About eight months ago I got a text from our good friends saying they had just bought an old home in the historic 12 South neighborhood here in Nashville, and that it needed a new kitchen and master bathroom. I got together with the two of them and realized our timeline was very specific because the birth of their second baby was quickly approaching! It was clear after a few meetings that they wanted the spaces to feel young and modern, but timeless and appropriate for the home’s age. Their taste leans mid-century, so we used elements of that style while keeping the materials as natural as possible.
At the end of this post I’ve included some before photos to show where we started. The master bath was very closed off, with a walled shower and linen closet within a very small footprint. I knew immediately I wanted to get both of those out! The clients were so open to ideas, which made the whole process super fun.
After showing them a few concepts for the bathroom, I found this amazing tile and knew it was perfect. Along with the custom cabinetry and slat wall divider, the tile adds a handmade texture that I love. They told me it feels like a spa, and that the whole family ends up in there including their new sweet baby girl.
The large mirror opens up the space and brings in more natural light from the single window. I chose light fixtures that feel historic to contrast with some of the modern elements like the faucet and the mirror.
The custom cabinetry is such a special part of this bathroom. I love white oak with its natural grain and warm tones, paired with the tile that has just the right amount of beigey pink lavender.
Our tile installer was incredible, as we hand-selected every piece for this niche. The edges of this tile are not uniformly glazed, so we dug through the piles to find the exact ones we needed. The client and the installer FaceTimed me during installation so I could tell them which pieces to move around so that the pattern was 100% perfect.
I made the decision to add a niche above the tub to mirror the one in the shower. Repeating the tile within the tub area of the bathroom ties it all together.
Tranquil artwork helps the bathroom achieve that spa-like feel. (Artwork by my talented husband.)
The glass shower enclosure keeps the room feeling open. The knob on the shower door is a small detail I love.
Below are the Before / After photos of the renovation.
Design by Lauren Bradshaw
Photographs by Joseph Bradshaw