A Lovely Home: Get Bubbly

laguna vista_master bath{Master Bathroom “before” with 1970’s sunken bathtub}

Creating a lovely home and a lovely life isn’t just about the “big picture”. Exceedingly intelligent and talented men and women agree. Steve Jobs said, “Details matter, it’s worth getting it right.” Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.”

After the largest space we’re remodeling was taken care (the kitchen – see the cabinets and countertops), we shifted our focus to plumbing fixtures. They seem like minor details. They actually play an important role in achieving the look and quality you want.

If you’re doing a total remodel like we are, it’s a good idea to make these selections together. For us that meant everything from the kitchen fixtures, like sink, faucets, pot filler and garbage disposal to the bathroom plumbing fixtures. Making the selections all at once helps you stay consistent with the endless finish options – stainless steel, polished chrome, black + more, as well as with the style.

To go with the look of the home, we chose fixtures in a modern, minimalist style with clean, simple lines, mostly in polished chrome. We used a lot of Hansgrohe and Kohler’s Purist collection. master bathroom_demo pic{Master Bath – partial demo}

Besides the standard fixtures for the Master Bathroom (sinks, faucets, shower head, robe hooks), a larger item on our list was a bath tub. I love baths and find them a great, relaxing way to take care of myself, so it was a priority!

heartThese bathrooms and tubs were our inspiration: masterb_home adoreThe symmetrical tub is the focal point, right in front of a beautiful window with a view. masterb_garance doreClean & simple egg-shaped tub. masterb_chomeAnother symmetrical, modern tub with tub filler. masterb_arch digestEven though I’ve had my eyes set on free-standing tubs, I think this organic-looking stone tub is simply amazing & chic. 

When we went looking at PIRCH (I highly recommend you check them out), we got a little lesson on tubs. We learned resin is a preferred material to acrylic. Resin feels sturdier and doesn’t crack as easily. We also learned how important it is to test out tubs, just like you would a new car. Make sure it’s comfortable. It’s a big investment and it’s supposed to be a relaxing place!

We ended up selecting this Aquabrass Caicos free-standing bathtub made out of resin with a glossy white finish. master b_aquabrassheartBudget tip: We saved money with the Aquabrass tub versus another one that looked very similar. Just because a tub is more expensive doesn’t exactly mean it’s better. The same goes with other plumbing fixtures.

Photos by: home adore, garance dore, c home, architectural digest.

I’d love to know – are you a bath tub kind of person and what tub do you like?

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