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Designing a family bathroom with C.P. Hart


Regular readers of this blog will know that I have been working on the design of a family bathroom for my friend and practise client for a number of months now. I am happy to report that a couple of weeks ago we nailed down the design and placed the order for all the fittings and fixtures ready for the installation to take place in early 2014.

It was then a week later that I was contacted by C.P. Hart – a major supplier of luxury bathroom furniture and fittings to be part of a blogger challenge where I would have to design a family bathroom with the dimensions of 3 metres by 2 metres (which is the average size of the family bathroom in the UK). So considering that a) the bathroom I have designed is in fact 3×2 and that the order placed with the exception of the tiles was all through C.P. Hart, I couldn’t really refuse the challenge.

So here is a guide on how I went about designing the family bathroom together with some lesson’s learned along the way.


The requirements for this project were very clear. The bathroom and toilet were separated and they wanted to integrate the 2 rooms into one large family bathroom that would be used by their two children and visiting guests. All tiles and bathroom fittings would be replaced and they were happy to perform structural work if required. In terms of fittings, the only key requirement was for a double sized basin that had a single trough to be incorporated into the scheme.


I then went about drawing up a floor plan for the existing layout and proceeded to put together some possible options for the new layout. We met several times and went through various options. During these sessions, we had to consider practicalities such as plumbing and how much structural work we would go ahead with.

The major structural changes include:

  • The removal of 2 windows in the existing plan to be replaced with a long narrow window across the top of one wall.
  • The existing door will be relocated and replaced with a sliding door to create more usable space within the room.
  • The double basin with LED mirror above it will be main focal point of the room and has been placed directly opposite the door for maximum impact.
  • Extra height storage will be built into the room to hide dirty laundry and spare towels.




Read design magazines and use inspirations board sites like to get idea’s on what you’d like to include into the scheme. I asked my client to create a Pinterest board and pin examples of bathrooms that appealed to them. We then visited several showrooms to get inspiration and idea’s.

In the end, it became clear that they wanted to go for a contemporary and clean style that included some organic or textured detailing. During a visit to the Stone and Ceramic Warehouse, we found the tiles that would set the colour scheme. The Rust White tile mimics the organic nature of rust in a white, grey and caramel colour combination would go on the floor and then paired with a light grey tile called Ben Nevis would form the basis of the scheme.


Image Source: Stone and Ceramic Warehouse


The people in the showrooms deal with their product day in day out. Use the opportunity to get idea’s from them and utilise their expertise. As someone who is learning about Interior Design, I took the opportunity to try to get as much information from the sales people as possible. Here are some things I learnt:

  • Lighting is extremely important in the design of a bathroom. If your bathroom is not going to have much natural light, the ambient and background lighting is important. We decided to incorporate recessed LED lighting under the bathtub, under the sink basin, to light up the mirror. A small alcove above the toilet would house a spotlight and the spot lights in the ceiling would be on a dimmer switch for control.
  • When creating a contemporary minimalist bathroom, the fittings are very important as they will stand out against the simplicity of the wall. It was therefore important that these elements were distinct and to a high specification. To create harmony and cohesion, the fixtures were chosen from the same manufacturer and where possible range.
  • When choosing tiles, the larger the tile size the cleaner the look. Large sized tiles on the floor will make a small room look larger. We chose 60x60cm tiles for both the floor and the walls.
  • If you are on a strict budget, the trick is to go for more expensive tiles on the smaller surface area, which in this case was the floor to create impact and then go cheaper on the walls.
  • In a small bathroom, choose wall hung furniture so that you can see more of the floor. This will make the space seem bigger.


And the final step is to purchase all of your fittings and fixtures. Always check with your supplier for lead times on orders so that you know when to arrange the builder to come around and don’t forget delivery. So here are the products we have purchased from C.P. Hart.


If you’re interested in any of the items we purchased, more details can be found on the pinterest board that I’ve created where all the products are listed and can be found at×2-bathroom-challenge/

Of course, C.P. Hart have an exceptionally large range of bathroom products that you can find at well as Wet Rooms

I hope you have enjoyed reading the process as much as I did experiencing it. I have learnt so much about the realities of designing for someone else.  Special thanks has to go to my dear friend who has supported and encouraged me all the way through the design process. I will follow up in the New Year with you all when the bathroom is finished.

This was a sponsored post, however the design, words and opinions are my own.

Till next time. xD


Bathrooms with Texture


Earlier in the year I talked about how I was asked to help a friend design 2 bathrooms – you can read it here. We are now in the thick of it and in the process of interviewing builders and so far the process has been eye opening, inspiring and lots of fun. So to say that I constantly have taps, basins & tiles on my mind is an understatement of late.

