Thursday, January 13, 2011

Master Bedroom and Bathroom Makeover....Before and Afters...

I hope you don't mind a long post, because this one is just that.  Loads of pictures.
The Reno of our master bedroom and bathroom is now complete.  We have lived in this house for 21 years, and except for a lick of paint, these rooms have never been touched.  We have talked about removing the closet and bathroom walls to open up the space ever since we moved in.  This is actually one of the last rooms in the house to be done.  The work has taken 3 months.

I bought the button tuffted linen headboard 3 years ago, knowing natural linen would never be out of date.

My jumping off point for this design was the ceiling.  Originally I wanted to panel the walls, however it is a very narrow room and even losing 3-4" in width would have compromised the layout.  So I decided to panel the ceiling. This ceiling took a great deal of planning.  I wanted the sight line into the bathroom to be perfectly lined up and centered on the centre beam, closets, pocket doors and the bathroom sink.

That pretty ruffled pillow was made for my by a fellow blogger Li from Creamy White.  I admired her pillows on her blog and she made one for me.  A completely random act of kindness.  That was over a year ago and I told her it would find a home in my bedroom. 
Mr. Raz bought me this long dressing table last Christmas 2009 from a second hand shop, and it works well at the foot of the bed.  It houses my Bits and also a TV.  This chair with the RM Coco animal print is one I found on the road and had recovered.  The original owners came to a party here and kicked themselves for chucking it out.

The velvet Coco chair by the closet has been moved from my living room and housed here.

Vintage sconces made the electrician frown.  He wanted to change all the candle thingies, but I like the older look.  I hang some jewelry Bits on them.

The Crystal lamps with striped shades came from Home Sense and were only $49.00 each.  Both end tables are from second hand shops.

I had originally wanted silk drapes, however, I didn't want the room to be too luxurious and frilly, so I took it down a notch with a block printed ethnic print fabric in a charcoal grey and white.  I purchased the fabric and had the drapery made at Tonic Living in Toronto.  Great service and Fabulous prices.  It may have been obvious to select a fabric to go with the headboard or an off white silk, but I felt the drapes needed to be unexpected, as well as be able to balance the crimson Indian rug (it has lots of charcoal too) that lays on the left side of the room and to tie in with the grays I used in the bathroom. The black rod picks up the black in the lamp shades and the bathroom tile. I also had them make a small pillow for the chair.

I think the fabric ties in well with the ethnic accents both here and in the rest of the house.

I do love pink and added a pair of pale pink cases with ruffles edges.

The duvet cover has a very tiny ruffle too. 
I used a white linen bed skirt.  All linen is by Pine Cone Hill available from my online shop Razmataz.
I like linen doesn't bother me.

My side table, which can't be seen is a large round drum table and works marvelously for holding lots of bits.

From the bed, you can see into the bathroom.

The view from the bathroom.  You may notice here that the ceiling beam does not line up with the centre of the window.  This is a 1979 builder home and the window is off centre.  If I had designed this room entirely from scratch, the window would be centered.  This does bother me actually since we worked so hard to center the other end.

A closer up of the drapery. 

The Crystal balls on the lamp mirror the "circles" on the drapery. 
Mr Raz's closet.  He prefers baskets and bins for his socks and tees.

My closet.  Comprised of nearly all back, grey, cream and white with a few pale pinks and red (out of sight).
Hmn.  I read that book The Well Dressed Home and the author talked about your clothes mirroring your taste in home decor.  Appears to be true.

This is the before.  At this point we had moved into the spare room and the spare bed was in here..  Sad and tired and hardly romantic.

After shot. ......same angle.

Before....the bathroom is to the right and the small walk in closet to the left.  That wall between was removed and the new pocket door went between.

After.....same angle.

We chose a $99.00 Home Depot door installed on a pocket door track.  It came frosted.  It allows light in through the bathroom window to the bedroom.

After shot of the bathroom.

Before shot.....the awful 1980's peach.


After shot of the ceiling. 

I absolutely hate a stucco ceiling.  I would like to cover every ceiling in this house with drywall or bead board, however it is not an easy task. 

The entire ceiling had to levelled with shims.  Simon used a laser level to ensure all of it was level.
Simon loves this ceiling.  When I first spoke to him about it, I think he was unsure how I wanted it to look and unsure of the difficulties in doing it.  It was difficult.
It has now become our Signature Ceiling and we want to re-create it in a client's home. 
Ceiling...After.  the highlight of the room adding an architectural element that was missing before.

