Remodeling The Willow House is my dream come true and comes along with colorful adventures. If you have not followed my progress you can find the full kitchen remodel here. And following that is the adjoining dining room post. You can also view photos and videos of my home office and studio here.

Next on my checklist is the guest bathroom remodel. This project took a few extra months to complete during the international slowdown. But the finished bathroom was worth the wait!

Lia's home tour bathroom remodel

The main floor bathroom in The Willow House was an outdated remodel with beige tile, broken grout, and dingy textured walls. To give it new life, I knew we needed to bring it down to the studs. I also decided to add a much-needed storage cabinet and replace the small window with a larger one to bring in the natural light. Honestly, the photos make this room look better than it was in real life. So, let the guest bathroom remodel begin!

My Design Concept

My design concept for this guest bathroom remodel was similar to the kitchen and rooms in the main house. I wanted to keep the flavor of the original 1929 vintage but add in a splash of modern. Additionally, I wanted to create a jewel box look with a dark monochromatic color on the floor, walls, and ceiling.

Getting Started with Signature Hardware

When beginning the design for this small bathroom, my first stop was Signature Hardware as they carry updated vintage fixtures in multiple finishes. I chose a brushed nickel for the bathroom hardware to keep with the clean, cool tones I envisioned for the finished look. I started by picking the bathroom centerpiece, which is this beautiful ceramic top and brushed nickel Cierra console sink. As the bathroom was currently a bit crowded and tight, I picked a smaller sink that would fit nicely into the space, but still be the star of the room.

I then picked a gooseneck bathroom faucet, coordinating Matina vanity sconces, and finally, the brushed nickel Cooper toilet paper holder, towel ring, and towel bar. For the walk-in shower, I chose the gooseneck rainfall shower head to make an elegant statement and the Cooper hand shower with the slide bar with the matching Cooper shower valve to control the two water sources.

Adding all of these pieces to my design board, I could now plan how to showcase their vintage style with color, tile shape, the added details of the Wainscott and trim, and or course, the perfect wallpaper.


The next item I picked was the large hex charcoal gray tiles for the floor and the walk-in shower walls. I wanted a bold statement in this small space, yet keeping the pattern uniform. I then picked a smaller mosaic tile to match for the shower floor for an anti-slip surface.

Choosing a Wallpaper

The wallpaper choice came easy once I found this vintage kimono mural when looking for a jumbo floral pattern. The colors in this paper pick up the charcoal of the tile and gave me a slightly blue-grey shade for the wainscot walls and ceilings. The stage was now set to add the beautiful console sink and brushed chrome hardware.

Finishing Touches

We started the guest bathroom remodel with a full-on demo. Initially I was sad to remove the arch detail over the bathtub. But I knew that it would open up the small room and allow me to fully appreciate the ceiling height. With plans to add a stand alone bathtub in the upstairs bathroom, we removed the old bathtub to create a fully modern walk-in shower with a single glass floor-to-ceiling panel.

Once the demo was complete, the room was ready for a new, larger window with a frosted lower panel. This allowed an abundance of light into the room. Then came the tile installation, the new storage cabinet, wainscot, paint and wallpaper. Everything in place to welcome the white and brushed nickel hardware.

I have several guests reporting their love for this new bathroom and the luxurious shower. And I look forward to testing it out myself!

What’s Next

Coming up, I will show you my updated living room with the newly styled fireplace and my outdoor living space which went from a pile of rocks and rotten deck to a true sanctuary. Stay tuned and check back as we continue to tour The Willow House.