The Lowmans, who live in Birmingham, emailed me seven months ago asking if I would be interested in helping them design their 8 year old daughter's bathroom. Beth, the mom, and I knew of each other through instagram/blogging. Needless to say, I was completely flattered that she asked for my help.
She and John sent me pictures of their bathroom mid "tear down" and Beth basically said, "...whatever you think, Fran!"
I remember sending her an inspiration picture of a bathroom I found on pinterest with bright blue hexagonal floor tile and asked her if she liked it. She wrote back and said her daughter, Elizabeth, loved it!
I knew her daughter, Elizabeth, and I would hit it off!! And, while I know Beth and John, were a little reticent about the blue tile; in fact, Beth told me later, "we just tore out blue tile and now we're putting blue tile back in!?!?".....I knew it would be the right amount of 'fun' to make this bathroom perfect for a young girl!
Once the tile was selected, everything else just fell into place....
Look at all that beautiful subway tile and the bullnose chair rail! Good-bye beadboard...hello subway tile!!
The blue hexagonal floor tile was a bit of a risk, but it paid off big time!
Even subway tile on the top of the bath/shower you guys!!
Beth's husband, John, did ALL the installation himself! ALL THAT TILE work - completely himself! And, let me tell you, he did an AMAZING job. My design was only 50% of this whole project, his execution was the other 50% if not more. Tiling is so technical and difficult. He installed everything so seamlessly.
And, just to give you an idea of the where we started. These are the pictures Beth and John sent me. Here is where we started......
Thank you to Beth Hontzas who did an amazing job photographing the bathroom and was so much fun!! If you live in Birmingham, she does excellent work. And, a huge THANK YOU to the Lowman family. You guys are a beautiful family and I'm so happy to call you friends! I'm happy Elizabeth loves her bathroom!