Reader Submission: Rachel's NYC Master Bathroom Reno

I'm so excited to bring you today's post!  My dear friend Rachel and her beautiful family live in a lovely sun-filled condo in Queens, New York.  She and her husband decided it was high time to renovate their dated master bathroom.  All told it took about 6 weeks from start to finish, and my oh my, just wait until you see these absolutely amazing afters!  But here is a tease up front - this is a close up of her shower fixture.  You know with attention to detail like this, it's going to be good.

Before, Rachel's bathroom was perfectly functional but oh so very blue.  Blue sink, toilet, tile.  The shower was enclosed by a shower door that she and her husband hated (something to which I can totally relate).  It was high time to upgrade this bad boy.  Rather than DIY, they hired a contractor to handle the transformation for them.  He took care of all aspects of the demo and reno:  from hauling away the old stuff, to installing the new fixtures, laying the new tile all over the room and finishing out the space (note: Rachel highly recommends her contractor, Brian Costello in the NYC-area, for anyone looking for someone to handle renovation or woodworking projects; his contact info is at the end of the post).  Without further ado, here are the befores. 

The contractor got to work and demoed the room.  Here are just a sampling of the in process demo and reno pictures.  This took a few weeks.  Luckily, Rachel has a second bath in her home that they used during the reno process.

Rachel wanted the new space to be bright, clean and timeless.  She and her husband worked together to come up with the perfect chic and crisp color palette of lots of white and grey with some pops of black.  They went with stunning grey and white marble tile on the floor and timeless subway tile on the wall with a chic black and grey strip of marble tile as a border.  

Because the room was so small and there was no changing that, they wanted it to feel as spacious as possible.  As you will see below, success.  White porcelain for the toilet and sink.  A new white curtain replaces that old dated shower door.  Gorgeous chrome fixtures with hints of old school charm (the "cold" and "hot" on the faucets and shower curtain rings!) give the room tons of polish and personality.

Doesn't it look just amazing?  I gasped (in a good way!) when Rachel shared these swoon-worthy after pictures with me.  A big thanks to Rach for letting me share her master loo here on the blog today.  

So, what's your favorite part of the transformation?  Mine is definitely those hot & cold fixtures.  I just love them.  OK, and the white subway tile.  

See you swoon,

In case anyone is interested in where she got the goods, here's a source list for Rachel's bathroom:

Contractor:  Brian Costello (NYC Boroughs/Long Island Area) 516.852.9414
Sink & Showerhead:  Kohler
Faucet:  Aquadis
Medicine Cabinet and all Tile:  Home Depot
Shower Curtain and Curtain Rings:  Restoration Hardware
Light Fixture, Glass Shelves, Towel Bar: Pottery Barn "Mercer" Line
Toilet:  American Standard Cadet (low flow & self closing lid)


  1. Looks great! I love those smaller white subway tiles.

  2. Thanks, Shanna! We love our new bathroom. :)

  3. Rach, thanks for letting us share on the blog!

  4. WOW WOW WOW! What a transformation! I LOVE the black and white tile! Our old charming house used to have black and white and I loved it so....our new, cookie cutter house has linoleum :( I miss it! Tell your friend she did a fabulous job!

  5. Shanna, do you know your a no reply blogger ( i cant reply to you in gmail?) Your comment about the dora chair-hysterical!

  6. Whoa! I will have to change my settings! Thanks for the heads up! Eeek!

  7. Wow, what a transformation. Looks really amazing. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment this morning.

  8. Is this a Hawthorne/Elm/Linden bathroom?
    It looks just like mine.

    My biggest worry about renovating is always the toilet, bcs mine is a 1920s flushometer toilet that sits VERY close to the wall, and I have so little room in front of it. I hate to lose a lot of "standing" space to the area behind the toilet.

    I'm not personally a fan of subway tile--too many actual trips to real subways, I guess. And it looks funny to me when combined w/ marble.

    My fave part is the occasional marbled tile in the black stripe, and the gray in the floor. (I guess that two fave's, right?)

  9. Oh--I meant to ask:

    Did Rachel have to change out any of the toilet rough-in to fit in the new toilet?

  10. Hi Talley Sue! I'll direct Rachel back to your comments so she can answer :)

  11. Hi, Talley Sue. Yes, this is Hawthorne. No, we did not have to change the rough in. One of the local plumbers recommended the American Standard Cadet-- there are a few different models and I picked the smallest. You contractor can advise, too. Good luck!

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