05 April 2018
Nemo Tile + Stone

Project Spotlight: Clean and Quiet Bathroom Oasis On the Water.

This Fair Haven homeowner wanted a clean and timeless look when it came to remodeling two of her second-floor bathrooms—both of which her three children occupy. The summer 2017 renovation came on the heels of recent remodeling projects she had been doing throughout her traditional-style home, built in 1997, which overlooks the Navesink River. The homeowner wanted to stick with a bright, clean and timeless look, similar to the modernized style of her first-floor updates. Jack & Jill Bathroom When designing the second-floor Jack and Jill-style bath, although it is shared by the homeowner’s teenage son and daughter, she didn’t want it to feel like a children’s bathroom and sought a more sophisticated look with minimal materials—a look she chose for both bathroom renovations. The homeowner’s teenage daughter had a big hand in helping choose the materials for her and her brother’s bathroom. When the mother-daughter duo visited the NEMO Red Bank showroom together, the first thing that caught their eye was the Glazed Penny Round mosaics—a look they loved so much, they used it in the shower floors of both baths. The ceramic penny rounds were the first thing chosen for her daughter’s bathroom and used as the starting point that they worked around to help design the rest of the space.   NEMO design consultant, Danielle worked closely with the homeowner to achieve the look and feeling she wanted for both bathrooms and guided her when it came to choosing certain tile she may have not otherwise selected, like the Metro White Gloss subway tile used in the shower and on the accent wall behind the freestanding tub. The ceiling of the shower uses the same tile, but instead is set in a herringbone pattern inlay to subtly change up the design. For the shower interior, the ladies opted for a toe hold shelf for the convenience of shaving versus a seat to allow for a larger shower space and chose a frameless glass-door enclosure with a pure white quartz sill to keep an open appearance. The importance of space and practicality was at the top of the homeowner’s list for this bathroom and unlike the previous layout, the new space boasts a much roomier flow, allowing more than one person to move around and get ready at once. The re-designed concept also allowed enough space to add a soaking tub in addition to the shower. “Danielle at NEMO was great when it came to understanding the full scope of the project and my vision as a whole, and not just focusing on the tile,” says the homeowner. “She really took my vision and ran with it, tweaking things along the way and was so helpful when it came to designing the layout—especially the tub, which was a big challenge being that we did not have one before!” The sleek stand-alone tub is positioned in front of an accent wall design, framed with Schluter’s Rondec Textured Color-Coated Aluminum edging and features the Area Off-White Herringbone tile. To avoid having the wall look too sterile, the homeowner added the design for an elegant pop, complementing the same material used for the bathroom floor’s larger 12x24 Area tile, to bring the look together. Above the tub hangs a modern lighting fixture that brings a bit of chic glamour to the space. “I wanted my daughter to be able to soak in the bathtub and look at something beautiful above.” Across from the tub, another focal point of the space is the custom white double-sink vanity from Lardieri's Custom Woodworking Company. The homeowner wanted the vanity as large as possible without overwhelming the space to allow for plenty of hidden storage that would keep the marbled quartz counter tops neat and clean. She also chose petite double sinks to create more counter space. The custom framework was built around the vertical vanity lights on each side of the oversized mirror.  “The goal was to have an ample amount of light and mirror space for applying makeup,” says the homeowner. To compliment the lines of the vanity lighting fixtures, the homeowner accessorized the modest white cabinets with long silver handles to bring in another touch of that subtle glamourous feel. “When the cabinets are simple and sleek, you can add that little bit of bedazzling to it for a bit of substance,” she says. The bathroom is complete with simple chrome Moen trim fixtures, including a rain shower head and a waterfall spout for the soaking tub. And in keeping with the calm and quiet ambiance that the homeowner wanted in this space, there is also one small window that welcomes natural light and overlooks the peaceful Navesink River. NEMO Materials used: 12x24 Area Off White Matte 4.25x12.75 Metro Wall Tile in White Gloss ¾ Glazed Penny Rounds in Dandelion 14x16 Area Off White Herringbone   En-Suite Bathroom The homeowner wanted to keep a consistent theme for both baths and used similar materials and color schemes in different ways for each. She wanted minimalistic materials portraying a custom look and an elegant feel, with no excess frills or crazy colors. The homeowner shared inspirational Pinterest photos with NEMO Red Bank consultant Danielle during the early stages of the design process and explained her vision for her eldest son’s bathroom located off of his bedroom. And while he currently lives away from home, the homeowner looked forward to updating his bathroom for he and his fiancé to comfortably use when they visit. Similar to the first bath, the Dandelion Penny Rounds and the White Gloss Metro Wall Tile are used in this shower as well. This larger format subway tile is not only easier to maintain, but also creates the look of a greater space in a smaller sized bath. “I don’t want to be a slave to the materials in the bathroom. I wanted materials and surfaces that were not only visually appealing, but also very practical and easy to clean and maintain,” states the homeowner. And while the shower boasts the same materials as the Jack and Jill bath, the homeowner instead opted for a built-in marble shower bench and sill. When it came to the vanity, the homeowner knew she wanted it to be the one thing that popped and compared it to adding that “little bit of jewelry or accent throw pillows” in the mix. To achieve the custom look she wanted, the homeowner worked with Lardieri's Custom Woodworking Company to find something that fit her liking and would complement the space. The result—an elegant three-drawer vanity with white quartz counter boasting a modernized Old-Hollywood feel. The dusty grey/blue color of the vanity against the Area Off White Matte flooring brought out the gray tones and complimented it beautifully. “The goal was not to be overly-trendy, while still having a more current design and a custom look,” says the homeowner. The bathroom was complete with simple chrome fixtures, bright lighting and a beaded framed mirror to compliment the bathroom’s sophisticated touch of glamour. NEMO Materials used: 12x24 Area Off White Matte 4.25x12.75 Metro Wall Tile in White Gloss ¾ Glazed Penny Rounds in Dandelion   Resources: Installer: Frank VanBrunt Creative Installations, Long Branch Bath fixtures/Trim Kit/Toilet: L&H Plumbing Supply, Lakewood Shower Glass Enclosure: Shore Glass ,West Long Branch Custom Cabinetry: Lardieri’s Custom Woodworking Company, Lakewood Hardware: Creative Space in Red Bank Quartz Countertops: Bedrock Granite, Shrewsbury