Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lakehouse Home Tour: My Bathroom


Welcome to the first installment of the DKU Lakehouse Home Tour!  I'm really excited to finally start posting some of the rooms in our home.  If you want to read a little bit about our move, click here.  I'm starting the tour with my bathroom.  See end of post for a complete source list.

My bathroom was one of the first rooms that I finished during the design process.  I'm not sure why, but all of the finishes came together very easily.  It started with the cabinets - I fell in love with the Battleship Grey color right away.  I also knew that I wanted a light tile and saw the Florentine Collection on display at my Daltile showroom and immediately liked it.  The Carrera colorway in the Florentine Collection is a porcelain tile with the visual of marble.  I'm not normally a fan of anything trying to look like something it's not, but I made an exception for my bathroom.  The cost was right, the maintenance is easy, and I really do like how it looks.  Of course, I can't say anything will ever look exactly like the real thing (and maybe that's a good thing), but in this case, I'm OK with it.  I did use real marble mosaics as an accent, and I am very happy with how the two products look together.

The best part about this vanity, is that when I am standing at it and have the door to my bedroom  open, I can see the lake.  Bonus.


I selected the same Kohler sink I used in my condo.  I really like the rectangular shape. 


The faucet is another favorite.  On the day we selected most of our plumbing fixtures, we walked into the showroom, and the Kohler Pinstripe Pure was the very first thing I noticed.  It was love at first sight.  This faucet is gorgeous!  I used the lever handles in my bathroom, but it is also sold with cross handles, and I used those in the powder room.

I'm in love with this slab of granite.  The name is 'Fantasy Brown' which is a little deceiving because there really is a lot of grey coloring.  In person, it's actually not as warm toned as it looks here in the photos. 

The slab is a remnant found at one of our local fabricators (Duca Tile & Stone in Holland, MI.  If you are local, Duca is the best!).  We were able to find remnants for 5 of the bathrooms at the Lakehouse, plus the laundry room, for a fraction of the cost of selecting an entire slab.  You may have to go back a few times and keep checking the remnant section, but it is certainly worth is.  

Do you like flowers in the bathroom as much as I do?  It might seem like an odd spot, but it's a spot I'm sure to see several times a day.  Might as well be pretty!

Here's a close up of the marble mosaic I used as an accent.  I used it as a border in the main bathroom and shower floor, and as the vertical surface on the back of the shower niches.


My shower and toilet are in a room with a separate door off of the bathroom.  We tried to create a lot of flexibility in the floor plan at the Lakehouse and keep in mind what the use might be for future generations.  So, even though it's just me right now, in the future someone could use the shower with the door shut, and someone else could be using the sink.

The wall sconce is so simple, and maybe the least expensive fixture in the entire house, but I am really happy with the look and I think it compliments the bathroom design.

- Cabinets:  Omega Cabinetry.  Door style is 'Renner' and color is 'Battleship Grey'
- Tile: Daltile; Florentine Series; color: Carrara
- Marble Mosaic Tile:  Marble Systems; Skyline Polished 3" x 5/8" Mosaic; 12x12 sheet
- Shower Fixtures:  Kohler Forte
- Granite: Fantasy Brown
- Wall Paint Color:  Benjamin Moore; La Paloma Gray 1551
- Toilet: Toto; Drake
- Cabinet hardware:  Purchased from Modern Hardware in Grand Rapids, MI; I do not have the style name.
I've linked this post to:
- Best of the Nest Party with Lisa @ Shine Your Light


  1. Gorgeousssss!!! I love every selection and detail. I especially like the outline/frame on the mirror. Looking forward to seeing more..!! :)

  2. Seriously so beautiful! Your bathroom is like a dream. It must feel like bliss getting ready in the morning. I love every single detail. Thank you for the gorgeous tour!!!

  3. The whole space is so beautiful! And yes, I always have flowers in the bathroom.

  4. Love it and a shower can never have too many niches!!

  5. You did such a beautiful job!! Love the color cabinets and how you designed the two areas!

  6. That bathroom is gorgeous! I love everything you picked out. Great job and enjoyed the tour!

  7. Seriously gorgeous! Love all the details, especially the cabinet color and the stand alone shower. Can't wait to see more!

  8. Stunning room. Love all the storage and the handles on the cabinets are beautiful.

  9. Just lovely! I especially love the grey cabinets and tile. The pop of red w the flower is awesome!

  10. Your gorgeous bath has made me re-think the use of gray!! I love that the cabinets are a dark gray, not muddy or pale, makes a statement. And the floor!!! Love the mix of accent tiles in all those shades, just enough warmth along with the tones in the counters......nice job....enjoy!!!

  11. Everything about your bathroom is absolutely beautiful. I will be featuring this at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  12. WOW!! This bathroom is stunning! I love the cabinet color and hardware! :)

  13. Alissa, OH MY GOSH!!!! I'm in serious love with a bathroom. The tile - that gorgeous granite! - the cabinet color - the faucet - every detail is so beautiful! You have the most lovely taste and I love seeing your designs. SO looking forward to the rest of the home tour!! THANK YOU for linking up to Best of the Nest - please come link up again in November! Okay off to have a pinning frenzy :)

  14. Love it. Is the sink and toilet white? Is the hardware/faucet chrome?

  15. Alissa, I finally had a chance to look at your beautiful lake house! Wow! It's a beauty and I can tell it's got your heart all over the place. Just so clean and classic! And I love the story of how it came about. What a great family story. Well done, my friend! I love it! xo

    PS I didn't know you're a golfer too. Wish we lived closer so we could play!

  16. Did you also use the Daltile mosaic tile in the shower or did you use actual marble on the subway tiled section.

    1. Yes, the subway tile in the shower is also the Florentine series from Daltile.

  17. Beautiful bathroom! Am considering using the Daltile Florentine as well. What color grout did you use in the shower and floors?

    1. I'm sorry - I don't have a record of which grout I used. It's not hard to pick one out though since this tile is so light in color. Just pick one that matches as closely as possible. Someone at your local Daltile showroom would be happy to help you!


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