So it may have taken 3 weeks and 2 days (and a lot of blood, sweat and tears – ok so only the blood and tears were from me – I cut my arm on the tiles and I’m pretty much always crying about one thing or another – I mean who can function after watching an episode of Hollyoaks?! I’m emotionally drained for hours). Aannnyyway so back to the bathroom!  In this post I’m going to post some progress shots as well as link to everything we chose.

So the current trend is definitely for traditional radiators and Victorian tiles and I loveeee that – Paige, Lucy and Charlotte spring to mind for really heart eyes bathrooms. I wanted to combine traditional – I definitely wanted a vanity sink and neutral tiles – with modern taps and a shower. I wanted something that would hopefully be neutral enough that no-one would think “OH MY CHRIST, WHAT A STATE” because as a first house that is a consideration for any future potential buyers (though the absolute mess that is the housing market might have something to say about that) but also exciting and unique enough for it to feel truly ours. Being addicted to Rightmove I have seen many bathrooms, bland, boring and cold looking and I didn’t want that.


The first place to start was the bath. The whole reason we had the bathroom renovated was because we wanted a separate bath and shower and I wanted a luxurious freestanding one so I could pretend I was in a posh hotel and I so I didn’t feel slightly like I was in a greenhouse, all light being obscured by the dodgy and ridiculously long shower screen. After much deliberation we decided on the this bath. It’s modern, deep, pretty and had good reviews which is frankly all I’m looking for in a bath. I also fancied one of those built in taps (the freestanding ones aren’t for me), I thought this long, modern and sleek tap provided a good contrast to the bath. I’m a big fan of mixer taps after too many times burning my hands or feet in the bath or sink when the hot water came through in full force, aint nobody got time for [dat] running a sink full just to w

trad taps

ash your hands. To follow the theme through we chose the same tap style for the sink. If you after a more traditional look I really like these taps too, good reviews and ona great offer at the mo… though lets face it it’s always offer day at Victorian Plum.

Our old bathroom had room (where a shower now stands) for storage so it had to be a vanity unit but the only problem was I really didn’t like them – boxy, invasive and frankly ugly I never thought i’d be swayed. That was until I saw Elle’s stunner over at Feathering the Empty Nest, a gorgeous shade with a strong, stylish sink. I was sold. Now I couldn’t just buy the same onebecause that would be weird but I knew my room would take one and I felt confident we could pull it off. After much deliberation we went for t


he Bath Co. vanity unit in Camberley White. There unit comes in a range of colours and sizes including cloakroom and they’ve just launched semi-recessed sink which I think looks fab. There’s those pesky taps again, rocking it. The sink and unit we chose also had ample room for the White Company hand wash and hand & nail cream set which was the thing that started this all – we went for Lime & Bay which Lime, Basil and Mandarin Jo Malone fans will dig.

I’m not going to bore you with details of which toilet we chose because lets be honest, it’s a toilet. But it was this one.

The shower was a whole different ball game, I knew exactly what I wanted and I knew it immediately. This is it. Stylish, functional and beautiful. It’s lovely to be able to have an attachment to give the shower a rinse from all of the shampoo that I flick about everywhere  and to wash my feet!

Then the most important and bloody expensive decision to make – the tiles. Originally we were going to go for half tiled, then fully tiled on one wall and half on the others and finally completely tiled. I thought well it we are going to do it we should do it properly and I have always admired a fully-tiled bathroom, plus there’s no chance of me scuffing the wall! After traipsing around the various tile shops of East Anglia (and Cardiff at one point) with the absolute complete conviction that I was looking for big wall tiles we ended up with these tiny things – silver for two walls and ivory for the other two. What’s good about Topps is that you can pick up a number of samples and return the ones you don’t like for a refund. We went for herringbone for the silver and standard brick style for the ivory. This was such a panic, I didn’t know if it would look too much but paired with the calming floor tiles I think we have pulled it off.

I hope you have enjoyed reading through my ramblings, below is a list of the accessories we have in the bathroom and some before, during and after photos – if there’s anything else you’d like to know drop me a DM over on Insta or use the contact form here.


Bath mat (The White Company)

Hand wash and hand & nail cream (The White Company)

Bottle arch (The White Company)

Toilet brush (The White Company)

Bath rack (Dunelm)

Bath foam (The White Company)

Shower gel (The White Company)

Candle (The White Company)

Bin (Dunelm)

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