My Family Bathroom Reveal With Amara by Tash South

New year, new reveal! Hope you all had a cracking Christmas break. January is a strange beast isn’t it?
I don’t do resolutions, and especially not in January(!) but once the kids are back at school and the Christmas cheese hangover has passed, I quite look forward to getting started again in a fresh new year.

Over the break, whilst everyone else was winding down, I’ve been working on various projects and blog posts (that’s freelance life for ya!). One being this bathroom reveal in collaboration with the lovely folk over at Amara.

So, let’s get stuck in... this bathroom is on the entry level of our house, directly off the entrance hall, along with two bedrooms – an unusual set-up – as we have our kitchen and main living areas on the semi-basement level downstairs. So although it’s a family bathroom, mainly for the kids, it is also used by guests, so I wanted to put include some luxurious grown-up elements too.

The Plan

This is not a large room, at about 2mx3m, I had to be clever about the use of space and choosing the sanitary ware. As this bathroom is directly off the main entrance hall, the last thing I wanted, was that a toilet be the first thing that arriving guests see on entry! So I placed the more attractive vanity opposite the doorway and went from there. To increase the feel of spaciousness, I chose the wall hung Duravit toilet and an Artelinea vanity in matte black glass from CP Hart.

The wall-hung sanitary ware increases the feeling of space. Towel: Hay He Towel. Bin: Woodrow Waste Bin.

Another space saver was to include the shower over the bath, as no amount of frantic-floorplan-Tetris would allow a separate shower in this space! More space saving tricks include the Keuco recessed mirror cabinet, as well as the full length Cordivari polished radiator which is also a mirror and has a towel rail, so triples as a towel warmer as well (also from CP Hart).

Placing the shower over the bath is another space saver in a small room.

The Finishes

Always on my mission to make my newly-built home feel homely and characterful, I’ve used a tactile materials palette of polished plaster, encaustic tiles, marble and natural brass. Sticking to light greys with a punch of black and brass in this room – I think keeping similar tones in a small space also adds to the illusion of space.

The encaustic Bert &  May Inverse Salon tiles were chosen first, then great effort was put into finding the right materials and plasterer to do the grey polished plaster on the walls, the colour was mixed bespoke by the plasterer to compliment the tiles. Using the polished plaster inside the shower area is a bit of a risk, it is meant to be waterproof, but as even the tiniest of cracks will let water seep in, possibly causing the plaster to come away, it can be quite high maintenance in wetter areas of the bathroom.

The Salon Inverse tiles by Bert and May run along the floor and retain the pattern up the side of the bath panel. The sleek polished plaster compliments the tile and keeps things simple on the walls, letting the floor take centre stage.

The brass frame around the mirror cabinet is a complete mess-up turned-design-detail on my part! I’d given the builders the finished size instead of the recess size of the cabinet, meaning the hole left for it was way too big, leaving a messy unfinished area around the fitted cabinet. To fix it, I sourced some strips of natural brass and had the frame made to hide the messy areas.

The brass frame around the mirror is flanked by two lights from Astro Lighting – there’s always a way to make a mistake look good!

The brassware is The London collection by The Watermark Collection, I chose natural brass as I love the way it gains patina and becomes more and more tactile over time – it’s only been six months since we moved in and these are coming along nicely. Another detail that streamlines the look (as well as the budget!) is doing away with the bath taps and using the shower control and the overflow/filler combo instead.

The Hay flowerpot and saucer is from Amara. The shower and bath brassware is by The Watermark Collection.

For just a touch of luxe, I added some marble, the black marble basin is a random internet find and the countertop is an off-cut from my kitchen worktops in Compac Unique Calcutta

The countertop is a kitchen off-cut and the flushplate in the background was coated in a bespoke matte black finish.

I had the chrome flush plate and shower hinges specially coated in matte black to match the other details, the lights are actually outdoor lights by Astro lighting which are also suitable for bathrooms. 

The Details

Thanks to Amara, the bathroom is now finished with some gorgeous accessories that add some extra storage and compliment the overall style perfectly. The Hay Volet hooks in brass work so well with the Watermark Collection brassware, and keep the hand towels conveniently by the basin area.

A perfectly organised home is my absolute dream (I have kids, I’m working on it!) so I just love storage baskets and jars to keep things in their place. The Hay grey glass containers are so good for all that bathroom paraphernalia, and the Aquanova and Muuto baskets are great for organising towels and to pop laundry into - hopefully putting an end to my 6 year-old storing her clothes on any available floor.

And by complete happy accident – The Aquanova Hammam tray and accessories in grey marble could not have matched my basin more perfectly.

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This post is a paid and sponsored post in collaboration with Amara.
All accessories seen are available on the Amara website.

