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Tara Dennis’ bathroom reno for a tricky client


The client brief for this bathroom was tricky, I was the client and was looking for classic, modern styling on a tight budget!

This bathroom needed to be modern and family friendly without looking too clinical. Having originally been a bedroom converted in the 70s, we stripped it back, removed a wall and started again. Only the windows remain as original.


My jumping off point, and my biggest splurge for this job was finding these amazing hex floor tiles from Surface Gallery. Neutral, interesting and not too crazy. The soft variation in patterns (there are six in the mix) means the pattern repeat is hard to find and no particular one dominates. We laid underfloor heating first, not a big spend these days but so worth the money in my opinion. It’s set on a timer so the floors are not only comfortably warm but also dry in no time. A great way to avoid issues with dampness.

For the walls I’ve always been a fan of subway tiles and having used about every variety, these ones took my fancy. Hand pressed, spanish tiles at a great price with so much organic loveliness they’re my new favourite! Their rippled surface catches the light and they just look fab day and night.

The sanitary ware and taps are all from Caroma, they look smart and are really well priced. I went for dual ‘lab’ style sinks and a wall mounted free standing bath as this is primarily a kid’s bathroom.

Under each sink there are pull out drawers which I had custom made, deep enough for everyday items such as toothbrushes, hair accessories and toiletries. To top the vanity I chose Carrara Marble, not necessarily the cheapest option but if you shop around you’ll find that  it’s popularity means prices are becoming more competitive. We sealed the marble well for obvious reasons though marble will age gently. Not everyone’s idea of fun but I like it that way.

Floating a vanity like this gives the illusion of more space in a room and also allowed a strip of LED lights to be run underneath.  These are illuminated in low light or at night when the sensor detects activity in the room.  The light strips cost just $10 and the sensor was installed while the sparky was there fitting off the electricals.  For big and little kids who get up in the night; this is an awesome idea.  It saves the bright overhead light needing to be switched on and provides a soft light for as long as anyone is in the room.

Overall I balanced the budget without compromising on style by shopping wisely for items such as lighting, taps, wall tiles and the towel rail. This allowed the luxury of adding the indulgences I really wanted. It’s all about balance when costing up a space such as a bathroom. Planning well, knowing where to spend and where to save means you’ll end up with a beautiful result.

At the end of the post I have included links to the pieces I used in this bathroom so you can create the look in your bathroom.











Bath Mixer Tap   //  Basin Mixer Tap  //   Shower Mixer   //   Shower Head Rail   //   Basin   //   Toilet   //   Bath   //    Toilet Roll Holder

Towel Ring   //   Robe Hook   //   Towel Rail   //   Pendant Light   //   Floor Tiles

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