The Canyon Chateau Reveal Part Four: Bathroom
While every room in Julia Hunter’s Mandeville Canyon home underwent a classic Jenni Kayne transformation, there’s one room that had a before and after we’re still pinching ourselves over: the bathroom. What started as a dark space ripe for updates turned into a haven for relaxation, and we made sure to ask Julia for the entire rundown. Read on for all the details on her bathroom remodel before and after, plus insider tips on how to undergo a bathroom redesign of your own.
- Rip & Tan: What was the biggest to-do when it came to designing your bathroom?
- Julia Hunter: I think the hardest part was getting comfortable with the budget we were going to allocate to the bathroom. It ended up being pretty expensive compared to the rest of the upgrades because we replaced so many of the finishes. We wanted to really make use of the cabinetry and beamed ceilings but basically, everything else needed to go, and ultimately it was the longest project in the house because of all the phases.
- Rip & Tan: From pared-down lighting to the repainted mirrors, how did you utilize the existing design in your renovation?
- Julia Hunter: We decided to keep the layout of the bathroom exactly as it was since it felt like it had a good flow and was well organized. We also kept the vanity cabinetry, the mirrors, and the built-in shelves on the sides of the sinks. I also loved the old faucets and sink bowls in the two sinks in the vanities, so we kept those, but then decided to update everything else.
- Rip & Tan: When it comes to the bathroom, every detail matters. Tell us about the specifics on stone, paint color, and other finishes. How does each element work together to create a cohesive design story?
- Julia Hunter: We picked a beautiful Carrera marble slab for the countertops, and then picked large Carerra tile squares for the bathroom floor and shower walls. One of my favorite details is the herringbone pattern for the Carrera tiles on the floor of the shower—it’s so pretty and makes me happy every time I use the shower. We used the same Portola Paints shade (Gem in flat finish) for the walls and ceiling. We included two Allied Maker alabaster orb lights above the mirrors—I love these because they are so subtle and elegant. We replaced the hardware on the cabinetry with Devol Kitchens’ matte black bronze knobs.
- Rip & Tan: How did you work to lighten and brighten up the space?
- Julia Hunter: We wanted to choose a color palette for the bathroom that would feel light and bright since the house needed some help there. Gem by Portola on the walls and the marble stone got us most of the way there, but toward the end of the project, we decided to also paint the vanity in gem to brighten the room as much as possible.
- Rip & Tan: Any other design call-outs you want to share?
- Julia Hunter: I wish we had a bathtub in the master bathroom, and we might end up adding that down the road in place of some of the closet space since I’m such a tub person.