I know bathrooms are necessary and functional, but when we drew up plans for our extension last year, an ensuite was a nice luxury addition to future proof the reality of three teenagers plus parents using our current single bathroom. And though we considered it necessary, it was pretty much the lowest priority space in our renovation. Our intention was to do the ensuite as cheaply as possible. I say was because somehow that sneaky little 2.4m x 2m room has become the golden child of the extension and come the end of our project, might well be the most beautiful room in our home. Ooops!
The conclusion I have come to is that Pinterest is not a girls’ best friend – only because it leads to temptation and anything less than a Pin-able result would now feel disappointing. I started adding amazing images to my Ensuite Pinterest Board and before long where I previously had no direction or desire for anything particular or spectacular, I now had a very specific list of wants.
We visited a few different bathroom showrooms but were underwhelmed by the options and quickly realised that the beautiful details I had pinned were not readily available to a New Zealand market. And then all of a sudden I found rose gold tapware available here thanks to a google search that landed me here, and my life was changed. My budget blew right around the same time. Double oops!
Suddenly my Pinterest dreams were coming true!
The Buddy range by Plumbline is Italian made luxe tapware and comes in a whopping 12 finishes from the on-trend matt black to brushed copper and bright nickel. Before long I found myself in the Plumbline showroom in Newmarket chatting my ideas through with their instore bathroom designer Katie Scott. I showed her a few images from my Pinterest board, she sketched ideas as we chatted and within half an hour we had nailed a design.
I took Katie’s lead on colour palette, with the exception of the Rose Gold tapware, and I am beyond thrilled with the suggestions she made – soft grey tiles for the shower space, warm white tiles behind the vanity, and Dulux Mt Aspiring for the walls. Our floors are existing polished Matai so we were restricted by that somewhat – mostly my initial desire to include some blonde wood somewhere in the scheme but I’m happy with the overall palette and all I need to arrange now is which colour towels to buy to match.
Where the ensuite was almost an afterthought previously, or at least a space to save as much as possible, it has somehow become the room I am most looking forward to seeing completed. I can not wait to see it come together.
* this post is made possible thanks to Plumbline NZ