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I’m sharing exciting news today! I’m joining in all the fun for one of the most anticipated blogging events there is, the One Room Challenge. If you’re not familiar with what it is, it’s a biannual design event hosted by Linda of Calling It Home, in partnership with House Beautiful Magazine. Twenty design bloggers are asked to participate and show off their design skills, and anyone else who wishes to participate can join in as a guest participant – that would be me ;) There’s a catch though – the challenge lasts only six weeks, and in that timeframe, all participants must complete their one room challenge, as well as provide a progress update on the space each week. So today kicks off the start of that six weeks, and I’ll be tackling our master bathroom! I am so excited! Without further ado, please join me here, each Thursday, as my hubby and I take on our master bathroom makeover and transform it from a pretty space to a spectacular one!Before I begin and reveal my plan, I want to extend an incredibly HUGE thank you to The Mine for being the main sponsor for my project – I’m very grateful that I’ll be able to bring my vision to full fruition with their incredible help and generosity. I’d also like to thank Tonic Living for providing a gorgeous and elegant custom roman blind for our window as well – just wait until you see it! *Affiliate links are provided throughout, or at the bottom of this post for your shopping convenience – see my full disclosure policy here.
Ok, here we go! To give you a little history, and for those of you that don’t know, we built our home almost 8 years ago, with the intention of flipping it, and then building again. The objective was to keep our costs as low as possible, so, we dove head first into finishing most of the interior of our home ourselves, and tried to make as many cost effective decisions as possible.
One of those decisions, was the purchase of this vintage dresser that we converted into our vanity. Some things you don’t foresee when taking on a project of this scale – the amount of time, energy and multiple projects that simply overtake your life can become daunting and overwhelming. This house was a first full blown DIY project for us, and at the time, our kids were tiny! Living at my parents’ and commuting 30 minutes, twice a day, working until the early morning hours every day for 5 months, definitely took it’s toll on us! We were just too tired toward the end, and left many things unfinished, like our vintage vanity (and much more that you don’t see!).We painted it a beautiful seafoam blue/green, but never got around to painting the drawer fronts or changing the hardware. Eight years later, it remains the same…and now it’s time to move on. I love my vintage chandelier and have had it for about 15 years. It has graced our dining room in our first home, illuminated our kitchen in our second home, and has been residing in our bathroom in this home. Now the time has come for this elegant beauty to take a bow. I have a whole new lighting scheme planned – and it’s gorgeous!Many parts of the bathroom will remain as is – our shower is still in perfect condition, and although I’d love some brass finishing details to coordinate with the other brass elements we’ll be using, the chrome door handle, trim and hinges will be staying. For a more cohesive look and so the shower doesn’t look ‘out of place’, I’ll be leaving some of the other chrome fixtures in the bathroom in place as well. The floors will also remain the same.
We’ll be updating the toilet (which I still need to find!), and possibly adding recessed shelving in the wall above it.The current plan is to paint everything a crisp white – Ultra Pure White by Behr – the same color we’ve used on all of our moldings throughout our home. We’ll be adding panelling above the chair rail, as well as custom mirrors for the vanity. The below image by Fox Group Construction is our inspiration behind the vision for the mirrors and moldings that we’ll be installing.
Here is my mood board – you can see that for the most part, it has a traditional, old-world feel to it, but the color palette also has a clean and contemporary edge. The brass details of the hardware, fixtures and lighting is what I’m really excited about! Of course the vanity, with it’s carrara marble top is pretty amazing too! A little bit of blue and white chinoiserie always helps to bring in a feminine, chic element.
ONE ROOM CHALLENGE : Master bathroom makeover - elegant brass details paired with classic white and grey create a lux mater bathroom retreat.


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Are you as excited as I am? I hope so! I’ll be sharing our progress every Thursday, with the final reveal on November 9! This will be so much fun, and I cannot wait to tackle this project. I’ll also be linking over to the One Room Challenge guest participant page here and the 20 featured designers here – where all participants will be sharing their work and progress each week as well – I hope you’ll stop over to see who’s doing what, because I have no doubt this will get you in the mood for a makeover! I want to hear from you too! Please tell me what you think in the comments below, and if you’re new here, you can signup for my newsletter and get the latest information sent straight to your inbox! Thank you for reading with me today, now I’m off to get this thing started! See you all next week! xo


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  1. tamaraanka says:

    CC you rock my friend!! Thank you! I’m THRILLED you like it – you know I idolize your amazing style!! xox

  2. tamaraanka says:

    Hi Charlotte! Thanks so much for stopping by, I can’t wait to get started!! Hope you like it!

  3. Excited to see where you go with this! I love bathroom makeovers! :)

  4. LOVE the mood board and all the gold and of course blue and white. Can’t wait to watch you transform this room friend!

  5. Tam- All are such great choices, that you will be happy with for many years…
    Gorgeous as always

  6. Although your present bathroom is beyond stunning, I have no doubt that you’ll have another classic and beautiful result with this makeover. Can’t wait to see the end results!!!

  7. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much Jan! I’m thrilled that you love it! Thank you for stoping in!! xo

  8. Love the concept! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  9. tamaraanka says:

    Sally thank you! I’m really eager to get going! xo

  10. tamaraanka says:

    Thank you so much Denise! SO glad you like it!

  11. Tamara, I can’t wait to see what you do to this space, I’m sure it will be fabulous! – as always.


  12. tamaraanka says:

    Lisa thank you so much!! I really am so happy that you like it – it will be a TON of work but I can’t wait!!

  13. This looks so amazing Tamara! I’m so excited to watch you do your magic over the next few weeks! Love your brass details!!

  14. tamaraanka says:

    Sarah!! Thank you my friend! And thank you for popping in to say hi! I’m thrilled you like it!! Muah!!!

  15. This is going to be amazing Tamara! Can’t wait to watch the project unfold!

  16. tamaraanka says:

    Oh thank you Marion! I’m really happy to finally be tackling this space!!

  17. tamaraanka says:

    Bree thank you SO much! I am so excited to get this going, you have no idea!! xoxo

  18. Tamara I’m so excited to see this come together for you!!! I know your selections are nothing short of fabulous and I cannot wait to see more!!! Xoxo

  19. Good luck with this. It sounds like so much fun. I am sure you will do a beautiful job with your bathroom!

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