i’ve seen a lot of hideous bathrooms in my career as an interior designer.  bathrooms that i have happily transformed into beautiful spaces.  however, nothing — nothing — has ever come close to how awful this park ave bathroom used to look. i love a good bathroom renovation, and i may have mentioned in my previous posts how much i love doing gut renovation projects… the worse they are to begin with, the better!

take for instance my recent park ave project. the apartment was sold to my client as an estate sale … code for “this apartment has not been touched since the original owners purchased it and you’d never want to live in it in it’s current condition.”

while the condition of the entire apartment was mind-blowing — and not in a good way — i thought it would be fun to highlight the ugly duckling transformation of each of the two bathrooms.

are you ready…? i wasn’t the first time i saw them!

the two small bathrooms were laid out as exact mirror images of each other — shiny foil wallpaper and all!

the master bathroom:

as part of the renovation, we relocated the existing closets in the master bedroom, which allowed us to expand the master bathroom to a much more suitable size.

to add to the visual expansion of the new master bathroom layout, i clad all of the walls with large format white cararra marble, keeping the space light, bright, and serene.

i added elements of drama and interest with an espresso wood and bronze metal custom-designed vanity, as well as a custom-designed bronze metal mirror.

now that’s what i call a bathroom!!

the guest bathroom:

for the smaller secondary bathroom, we kept the original layout, but i didn’t shy away from its small footprint.  we went dark — a supposed no-no for small spaces, but sometimes rules are meant to be broken. i clad the walls and floor with a gorgeous charcoal grey stone.

the tiles on the vanity wall were installed in a herringbone pattern to help visually elongate the space and add some more drama!

there you have it — ugly duckling to swan! there’s really nothing quite like the feeling of transforming a space so completely!


check out the transformation of the front entryway!

wallpaper, wallpaper, everywhere… we stripped it all down, and stripped decades of paint off of the front door to reveal the original beautiful metal door!

want to see more? check out the full apartment renovation here.



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