• Samia Verbist

One Room Challenge - Spring 2021 - Bathroom Remodel - Week 3

ORC is a fantastic challenge if you are looking for inspiration or if you want to know more about how to transform a room in an eight-week period. It is fun, creative, and inspirational! This spring, as an interior designer, I will show you my process to turn an outdated guest bathroom into a bright and elegant space!

"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 my fab color is turquoise! My favorite places are Palm Springs and French Polynesia!"

So, this week was dedicated to the selection of all the material. I visited several stores to look for tiles, mosaic, paint color, etc. Inspiration boards helped me a lot focusing on the right products. I collected samples and presented them to my client. After a long reflexion with Toni, we agreed on all the material and vanity, hardware, lighting and here is the result:

All hardware and lighting will be brass, same porcelain tile for the floor and all the walls, but we're adding a diamond shaped mosaic tile insert to add a touch of modernity, and a sleek finish warm wood vanity to go with the modern style we wanted for this bathroom.

Let's have a look at the to-do list...


  • Design a new bathroom Done

  • Select new tiles for floor and walls Done

  • Select new bathtub hardware Done

  • Select new vanity Done

  • Select new lighting Done

  • Select new medicine cabinet Done

  • Select glass bathtub door style Done

  • Select paint color for the wall Done

  • 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

I think it is pretty good! We are on the good way to have this bathroom done really soon!

Next week will be dedicated to the 3D Rendering. I love that phase in the design process! Before we start the demo, I like to give my client an exact overview of the room. If she likes it, Armando, my contractor, will start the demo and we will order all the material!

So, see you next week for the next step: 3D Rendering!

If you miss the first two weeks, please check it out and see how this bathroom was:

Have a nice week!

Your Dedicated French Interior Designer









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