‘a free­stand­ing tub was a must’

The only must-have Jes­sica had when de­sign­ing her new bath­room was a deep, lux­u­ri­ous free­stand­ing bath, big enough to re­lax in

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A sump­tu­ous bath was at the very top of Jes­sica’s wish list

My hus­band mitchell and I bought this house with the aim to do the whole place up – it’s the third home we’ve ren­o­vated in four years,’ says Jes­sica. ‘af­ter spend­ing months work­ing on the rest of the house, next on our list was the bath­room.

We’d had a sin­gle-storey side ex­ten­sion built so we could move the bath­room up­stairs, as the house had a small bath­room down­stairs next to the kitchen, which was aw­ful. The idea of go­ing down­stairs each morn­ing to wash wasn’t ap­peal­ing so when draw­ing up the plans, it was top pri­or­ity that the bath­room be moved. At that time, we’d de­cided that this would just be a house we’d ren­o­vate to sell on and knew that an up­stairs bath­room would be a good sell­ing point.

My vi­sion

I love all the plan­ning when dec­o­rat­ing a room and use In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est for ideas. I knew I wanted a free­stand­ing bath and it had to be mod­ern – I didn’t want the clas­sic roll-top as it’s not re­ally my style. I found this gor­geous oval shape on­line, which I knew would be per­fect. Mitch was con­cerned that it would look too big but we de­cided to sit it at an an­gle and that ev­ery­thing else would just have to fit around it.

Mak­ing it work

As this was a whole new space in the ex­ten­sion, we pretty much had a blank can­vas to work with. Mitch did a lot of the messy work, but we got in pro­fes­sion­als to do the plumb­ing and electrics. With the bath in po­si­tion, we were able to have free­stand­ing taps fit­ted, which look great. The rest of the suite came from Vic­to­ria Plum, and we went for a curved

Idea to steal ‘Wall planters are per­fect for adding fo­liage and plants to any room, es­pe­cially in the bath­room

‘take time to plan when dec­o­rat­ing a room – in­sta­gram and pin­ter­est are great for in­spi­ra­tion and ideas that work’

walk-in shower cu­bi­cle which also helped with space is­sues. i found these amaz­ing floor tiles at B&Q, which we then based the colour scheme around. i was wor­ried they might be a bit too much, but they are quite soft in colour so don’t over­power the room. mitch has been hands on with ev­ery build and fit­ted the wall and floor tiles – Youtube is a great place to learn how to do this, too.

Styling the room

i de­cided to be bold and painted the walls dark grey, which con­trasts nicely with the metro-style wall tiles, and the colour re­ally picked up the grey in the floor tiles. Be­cause of the size of the bath, we used a piece of old scaf­fold­ing board as a bath rack. i sanded it and oiled it so it’s wa­ter re­sis­tant – it’s the per­fect place for my book and glass of wine.

i found an old mir­rored free­stand­ing shelf unit which fits per­fectly by the shower. i re­ally like dark jewel green tones too, so i in­tro­duced this with a few tow­els which seemed to bring the room to life. i’m over the moon with the re­sult – it’s per­fect. We may have bought this place as a project, but now it’s fin­ished, we’ve fallen in love with it and have no plans to move any time soon!’

idea to steal ‘Only have what you need to use on dis­play – that way you can avoid the room be­com­ing clut­tered’

two tone ‘I’m glad we de­cided to paint the walls dark grey. It com­ple­ments the floor tiles and re­ally adds im­pact to the room’

on the shelf ‘Quirky tiered shelv­ing is great for hous­ing mini plant pots and scented can­dles’

wall style ‘i wasn’t sure whether to have a cabi­net above the sink, but in­stead we went for a large metal mir­ror and wall light­ing’

jewel-rich ‘in­tro­duc­ing bold-coloured tow­els re­ally brings the room to­gether and this jade green colour seems to be a big hit this sea­son’

at­ten­tion to de­tail ‘the wa­ter­fall-style shower was still pos­si­ble in the small en­clo­sure as we en­sured we’d had the right pipework fit­ted while the ex­ten­sion was be­ing de­signed’

‘My home-made bath rack was a great idea – it re­cy­cles an old prod­uct, was cheap to make and adds a quirky feel to the bath­room’ non-slip fin­ish ‘not only do my pat­terned floor tiles add in­ter­est to the room, they have a tex­tured ef­fect so are non-slip – es­sen­tial in the bath­room’ bal­anc­ing act

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