Angela and Joseph Enrico, both 50, have had their Oceanside home for 23 years, and Angela was getting tired of her uninspired, 65-square-foot downstairs bathroom. “It was boring, with simple white tile and no design at all,” she says.
Tiles from Suburban in Freeport: $1,900
Vanity from Hennig Custom Woodwork in Oceanside: $1,200
Sink from Stoneoutlet.net: $215
Mirror from Horchow: $325
Blinds from The Complete Window in Baldwin: $200
Light fixture from Wayfair, in a custom color: $228
Shower enclosure by Shower Crafters on Long Island: $1,475
Brizo faucet, Delta shower, and toilet from C & L Plumbing Supply in Lynbrook: $1,685
Custom marble saddle from Prestige Marble in Freeport: $74
Custom door and molding from Centre Millwork & Supply in Long Beach: $200
Electrical by Taiyo Electrical in Oceanside: $600
Interior design services: Provided by homeowner: $0
TOTAL COST: $12,777
“The corner shower was too small, and there was no storage for toiletries and towels.” Angela, an interior designer who owns A. Sofia Interiors, also in Oceanside, was ready to make a change, so she decided to redesign the space herself. But it proved to be quite the undertaking, because she wanted to make sure she fixed all the issues that had been bugging her in one complete overhaul. “I wanted to change the entire bathroom,” she says. “I had to figure out the best way to tackle problems that had bothered me for years.”
Angela started her renovation with a floor plan, so her contractor would know exactly what she had in mind. One of her first projects was replacing her boring white tiles with something a bit more exciting. “I sketched out the configuration of the tile, making it simple for the contractor to follow and lay the tile like a jigsaw puzzle,” she says, adding that the tiles are her favorite element of the room. “I love the textured inserts and the border,” she says. “It took me hours to sketch out the layout, but I think it came out great.” Angela paid attention to the details, too, including tile sizes, colors, even texture. “The pebble tile on the shower floor really feels nice on your feet,” she says.
Angela’s old shower was small and cramped, so she decided to open it up as much as possible and give it a spa-like feel. In addition to the pebble tile on the floor, she added a large, raised shower head. “The old shower head was so low that you had to be 5 feet tall to shower in it,” she says. She also squared off the space to make the enclosure as big as possible. In a small space like this one, every inch counts. “I had the door open to the wall to maximize the space, and I made sure to remove the large baseboard and replace it with a smaller one so that it would not interfere with the new custom shower enclosure,” she says. “By reconfiguring the shower, it made the space so much bigger and easier to use.”
In order to get exactly what she wanted out of a vanity, Angela went custom. “I love, love my vanity,” she says. “Because I went custom, I was able to incorporate everything I needed and wanted.” Angela designed the piece and had a woodworker finish the project to spec. The result is a perfect fit in a tight space. “It was difficult to find a ready-made vanity to fit between the toilet and the wall,” she says. “[This] vanity fits perfectly in the space, accommodates the toiletries, and gives me a little storage.”
Sink or swim
“I searched long and hard for the perfect sink,” she says. “I love the hammered marble and the shape, and the color is perfect.” However, it took a little work to get it right. “When I first received the sink, they sent me the wrong color,” she says. “I tried to work with it, but then decided to send it back. It was a hassle, but I’m so glad I did because I would have regretted it every time I looked at it.” Angela says it’s a good lesson for anyone tackling a renovation. “If you are not 100 percent satisfied, don’t settle,” she says. “You will regret it.”
Decor for days
The design details in the space bring the whole room together. Angela was especially interested in adding unexpected touches. “I love the Venetian mirror, which gives an unexpected surprise,” she says. “And the light fixture is so different. The bronze chain complements the bronze fixtures throughout the bathroom, and the length of the fixture sits perfectly above the sink and in front of the mirror.” She says she also loves her shades. “My custom window shade serves the purpose of privacy, plus the fabric I selected mimics the tile border,” she says. “The shade also gives the whole room a pop of color."