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Design: Bathroom Luxury in a Small Space

Design: Bathroom Luxury in a Small Space

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Design: Bathroom Luxury in a Small Space

by Linda Mazur

Many of us reside in what is considered a “small space.” Whether we are urbanites, condo dwellers or empty-nesters who have down-sized, we find that our square footage is at a premium.

However, just because we live in a slightly smaller footprint than perhaps our suburbanite counterparts doesn’t mean we must forgo a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes.

Bathrooms have been elevated from simply utilitarian rooms to highly stylized spaces that not only evoke personal taste but customized lavishness. Whether you desire a “spa-like” retreat or simply a classic look that is big on functionality, today’s bathrooms deliver large on luxury.

When working with a smaller footprint, design is as much about creative thinking as making good use of your space, which is enhanced by utilizing correctly sized products. With the surge in small-space dwelling we are finding that many retailers have introduced designs that cater to this population. Take, for example, Victoria + Albert, a company that is completely on trend with their extraordinary collection of freestanding tubs designed for a smaller footprint without compromising on luxury.

Photo: Victoria+Albert tub courtesy of VandaBaths.com
Photo: Victoria+Albert tub courtesy of VandaBaths.com

Add to your bathroom design with a custom-made vanity that offers maximum storage while fitting your space correctly, and enhance it with any number of beautiful, durable and low-maintenance quartz countertops from Quartex Surfaces. To complete your elevated bathroom design, look to one of my go-to bathroom boutiques, Watermark, for a great selection of faucets and fixtures in many of the wonderful warm metal finishes we have been seeing to complete the look of your beautiful new space.

Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design. Be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and your budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting room that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Set a realistic budget. As a designer I often find some believe that since the bathroom is a small area it will not cost a lot to renovate. On the contrary, once you start looking at all the options available to you today, whether in tile, fixtures or storage, you might be surprised at what is out there and how much it can cost. Do some investigating to see what the best options are for you, and look to working with a designer to maximize your bathroom design options.
  • When shopping for tile don’t be swayed into believing that because your room is small you must stay with a small-scaled tile. In fact, a simple large–scaled tile can produce a much simpler look in your bathroom. Also, tiles is a great way to add personality and charm to your design, so mix it up a bit and consider adding some pattern to your space.
  • Valuable dollars are often lost on incorrect purchases or poor scheduling; be wise when renovating and look for assistance from professionals to not only be efficient with your designs but your dollars.
Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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Small Space Bathroom Luxury

Small Space Bathroom Luxury

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Small Space Bathroom Luxury

by Linda Mazur

Many of us live in what is commonly considered “small spaces”, whether we are urbanites, condo dwellers or empty-nesters who have down-sized, we find that our square footage is now at a premium.  However, just because we live in a slightly smaller footprint than perhaps our suburbanite counterparts does not mean we must forgo a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes.

Small space design is about creative thinking as well as making good use of your space; which is enhanced by utilizing correctly sized products.  With the surge in small-space dwelling we are finding that many retailers have introduced designs that cater to the small space dwellers.  Take for example Victoria + Albert, a company that is completely on trend with their extraordinary collection of freestanding tubs designed for a smaller footprint without compromising on luxury.  Add to your bathroom design with a custom-made vanity that offers maximum storage while fitting your space correctly and enhance it with any number of beautiful, durable and low-maintenance quartz countertops from Quartex Surfaces.   To complete your elevated bathroom design, look to one of my go-to bathroom boutiques in the city Watermark, for a great selection of faucets and fixtures that will complement your space beautifully.

Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design.  Be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and your budget.  A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting room that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

If you’re considering creating a luxury bathroom for yourself this year, join me at the GTA Home and Reno Show, International Centre, where I’ll be discussing how to make the most of your upcoming bathroom renovation without compromising on luxury, style or functionality.

Splish Splash — Create A Luxurious Bath ! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017 @  5 pm
Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1 pm

Presented by RENO & DECOR and Quartex Surfaces


Also, be sure to visit Linda at the Design Intervention booth #263 during the following times:

Friday, February 17, 2017 = 11 am – 2 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 = 2 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, February 20, 2017 = 2 pm – 5 pm


Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com, @LindaMazurGroup


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Making the Most of a Small Bathroom

Making the Most of a Small Bathroom

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Making the Most of a Small Bathroom

by Samantha Sannella

In a semi-detached house in Riverdale, a tiny cramped bathroom became a restful oasis for a busy professional. The client had several goals in the initial discussion.

  • To make the tiny bathroom more functional
  • To maximize storage
  • To provide a larger bathtub
  • To create a relaxing oasis

The client was presented with 3 options.

  1. Keep the overall space the same and utilize a 60″ tub,
  2. Move a wall 2′ and accommodate a 66″ tub and provide more space within the bathroom,
  3. Enlarge the bathroom to include a separate shower and tub, but lose adjacent family space.

Settling on Option 2, the design team created a solution that included a custom vanity and storage tower to maximize the vertical space. A 66″ tub was sourced that allowed for a more relaxed bath and shower controls were placed for ease of access opposite the showerhead. A Grohe rain shower was also added. The window was enlarged to create a more open feeling within the room.

A single panel frosted glass pocket door allows light to filter into the bathroom making it seem larger. Carrera marble floor, shower and countertop provided a consistent colour palette throughout. The feature shower wall of Carrera teardrop marble adds visual texture. The cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Pewter, which offers a lovely mix of grey and blue. The cabinetry offered pullout trolley style storage to maximize every inch of space and a built in laundry hamper to hide the dirty clothes. Custom curved mullions add visual interest to the space, while mirrored panels on the storage tower add a bit of glamour. Smoked grey glass knobs from Emtek accent the cabinet doors.

Pendant lights, from LBL, are hung on the vanity mirror from wall canopies. This mix of the industrial styled canopy and the elegant pendant light further the transitional style of the bathroom. Wall mounted Aquabrass faucets help maximize the counter space. The cabinetry is finished with matching crown moulding, which visually helps increase the ceiling height. Quirky décor items, such as the glossy white horse’s head, add a whimsical flair.

SAMANTHA SANNELLA, BFA ID, M ARCH, is a designer, educator and principal at Urban Retreat Homes and an internationally renowned expert in the field of design and architecture. She is a columnist for RENO&DECOR magazine and editor of the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook.

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