. The white and marble and polished fixtures are absolutely perfect. I’ve followed Emily for years and it is so fun to see her bathroom. Thank you!
I’ll take it! Gorgeous!
I’m not certain how “Friday the 13th” this post is, but I’m certain if ya hung around long enough, you’d see a “full moon”. Hahahaha hummmmm, pardon that juvenile outburst teehee. Gorgeous bathroom! Well done!!
Juju C says
That is a lovely looking bathroom, but every time I see something like that, I think of how impractical it would be for most humans. Where does the makeup, hair stuff, tissues and dental care apparatus go? I’m just not fastidious enough for a bathroom like that one, unless I could hire a person to follow me around with a bottle of Windex and a cleaning cloth. I’d also be afraid I’d break my nose on the shower wall the first time I went in there to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, but it might just be me. I do always tend to look at things from the how difficult will this be to keep clean point of view. My first thought when I saw the pictures was if the shower walls were the easy clean, low maintenance glass. I probably need some sort of professional help.
Amy in StL says
I love the IDEA of that niche for bottles in the shower. But currently I have six bottles of shampoo/ conditioner, two tubes of facewash, two things of body wash, and two different exfoliating products in my shower. Not to mention a razor, wide tooth comb and heel file. Am I the only one who felt room for four smallish bottles of product wasn’t near enough?
Yes, some of us may need bigger niches for our shower products than others. Ha.
Emily Larkin says
Thanks for the sweet comments everyone and thank you Julia so much for including me!!
Amy- we couldn’t do a bigger shampoo niche because of the way the studs were in that half wall 🙁 so I’m stuck with a really small niche (the rest of my products go on the bench, which I’m sure my husband just “loves”!)
Juju- if you only saw what my medicine cabinet, closet cabinet, and vanity table drawers look like right now! 🙂 Between all those, it’s definitely enough storage for me and where I keep all my toiletries but there are some days (when I come home from shopping at Target), that I wish I had just one more storage cabinet 🙂
Monnaie Ernakulam says
Great interior designing and interior decoration!
Elizabeth Sagarminaga says
What a splendid makeover! It is really lovely which gives a classic look that would suit for small house. The white, marble, and polished fixtures are perfect. I love your bathroom. Wowzers! That is amazing! So bright and beautiful! Thanks for this post.
What a spectacular remodel! I’m really loving all marble bathrooms myself these days. We’ll be remodeling our bathroom sometime in the next year so I’ll be sure to share photos!
We’re just starting to build & have a similar plan for a 5×8′ guest bathroom. I’m curious what the dimensions of your room are? Gorgeous job!