Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Retreat

Amber Interiors| Tessa Neustadt Photography

Good morning, chic readers! As the world spins faster and we get busier, it becomes increasingly important for our homes to be the soothing retreats we need to unwind. There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom. Take a peek at some of our favorite tips for creating a spa-like master bathroom retreat. 

 

 

  1. Maximize Light. If you have the luxury of a bathroom free from neighbors, natural light is one of the fastest ways to make a bathroom feel open, airy and spa-like. 

 

    2. Invest in Quality. There are some rooms in the home where you can get by with scrimping, but, in the bathroom, where everything from floors to faucets to drains get a ton of use, it makes sense to invest in the best quality you can afford. (Even still, you never know when a problem like a blocked drain can arise, so it’s a good idea to have your favorite plumber’s number on hand!)

 

3. Glam it Up. From beautiful brass or stainless accents to pretty light fixtures, a little glamour can go a long way!

 

4. Don’t Forget Storage. There’s nothing worse than creating a stunning bathroom only to have it filled with clutter. Plenty of storage ensures that hair irons and toiletries stay out of sight but readily available.

5. Make it Feel Like Home. Depending on what kind of feel you want your bathroom retreat to have, incorporating vanities that feel like furniture and comfort items like chairs from other rooms can really make your bathroom comfortable and in keeping with the tone of the rest of your home. 

 

6. Make a List of Must-Haves. In any room, it’s important to focus on your priorities. For us, it’s always the bathtub and the light fixtures, but whatever your priorities are, make sure to put them in the budget first so you know where to splurge and where to save. 

 

7. Don’t Forget the Architectural Details. As with any room, it’s the details that really make a room memorable. In a spot with so much moisture, art can be tricky, so focusing on fabulous molding and woodworking details adds interest.

 

8. Make it Comfortable. Maybe it sounds obvious, but any room that you want to feel like a sanctuary should be comfortable! We love this sweet and cozy vanity stool!

Jenkins Interiors

 

9. Play it up with Pattern. Let’s face it. Bathrooms can be boring. In a room where you want to stick with a simple palette, a little bit of pattern can go a long way toward defining a space. 

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Beth Webb Interior Design| Emily Followill Photography

 

10. Keep Your Favorite Essentials on Hand. Our favorite tip is the simplest: Make sure keep your favorite spa-like essentials on hand. Pretty sponges, favorite bath salts and that shampoo that makes your hair feel like you’ve just had a keratin treatment are inexpensive luxuries that add so much to your bathroom without a bit of demo!

 

What are your favorite ways to make your bathroom feel like a retreat?



The Secret to Southern Charm

Speaking of Southern Charm, if you haven’t checked out my Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple and continuing with my latest release, The Secret to Southern Charm, what are you waiting for? Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get up to day on the Murphy girls and Peachtree Bluff, Georgia, a town where the breeze is warm, the sun is shining, and nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems!

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House Tour: Charming in Corona Del Mar

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Good morning, chic readers! We hope you loved the good taste of Kelly Nutt yesterday as much as we did!

Corona Del Mar dining

With statement lighting…

Corona Del Mar kitchen

Wood accents…

Corona Del Mar kitchen

And charm galore…

Corona Del Mar dining

There is so much to love about Kelly Nutt Design.

Corona Del Mar bedroom

This house in Corona Del Mar is absolutely ideal for spending a relaxing vacation, a laid-back spring break or for cool, comfortable living all year round. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

A study in simplicity with just the right amount of detail to keep things interesting, this is the kind of home that feels like a serene oasis. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

Pretty pink accents create a calming and sweet retreat for catching up on rest. 

Corona Del Mar cabinets

And plenty of hidden storage creates a soothing, monochromatic palette for the eye where clutter is hidden away. 

Corona Del Mar bedroom

A fun pattern on the floor stands out against an all-white bath for a uniform look that still packs a punch. 

Corona Del Mar laundry room

Even the laundry room is fabulous! We don’t know about you, but we could move right into this gorgeous Corona Del Mar home–and would love to be weekend guests! What about you?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day and Happy Valentine’s Day!


 

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In Good Taste: Muskoska Living Design

For us, the holidays are about coming together, 

A time to gather family and friends to celebrate a year well lived and that the best is yet to come. 

So the holidays are probably the time that we’re most focused on our homes, on how well our living spaces entertain, how cozy our dining rooms are. 

Fabulous Muskoka Living of Ontario creates spaces that are absolutely perfect for special gatherings and entertaining–not only at the holidays but all year long.

We can picture a festive Thanksgiving lunch around this table,

A quick summer breakfast at this island

before jumping into the lake, of course!

Fall cocktails by this fireplace would be absolutely spectacular, 

And, of course, Muskoka Living even created the perfect space for us to clean up when it’s all over!

From charming architectural details that can’t help but define a space, 

To cozy, warm areas for finding calm and peace,

From a quick spruce to total design-build management

Muskoka Living creates the kind of spaces that we would want to return to again and again–holidays or not!

What do you do to prepare for a holiday crowd?

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by our little corner of the web today. We always love seeing you!

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In Good Taste: Shelley Johnstone Design

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After weeks of high sixties and mid-seventies temperatures here, it has finally gotten cold. We’ll never quite understand North Carolina weather, how it is seventy-five and then, all of a sudden, with no warning, you wake up and it’s thirty-two and it stays that way for months. But, it actually makes us kind of excited, the cold weather. 

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House Tour: Moroccan Influence

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We’ve always loved a little Moroccan flavor. But if you think Moroccan always has to mean bright colors and patterns, it’s time to take a second look. If you’d love a taste of Morocco but prefer a more subdued palette, take a peek at this beautiful home in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles designed by Shayelyn Woodbery . You’ll never think of Moroccan style in the same way again!

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House Tour: Mountain Brook, Ala

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Gasp and sigh and oh my gosh. We knew we loved Dungan Nequette yesterday. And you can’t have too much of a good thing, right? So take a peek inside this fabulous Mountain Brook, Alabama retreat. It’s a wonderful getaway — even if the getaway is only on your monitor!

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