guest bathroom renovation

A Modern Guest Bathroom Renovation

Since buying our first home, Quinn and I have been slowly but surely renovating and truly making the space ours. This includes our dining room update and our kitchen renovation we completed last year. This week we kicked off two bathroom renovations. While I shared the three design plans for our primary bathroom, we haven’t shared our final selections for the guest bath. Tomorrow starts tiling and we worked with Alexander James to source all the tile for both spaces. Their selection was incredible, but their customer service was truly the best part. Their prices on designer tile even beat big brands like Wayfair, and they are direct to consumer.


Here is what is happening in our guest bathroom renovation:


Overall, we want the space to function beautifully as a guest bath now while doubling as a guest + kids bath in the future. I want to keep things neutral, and focus on custom details (because our contractor is AMAZING). As always, we’re working to add in charm to our builder basic home. So to do this, I selected hex tile in a slate gray with matching grout for the floor. It feels super high end and minimal, with an unexpected shape. It’s the perfect scale for a small bathroom without feeling too busy.


We are keeping our existing porcelain tub but swapping to a handcrafted white subway tile, installed in a soldier stack. That means the subway tiles are turned on end for a taller, skinnier profile. Instead of alternating them like a standard brick pattern, they’ll be stacked directly on top of each other. I love the way this beautiful tile and unique lay make the cottage vibe of the bathroom feel a bit updated.

modern neutral cottage bathroom design

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Ceramic Subway Tile

Because our tub is white, I wanted the shower surround to match. Plus, how could I say no to the beautiful, handmade vibes?


Minimal Mirror

I love the modern, clean lines of this mirror. I had my eye on it from Rejuvenation FOR-EV-ER and pulled the plug on one of their (many) 25% off sales. The unique, architectural shape and black iron finish are the perfect pairing to the cottage vibes.


Modern Sconce

These matte white and black sconces are the loveliest balance of traditional and modern.

Public Goods Shampoo + Conditioner

I swear by everything Public Goods; especially their shampoo and conditioner. It keeps my scalp healthy and hair shiny. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that their packaging perfectly matches the bathroom color palette. Be sure to enter code: ANASTASIA for 50% off your first order.


Black Leather Tray

I love having a small tray in the bathroom for placing jewelry. It’s one of those thoughtful details that guests will really appreciate. Because we went with an open concept vanity, I know we’ll definitely need some beautiful storage, both open and closed.



I’m all about polished nickel. When mixing metals, nickel is the perfect complement to brass without being too matchy-matchy. This is truly so much more beautiful in person, and absolutely heirloom quality.



There is so much to love about this teak vanity that make it perfect for this space. I love that it feels like furniture. It also brings in a warmth in the color and materials. Down the road, when this is a kids bath, it’ll serve so well for bath toys in an open basket slid on the shelving, too.


Ceramic Subway Tile

Because our tub is white, I wanted the shower surround to match. By placing it in an unexpected pattern, this classic tile feels modern and elevated. Plus, how could I say no to the beautiful, handmade vibes?


Hexagon Floor Tile

Because the floor needed to provide contrast and really anchor the space, I chose this matte black hexagon floor tile. Plus, you really can’t beat this price from Alexander James.


Bath Towels

I am living for a Japanese waffle knit towel, and these are perfect for guest rooms because they are so versatile. Guests can not only use them in the bathroom, but they can take them out to the pool as well. 


Shower Curtain + Rings

Linen shower curtains will forever be a staple. I sourced nickel rings that match the faucet and will be hanging the curtain high to give the illusion of a taller ceiling.


Stay tuned! Things are moving quickly and it’ll be reveal time before you know it! Follow along here on Instagram.





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    • Elisa says:

      Love all this design inspiration! I’m trying to check out on Public Goods and it says “Unable to find a valid discount matching the code entered” when I copy and paste the code. Is it too late to use it?







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