Now it has a more efficient layout.

Bathroom Counter in Lafayette Bathroom by Emerson Grace Design
Jessica Brydson

Although this house in Lafayette, California, was extensively renovated in 2018, the clients didn’t update the primary bath at the time. But years later, the owners decided it was time and tasked Stefanie Cannizzo, founder of Emerson Grace Design, with renovating the space for their young family.

Bathroom Layout Before and After in Lafayette Bathroom by Emerson Grace Design
The bathroom’s layout was changed completely, with a door moved so it leads out to the backyard.

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The problem with the bathroom was that the scale and proportion of what was inside was totally off. “The original bathroom had a huge tub that was difficult to access,” Stefanie explains. “The shower was small and there were two vanities with large on-counter sinks and a full-height cabinet between the two vanities. The layout was not efficient, functional, or aesthetically pleasing.”

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So it’s no surprise that the biggest goal for Stefanie and team was to clean up the “clunkiness” of the existing design and make the layout work better, while also updating the color palette.

Shower Before and After in Lafayette Bathroom by Emerson Grace Design
The tub was removed, and now that area contains the new and larger shower.

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“The bathroom was in dire need of a reconfiguration since its layout wasn’t efficient,” Stefanie says. “We took out the tub, relocated the shower and made it bigger, moved the interior door to the backyard, created a vanity area, and relocated the toilet room.”

Storage in Lafayette Bathroom by Emerson Grace Design
Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry provides more storage.

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The design team also made the vanity longer, more streamlined, and included a waterfall edge. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry was installed for more storage. In the shower, a floating shower bench in the same marble as the vanity was added.

Shower in Lafayette Bathroom by Emerson Grace Design
The larger shower features built-in shelving and a marble floating bench.

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The tile and flooring are really what makes this space so special. “The use of dimensional tile really adds texture and interest to a bathroom so we love to use it whenever it makes architectural sense to do so,” Stefanie explains. “The key to selecting different tile that all complements and works together is making sure there’s variation—that can be in color, texture, pattern, type of tile (ceramic, stone, et cetera)—it’s essential to creating interest and places your eye can go to.”

Vanity Area in Lafayette Bathroom by Emerson Grace Design
A separate vanity provides a spot to get ready.

Jessica Brydson

For this project, Stefanie and team used limestone for the flooring, ceramic tile behind the vanity and in the shower, and marble on the countertops. She says each material stands alone but they also work together really well.

Now the bathroom is more functional, updated, and stylish. And the homeowners are in love with their newly upgraded space, Stefanie adds.

Styled by Rachel Forslund