A Tudor’s Master Bath is No Longer Swamped
By Noelani Zervas, with Jenna Talbott • Photographed by Jessica Delaney // When my husband and I bought our nearly 100-year-old Tudor style home, we fell in love with the beautiful period tile in the master bath. Mossy green tile filled the space originally, filled with craquelure, and years of sunlight had faded the color to a rich yet muted tone. We were not so in love with the original pipes and plumbing as every time we showered we stood in two inches of water. But the tile….I was completely torn about removing it.
In the end, the tile and everything around and underneath had to go. It was time to update and we knew our redesign could be period appropriate yet accommodating to two young children and their busy parents.
The glass shower enclosure was designed to mirror the pane size and style of the original lead pane glass windows, one of which featured prominently in this petite space. We kept the shower’s original footprint, which is nearly half of the entire room, but the clear glass enclosure allowed for lots of light. Added bonus was the Kohler rainshower fixture in the far corner.
For visual cohesiveness and because the room is small, It made sense to tile the walls’ entire width and height. I chose a matte white subway tile, with grey grout to pick up on the grey penny tile of the shower floor and shelf. The trim of honed black marble complements the matte black hex flooring tile outside the shower.
With all the grey and black and white, I chose brushed and matte gold hardware to add a warm gleam. As these things go, it was on order for weeks and held up the whole project but was well worth the wait! I have to say my favorite feature is the hanging plant, which I initially wanted inside the shower, but marriage is compromise and my husband won that debate. I do enjoy tucking succulents of all sizes here and there, and they enjoy the strong natural light. I barely miss the original tile….