o-KAY! We’ve made it to the last leg of our SXSW (Parade of Homes) Tour. I don’t know about you, but I’m fixin’ to be ready for a drive-through daiquiri… Which is literally what we did after each tour day. Told ya I’d move to the South in a heartbeat!
Well let’s wrap this up with some soothing shots of timelessly designed bedrooms and bathrooms any Southern Belle could appreciate. Marble mosaics and twists on subway tile seemed to dominate this past year, as well as continuing the incorporation of plenty of shades of gray, and blues to boot. Scroll and pin away as I walk you through my favorites in the bed & bath categories:
These sweet and simple shelves were tucked into a modest alcove leading into the master bedroom. An idea that I am shamelessly going to steal for my own home! It will fit perfectly and allow much needed display space within my house for personal photos, small art and fun accessories!
This bedroom right here was by far my favorite on the tour. Large but not exactly sprawling, the high-pitched vaulted ceilings were such a grand effect. They kept the paint light and neutral, something close to my favorite- Eider White by SW, and you can’t help but notice those gorgeous beams. This may seem a little random or neurotic, but I love how they kept the can lights to a minimum and centered them on the beams to keep the room from looking busy and being too bright! I can’t stand when that happens. They layered neutral shades of cream, slate, and beiges pulled right from the antique rug as well as layering textures of linen, velvet and crisp cotton.
Into the bright and beautiful master bath:
A twist on traditional subway, they chose an elongated (3″x14″) hand glazed white ceramic tile with a bright white grout to blend seamlessly and paired a black and white marble hexagon mosaic for the floor. Careful that you get a honed marble and not a polished for your bathroom and shower floors. While they look pretty, your bruised ass will not. I warn you because many mosaics do not come in a honed finish.
This closet!!! :
At first glance, I see an eye-catching crystal regency chandelier, a glamorous mirrored chest of drawers as the center island and shoe storage for daaayyyys. I love that they kept the walls light and did the closet in a painted gray finish to really polish the space and add to the custom feel. You certainly can’t buy that off the shelf at a big box store! But I do want to pipe in that closets are so personal, based on the number of shoes, long dresses, purses, basically everything you own and how you like to store them. If it’s your forever home, by all means invest in a custom closet system like this. But if you are say, flipping a house, don’t try to assume how the next owner would want their belongings laid out and save your money. Just my two cents. If you’re somewhere in-between, I suggest a more off-the-shelf variation that you can get a your local Home Depot or Lowes. Paint, switching out knobs, hooks and baskets can give you the function and style you desire for a fraction of the price. So let’s assume this is the owners forever house, and they own 1,284 pairs of shoes and no pants. Nice.
Don’t worry, the man of the house has his own little pine haven as well. I can’t imagine owning this many guns, but to the families that do (and there are plenty), what a way to house your hobby in dapper man cave fashion. Some serious square footage for a shotgun.
This guest bath was a pleasant surprise to see last summer. By now, I think we’ve all had our fill of shiplap, round mirrors and patterned cement tile but at the time they were building, it was a design move I didn’t expect to see so early on in the trend wave. I can’t say I’m sick of it though and I think the look will be around for years to come! I love the symmetry and aesthetic of a beautiful round mirror with side light wall sconces. Especially for a guest bath, where the size and surface of a mirror isn’t as important. In a master, you’d probably want to maximize mirror space for optimum dolling-up moments. The oversized, vintage vessel sink makes a great statement piece as well. The tile brings in charming interest and ties in the color palette used throughout the home, which to me is important yet can be tricky to do!
Oh, just a simple little laundry room across the hall… so darling! Love the geometric light fixture and sliding barn track door.
This next bath was a pretty fabulous little en-suite for the little lady of the house. I bet she requested her favorite color, purple to be all over her space, but they did it right with a light pastel lavender that will last her at least through the pre-teen years and doesn’t make you want to sing Purple Rain.
Here’s another colorful children’s bathroom done right! They chose a youthful graphic patterned wall paper, offset by a classic yet contemporary take on white wainscoting, and boldly painted the cabinets a soft robins egg blue. I think it’s just darling.
In this next bath, I like the way they changed it up and used pendants instead of the expected vanity light bar. Another element you must be cautious of; don’t use a patterned or punched shade in a bathroom. A solid metal or glass frame is always best. You wouldn’t want to look like a cheetah or a leper (or leopard) when you flip on the lights and look in the mirror. At least I wouldn’t. But people make this mistake all the time– it looks awesome, until you go to use it!
This next bathroom’s penny tile floors caught my eye. I love classic penny tile, but so often get bored with it in black and white. Well played by using a glossy greige. The sizable and rampant grout throughout this style of floor allows a polished penny tile to be a tad safer that anything else “glossy” or polished!
Speaking of my bad photography, I loved this little powder room, but I think I was running out of battery and couldn’t get a clear, non-blurry photo! Ugh! The builder and designer took the same distressed wood flooring that was running throughout the home and gave the powder room it’s own character by cutting down the planks and making a herringbone pattern out of it. Love the combo of white on white on white with a splash of brass, too, but I may have switched up the brass somewhere in the layout to space it out.
Just another fun tile design in a shower that I liked:
A bad photo of a well designed, white, traditional bathroom:
And I’ll leave you with one more shot of my second favorite bedroom on the tour! It’s very similar to the first, but unfortunately doesn’t have those vaulted ceilings that just take rooms like this to the next level! I still love the layered textures not only in the textiles, but architectural details as well. Look closely and you’ll see painted brick on the window wall, custom floor-to-ceiling white oak framed windows and beautifully weathered reclaimed wood beams to make the room feel extra special! I love me some beams, man.
Well, thanks for coming along on this 3 day tour. Now you know what I did last Summer. And I think I’ll do it again and again! Hope you were as inspired as I was, and next time I’ll be sure to get some better photos to achieve the full effect of the details and elegance of these phenomenal custom homes. How great is the South?! Really. So much love… time for a daiquiri?