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Master Bathroom Shelves/Tub

Sharing part of my master bathroom today!  I finally took some pictures of my bathtub.  Which is definitely one of my favorite spots in the house!

Ahhh.. feeling more relaxed just looking at these pictures.  :)
When I first started designing this bathroom the shelves were my starting point.  I knew I wanted some shelves with planks behind them to add my personality to the room.  I’ve had fun styling them!  Over and over.  :)
Sidenote: To take this picture and get a head on shot of my shelves I had to basically do the Chinese splits across the top of the tub.  I felt that should be noted.  Or applauded.  Or laughed at.  Something.
I had this picture of my kids in my family room and moved it into the bathroom just to see if I liked the frame.  I was planning on replacing the picture, but I’m kind of loving it in here.  So now it’s staying and I need to find something else for the family room.
These fun soaps from World Market smell so good!
The baskets are from my office so now I’m changing that room around and need new baskets for that space.  This is why I never really complete rooms.  I just move things around from one place to the other.  I blame it on my DMD (decision making disorder).  There really should be medication to help people like me.  :)
The door on the left is to my closet.  But that’s a post for another day!
Because I have inset craftsman paneling throughout my home I added that to the bottom of the tub.
When I first started designing and sketching pictures of our bathroom I initially had a beautiful clawfoot tub in this space.  I’ve always loved the look of them!  But unlike some people, I actually use my tub.  Often!  I love to take a relaxing, hot bath after a long day when my kids are in bed and I knew I’d use this tub several times each week.  When I sat in the clawfoot tubs  {yes, I went into stores and sat in tubs!  :) } they didn’t feel as comfortable to me.
So I decided to go with this six foot oval tub.  I’m 5 3″ and when I swam sat in it I could tell the two of us were meant to be together.
I debated lots of different window coverings for this space, but ultimately decided on the plantation shutters we used throughout the rest of the house.  Simple and white and clean always appeals to me!
I still need to figure out something for this blank wall across from the shelves.  I’ve found a few options but nothing I’m in love with yet.  When we were building I decided I wanted to put the Carrara marble all the way to the ceiling on this wall!  But that little decision of mine was made after our tile guys had already capped off the tile with a marble rail and after they had already placed marble to the ceiling in my shower and after my husband had already agreed on the faucet of my dreams.  Needless to say, marble to the ceiling above the tub didn’t make the cut.  :)
rohl tub faucet
Speaking of my dream faucet…  I decided that just because I didn’t get the clawfoot tub didn’t mean I couldn’t have this beauty to look at every day!  Hands down my favorite fixture in the house.
Placement was little tricky because I had added drawers to the bottom of my shelves.  I didn’t want the faucet on the left side of the tub because then you couldn’t see it when you walked in the room.  (What’s the point of splurging on a fixture like this if you can’t see it!?)  But I couldn’t put it on the right side of the tub because then it would be too far away to reach.  So I placed it in the middle of the tub and then made the middle drawer a fixed drawer that doesn’t open.
I use the two other drawers to hold extra candles, bubble bath, wash cloths, and bath salts.
The green rug looks a little out of place in these pictures, but ties in with the rest of the room.  I need to take pictures of the rest of this room!  I got the tub and shelves photographed and then my kids were circling around me and my camera and I could tell photography hour was over.

When we were building, my tub was delivered early so I had it sitting in my garage in my previous house for months.  Sometimes when I was having a long day and the kids were acting crazy I’d sneak into the garage and hide in it.  Seriously.  Once or twice with a bowl of ice cream.  Since the day I bought this tub it has been an escape for me.



xoxo, Erin
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77 thoughts on “Master Bathroom Shelves/Tub

  1. SO happy to see a new room on the blog! And please don’t tease me with talk of the closet- I’m just dying for a tour in there! : ) Love the tub!

