By Natalie Uliano

Hi everyone! Natalie here, Designer at Anne Rue Interiors. I’m thrilled to share the process of my own personal home renovation project as it develops. I gutted my entire house when I moved in and my guest bathroom is the last big project I have to complete. My goal is to finish it fairly soon before my guests arrive from South Africa. This is my inspiration board. My design vision for my guest bathroom is modern, bright, and clean. I want my guests to have their own serene suite, so they feel comfortable as long as they visit.

Mirror – Round Black Metal Framed from West Elm
Light Fixture – Mitzi by Hudson Valley supplied by Ferguson
Faucet, Shower Fixtures, and Toilet – American Standard supplied by Ferguson
Rack/Storage Ladder – Black metal with wood top rung from Wayfair
Floor Tile – Fabric Look Porcelain from Home Depot
Tub – Flat Apron Acrylic Tub from Maxx Supplied by Next Plumbing
Sink – Decolav
Vanity Cabinet – Floating from Kohler Supplied by Ferguson
Shower Wall Tile – Crossville Tile’s Retroactive Line
Flushmount Light – Robert Abbey (Leftover from an old job, thanks for the donation Anne!)

With every renovation budget, comes sacrifice. I wanted to use matte black plumbing, but it’s on the more expensive side and also more of a trend that I may hate in 5 years. I chose to use chrome instead because it will never go out of style. I decided I could introduce the matte black in other elements, like the mirror or ladder, items that are inexpensive and can be replaced easily. Now brace yourself for the before photos!

My boyfriend and I spent a wild Friday night yanking the old steel tub out. That boring mirror and ancient vanity light are next! Some pieces arrived and I couldn’t wait to unbox them. My bathtub came in perfect condition and was exactly what I had pictured. Unfortunately my sink wasn’t as lucky, but damaged packages are a setback that can happen from time to time. Luckily the sink was one of the first items I ordered so I had time to receive a replacement. Note to self: Don’t use a random seller from Sears Marketplace even if you have gift cards

have a lot of work ahead of me and some final aesthetic decisions to make in order to meet my completion goal of the end of March. So everyone keep your fingers crossed that everything else stays on track!

Stay tuned for my next entry to follow my progress!
About the Author: Natalie Uliano is 27 and grew up in Central Florida. She went to Florida State for Interior Design School and has been working at Anne Rue Interiors for 5 years. When she isn’t sizing up her next design project, you can find her cooking or traveling the world!

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