Master Bathroom Design Plan

By Kate Riley November 8, 2018

After spending many years staring at my master bathroom space and greatly disliking the finishes, the time has come to give the space a modern makeover. I’ve been living with broken and chipped tile that was never properly installed and a space containing not-so-exciting finishes. It’s functional but just not my style so this winter I’m giving my master bathroom a full renovation.

I’ll be partnering with Lowe’s on this project, and the demo on the bathroom starts next week. The first project will be installing new flooring, and I’ll have much to stay about that! The next project will be the cabinet and finish selections, then choosing the perfect neutral but not boring tile and designing an interesting installation. The final touches will be adding the sconces, faucets, mirrors, and shelving, and of course styling and photographing it for the final reveal.

I’m calling it my “transitional zen” bathroom remodel. I’m focused on classic elements like white tile and wood cabinets but it will have a relaxing hotel-ish vibe. This is the floor plan I’m working with, it’s a nice sized bathroom with room for free standing tub, separate toilet room, walk-in shower, double sink vanity and a prep/makeup vanity on the other side.





I’m a huge fan of the pairing of classic white tile and wood cabinets. Notice how in mostly white bathrooms, wood cabinetry adds the perfect amount of contrast and warmth to a bathroom space.


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I really love large scale stack bond tile installations, I’ve noticed them in several hotel bathrooms I’ve stayed in. The bigger scale looks amazing in walk in showers. I’ll be doing the same in the shower and also including inset wall niches for shampoo, shower gel, etc.





I’ll be removing the existing built in tub and adding a free standing tub to the space instead as well as shelves to the walls above the tub for additional storage.


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These are a few of the fixtures and finishes I’m considering for the space:


I’ll be documenting the process as it happens, from the demolition to the final result. The first step is the demo and installation of the new flooring, stay tuned for that post coming later this month!

You might also like these posts from the archives: stack bond tile installations and mixing metal finishes in the bathroom.

This bathroom remodel is in partnership with Lowe’s. All opinions throughout the renovation are of course my own!

Printable Desk Calendar (Inexpensive Gift Idea)

By Kate Riley November 5, 2018

With the holiday rush, there’s so much pressure to get a little something for everyone on your list. Today I’m sharing an inexpensive gift idea to give to your friends or teachers or coworkers. Or keep one for yourself! And it costs less than $5 !

I made two versions of these free printable 2019 desk calendars, perfect for anyone who works at a computer. They look so cute on a desktop sitting on an easel!



I created two versions of this free printable calendar, one in black + white and one in color:





When you print them you’ll notice I added a faint perforated line so they can be evenly cut in the same size.









The PDF printable calendars are available to download for free in both watercolor waves ….




…. and a black and white version.



Download the PDFs here:

Watercolor Waves 2019 Desk Calendar

Black + White 2019 Desk Calendar






To give as a gift, print them out (I recommend cardstock not regular printer paper) and combine the calendar in a small gift bag with a mini easel for display. I found both the mini white and acrylic easel and the black easel at Michael’s craft store where they sell easels large and small, they are both less than $5. :)

By the way the DIY resin top desk is totally amazing and holding up beautifully, I’m still so pleased with how it turned out!!

More holiday gift ideas coming soon!