before & after: emily’s bathroom


If I owned a place of my own and had any funds with which to renovate, I would sink every penny into the bathroom. Bright, airy, lovely, soothing bathrooms are just about the best things ever. A bathroom doesn’t have to be huge to be enjoyable; take this gorgeous bathroom makeover from Emily as the perfect example.

A designer by trade, Emily had been dying to renovate this little eyesore of a bathroom for the last five years. When the time came, she made a lot of smart decisions that only an interior designer would know to make — using dark grout between the subway and penny tiles to make them stand out; painting the base of the antique tub an unexpected lime green; mixing vintage furniture pieces, printed textiles and a sophisticated color palette to create a lovely cohesion.

I’m keeping these images on file for the day I do have a bathroom that I can actually improve. In the meantime, maybe I need to tack a few of these photos up in my bathroom and use creative visualization to change my linoleum to penny tile :) Great makeover, Emily! — Kate

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“After” photos by Teri Lyn Fisher.


  1. Joseph says:

    Well, to each his own, I guess. I do agree that the aging shower had to go, but I personally would never part with a shower. I much prefer them to a bath. I do like the boldness of the color scheme used, but I have a lot of reservations about the cabinet over the toilet. I guess that’s just the woodworker in me, but I could never live with something like that.

  2. Such beautiful work and amazing before and after pictures! I love the cabinet turned into a console table! Gorgeous! And I so want that laundry room, the most girly laundry room I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. Chris says:

    Penny Tiles are my favorite! I like the dark grout too.

  4. Sarah says:

    Love it. Where are the tiles from?

  5. anna says:

    does anyone know where i can find a vintage sink like this/ i have a great vintage bathroom from 1949 with a cast iron white sink on legs. it is rusting in the drain area….this is a great bathroom. thanks for the post.

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