Blue Lagoon Bathroom Reveal

It’s my favorite day in blogland—room reveal day!

Back in August I shared the design plan and layout for this room, but this project actually started way back in May, right before we moved into the Heights House. This room didn’t exist before—we created it by stealing a few feet from the existing bathroom and adjacent bedroom.

Building a bathroom from scratch is a major undertaking, from running all new plumbing, electrical and AC to constructing new walls and floors and cutting an opening for a new window. We hired most of it out, but squeezed in a few small DIY tasks where we could (check out the last progress post here).

Measuring a whopping 30 square feet, it was an interesting challenge to find the most efficient layout without feeling too crowded. Because this house will be a vacation rental, our goal is to give each its own unique theme and leave a lasting impression. What this room lacks in size, I think it makes up for in personality. Certainly a departure from my own neutral and more classic decorating style, but taking risks and exploring your creativity is what makes design so much fun!

Welcome to the Blue Lagoon Bathroom…

The star of the show is undoubtedly the Cloe baby blue tile. I knew I wanted to use this line when I saw the samples in person last year, and the glossy watery blue tones are what set the stage for this ‘swan lake’ inspired design. Speaking of swans…

This faucet is what started it all. When I spotted it on Amazon, I just had to have it (especially for under $100!) and everything else in the room came together afterwards. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I just think it’s so funky and unique. Who doesn’t love a good swan (or 3?)

I spent hours looking for the perfect petite pedestal sink that was stylish, affordable, and the smallest depth possible. This Barclay model from Lowe’s checked all the boxes!

The mirror was another Lowe’s budget find (only $66 and almost sold out!) The scalloped edges mimic the curvature of the sink and is very swan-esque, don’t you think?

I use these refillable amber pump bottles in all of our bathrooms. They’re so classic and much prettier to look at than regular soap bottles, and you can’t beat the $3.50/ea price tag.

I’m also a big fan of the layered look achieved by mixing warm gold and silvery metals. I finally caved and got the towel ring and matching tp holder I’d been eyeing for months at Anthro. A splurge, but worth every penny.

The seagrass wastebasket and hand towel were both Target finds. They’re neutral in color but the woven texture is a nice contrast to the tile. And about that pebble tile

This was a last minute change of plans when I spotted it at Floor & Decor, originally looking for marble floor tile. The stones were just too perfect for the theme of the room, so I splurged and paid the $13/sf, justifying the cost because the footprint of the room is so small. For the grout I chose Alabaster, which is a warm gray and should be relatively easy to clean (we used the same grout for the Cloe wall tile).

A simple, elegant brass & white glass pendant (also very swan-esque) hangs above the vanity (and the price is a steal!) The 9′ ceilings certainly help the room feel larger, along with the new 4′ Jeld-Wen window we added. One of my favorite features of this room is the wood ledge that spans across the back wall. Storage space is at a premium, and this was a natural way to incorporate it without hanging bulky shelves that would make the room feel crowded.

We used a 1×10″ piece of pine wood, cut it down to size, and I applied a weathered wood stain (I still need to varnish it to protect it from moisture!) Another great storage solution is this $20 seagrass organizer bin I found on Amazon. It’s the perfect size for a small toilet tank, and neatly contains toiletries for guests.

Above the toilet, I hung these two abstract swan prints I made just for this room in 12×16″ Ikea Hovsta frames. (PS, I take custom orders in my print shop and am happy to make these for you too, just shoot me a message!)

The potted fern was another Amazon find and it looks very realistic! Definitely worth the $12.

This 96″ waffle weave shower curtain is one of my best design secrets. There’s a serious shortage of quality 8′ long shower curtains in the world, and the only other I’m aware of is this one from Bed Bath & Beyond—but it’s double the price of this one and often out of stock.

I found this curtain after searching out of necessity, and was pleasantly surprised at the quality (I used the same one in the main bathroom).

I also bought this white 96′ liner but we haven’t hung it yet. Shower storage was a bit of an afterthought and we forgot to add a built-in niche before it was too late, but I found an alternative solution with this glass corner shelf (secured in the tile with anchors).