All photography: tashsouth.com









My Kitchen-Diner: A Christmas Reveal by Tash South

It feels like life has been a complete rush lately, what with finishing the last details on the house and a new baby – on top of all the regular life stuff. Even as I type this, on December 22nd, there is a decorator hovering behind me finishing the wallpapering in the downstairs loo! But earlier today, I did it. I finally cleaned and set up for this blog post reveal of my kitchen-diner, and as it’s Christmas, I’ve combined this long-planned reveal with some festive styling.

I feel like endless work and thought have gone into this space, and I’m sure you’ll still spot some unfinished bits, but it’s finally starting to feel (dare I say it?)… finished.

The rustic table paired with modern Hay chairs. Large star by Ikea. Rug by La Redoute.

We are so happy with this space, I planned it to be as open as possible so that we can turn it into a proper party house in winter, or in the summer, when we plan to open up those doors and enjoy it all after a very challenging year!

Bar stools by Rockett St George. Courtyard tiles are Otura by Bert & May.

The large space is great, but big spaces in new builds can often feel like empty white boxes. I wanted to add some design elements to the architecture to give it some character, so I worked with the architect to include the exposed painted beams (which also allow me to hang various things pretty easily - spot the gold mirror ball which has been left up since my birthday party for an impromptu-silly-season-boogie), the pale exposed brickwork and the small tiled courtyard. I also love the warmth of wooden floors, so we went for pale herringbone flooring by Havwoods.

The Diner

One of my absolute must-haves was to fit in a big dining table, my husband made this one out of some scaffold boards and hairpin legs, it was only meant to be temporary, but everyone seems to love it, so it may stay a while. I do love how we’re not too precious about it and my daughter, Eva often colours or paints off the paper and onto the table by accident. I also love the contrast of the modern anthracite Hay chairs (which I bought from Amara) with this battered table.

Cutlery is H&M Home. Napkins are Jonathan Adler. Crackers are from Paperchase.

Canister is Jonathan Adler. Ice bucket is by Sainsbury’s Home.

Sugared almonds and mini mince pies by Fortnum & Mason. Black and white bowl is from Tiger. Marble and wood board is by Habitat.

Also in this space is a small seating area by the bi-fold doors, It’s such a lovely place to sit and have a coffee in the mornings. I have big restoration plans for a vintage Ercol sofa which will perch perfectly in this spot, but for now, it’s a good place for the Christmas tree, and a cosy spot to open presents on Christmas day.

Cushion covers are from Ikea. Side table is Rockett St George. Fence colour outside is Clay White by Sandtex. Decking outside is Havwoods.

I just love this green velvet chair, it is the Krusin chair at Knoll. Sheepskin is from Ikea.

As always, I keep my wrapping simple and recyclable. Brown paper with minimal decoration.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is my favourite space in our house. I started planning the kitchen before we even started the build! To keep costs down I went for Ikea inside and the clever people at Custom Fronts made the beautiful Black Stained Oak drawer and door fronts to fit, they even made some bespoke sizes for me to fit above the fridge and ovens. The long shelf, which I much prefer to wall cabinets to keep that open feel going, is also by Custom Fronts. The brackets and smoked brass socket plates are by Dowsing and Reynolds.

The black-stained Oak doors and drawers by Custom Fronts. The herringbone floors are engineered wood by Havwoods.

These Dowsing & Reynolds socket plates fit in here just perfectly!

These Dowsing & Reynolds socket plates fit in here just perfectly!

The brass island is a bit design experiment of mine. I’ve had many a tradesperson mutter
un-reapeatable things under their breath about this island (and probably me as well!)

Firstly, I wanted it to be on castors so that it could be moved around for various parties (if that particular party so required :).
Secondly, I wanted it to be completely clad in natural brass, which would tarnish and patinate naturally over time. But I have to admit, I’m finding it difficult, as we are in the beginning stages of ‘the patination pain’ and it just looks mucky! I’m doing all I can to resist the urge to grab the Brasso and polish it to within an inch of its life! Again, this is Ikea inside and I had simple mdf panels cut and clad in brass to form the drawer fronts.

The brass cladding was an absolute mission and a half! I searched for ages for a supplier who would supply and cut the brass to size and then searched again for a company that would do the actual cladding. My builder then put the whole thing together for me. Cue the un-reapeatables.

The worktops are Compac Unique Calcutta

I wanted to top the cabinets with a sleek marble, but without the fuss of the real deal, so I chose a composite, Compac Unique Calcutta in 20mm, which I’m very impressed with so far – no staining.

I’m so looking forward to cooking up a feast in my kitchen this Christmas and hosting everyone around our old scaffold board table… it’s been a long, long wait to get to this point.

If you’d like to read more on kitchen planning and see where I got some inspo from for my own kitchen design, check out my post on How To Plan The Perfect Modern Kitchen. There’s also an instant access download inside the post for my Ten Insider Tips To Get That Designer Kitchen Look.

Merry Christmas all! Hope you all get to laugh, drink and feast with your loved ones!

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