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Opulent Elegance

Blogger Leslie Davis of Paper Daisy Design takes on her biggest remodel yet: a master bath filled with luxurious appointments.

ABOVE Leslie and her husband, Richard,are true DIYers. Not only did Leslie design the space, she and Richard (along with the help of a few friends) did the demolition, they installed tile and hung wallpaper and fixtures. To read more about Leslie’s renovation, and to see more of her DIY projects, visit paperdaisydesign.com

A little experience goes a long way, especially when you are a DIY designer like Leslie Davis. By pairing that know-how with vision, you can accomplish just about anything. Leslie and her husband, Richard, did just that when they happened upon a foreclosure in their Hoover neighborhood. The couple decided to put their experience to the test as they took on a complete master bathroom renovation. “The room was already large, and we didn’t really change the footprint of the space, but we did take it down to the bare bones,” Leslie says. The existing bath, with its brown-painted ceiling, drab wallpaper, and dark-wood cabinets felt more like a cave. To brighten up the space, Leslie and Richard used an abundance of marble offset with beautiful molding. “The molding sets the stage for the overall feel of the room,” explains Leslie. “There are a lot of strange angles and numerous doors, which can feel awkward and cluttered. The marble and molding ties it all together to create a cohesive look.”

Why we love it

1. MARBLE EFFECT According to Leslie, “Nothing says opulence like marble.” And this bathroom has plenty of it, starting with marble porcelain tile that covers the floor. Darker Arabescatus marble tops the vanities and offers a nice contrast to the light scheme.

2. METALLIC ACCENTS Touches of gold in the form of lighting, hardware, and fixtures continue the luxurious theme. The silvery taupe in the tile and wallpaper add even more shimmer.

3. WALLPAPER Leslie chose wallpaper for the water closet. The pattern is a modern take on classic Chinoiserie. Its iridescent quality fits well with the refined features of the main space and adds interest—door opened or closed. 

4. FREESTANDING SOAKING TUB “The tub may be my favorite part of the room,” says Leslie. “We replaced and enlarged the window above it to bring in more light.” Sheer window treatments offer privacy.

5. HEATED FLOORS Leslie and Rob loved the heated floors in the master bath at their previous home, so they installed them here. They may not seem like a necessity, but Leslie says once you have them, you won’t want to live without them. 


ABOVE A deep soaking tub with a picturesque view offers the epitome of relaxation in this revamped master bath designed by Leslie Davis of Paper Daisy Design.

Designer: Leslie Davis, Paper Daisy Design paperdaisyme@gmail.compaperdaisydesign.com Vanities: Wayfair wayfair.com Countertops: Premier Surfaces • 205.664.1440 premiersurfaces.com Tile/backsplash: South Cypress • 800.891.2623 southcypress.com Fixtures: Wayfair Floors: South Cypress Rugs: Wayfair Hardware: Delta Champagne Bronze from Wayfair Paint color: On the Rocks by Sherwin Williams sherwin-williams.com Shower door: Professional Glassworks Moulding: Metrie Wallpaper: Candice Olsen for York, Wallpaper Boulevard wallpaperboulevard.com

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