 So, that's it.  A bathroom design I drew in design class 6 years ago, and a bedroom makeover that we waited over 20 years for.

As with any design, it is only as good as the workmanship.  I was lucky enough to work with Simon Hubble of SPH Construction.  As well as a general contractor, Simon is a master carpenter and his workmanship is impeccable.  The only problem now is that other areas of my house needing work look twice as bad.  We've hatched a plan over endless cups of tea (he's a true Brit) to remove the walls in the hallway and add bead board ceiling.

My sources.

Headboard-Gresham House Oakville
Fabric Headboard-Robert Allen Natural linen.
Chair-Gresham House Oakville
Chair Fabric-Kravet
Bamboo Chair-Road Find
Bamboo Chair Fabric-RM Coco
Bed Linens-Pine Cone Hill through Razmataz
Drapery Fabric-Paula Prass for Michael Miller-Tonic Living
Drapery and pillow sewing-Tonic Living
Round drum table-My Back Shed Oakville
Dressing Table-Pure Home Couture Hamilton
Paint-Wall bedroom.  Wimbourne White Farrow and Ball
Paint all trim and ceiling-All White Farrow and Ball
Sink and Bathtub-CSN stores (free shipping)
Toilet and shower rod-Vintage Tub and bath Online
Taps, Shower Head, Towel Bars-Restoration Hardware
Area Rug-Home Sense
Lamps- Home Sense
Pocket door-Home depot
Paint Bathroom-Benjamin Moore Calm OC 22
Vintage Sconces-The Lofty Lion Lion's Head.
Wall and floor tile bathroom-Factory Tile Oakville
Custom closets-SPH Construction
Contractor-Simon Hubble.  SPH Contracting Oakville. 905-617-1774


  1. I am seriously swooning here. I adore every.single.thing. Definitely worth waiting for!

    p.s. I love that Union Jack pillow in spare bedroom!

  2. I think you did an amazing job. Both rooms look beautiful. I love the wardrobes - well I love everything. Plus if you hadn't pointed out that the ceiling beam doesn't meet the window dead centre I wouldn't have noticed. Little quirks like this are what make our homes unique.
    Well done you on such a gorgeous transformation.

  3. It all looks fabulous! Beautifully finished. I just love the shape of the bath and the great tiles behind it. :)

  4. Breath-taking, gorgeous, and I want mine to look like that too - that's all I can say. You've put a lot of thought and effort into the room and it shows in the attention to detail and cozy feel. Fantastic job.

  5. Hi Chania, what a brilliant makeover, it all looks fantastic! I especially love the bath tub and sink and mirror.... ;-)

  6. It looks absolutely beautiful Chania. As for the window not being centered with the ceiling beam, maybe making the curtains go all the way across the room might help to camouflage it?
    We're looking to do our master bath in the hopefully near future. The good about it is that since Peter does renos, most of the work will be done by him and will keep the budget down.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I'm so proud that your bedside table bears Thrifty Chic, just as mine does. Your makeover is beautiful, dignified without being staid and it looks like such a serene and happy room.

  8. You have done a grand job Chania...that ceiling is spectacular!

  9. A fabulous makeover Chania - I love what you've done!

  10. Chania, briefly stated: beautiful, simple, tasteful. I love the pocket door with the frosted glass and all your other thoughtful touches. Ceiling is a highlight. If you don't mind me asking, how high are your ceilings? Ours are only 8'. It was worth the wait, now enjoy. Ann

  11. what I like is the detail on the ceiling
    it makes the room

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post Chania and seeing all those great pics. You've done a brilliant job. When can I move in!! :)

  13. Hi Chania, I've been following the progress with your bedroom and I love the end result. Beautiful! My favorite is the ceiling treatment and the wardrobe/closets.

    I'm commenting for another reason too... because I think your blog is great and you have a great sense of style I'm passing an award on to you. You have received A Stylish Blogger Award. For details and the announcement check out my site at:



  14. Your makeover is wonderful Chania! I love your new bathroom it is to die for and your bedlinen is so beautiful. Your new bedroom is just gorgeous and I would happliy spend hours in there admiring it all. xx

  15. Beyond gorgeous Chania! You really should submit this to a Canadian Kitchen and Bath magazine for a before and after story. You know that if you were close by I would be there with my camera in a heartbeat!

    What a wonderful transformation!