I’m a huge fan of this refillable shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottle set. It’s perfect and cost-effective for a vacation rental, but also a good option in your own shower if you don’t like staring at mismatched bottles every day.

I used my go-to budget champagne bronze Delta faucet (seriously, you won’t find anything else in this color at this price. I’ve looked!)

Behind the door, I utilized the 30″ wall for towel hooks that can easily be reached from the shower. A cheerful message fills the space above, another custom design I printed and hung in a matted Ikea 16×20″ frame.

I think that covers everything! There’s still a few things left to do before we can officially call this room done, like varnishing the wood ledge, sealing the floor tile, painting the door and installing the window shade, but we’re thrilled to have one more room pretty much crossed off the to-do list.

Adding a second bathroom to this house was a necessity for a vacation rental, but it has also significantly increased the value and our equity in the property, which is always top of mind as investors. Another successful before & after in the books!


Wall & trim color: SW Pure White (eggshell + semigloss)

Cloe blue wall tile

Pebble floor tile


Pedestal sink

Swan faucet



Pendant light

Shower faucet

Towel ring

TP holder

Towel hooks

Shower curtain

Seagrass storage bin

Seagrass waste basket

Hand towel

Faux fern

Amber soap bottle

Refillable shower bottle set

Shower glass corner shelf

Picture frames

Custom prints (message me to order!)

Next up—a budget-friendly linen sofa roundup!


45 thoughts on “Blue Lagoon Bathroom Reveal

  1. Highly successful! The tile really is the star of this show. I like the variegated tones of blue and the texture. It’s amazing how you were able to fit everything in and still not look cramped.

  2. Wow, you’ve done it again, the perfect combination of serene, elegant, and a touch of whimsy (swans). Really incredible. Hard for me to choose what I like best, definitely either the tile or the ledge. Amazing that something as simple as a ledge running the length of the wall can be so impactful.
    Awesome job.

  3. I’ve been waiting to see the swan faucet in action! I am still trying to talk my husband into it – we are gearing up for a geometric art deco bathroom and I feel like this detail will be the perfect contrast to all the other hard angles, with the right amount of playful quirk! Are they awkward to use at all?

  4. Beautiful! What color did you stain the wood ledge? I’m struggling finding the right shade for my own project and this looks perfect!

  5. Very nice. Not to be noisy, but we have a small bath we’d like to remodel. Would it be possible for you to give an idea of your costs? Thanks

    1. We hired a handyman for this job combined with half of the other bathroom remodel and a few other projects over the past several months, so unfortunately I don’t have a clear breakdown for just this room!

  6. That tile is just right for a Florida bathroom! Love the watercolor feel of it. And a swan head faucet?? Gah! love! Restoration Hardware sells lovely extra long shower curtains, I know they carry 84″ but not sure about 96″. You probably already know that since you research everything so well 🙂

  7. That tile is STUNNING! Makes the whole bathroom! Maybe it’s just the angle of the picture, but it seems like the tp holder is sooo far away from toilet? Maybe a design reason for that? Just curious!

  8. You always find the right balance – that is the key to you making amazing rooms. Even with its own unique theme, it’s not overdone. The design is fantastic and makes me forget the small size.

  9. I have really enjoyed watching your before and after rooms. You two are very talented! This bathroom is gorgeous and classic without being too much. The tile is beautiful and you tied everything together exquisitely!

  10. So beautiful. Only wish I had seen that swan faucet when I was remodeling my bathroom. It’s gorgeous and how wonderful that it inspired so many of your design choices!

  11. So pretty!!! Love that tile so much. Can I ask what program you use to do your sketches in the early design phase (like where walls/doors/etc will go)? I saw you use Homestyler for the 3-D stuff, but what about for the “bones.”

  12. I’m in the minority as someone that doesn’t enjoy the color blue, but this bathroom is stunning! Every time you do a room I enjoy taking my time studying the details and how it all comes together. Fantastic job, once again!

  13. This whole bath looks so refreshing! I remember in your plans post you said you had never seen the Cloe blue tile “in the wild,” which I had also noticed. I’m so glad you used it so people (me) can see it now- it’s gorgeous!

  14. Amazing!! This is beyond beautiful! What did you use on the step into the shower floor?! Great idea rather than the pebble tile!

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