  2. Amazing! What a beautiful and relaxing space. That faucet is fabulous, too. Who wouldn’t want to steal away to this oasis!! Wow! I so enjoy reading your posts. You show all of the lovely eye candy that is your home , but you also keep it so real. Your sense of humor is endearing. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Hi Erin! I absolutely LOVE your bathroom paradise!! It cracked me up to think of you doing the Chinese splits while photographing, and you deserve a standing ovation for that!! :-) Your shelving is incredible, and I love the planking on the back. The plantation blinds are beautiful, and your new fancy faucet is, too! I love seeing the ‘styling’ you do with all of your accessories!! Thank you for the glimpse into your master bathroom!!

  4. The shelves turned out beautifully, Erin!!! LOVE that bathroom! I would be hiding out in that bathtub too, whether it was in my master bath or in my garage :)

  5. Stunning bathroom! I love your shelving. My tub sits similar to yours and the wheels are turning. My husband will go crazy, but it looks great and makes sense to me!! What is the paint color? I love that too!

      1. Ok -found it! :) The paint in this room is “Silver Trophy” by ICI paints. It’s a great grey to compliment Carrara Marble! xo

  6. Your best design post, yet! Yes, I have a love affair with bath tubs :) This space looks so relaxing and dreamy!

  7. Hi Erin,

    I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who could not live without their tub!!! I find it to be the best place to be after a long day or a really cold winter day here in New Jersey. My husband wants to re-model our master bath and take out my tub to make room for a larger shower. I’m so torn! I love the idea of a fresh, new bathroom but……I know I would miss my tub terribly :(. Anyway, as always, your bathroom is beautiful just as the rest of your home. I love the shelving and of course, the faucet! I always enjoy seeing new spaces in your home and your taste in decor is beautiful!


    1. Thank you Joy! I LOVE taking a bath on cold days. We don’t get enough cold days around here! I would be torn about that one too! Nice to have a new bathroom with a large shower… but there is nothing like a bath. Could you do a large tub/shower combo? You’ve got me thinking… :)

  8. This is so pretty Erin! In fact, I am planning something very similar in the master bathroom in our new house. If you get a few minutes, would you mind telling me approximately how deep your shelves are? Thanks for all of the inspiration!!

    1. Oh how fun Tonia! My shelves are 12 1/2 deep and 48 inches long (on the inside). Hope that helps! Send me a picture when you finish your house! I’d love to see it. :) xo

  9. Hi Erin, I’m a new follower and love your style. What a dreamy bathroom. We are in the process of building and I love the paint color you used here. Would you mind sharing?

    1. Hi Angie! So nice to “meet” you! Congrats on building! Such a fun/exhausting process. I had a love/hate relationship with the whole experience. :) The paint in this room is “Silver Trophy” by ICI paints. It’s a great grey to compliment Carrara Marble! xo

  10. Holy moly! Your bath is absolutely gorgeous. I am so jealous! I barely EVER take a bath because I have jungle-like arms and legs (I’m long and lanky), so I don’t fit in our standard tub very well. Your bathtub looks so relaxing. You really know how to make a space beautiful AND homey.

    Speaking of spaces, I can’t WAIT to see your closet!!!!!! Mine needs a good cleaning out and I’ve been putting it off. Maybe seeing yours will give me some organization inspiration!

    Have a great Tuesday, Erin!!

    Shannon in PA (aka “The Busy Brunette”)

  11. Just beautiful! I’ve always loved a paneled tub and your faucet is just gorgeous! Everything really looks serene. I love white plantation shutters too. They look classic and beautiful.

    I am totally with you on the whole bath thing! As Moms, sometimes I think that is the only time we get to ourselves lol. I just love taking a bath after a long day. I totally lucked out and although I did not select the tile for my bathroom, the realtor who flipped it picked the exact travertine tile for the bath and floors that I would have selected and it turned out gorgeous. I think all ladies deserve a beautiful bathroom to escape to at the end of the day! Can’t wait to see your closet! Your house is truly a dream home!

