When it comes to making a statement, Yvonne Oliver, who lives with her husband and two children in a house that was ripe for renovation, the inspiration for the attic bathroom came from her love of all things vintage. “I have a passion for interiors that evolved from a love of vintage,” she confirms. “I used to collect vintage clothes, jewellery and furniture and sell to high street shops in my twenties.”
Upon buying a very dated period property, which was a complete project that needed new electrics, plumbing and plastering, as well as a new extension, the aim, was to sympathetically restore as much as the couple could, while also adding their own eclectic style.
The attic bathroom was previously an old bathroom with restricted ceiling height that had been renovated in the 1970s but was dated and dark. “We added a dormer window, which really opened up the space and bought in a lot more light,” says Yvonne. “It was also the perfect spot for our roll-top bath. We knew we wanted this space to have both a bath and a large shower and adding the dormer enabled this.”
Yvonne chose our Lily Pad porcelain tiles in Peacock after spotting them on Instagram. “We went with porcelain as it is much easier to maintain and look after,” she adds. “They clean perfectly and as a busy working mum, they make my life easy.”
Additional elements within the space include Lusso Stone brushed gold brassware and vanity unit and a roll-top tub found on eBay, which Yvonne painted herself. “We definitely wanted impact,” she reveals. “When we like something, we are not afraid to use it to maximum effect. We kept the adjoining wall quite muted and overall, it’s still quite a calm space. In our previous home we had a really small shower so we knew we definitely wanted a shower that was bigger in our new place. We decided to get it large enough to fit all four of us in. We originally tiled the floor only but then decided to tile all the way across the shower wall and enclosure, which really bought it to life. We love the space we are creating for our family and feel really lucky that we can call it our home. One of our favourite rooms is definitely the attic bathroom.”