‘We Wanted un­der­stated lux­ury’

In­spired by an Ital­ian holiday, Jessie was de­ter­mined to in­clude some el­e­gant grey mar­ble in her new bath­room and re­design the lay­out to cre­ate a more spa­cious feel

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Jessie went for Ital­ian el­e­gance in her new-look bath­room

We stretched our­selves to buy this house and when our chil­dren, Freya and toby, came along, we were just too busy to do much about the dated decor,’ says Jessie. ‘But by last sum­mer, my hus­band Mark and I had man­aged to save up a bit of money. the bath­room badly needed do­ing and so did the en suite, so we de­cided to do both to­gether, to save on some of the plumb­ing costs.

Lux­u­ri­ous choices

The ma­jor prob­lem was the huge Jacuzzi bath that took over most of the bath­room. We com­pletely re­designed the space on pa­per and found there was enough room to put a con­ven­tional bath on the right-hand side, which would in­stantly make the space seem big­ger. The bath would be against a wall, which would en­able us to put in an over­head shower, which we re­ally needed.

We found a great lo­cal plumber who was rec­om­mended to us, and we started choos­ing the san­i­tary­ware. We both like clas­sic de­sign and wanted to in­vest in high qual­ity pieces as we’re not plan­ning to do this again in a hurry.

For Mark’s 40th birth­day, we treated our­selves to a holiday in Venice, and it was there that I fell in love with mar­ble. Back home, we found some mar­ble tiles

at Topps Tiles. They weren’t cheap but they’re nat­u­ral stone, and I think they add un­der­stated lux­ury. The large ones suited the walls, and although many peo­ple put mo­saics in­side the shower, we de­cided to be dif­fer­ent and put them on the floor.

Colour and con­trast

We in­stalled a compact van­ity unit for much-needed storage and chose one in a shade that matches the grey veins in the mar­ble. Its glossy tex­ture also cre­ates a con­trast with the mar­ble walls and floor. I went for the big­gest mir­ror pos­si­ble above the unit, which re­flects light around the room and makes it feel even big­ger.

With ex­pen­sive tiles on two of the walls, we needed to keep within our budget, so we opted to paint the far wall in a soft grey, which is eas­ily wi­peable.

I wanted to add an­other shot of colour and was think­ing of teal blue. So I was re­ally happy to find some towels in the sales in that ex­act colour and with a her­ring­bone de­sign along the bot­tom, which ex­actly matched the floor tiles. They could have been made for me, so I snapped them up! We’re just so pleased with the way our bath­room’s turned out.’

EF­FORT­LESS STYLE ‘el­e­gant mar­ble tiles and an im­proved lay­out have made our bath­room feel lighter’

VER­SA­TILE SHOW­ER­ING ‘the large shower head is great for a ma­jor drench­ing, but I also wanted a hand-held one for hair wash­ing and clean­ing’

make room ‘Mov­ing the bath against the wall has freed up space, while hav­ing over­head and hand-held show­ers has given us flex­i­bil­ity’

Sleek and neat ‘We searched for a compact van­ity unit so it didn’t stick out too far and slot­ted in neatly be­tween the win­dows’

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