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Modern Bathroom

This post is sponsored by Wayfair.

How to renovate a dated bath into a modern bathroom without spending a lot of time and money.

modern bathroom with pedestal sink

One of the many reasons I love having the lake cottage is that it offers an opportunity to share a slightly different design style. 

You may think of my style as traditional – and it is in so many ways, but I’m designing our lake cottage to feel a little more modern. It may be difficult to believe given where we started from.

modern bathroom before and after


Before remodeling or redecorating a space, I create a quick layout of the space with fixtures, furnishings and accessories to see how it will work collectively, and tweak from there. You can learn more about the process in my post of how to design a room when you’re not a designer and see our lake cottage bathroom design plans here.

Fortunately, Wayfair has made it nearly effortless to design your spaces with the ability to shop and order online, offering beautiful modern fixtures that are very accessible and most importantly for the lake cottage – free delivery. Our home is nestled in a quiet area of Southwest Missouri down a narrow curvy road, so free delivery is difficult to come by!

They also allow me to save my favorites for quick reference when I’m deciding between a few products, which helps me see what they’ll look like together before I create a mock up.

For this small modern bath, it was important to maximum both light and space. It’s tucked into the hallway of the open floorpan, visible from the entryway, kitchen and living room.

pedestal sink small bathroom

I opted to use another pedestal sink, but with clean lines to give the appearance of more space.

gold bathroom mirror

A tall mirror gives the illusion of more height and the thin gold trim gives it a clean, modern vibe.

kohler toilet

The modern bathroom renovation started out of a need – the original toilet no longer came clean after years of hard water ate the porcelain finish off. I’m so thankful it did because otherwise I may not have taken the leap into transforming this little guest bath into a modern bath and I absolutely love it!

modern bathroom fixtures

We replaced it with a Kohler toilet to coordinate with the sink. It really elevates the space – especially since you see both the sink and toilet in the reflection of the mirror.

modern bathroom ideas

The natural grasscloth wallpaper not only makes the space feel warm with it’s color and texture, but also reflects light, which makes the space feel a little larger.

grasscloth wallpaper

The faucet was my favorite purchase… coming in at just $110! If you’re not looking to renovate an entire bathroom, but want to make yours feel a little more modern, this faucet is a quick and easy fix!

modern faucet

Finally, polished brass beveled switch plates completed the transformation – standard white switch plates detracted, while these enhanced the tiny space.

brass switch plates

kohler toilet

How much for a new bathroom?

The price of course varies on size and design, but this light remodel cost just $1,145 in materials. {It was also the most challenging space to photograph to date!}

Shop this modern bathroom:

wallpaper | sink | faucet | toilet | mirror light switch plates | brass switch plate

What do you think of this modern bathroom remodel?

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



13 comments on “Modern Bathroom”

  1. This is so beautiful! You never cease to amaze me with your talent to transform spaces! 

  2. Simply beautiful as always , Julie. Your taste & style are just perfection!

  3. Oh my goodness, this bathroom is beautiful! What a great idea to use a tall mirror. And that faucet is everything!!! 

  4. It turned out beautifully! I love your toilet, too, as weird as it sounds. But that might be because I am looking at getting a new one for the bathroom and I am loving that style.

  5. I really like your use of brass, it’s so warm and inviting. Love the rectangular pedestal sink. I’m enjoying your posts.

    • Thank you, Julie! I appreciate it! Brass is warm, which is why I tend to gravitate to it. I always hope others will feel at home while visiting ours. Hope you have a beautiful week!

  6. That looks amazing!  I always find myself redesigning a space from the studs. This shows how small and relatively inexpensive changes can make all the difference. Love your new space. 

    • Thank you, Sharon! I do a mix of both…I can’t wait to take our master down to the studs! There’s nothing like starting fresh, is there?

  7. Beautiful transformation! Do you mind sharing where you purchased the white shower curtain? Love the whole look!!!

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