NEW PROJECT: Bathroom Retreat for Mom of 4 Boys

A wonderful mom to four crazy/sweet boys with an equally wonderful hubby that is overseas fighting for our country, and a successful business owner (read: busy all the dang time)... if she doesn't deserve an hour of relaxation at the end of the day I don't know who does.

Just a quick peek at what they have lived with for the last six years... 

Before Shower - Meridian Abbey Interiors
Before Tub - Meridian Abbey Interiors
Before Vanity - Meridian Abbey Interiors

It has gotten them through, and you know that tub holds some very special memories for them (all of the boys are under 10).  But it is time to update!  She is done with the dark walls, and the tub - regardless of the good times - has got to go.  There is another tub in the boy's bathroom, so they won't be without.  She needs more linen storage and the space really needs better lighting.  Oh, lord does it need better lighting!

First, concept.  Then, design.

Just a quick run-through of the plan in its early stages...


She really loves the blush, gray, and copper palette, but she doesn't want a formal space.  To keep it from feeling stuffy I focused on texture and natural materials like the honed marble, river rock, and wood-look porcelain tile.  Matte and glossy sheens keep it interesting. I also love the porcelain that resembles textiles.  It hasn't been around that long, but there are some really convincing patterns out there!  

I showed her others that would look just as good in the mix: an off-white and tan matte glass 1x1 mosaic, a raked marble field tile, and a beveled honed white marble 3x6 tile.  All of these would look good together in almost any combination.  She realized as I was unloading all of these pretties onto her dining room table that she has white and gray hexagon tiles that would probably fit right in, as well.  

It turns out she has 20 boxes of these hexagon tiles left over from the major renovation she did of the place she now has her store.  She owns Sophia's Bridal, Tux & Prom on the south side of Indy.  Speaking of beautiful spaces - if you are in the market, or just in the area, I highly recommend making a quick stop in to see this strikingly gorgeous, modern boutique.  She took a 20 year abandoned post office and transformed it into something beautiful.  She created a space that provides especially memorable experiences for her customers.  Its no wonder Sophia's has grown into what it is today.  There isn't anywhere else to go in Indianapolis that comes close! 

Anyway, part of this reno obviously included the bathrooms and that's where the hexagon tiles come in.  We have 20 boxes to play with.  :)  This is what it looks like installed.  Please keep in mind this photo was taken with a cell phone and in artificial light, because in-person they are ideal for our palette.


Ok, so you see the various materials we are going to play with.  Now the drawings.  These are preliminary drawings, but since this isn't their forever home we won't be moving walls or major plumbing.  The finished product will likely be very close to this...

As always I am excited to watch this project come together!  I'll keep you posted on the progress as it comes. :D

It is now time for me to pack up for the weekend.  Nothing too exciting this week - volleyball in Bloomington.  But it will be a nice change of pace.  Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think of her bathroom retreat.


Have a great weekend,

Meridian Abbey Interiors - Indianapolis, IN - Interior Designer

On The House (its free!): Ethnic Chic Kitchen Concept

It started with the mosaic.  Then I stumbled upon the hexagon tile.  That was all it took.  I dropped my bag and coat, quickly pulled a great cabinet door from the displays (oh, I forgot to mention that I was out shopping for a client at one of the trade resources in town.  I made myself at home with all of their goodies), and hunted for the largest piece of white marble I could get my hands on to represent the countertop.  I would probably go for Thassos in real life - polished or brushed, I can't decide.  Or a white body quartz for durability.  This large carrara tile was the best I could do at the time, and for an on-the-fly conceptual presentation, it does the trick.  Anyway - this the just to get you started on your own Ethnic Chic kitchen design!

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How comfortable are these spaces?  And interesting and inviting and so very livable.  No worries about having a dog.  Or kids, for that matter!  Invite people over and they may not want to leave.  You wouldn't have to stress about it until you got sick of them in your house.  Understandably, that may not take very long, so keep that in mind before doling out invitations. ;) 


I can't get enough of that mosaic.  Natural and organic but with a little flare.  And I really just mean a little.  Silver and I go all the way back to my toddler years and pierced ears, but too much bling makes me squirm.  This has just the right amount and is balanced even more with the otherwise rough texture, and the medium-dark stained wood cabinets.  

I have the hardware, lighting, barstools, and accessories all selected.  Need the dining and living rooms pulled together?  Ok!  I have that, too!  Unfortunately though, that isn't on the house.  A girl's gotta make a living, but if you're interested in a mood board or a shopping list for these things to make your own home Ethnic Chic - email me.  That is what my E-Design service is all about. :)


Have a great weekend,

Meridian Abbey Interiors - Indianapolis, IN - Interior and Kitchen Designer