    Kat :)

  16. Chania, this turned out absolutely beautiful! I love that bathroom and that ceiling!?...You did a wonderful job.

  17. Just stunning! Your finishes are beautiful. Love the closets flanking the bath - and the bath door detail too. You thought of everything!

  18. I am repeating myself and them of course, you did a fabulous job girl!


  19. Love the reno Chania...the new entry to the bathroom with closets on either side was a fabulous idea...and I love the pocket door and the fact that you found something that stunning at home depot!

  20. Chania, love the bath and bedroom. I especially like the drapes and the lampshades.

  21. I can't even begin to tell you how stunning your bedroom and bathroom are! You did an amazing job. I love the decision to install the pocket door between the two closets and your ceiling is beautiful. The bathroom I dream of in my home IS YOUR BATHROOM! sigh...

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my kitchen makeover! It's always so nice to read such kind words after such hard work xo

  22. just found you via hodge:podge :) i love this reveal - stunning! happy weekend!

  23. I just came across your blog, and your insights into home improvement, DIY projects, and overall design are very interesting. Your article about your master bedroom and master bathroom makeovers was especially interesting. I really liked your comments on mixing up colors and white to get a wide range of decor ideas. I am adding you to my favorites. Since you and your readers have a flair for interior decorating and interest in design, we thought you would especially be interested in our custom window coverings. Heritage Window Coverings is located in Huntington Beach, CA and we have a wide selection of treatments to complement any home’s interior design! Any feedback would be appreciated as well. As a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

  24. Love, love, love your bathroom. sigh, it's so classic gorgeous! And your bedroom of course is amazing too, I too have a upholstered linen headboard.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog today!

  25. Oh - my - goodness! I love everything about this Chania! It's definitely magazine worthy - Style at Home are you listening?

    Thanks for sharing all of your resources too!

    (and thanks for your lovely comments on my blog lately - really appreciate it!)

  26. Chania I LOVE what you've done here....There's not a single thing I'd change....As a matter of fact, I've just shown Mr SVJ your pics as we're about to get a builder in to quote on repairs needed to fix the damage from the leaky shower....We've decided to do a remodel while we're at it & we've already started looking for 'your' bath & as I LOVE your layout....We may just pinch that too....!!

    Tamarah :o)

  27. I am blown away by this project, thanks for mentioning it in your comment on my blog! It is a gorgeous space, the ceiling and how the doorway into the bath is now between the two closets makes this room just ooze with character. I bet you are enjoying the space!! Janell

  28. This is beyond belief. I love how you kept the color palette simple and added details with your drop dead gorgeous ceiling, trim, lighting and materials. I am envious of your bathtub also!

  29. The finished product is absolutely amazing. The room looks so comfortable, cozy and lived-in, and so put together at the same time. I really like the clean colour-palette (all though not really "colours" per se) of the bathroom.

    All the little touches in the room are so neat. Thank you for sharing your sources and the little stories behind everything.

  30. It's absolutely fantastic! You are so talented and such an inspiration :-)

  31. Absolutely gorgeous. I am dying over that ceiling and really want it in every room of my house!

  32. Chania, How lovely and cozy you bedroom is. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog as well. Sorry if I didn`t reply to you before. Long story, but didn`t have computer for over 2 months, can you believe it? So I had to learn to be without it too!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2011 and I'll be posting soon. Missing visiting here.
    Lots of love, Li :-)

  33. I know I'm late with this comment but your bedroom and bathroom are exquisite. The ceiling is a wonderful addition and gives the room its wow factor. I love absolutely every choice you made in this renovation, Chania. xx

  34. Is that a classic vintage tub? I love the motif of the home. My sister has done something similar with her room.

  35. How beautiful!!! Love it all!~

  36. Just lovely. I love the view into the bathroom.

  37. I just found your blog and this before and after is incredible! Well done!

    I particularly like the closets on each side of the door that is centred on the vanity. Beautiful.

  38. So happy to have found this through Brooklyn Limestone... it's beautiful!! Actually - looks like we had similar space constraints and similar taste - you can see my bedroom at and bathroom at Your ceiling is fabulous - and I love the bathtub! Hope you're enjoying your new luxurious space.

  39. Oh my gosh Chania, I am new to your blog and in love with your master bedroom and bath. I love all the finishes you chose - you have such beautiful taste! Gorgeous - thanks so much for sharing and inspiring - I have been kind of stalled out with our bedroom until now!

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I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania