When I moved into our home nearly 8 years ago, the master bath was No. 1 on the “gotta change it” rooms in the house.  Boys’ bedrooms, home office, and a host of other smaller projects took precedence until finally, in the last year, we did it!

You all know how much I love decorating, so the months (okay years) of planning were part of the fun, looking at blogs, websites, and in countless magazines.  My goals were simple — make it beautiful and affordable. 

For $$ sake we hoped to salvage some of the old bathroom, but in the end realized it was a “gut the whole thing” plan.  Helped by talented designer/friend Christy Rosario, (check out Cridesignz.blogspot.com), along with her dad our tile guru Daniel Croom, we demolished, laid tile, designed mirrors, reconfigured furniture, painted, and added bling.

Sadly, all the “before” photos got lost when the iCloud transfer happened last fall, but here are the “after” shots.  We (okay, mostly me) are enjoying every moment in the bathroom of our dreams!

What do you think?  Was it worth the wait, dust, and investments??

Wanted a "jewelry-like" chandelier, custom-designed this one in NYC lighting district

Wanted a jewelry-like chandelier so customized this one in the Lighting District in NYC, it’s on a dimmer, soaking in this tub has been even more luxurious than I imagined, never been a bath person til now!

The 100% Pure brand from Ulta has THE BEST bath crystals (lavendar or eucalyptus are my two faves), makes the entire bath smell like a spa and no greasy film

Medicine cabinets, light fixtures, and wood furniture piece that we made into a vanity, all from Restoration Hardware

Added new handles to the furniture piece, I especially love the thick statuary marble slab

Christy and I laid out all the marble tiles for the shower to get the lined pattern, shower floor is sparkly little mosaic tile.  Enjoying the large shower head a whole lot (thanks Beth Brown!)  Drapery panels West Elm

Beautiful venetian mirror doorknobs from Anthropologie marked down from $53 to $18 each, always love a beautiful deal!

Inexpensive 20×20 dark charcoal floor tiles turned out even better than I hoped

Fresh roses from our garden in antique glass compote, a daily treat beside the sink

Discovered this fun crystal lamp at T.J.Maxx ($29) and added crystal stones found on sale a couple years ago at Pottery Barn.  Love having this lit at night.

Barbie, you know how I feel girlfriend!

Favorite Design Sources:  Pinterest, Elle Decor, Tiffany Cole at Restoration Hardware, Beth Brown at Ferguson (Raleigh), and a myriad of amazing stores in NYC

Special thanks to my generous husband for his patience, and letting me “go for it”

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