Divided Master Bathrooms {Jack & Jill Style}

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As we’ve been looking at houses for our move soon to the Seattle area, we always dream up how we would put our own stamp of style into each house we like. Sometimes we envision a little bit different layout than what is currently there, sometimes we just dream up cosmetic changes.

Rarely do we find a house that is perfect for us, but I think that is normal. How likely is a house to be absolutely perfect for us if we haven’t put our own touches on it? It is possible, but most of us expect to make a new place our own at least in some small way. All of us house-lovers have our own taste, style and ideas for what will work best for our family.

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As I mentioned before, some homes just speak to us. I love it when a house speaks to me and I’m charmed by its character or style, but I don’t mind if it sounds more like a little plea for help. :) In fact, I’m kind of looking for a house I can put my own heart and creativity into anyway.

But my dream is that whatever we chose will have been taken care of because I don’t want a run down house that needs to be totally redone before I can even feel at home, I’m sure about that (knock on wood, no more smelly houses, drafty houses, or rats scratching to get in, or wallpaper stripping for this girl, I’m kinda over that ordeal still from our English Tudor in Portland, hahah…)

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One of the little things we’ve noticed is that many of the older houses we have looked at have only one bathroom, two if you are lucky. The house we have now has a powder room plus two more full bathrooms that are each divided with the sink and the toilet, shower or tub are in separate rooms, so they are really practical for people sharing the space. Our old house had five bathrooms, so we have had it pretty good with ample bathrooms :). But how many do we really need? With three of us, two is plenty. I’m sure two is a luxury for many people, but it’s nice when everyone is trying to get ready at once.

Prior to these last two homes, we had two bathrooms for a family of five and that arrangement worked just fine. But whether we have one or two bathrooms in our next house, I do love the concept of a divided bathroom. I have been thinking about how I could transform one bathroom into a room with two sides if necessary, with a little remodeling and rearranging of space, such as a sink and potty on one side and a sink and shower on the other, or any other divided options.

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If you really wanted to be fancy, each side could have a separate entrance (one to the hallway and one to the master) but with a pocket door in between. That way you could open the sink and toilet side to the hallway for parties or the family, but keep your shower area closed off. See what I mean? If you were short on space you could turn one master bathroom into a more functional space for a family or guests to share, even if it really was just one bathroom.

The Jack and Jill bathroom concept could be a great solution not only for a kids bath, but a master bath as well, I think.

I stumbled upon the bathroom designed by Mandy Milks, featured in this post over at House & Home. I really think it is adorable! It has two sides, it appears to have one with a shower and one with a tub and a sink in each! That’s really cool. Besides the dual functioning space, I really dig those tile floors, the tile behind the tub and THE TUB! That tub is a new model, painted to look old. Love that. I would be super pumped to get to design a bathroom top to bottom, it’s been so long since I got to do something fun like that!

How many bathrooms does your home have (if you don’t mind discussing bathrooms, haha)?

Related Post: 7 Ways to Create a Spa-Like Bathroom (my guide on eBay)

Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

The Inspired Room Simple Bathroom Paint Refresh - Before and After
This post is in partnership with Homewerks.

A couple of weeks ago I shared that I was ready to paint my master bathroom. We’ve lived in this house for six and a half years and hadn’t painted our walls in the bathroom at all. They were still the same dried out flesh colored builder paint (a.k.a. swine) that was originally on every single wall in our entire house. It was not only a yucky color to begin with, but it was dinged up and dingy after years of family life. It was beyond ready for a refresh.

This bathroom is the very last room in our house to be rid of swine. Can you believe it? It’s like an era is ending. Ha. Anyway, the plan all along has been to update some of the features in the bathroom at some point down the road to make it a little more reflective of my style. While I decided against redoing this room in a more significant way, I certainly never imagined it would take us over six years to at least paint the walls! Sigh. I wasn’t in a hurry though because overall the room really was still in fine shape and served our needs well all these years.

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I really wanted a spa-like bathroom. But now that we are moving, we decided we at least needed to paint the walls in order to freshen up the bathroom. So that was our goal, new paint for the walls, but we got a couple of little extras just for fun (including a pretty cool new wireless speaker and fan I’ll tell you about in a bit).

To save time and funds and to just focus on essentials as we are getting the house ready to sell, I decided to leave all the tile, cabinetry, lighting and mirror the same. (Funny how your dreams have to come down to reality sometimes, right?) But even though this makeover was going to be quick and easy, I thought I could still give it a little bit of a spa ambience with a few simple accessories.

Simple Bathroom Refresh on The Inspired Room blog

Bathroom Refresh - The Inspired Room

Since we have a nice big soaking tub in the corner (located under a skylight which is perfect for nighttime soaks under the stars!), I surrounded it with some plants in pots, candles, fluffy white towels, pretty accessories and good smelling soaps to give the space a little more of a spa-like feeling. A little bench creates a comfy perch next to the tub.

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I brought in a small glass and metal table that I thought would work great as a shelf for accessories on our counter. We hung our white robes on hooks and added a couple of mirrors to the wall. We found some new stone hand soap dispensers, too, to replace our disposable plastic ones :). We still might add a frame to our mirror to give it a little more style, but that will be in another phase (if we have time.)

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Copper Framed Mirrors - The Inspired Room Bathroom Refresh

Master Bathroom - Simple Refresh by The Inspired Room

What is a relaxing soak in a tub without soothing music? Now we have something pretty awesome to add to the ambience.

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Have you heard of these cool new bluetooth stereo speaker and bath fans by Homewerks? I’m super excited about this part of our update. See that round object on our ceiling? That’s our new wireless speaker and fan! Our previous bathroom fan wasn’t working very well and was getting kind of noisy so we decided to replace it with something a little more hi-tech.

Now we totally feel like we live in a ‘smart house.’ We love playing music wirelessly via our bluetooth enabled cell phones through the speaker in our bathroom as we are getting ready in the morning, or relaxing in the evenings. It is seriously the best thing ever! It has a fan and a built-in nightlight (which glows white or blue!) which is pretty neat, too. You can control it all via a wall switch as well as a handy remote!

The Inspired Room Master Bathroom Refresh

We aren’t very handy and we were running out of time to finish our bathroom, so we had an electrician come out to install ours for us. It was pretty straightforward so if you are confident with a little DIY, it is a project you could tackle on your own. There’s a video here about the product and a video here for help with installation. Our electrician was so excited about our fan that he actually went straight over to Home Depot to get one for himself!

Jack the Goldendoodle – The Inspired Room from Jack Michaels on Vimeo.

Now Jack really thinks our bathroom IS a spa, check him out in this short video being all zen next to the tub listening to my music. Ha! He is never this relaxed.

If I manage to get more done in our bathroom before we move, I’ll be sure and post updates. But for now, I’m thrilled with how fresh and pretty my bathroom feels! I’m ready to take a long soak in the tub (with cool water, though, it is WAY TOO HOT around here this week!).

Home Netwerks Bluetooth Fan Speaker Giveaway

Want to win one of these Homewerks fans for yourself, along with a $100 gift card to Home Depot? Come enter the giveaway here!

Fine print: Winner must provide a U.S. shipping address to win. This giveaway is offered by Homewerks and they will be providing and shipping the prize to the lucky winner!

Thank you to Homewerks for the fan and partnership with this post! And thanks to Jack for his unexpected cooperation in the video.


Copper mirrors

Shelf on counter (a nesting table from Pottery Barn)

Terrarium on counter

Ceramic ‘Things’ Canister on shelf

Paint color: Dove White (Benjamin Moore)

Ceramic pots: Home Depot

Stone soap dispensers and canister

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