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Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch West Elm Heston Dresser Subway Tile Brass Kohler 11:2015

Part I was all about the Guest Bathroom…Part II is all about the Master.

My clients initially reached out regarding renovating their Master Bathroom to increase its functionality. After 10 years of ownership, they’d only used the bathtub a handful of times & since the wife has an extensive makeup collection (one that would rival most professional MUAs!) she specifically wanted more style, better lighting and increased storage.

Done & Done. 

The Befores: 




As you can see, even in daylight the bathroom was pretty dark due to its orientation on the back of the house & the little bit of good natural light that did come in was super hot (bright), which isn’t ideal for applying makeup. With a countertop full of products and a basket full of styling utensils (blow dryer, flat iron, etc), adding more storage was key. The shower door needed to go. The shower & floor needed to be retiled. The bathroom needed some overall blush & gloss.

So we did some demo & started anew!


IMG_8063Finishes in the Guest Bathroom mimicked the selections for the Master with the exception of the shower curtain and of course, the additional vanity. To keep the space from feeling too heavy, I decided to repurpose a piece of furniture for her new makeup area. We started out looking at desks and highboys, but either there wasn’t enough storage or the dimensions just weren’t right–makeup & products really need drawers for organization, not just open cabinets. When I stumbled upon the Heston Dresser from West Elm, it was just what I was looking for….and not only did it sit on a brass frame (yay for visual breathing room!) but it fit perfectly. She fell in love.

Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch West Elm Heston Dresser Subway Tile Brass Kohler 11:2015

Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Butcher Block Countertop Grey Cabinet Kohler Brass World Market West Elm Heston Dresser 11:2015

Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch Subway tile shower Kohler Brass

Replaced that old door with a new, custom shower curtain (Robert Allen, Wavy Stitch)–who says shower stalls HAVE to have doors??

Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Custom Butcher Block Countertop Bathroom 11:2015

And again, these countertops. To Die For.

What I forgot to tell you in my previous post is that these custom butcher block countertops were a total accident…though a happy one. They weren’t the original product sourced–I’d planned to go with the more inexpensive Ikea version–but when the client selected an undermount sink, which requires the interior of the countertop to show, we learned that the Ikea version was not in fact solid wood but a walnut veneer wrap, which wasn’t going to work with the sink (you wouldn’t see wood all the way through along the sink cuts). Fortunately I was able to snag one of my carpenters who is a beast with wood working and he maneuvered his schedule to make this last minute project work. And when I tell you the final product turned out SO much better than what I’d originally planned?? OMG. No lie. These babies are hand finished so there will never be another pair to look exactly like these two! Renovations take longer than you expect and there are always hiccups along the way but 93% of the time…..the hiccups are well worth the change in plans.

Even with the addition of 4 new lighting sources: the LED makeup mirror (sourced from a hotel she loves), wood bead chandelier and pair of brass wall sconces (everything on dimmers for perfect light control), we kept the walls Shoji White (Sherwin Williams) to ensure there was enough natural light bouncing around the room. My first choice for the walls was a light toned grasscloth (great mix of texture & finish) but just like in the Guest bathroom, the clients weren’t fans of any wallcoverings or saturated wall colors so we ended with a neutral color paint.

And sometimes it happens like that in design–as a designer you can create a vision and want to see it to the end, but the ultimate say is on the client. I’m generally very honest with my clients and will say, “I don’t love your preference but it’s YOUR house and YOU have to live here, so it should work for you!”. I believe that clients should know the professional’s honest opinion and then weigh the advice to make the decision that best suits their lifestyle. THAT is what makes for an awesome designer-client relationship–taking the professional advice + rules & bending them to create something that works for each situation–Co-creation at its finest!

Dayka Robinson Brookside Oak Master Bathroom Renovation Robert Allen Wavy Stitch West Elm Heston Dresser Subway Tile Brass Kohler 11:2015


  1. sherry
    January 18, 2016 at 8:11 am (2 years ago)

    Beautiful Dayka!

    • DaykaRobinson
      January 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Sherry!

  2. tiffany
    January 18, 2016 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)


    • DaykaRobinson
      January 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Tiffany!

  3. Rae
    January 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Dayka! Both bathrooms are STUNNING! I’ve never seen a framed shower door replaced for a custom curtain, and I love it! So chic. Were you able work out some makeup organization inside the chest of drawers? If so, i would love to see it. So many women struggle with that. I love how you were able to make a builders grade bathroom look more custom without completely starting from scratch. You slayed it!

    P.S. Have you shot your laundry room yet? If so, i hope I didnt miss it. I keep thinking about that dreamy wallcovering! 🙂

    • DaykaRobinson
      January 18, 2016 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)


      Thank you! I hadn’t seen it done either but I love the drama it creates in a bathroom area–very unexpected!

      I left the makeup organization to her. She actually already had some storage containers she was using in her old cabinets, it was just that the sheer VOLUME of products she had was too much for her limited area. Thank you so much for your raving compliments!

      And my laundry: Haven’t really shot it yet. Tried to do it once on the fly but realized it was gonna need more specific attention than that–it’s not the easiest area to shoot! Will keep you posted! 😉


    • DaykaRobinson
      February 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm (2 years ago)


  4. Vanessa
    February 18, 2016 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG I love this! The bathroom looks so bright and inviting now. Excellent job.

    • DaykaRobinson
      February 24, 2016 at 1:28 am (2 years ago)

      The right design choices–even small ones–can really change the energy/feel of a space. These projects beat my expectations–thank you!

  5. Kimani
    October 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this bathroom! I’ve been stalking your bathroom posts since your master in my inspiration for our guest bath. Can you share any sources for the custom shower curtains?

    • DaykaRobinson
      November 10, 2016 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey kimani:

      There’s not a specific source–I bought the fabric and took it to my workroom to fabricate to my custom specifications. Any drapery workroom in your area will be able to help you!

      • Kimani
        November 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm (2 years ago)

        Thanks so much for responding!


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