Tag Archive: bathroom ideas

Is a Floating Vanity Right for your Bathroom Remodel?

Posted on August 21, 2019

Floating vanities are gaining in popularity and popping up in bathroom remodels more frequently. You may have seen them (and love them) and wonder if they are right for you.  “A floating vanity is a bathroom cabinet that is anchored to the wall but does not extend all the way to the floor as standard… more

A Bathroom Ceiling You Can Look Up To

Posted on August 16, 2019

Whether you’re lying in a bath, or just stretching from a good night’s sleep, looking up at your bathroom ceiling can be so much more than a flat, white surface. With the right attention to detail, your ceiling treatment can create a polished look that elevates the overall feel of the room almost instantly. “There… more

Game Day, Every Day!

Posted on August 16, 2019

We’ve got spirit yes we do…we’ve got spirit how about you? As you can see, these Highland Park homeowners are proud alum of University of Illinois and they wanted to incorporate a collegiate theme into the shower of their basement remodel. Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe did a fantastic job balancing the bright school colors of… more

Having Fun With Doors

Posted on July 29, 2019

Are you looking for something other than simple shaker cabinets? Then look no further. We have put together a parade of cabinet doors that are sure to please. “Design doesn’t have to follow any certain pattern to be tailor-made to fit your style,” said Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan. “One way to mix it up is… more

The Suite Life for Sisters

Posted on July 12, 2019

There are two little girls in Winnetka who are definitely living the Suite Life. Normandy Designer’s  Troy Pavelka and Kathryn O’Donovan created a “sister suite” above the garage that gave these girls their own bedrooms, a hangout space and their very own bathroom to share. There are some special touches to this bathroom that keep… more

The Clever Ledge

Posted on July 2, 2019

Sometimes a ledge is just what you need for form and function above your bathroom vanity. “Ledges are basically found space in your bathroom,” says Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe. “I love the way they keep everyday items at hand while keeping your countertop clutter free.” They can be deep or shallow offering a variety of… more

Mismatched Personalities? Find Harmony with Matching Vanities

Posted on May 7, 2019

Do you feel like you are in an episode of the Odd Couple when you discuss the state of your master bathroom with your partner? Is one of you a little messy and the other a neatnik? Two totally separate vanities on different sides of the bathroom allow you to enjoy privacy and a space… more

Modern Master Bathroom Makeover

Posted on January 11, 2019

This busy family of 5 was ready to create a modern master bathroom that would be luxurious and low maintenance. They were tired of their outdated bathroom that had an awkward layout and did not suit their active lifestyle. Since they had worked with Normandy Designer Brooke Voris on a previous project, they knew just… more

Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2019

Posted on January 8, 2019

You may not think of bathrooms as being subjected to trends, but they absolutely evolve as people’s preferences change. We’ve talked with the Normandy Designers to find out what they’re expecting to see in master bathrooms this year, and we think you’ll like what they have in mind. Streamlined Showering – Just a few years… more

What Decorative Lighting Does for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted on October 4, 2017

While not the primary source of lighting, decorative lighting is just as important – whether that be in a small powder room or large master bath. To better understand this type of lighting and why it is needed; here are some insights from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD. “Lighting should be looked at in… more

The Difference Between Frameless Showers, Framed Showers, and Semi-Frameless Showers

Posted on December 3, 2015

There are many choices to make when remodeling your master bathroom, one of which is the type of shower you want to install. Before jumping in with both feet, it is important to research your options, including frameless, framed and semi-frameless shower enclosures. While fully frameless, framed, and semi-frameless showers are beautiful and popular options… more

Designer Adds Her Personal “Touch” to First Floor Powder Room

Posted on June 27, 2014

Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD and her husband were first attracted to their home because of the surroundings.  Large trees border the creek and pond in the backyard of the home, giving a sense of distance and serenity.  “The neighborhood was perfect for families and really had the small-town feel we were looking for,” says… more

Expand Bathroom Storage Possibilities With Open Shelving

Posted on May 13, 2014

One of today’s increasingly popular trends, open cabinetry, is gradually moving from the kitchen and into the bathroom.  “Although the concept of open cabinetry is more popular in kitchens, they are becoming an added feature in today’s bathrooms as well.” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee.  “Open bathroom cabinetry is just a small detail that contributes… more

Bathroom Niche Shelving Moves Beyond the Shower

Posted on May 8, 2014

When deciding whether or not to add a wall niche to the bathroom, it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the shelving. Unlike typical wall shelving, niche shelving is recessed into the wall. This provides homeowners the opportunity to add accent colors, decorative elements and lighting, which further highlight the space. “If… more

Best Soothing Bathroom Colors

Posted on November 26, 2013

The ultimate goal of this bathroom was to be a soothing, calming retreat for the homeowners.  When you’re going for that spa-like aesthetic, a big part of the design is going to be the colors you choose.  “Not only are grays and blues popular colors for bathrooms right now, but people also find them to… more

The Freestanding Tub Just Got Better

Posted on November 13, 2013

For all those that love their time in the soaking tub, you’re going to appreciate volcanic limestone quite a bit.  Volcanic limestone tubs have been appealing to homeowners because of their ability to sustain heat and the fact that it doesn’t have a surface coating, making it impervious to chipping or peeling.  “Victoria and Albert has really… more

Top 4 Reasons To Have Heated Flooring In The Bathroom

Posted on November 7, 2013

Heated floors might not be necessary if we lived in, say Arizona, but here in the Midwest heated floors are fairly popular requests.  “Heated flooring is typically incorporated into a master bathroom, especially if the master suite was an addition over a garage. The multiple exterior walls and unheated space below can otherwise cause the room… more

Shower Bench Ideas and Benefits

Posted on September 25, 2013

Incorporating a shower bench is a design element that many homeowners are opting to include for a variety of reasons.  Including a bench is an added convenience to bathing in general, whether that be for sitting and relaxing or to aide women in shaving.  It’s also something to think about if you’re planning on aging… more

AAUW Home Tour Features Remodeled Normandy Home With Latest Design Trends

Posted on September 17, 2013

Preparations for the 62nd Annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) Home Tour are coming together, and this year’s tour promises to be a highlight of the Hinsdale area fall calendar.  The Home Tour will feature five spectacular homes, including a home with a recently remodeled kitchen and bathroom that incorporates some of the hottest trends… more

Jack and Jill Bathroom Layout

Posted on September 11, 2013

A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom that has two doorways, typically accessible from two bedrooms.  “It’s an economical solution to providing a semi private bathroom to two rooms,” says Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant.  “It’s a great way to give kids and guests extra privacy.  Oftentimes in these bathrooms you’ll find his and her… more

Doorless Shower Designs

Posted on August 19, 2013

Doorless showers are chic and great for creating a spacious more open feel, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re set on having one. The first is that the shower either has to have a curb, or be pitched to have the water drain properly.  If you don’t want a… more

Your Bubble Bath Just Got Better

Posted on June 5, 2013

For all those who relish their time soaking in the tub, you’re going to love one of Kohler‘s latest products.  Select tubs now come with the Bask heated surface, which heats the surface behind your back and neck as you’re soaking; this eliminates that initial cold chill you experience until your skin warms the tub and creates… more

Modern Toilet Ideas

Posted on May 15, 2013

Tankless toilets offer more than just aesthetic appeal. A tankless toilet is just how it sounds – the tank is actually enclosed behind the wall. Their streamlined forms and relatively small sizes mean they save space in your bathroom and their advanced flushing method can help save water, too. Geberit is a brand that offers… more