    1. I agree 100%! All moms deserve a nice relaxing bathroom/tub! Sometimes when I take a bath I lock the door! It truly is my one escape from the world. :) Your bathroom sounds beautiful. I love travertine. Thanks Sue! xo

  12. Love it Erin! The faucet is amazing. I just love the pops of color and textures you’ve used. Especially the little blue jars! Im feeling relaxed just looking at it :)

  13. Gorgeous bathroom, Erin! Your comment about DMD (decision making disorder) made me laugh out loud! I’ve been waiting for my diagnosis and you hit the nail on the head…now I can tell my husband that I’m not crazy…it’s a disorder… :)

    1. K it’s a TOTAL disorder/sickness. I tell my husband that all the time! Ha ha.. :) Thanks Laurie! Glad to know I’m not alone. xo

  14. Love it. Also love the escaping to hide with ice cream story. I think most parents have snuck a treat in one spot or another.

  15. How can you be so cruel? Why do you tease us showing only one part of such a beautiful bathroom?
    Your bathroom is gorgeous Erin and I can’t wait to see more of it.

    1. Oh you had me stressed with the start of that comment Shmyla! Ha ha.. :) Thank you so much! I will try to get pictures of the rest soon! :) xo

  16. Oh, I love every single thing about your bathroom! I really thought I was looking at magazine photos at first. Baths have always been my stress relief, but we decided not to do a tub in the master bathroom ($$$) in the house we’re building. I’ll have to be content with the guest bath’s plain tub.

    1. Thank you Anne! Totally understand that. We almost didn’t put one in my girls’ bathroom too but then decided on a smaller shower. It’s such a trade off! Great things about both. As long as you have a bathtub somewhere for those really long days! :) xo

  17. Hi Erin,

    Gorgeous bathroom :-) love your new term “DMD” and laugh so hard about you hiding in the tub with ice cream :-). I could relate to that because I too hide to eat my favourite ice cream. Enjoy your beautiful bathroom oasis. You deserve it :-)

    1. Ha ha! So glad I’m not the only one who does that Kai! :) Thank you so much! You are so kind to say that. Means a lot to me! xo

  18. Great post! And beautiful, serene bathroom. I must know – where are the natural sponges from? I can see them in a decorative glass jar in my master bathroom. Thanks!


  19. Love your tub Erin. I also love the pops of blue on your shelves. I’m usually a fan of neutrals, but the other day I bought a blue vase. Your wonderful style must be rubbing off on me : )

  20. Hi Erin!
    I love your bathroom! I’m presently renovating our MB & was wondering the make/model of your tub. I also love carerra marble & subway tile! Have you found the carerra marble difficult to maintain? I’ve been told to not use it because of maintenance issues. Any feedback would be appreciated! Thank you! :-)

    1. Hi Cindy! Thank you! So glad you like it. :) The tub is a Kohler Sunward. Here is the link!
      Ok – Carrara marble. LOVE it. I wouldn’t put it in a kitchen for a counter, but I love it as a backsplash in the subway tiles (no maintenance problem as a backsplash at all!) We have it in a couple of bathrooms on the counters and we do have to be careful – it scratches so easily. It’s in our powder bath and master bath and I don’t regret putting it there, but I’m so glad I didn’t put it in my kids’ bathrooms (almost did!) just because I do have to really watch it. Bottom line – I’d recommend putting it in more adult or less used spaces or as a backsplash. Hope that helps!? :)

      1. Thanks Erin! Just another quick question: did you use carerra subway tile in your shower? And if you did, are there any problems with it? Can’t wait to see the rest of your awesome masterbath! ;-)

        1. Thanks Cindy! Yes! We did and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. No problem at all. One thing to make sure you do though is don’t use the Carrara on the bottom of the shampoo/soap niche in your shower (if you have one). We used a fake marble for that one little spot so that you can set soap and whatever else there and it won’t hurt the marble. Our whole master bath is Carrara marble and I love it. My husband doesn’t love it on the floor. There are some water spots, etc. that won’t come out, but they don’t both me because I think it’s so pretty. :) Hope that helps! I’m waiting to finish one thing in that room and then I’ll take pics of it all. :)

