Leslie Biggley's Airy, Modern, Feminine Bathroom Reno

In PART TWO of our series featuring projects from The Leslie Style, learn how designer Leslie Biggley transforms a century old bathroom into a modern beauty.

Biggley’s style is airy, modern, and feminine, and this bathroom is living proof. 

The bathroom was the single bathroom on the second level of the house, so she wanted it to be beautiful and functional. The original layout had a tub with no shower and a pedestal sink. After taking possession of the house, Biggley waited a whole eight minutes before the demolition began. No shower and zero storage? It simply wouldn’t do.

Her strategy was simple: use everything she had learned from three previous bathroom renovations.

Key takeaways from past renos:

  • Anything dark feels heavy
  • White beveled subway tiles provide sparkle, and give the room a clean, dreamy feeling
  • Floors made of faux or real marble are gorgeous
  • Herringbone is the most beautiful floor pattern
  • Glass shower walls are key
  • Champagne bronze® finish adds a classy metallic shine
  • Use marble or quartz sills to frame the shower pan
  • Statement mirrors are everything!
  • For a polished look, match all accessories—towel barstowel ringstoilet paper holdertoilet tank lever, and robe hooks—to your faucets
  • Design is in the details
  • Get a vanity with as many drawers as possible

FAUCET

Biggley describes the champagne bronze® finish of the Delta® Cassidy™ cross handles as “heaven on earth” and is hoping, one day, to see a kitchen faucet with the same design.

SHOWER HEAD

Biggley has used several Delta® showerheads in past renovations because of their style and function. Her top pick for this bathroom was the vintage look of the Cassidy ™ Single-Setting Raincan.

WALLPAPER

Pinterest provides a plethora of wallpapered bathrooms and Leslie finally took the dramatic plunge with the Vivienne Floral in Blush from Stagg Design. The mix of pinks and muted grey-greens gives the room a bright modern look with a feminine floral touch.

ROMAN SHADE

A must have for the space was a window treatment that would completely cover the window for full privacy but also let light in and still be gorgeous. Jillian Harris, Rachel Parcell, and others use Q Design Centre roman shades and after seeing them in so many amazing homes, The Leslie Style followed suit. Biggley chose the Cozy Linen Roman Shade, in “polar,” the perfect white with a little warmth. A relaxed linen look that exudes class. And no need to worry about picking the right fabric because the company will send samples and also help with the exact measurements. Biggley loves the way the shade drapes (no pun intended!) and has installed a second shade over the kitchen sink.

 

SPLURGE VERSUS STEAL

 

MIRRORS (SPLURGE)

The major splurge in this bathroom was the mirrors. Biggley didn’t choose these in her last home and has not stopped thinking about them. Too pricey for just any mirror, she justified the cost in the bathroom because of their constant use. Plus, they are gorgeous! The mirrors are from The Cross Design, “A store guaranteed to make your jaw drop,” says Biggley.

VANITY (STEAL)

The vanity was a sweet find at an even sweeter price after an extensive search for a double 60″ vanity with ample storage, a solid wood structure, and marble top. Biggley swears that drawers are the most important feature in a vanity. The storage space keeps her organized and the countertops empty. And using white in a small bathroom makes it feel more spacious.

LIGHT (STEAL)

The original idea was to have a chandelier, but once the wallpaper and mirrors were installed, both which had a lot of detail, Biggley knew that a fancy piece would be too overwhelming. Keeping it simple was the answer so she opted for a classic drum linen shade light fixture. Since it was the only light in the space, the fixture needed to be bright and functional, and this model checked all the boxes. It was a perfect fit, and a fraction of the cost of something more elaborate.

 

Coming soon! PART THREE of The Leslie Style series: the striped marble bathroom reno.

 

To learn more about Biggley’s designs and tips, check out The Leslie Style.