Biggley’s signature style of blending shines in this Modern Boho Reno, where she brings a contemporary design to life with bold artwork and tasteful accents.
Believe it or not, this bathroom began as a full renovation. Biggley started from scratch by gutting the room but kept the original layout. The space ended up with modern faucets, cabinetry, and lighting, and she added her signature airy, feminine touch, this time with a side of boho flare, with the use of textiles and artwork.
AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN…
Biggley stills gets chills from looking at photos of the original bathroom that remind her of an eerie horror movie from the 1970s.
First things first: she opted to create a more open look and feel in the space by taking down the walls between the bathroom and the linen closets.
The walls around the tub enclosure were also removed and she replaced the tub with a shower with glass walls on two sides. A window was added that elevated the brightness of the room, creating a fresh clean vibe in the space. Natural light makes all the difference.
The absence of the linen closets gave Biggley room to add a tall cabinet on either side of the vanity. These cabinets provided functional storage space and the feeling of eclectic furniture, an attractive alternative compared to the former, nondescript closet doors.
The long bar lock on the new cabinets was one of the most striking elements in the bathroom. Biggley integrated the black iron hardware theme into the room with the window frame and wall sconces, one of her great loves. The dark elements added a polish and sophistication to her signature airy, bright design.
She chose weathered oak for the cabinetry because of her love of raw wood and for the contrast against the Carrara marble tile and countertops. The marble tile continues in the shower, a combination of 3 × 9 subway tiles in a hexagon mosaic cover the floor, while 12 × 24 tiles cascade down the walls.
FUN WITH FAUCETS
All plumbing fixtures are from Delta®, Biggley’s favourite brand with options that include lovely matte brass finishes to complement her style. For this bathroom, she opted for the Trinsic® collection in Champagne Bronze® finish. The modern fixtures fit beautifully with the weathered wood cabinets.
Something Biggley always wanted to use in a bathroom and finally got to try in this space were inset medicine cabinets. The look is super polished because the cabinets are flush with the wall and layered over the tile. Inset cabinets are a new favourite and you can bet they will make more appearances in future Leslie Style designs.
The renovation was a success. But even the most fantastic hardware, tile, and fixtures don’t make a space feel … finished. It was fine and functional, but the bathroom lacked that “wow factor,” something Biggley added in the final styling phase. Once again, she gave 100% of her airy, modern, feminine style where something as simple as a wicker basket filled with hand towels provided a lovely soft textured contrast to all the hard, smooth tile.
I [HEART] ART
The transformation that happens when artwork and accessories are added to a room is staggering.
Everyone who used this bathroom immediately mentioned the rug and the paintings, which is making Biggley rethink her obsession for marble. Could it be that people don’t care as much about tile as she does? If she used a faux ceramic marble to achieve a similar look she could spend more money on original artwork! For example, artwork by Maren Devine, Biggley's current love and an artist known for her bold use of colour and who, like Biggley, enjoys blending styles. Devine mixes texture with neon colors and soft pastels to create anything from landscapes to figurative pieces.
Biggley included art that interested her and made her happy, then added the perfect rug, a few more prints, and some Turkish towels that pulled all the colours together.
To complete the room’s boho spirit, she included a vibrant rug runner, another design fixation she is unwilling to give up. In fact, she saw this rug several years ago and the floor space finally arrived where she could use it.
The final touch was a couple of high quality lidded baskets she filled with fluffy towels. Like Biggley, they are subtle, versatile, and add so much character to a room. #beautifulboho
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