Today I reveal the room that started it all in my Room Reveal series: My en-suite bathroom.
After years of dreaming and months of waiting I’m finally able to enjoy the most stunning space….
When we started talking about renovating our home, an en-suite bathroom was at the very top of the list. If we did nothing else we needed another bathroom…
And then we realised we may as well give it all we’ve got and renovate (aka rebuild) the entire house!
I won’t lie, there were times I wondered what the hell we had done. There were more than a few tense moments in our marriage when my dream of an en-suite of my very own morphed into a home with no roof, doors, windows and less walls!!!
But my very first en-suite bathroom was well worth the wait!
Thanks to some great advice and planning from Bespoke Bathrooms, it’s a beautifully laid out and stylish space.
It is my true sanctuary and I love retreating to it when things get all too much. If they kids are being too loud or a need a few moments to regroup while entertaining friends, I know I can close the door here and not be disturbed!
One of my favourite aspects is the early morning light that streams in when I’m having my shower and I really do love having an indulgent bubble bath on quite evenings at home… (although these are on hold at the moment due to the stringent water restrictions at the moment in Cape Town!)
I fell in love with a gorgeous bath at Tile Africa. It is made of the most beautiful textured material and fairly affordable (as far as stand-alone baths go) My only issue was that I really wanted to have a double basin that would be made in the same material… and although they had “bowl” style basins on the showroom floor that could be mounted on a floating shelf of sorts… I really wanted a double basin that had the sinks “cut out” so that I could have my products within easy reach while doing my skincare routine… and also for a pretty orchid or a display of essential oils!
After a few visits to the showroom, and a few pleading phone calls to their supplier, they were able to confirm that the bath supplier would be able to make up the sink of my dreams in the material I loved and to the size spec I needed. What a win!
For the main en-suite I opted for classic black & white Moroccan floor tiles from Moroccan Warehouse, a beautiful Legend bath from Tile Africa, a double basin in the same material also from Tile Africa, a “floating” Vaal toilet from Tile Africa and chrome tap fittings from the affordable and stylish Evox Cascada range at Tile Africa. The shower rose and bath spout were also from Tile Africa.
I have always loved Subway tiles and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into my bathroom without them taking over so I opted to use plain white metro tiles from Douglas Jones around the Geberit cistern for the toilet and up the walls of the shower. The toilet roll holders were from Duravit which I bought on the markdown table at another plumbing supply store by chance!
No beautiful bathroom is complete without beautiful fluffy white towels and this set of super soft lovelies is from online store The Bedroom Shop. They really do add to the “hotel” feeling, esp when they’ve been warmed just a bit on my Jeeves Heated Towel Rail. An indulgence I know, but so worth it for winter!!
When the room was complete I also had a vision of adding in some greenery with a large cymbidium orchid… not knowing where to lay my hands on one I mentioned this to a friend who is a horticulturist and she happened to have one in a tucked away corner of her garden that she said I could have! I popped over that very day to make sure I didn’t miss out on the offer! Now the pressure is on to keep this, my very first indoor plant, alive!!
The little wooden stool it’s on is a very rickety plant holder I picked up on a Facebook group for R20. It’s not ideal. I would prefer a more sturdy wooden one BUT for now it’s doing the trick.
I went hunting around for a pretty laundry basket and couldn’t find one I liked… until I came across this woven Water Hyacinth basket at Makro. It’s not a traditional laundry basked as it doesn’t have a lid but I love it’s rustic nature… I bought another one for the kids bathroom too and the fact that they don’t have a lid means that it’s super easy to pop dirty clothes into the basket… no excuses for things strewn all over the bathroom floor anymore! What I really love about them too is that they have handles and are really light weight so you can carry them to the washing machine really easily.
I found the small white toilet bin at Woolworths. I got the same for the 2 other bathrooms too but I’m one white bin short so I’m hoping to grab another one soon from the online store!
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect Moroccan mirrors to go over each single basin (or maybe a large one above both??) and we don’t yet have vanity cupboards beneath the basin. Storage is a bit of an issue but we’re making it work and they will come in time!
Hope you enjoyed this Room Reveal!! Let me know in the comments below what you think!
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Images: Kathryn Rossiter