As you can imagine, I have looked at a gazillion images of bathrooms so that I can get idea’s and inspiration to incorporate into the design. Although the bathrooms I am designing are very contemporary, I am finding more and more that my eye is drawn to bathrooms that are layered with texture. The more layers, the better. Exposed brick & concrete are materials that aren’t necessarily the first choice for the average homeowner, however the effect they create within a small space such as a bathroom is stunning.

Here are some idea’s…





So what do you think? Do you like texture in bathrooms? I’d love to know. Have a lovely week. The next post will be on Saturday. xD

Image Source: Title – Ryan Ford Photography, 1 –, 2 –, 3 – Unknown, 4 – via

Interesting ways with Mosaic Tiles


So I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated in regards to my study lately. I took a break during half term (which was last week) as I always do because I like to savour the time I have with little J when he’s home from nursery, and I haven’t had the motivation to start up again since he went back (which was Monday). Then 2 things happened.

Lauren who writes a blog called Girl and the Abode which is about interiors amongst other things wrote a post about inspiration and motivation and included my blog in her list of daily reads. Thank You Lauren (I’m still blown away). And then a friend who I’ve only known for  a few months asked me if I would help her re-design her bathroom! I truely believe that life has a way of nudging you in the right direction if you’re walking the wrong way. In this case, it was like a kick up the back side saying get on with it Doris!

So during the discussion with my friend, she told me about how she had two bathrooms and the reason she wanted the re-design for one was that she tried to design one by herself with mosaic tiles and it just came out all wrong. This got me thinking, how do you get it right?

So I started to investigate and I think the key is balance and to think about the proportion and scale of the room in relation to how much mosaic you use. Here are some idea’s.

Hexagon SwimmingpoolpictureMosiacTilesStripesWashbehindyourears

So what do you think? Would you like to have mosaic tiles in your bathroom?

Now I have to catchup on my studies so there will be no post tomorrow but I will be back on Monday for another Interior Style. Have a great weekend! xD

Title and Last Image –, 2nd Image –, 3rd Image – Remodelista, 4th Image – Glassdecor via Modenus, 5th Image – Unknown

My obsession with Black Bathrooms


For some reason, I’m having a bit of a dark moment. Every where I go, I’m drawn to dark moody colours. Dark hues of blue, grey and black.

I’m not quite sure why, but for some reason I’ve been having a slight obsession with black in bathrooms. I’ve been pinteresting ever so much lately and every second image I’m pinning seems to be a bathroom with black in it.

It could also be because I weep with sadness whenever I walk into my own bathroom, as it cries out to me for an update and change from the creamy yellow rubber walls (I kid you not) that the previous owners inflicted on it. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to make the changes needed but I thought it be fun to show some examples of how black can be used in the bathroom. So here goes…







So what do you think? Would you dare to go Black in your bathroom? If so, how far would you go? I’d love to know. Have a lovely Thursday. I’m very excited as tomorrow evening, I’ll be on a plane and off to Stockholm to meet some lovely design and lifestyle bloggers at Meet the Blogger Stockholm. However, I promise I won’t leave before I post an installment of “Friday’s 5 thing’s I’ve learnt” for you all to enjoy over the weekend. Till then, xD

Image Source: Image 1 – Unknown, Image 2 – DesignSponge, Image 3 – LivingEtc, Image 4 – Marie Clare Maison, Image 5 – Melanie Acevedo, Image 6 – Joseph Dirand, Image 7 –

Creating interest in the Bathroom

Good Morning All, I hope you are having a good one. Today in London, the sky is blue and the sun is out. Not too much to whinge about for a Winters day.

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit the flat of Big J’s sister who had recently moved in with her partner. It was another old Victorian house (there are a lot in London) but had been converted into 2 flats. One upstairs and one below. This flat was on the ground floor. The flat was packed with original features; lovely decorative cornicing and rickety victorian wood floors painted in a deep grey – just lovely. Then I went into the Bathroom. There in front of me lay the most beautiful black and white check tiles I had ever seen. I really wanted to take the bathroom home just so that I could have those tiles. But it got me thinking, what is it that makes a bathroom go from ordinary to extraordinary?

So off to Pinterest I went. I typed in ‘bathroom’ under search… and you know what? I found less than 10 interesting bathroom images (in my opinion of course), out of hundreds and hundreds, I only found 10! I was shocked, and after some thought, I think I found the reason. The bathroom is used for practical purposes, we don’t spend a lot of time in them and they need to be functional. When you think about a standard bathroom, all of the objects have a job to do, a shower to clean ourselves, sink to brush our teeth and toilet to do, you know what…

So I’ve put together some idea’s of how you can make your bathroom more interesting.

That’s all from me today. No post tomorrow, it’s Little J’s Christmas Play and we’ll be hunting for a Christmas tree after. We’ll talk more interiors on Thursday. x Doris

Image Source – 1 – 2, PrincessAnneCounty Blog, 3, Design Sponge, 4, Pinterest Universal Shades, 5,



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