• Samia Verbist

One Room Challenge - Spring 2021 - Bathroom Remodel - Week 1

Wow! Another season for the One Room Challenge!

First, I would like to thank Linda Weinstein and her fantastic team who make this challenge possible every year! When I see the number of designers who participate in this challenge, I know that I am not the only one to appreciate it! We stimulate our creativity by sharing ideas. This challenge is so inspiring! So, let's start this spring 2021 edition with a bathroom remodel!


"First time on my blog? Welcome and thanks for coming by! My name is Samia Verbist, I am a French Interior Designer based in Huntington Beach, California. I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture in Paris, France and created my own interior design company in California 5 years ago. I love creating interesting designs for my clients and coming up with interiors that go above and beyond what they would have thought of. I love wallpaper, gold and turquoise color! My favorite place on earth is Palm Springs! "


This year, I will share with you the makeover of a bathroom. Toni, my client asked me if I can refresh her guest bathroom to make it more elegant and classy! So, let's see the room:

As you can see, this bathroom is outdated and is ready for a refreshment! This house was built in 1983. Toni and her husband bought it a few years ago. They waited before making changes, so this bathroom being almost original, it needs a complete facelift.

It is a small space 5' X 8'. There's a vanity, a toilet, and a bathtub. White square tile on walls and gray rectangular tile on the floor.

What my client hates the most in this bathroom: the fabric cornice above the bathtub...Not a big deal to remove!

To keep this project in a budget, we will save the bathtub and the toilet but remove everything else!

MY TO DO LIST (as an interior designer):

  • Design a new bathroom

  • Select new tiles for floor and walls

  • Select new bathtub hardware

  • Select new vanity

  • Select new lighting

  • Select new medicine cabinet

  • Select glass bathtub door style

  • Select paint color for the wall

  • Create a 3D rendering of the new bathroom based on selection

  • Manage budget and delivery of all material

  • Manage contractor's work


  • Remove cornice and shower curtain

  • Remove all tiles (floor and walls)

  • Remove all shower hardware

  • Remove vanity, mirror and lighting

  • Install new tiles (floor and walls)

  • Create a shampoo niche

  • Install new vanity

  • Install a surface mounted medicine cabinet

  • Install new lighting

  • Smooth the wall and paint it

  • Install new shower hardware

  • Install a frameless bathtub glass door

This is a great challenge and trust me this bathroom will be stunning when it will be done!

So, see you next week for the first step: selection of material!

Have a nice week!

Your Dedicated French Interior Designer









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