While we are on the subject of bathrooms… I’m excited to be talking about some plans in our A-frame bathroom, finally! If you remember from the “before tour” the bathroom was a scary black hole. The lights didn’t work so you couldn’t really see what was going on in there. Well the good news is, we got the lights working again, the bad news is it might have been better in the dark! Luckily I have teamed up with Kohler to breathe new life into the loo.


Easing you into it… I thought I would share my plans for the space first.

The plan of attack it to brighten it up in there. I want this bathroom to be the ultimate spa retreat so I am going with a soft palette, natural materials, not too much contrast, and majorly upgraded fixtures… right down to the toilet.

That’s right… do you see that fixture in the image above that looks like some kind of a fancy trash bin? It is actually an intelligent toilet or better known as a modern day bidet! Why am I geeking out over a techie toilet? For one, I simply like how it looks like no other toilet I have seen. It has modern lines and is tankless so its compact design works well in our tight space. For two, there’s more features on this toilet than my car, ok not really, but the list of things this toilet can do is pretty long – it even has its own touchscreen remote control! There’s an integrated cleansing wand with a warm water spray for cleansing, a heated seat, warm-air drying feature, soft close lid, self-cleaning function for the wand that uses UV light, an automatic deodorization system, motion-activated hands-free opening and closing of the lid, and it even has a built-in night light!

I was skeptical at first about getting an intelligent toilet, it isn’t something people are dying to talk about, so I haven’t heard much about them. In fact, a recent Kohler survey found that of the 56 percent of Americans who aren’t open to using a bidet, one of four say it’s based on not knowing how to use one, so I am not alone. But now there is a handy how-to video which takes away all the mystery. My parents recently got one and love it. I went to a friend’s house that had one and they love it, clearly I have been missing out on something and so have a lot of us Americans. I’ve seen first-hand how bidets are way more common in other countries and after reading up on intelligent toilets and how much more hygienic they are I vote yes to upgrading our toileting experience.

bathroom-shower-tub-copy2Other plans to continue the luxe spa-like vibe include, installing Fireclay’s handmade tile, painting the stonework white and covering the old wallpaper with natural wood. I also designed a custom vanity and we are tearing out the old tub to replace it with a spa worthy bathtub.

And now for the…


bathroom-before-2bathroom-beforeThe first item on the agenda was to remove the carpet. Having carpet around a toilet really weirds me out. For the flooring we are continuing the same tile that we installed in the rest of the house. Second task is to bring in some light. Currently the entire ceiling lights up but it is florescent lighting with plastic panels underneath. I am planning to replace the ceiling and install recessed lighting as well as a solar tube, which will bring natural light into the space from above.

Wish us luck!

Shop the post:
Veil One Piece Intelligent Toilet by Kohler // Mirror from west elm // Sconces from cedar and moss // Robe hooks and towel ring by Kohler // Sink by Kohler // Tile by Fireclay, 6″ Hexagon in Calcite // Sink Faucet by Kohler // Tub Faucet by Kohler // Shower Faucet by Kohler // Vintage rug from Frances Loom // Toilet brush and TP holder by Schoolhouse Electric

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