          1. Hi Erin! Thank you for your feedback! I also love the look of carerra & that is what I’ve wanted to do all along in my MB, but I’ve been swayed by tile people who have warned me about maintenance & too many grout lines!! Lol! It’s what I keep going back to, so maybe I just need to do it! ;-)
            Hope you have a great day & I’m looking forward to seeing more of your lovely home! :-)

          2. Thanks Cindy! YES! My advice is do what you love. All sorts of people tried to talk me out of or into different things and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to most of them! You are the one who will live with your decisions and I wake up happy to the things that I knew I would love. :)

  21. Hi! I love it! I have been looking everywhere for a dough bowl everywhere! Do you mind sharing where you got the wooden bowl with the sponges? Thanks!

    1. Thank you Shannon! That wooden dough bowl is from Pottery Barn! I’ve also seen really large cool ones at Ballard Designs. I love them too. :)

  22. Gorgeous! What a relaxing place. You did a great job! Can you tell me where the little blue bottles are from? They’re perfection ;) thanks!

    1. Thank you Jess! Ahh! I can’t remember where I got the blue bottles! My husband ordered them for me on-line (after I found them and strongly hinted I wanted them – ha!). I’ll ask him if he remembers and get back to you if he does!

  23. Erin, I read about the subway tile around your tub. Is the flat sitting area around the tub a different solid surface? Hope that made sense.
    You have a beautiful home!

    1. Thank you so much Debbie! The flat area around my tub is solid marble. It’s all marble, jut a flat piece for the sitting area around the tub, and then marble subway tiles for a backsplash. :) xo

  24. Hi Erin! I realize this is an older post, and I’m not sure if you’ll answer, but I’ll give it a shot… we are building a house and I’m trying to determine the placement of my tub in the decking. Your bathroom is absolutely gorgeous and your blog has been my first stop when trying to make a decision on things! I see that you placed your tub more towards the back of the deck. What is the distance from the edge of the deck to the tub and the tub to the wall, if you don’t mind? Also, is it hard to get in and out of with the tub being so far back? I’ve been following you for several years now and your home is beautiful. It’s been so fun watching your house progress and your kids grow. Such a sweet family!

    1. Hi Erin! So sorry! For some reason this older comment just popped up in my comment section. You’ve probably already made your decision on this but my tub is about 15 inches from the edge to the tub and 12 inches from the tub to the wall by the window. It is a bit of space! I usually sit on the tub deck and swing my legs over to get in. Probably wouldn’t be a big deal at all to someone taller, but I’m a shortie so that’s how I make it work. ;) Best of luck with your new house! So exciting! It means so much to me that you’ve been reading so long! Thank you for your sweet words. They made my day. :) xo

    1. We had friends from Utah install them (we went to school with a guy who sells blinds and he did it for us). The slats are 4 1/2 inches wide. :)

  25. Hi Erin,

    I love your blog and have been looking for a true gray paint and found your beautiful home with rooms painted in Seattle by Frazee. I will be using this color in my home as well. Is this the same color in your master bedroom as well? Many thanks!

  26. Hey I love your post. We are in the middle of building a house and we have a lot of things in common. Can you please tell me the name of the pulls and knobs in your kids bathroom and utility room. Also, were can I find these at? Any help will be great.

  27. Erin your home is so beautiful. I have been a silent watcher for awhile now and just now decided to post my first comment. Thank you for sharing your Lovely home with us . Have a blessed day.

  28. Oh, girl! We think alike !Same plantation shutters over the tub and shelves by the tub , same closet placement .( Did you install a heated floor too? Heaven!) However , my tub is currently the home for my outdoor ferns, to save them from the 20 degree weather ..not the norm for Mississippi !

    1. Ha ha.. so happy you are saving your ferns Brenda! Love that our bathrooms are twinning! I didn’t do the heated floor just because in San Diego you don’t really need one! But if I lived in a colder climate it would have been a must have. :) xo

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