Project Spotlight: haywoodmade interiors Bathroom Reveal
Chicago-based designer Kelsey Haywood of haywoodmade interiors opts for our blue-green Flagstone shower tile, ushering outdoor inspiration into her family's 1920s bungalow home.
We caught up with Kelsey to learn more about the process behind designing her own master bath-- keep reading for our full interview.
Meet Kelsey of haywoodmade interiors!
Photo: Stephanie Bassos Photography
haywoodmade interiors is a Chicago based full-service design studio. Our mission is to provide thoughtful design and create meaningful spaces. Each project is special to us and an opportunity to manifest the essence of our clients.
After an HR career in the startup world, I combined my passion for thoughtful design and meaningful relationships to be the founding principles of haywoodmade.
Fun fact about yourself?
I’ve lived in Australia twice and feel that it’s influenced my aesthetic and approach to design tremendously. I love the simplicity present there, the indoor/outdoor living, the vibrancy of the colors found in nature. It lets the gorgeous surroundings do all the talking.
You recently renovated your own master bath! Tell us more about the space...
Our house is a 1920s bungalow and this bathroom was part of the previous owner’s renovation. I will say, this bathroom was in decent, mid-2000s shape. Some issues though were the lower than standard vanity (32” vs. 36”) and a leak in the existing shower pan tile. Those two things are pretty motivating for a reno when you’re pregnant and the function of the only upstairs bathroom is critical!
What type of look or aesthetic were you going for in your new master?
Bringing the outdoors, in. You can see the tops of the neighbors trees through our skylights and that’s always been one of my favorite parts about the bathroom.
How did you come up with your color scheme and design?
I knew I wanted the vanity in a natural wood, a quartz countertop with minimal veining and for the shower to be the showstopper. And as I mentioned, I love the colors of nature. So a deep blue-green tile was the way to go with a barely there grey wall (Decorator’s White).
Why do you love tile?
It adds color, texture and dimension.
Why did you choose Flagstone 3x9 in Straight Set and 2" Hex?
This bathroom is very linear, especially with the dormered ceilings. I wanted to accentuate that with the straight set lay out. From there I wanted the size of the tile to make an impact and travel all the way up to the ceiling, which led me to the Flagstone in 3x9. Finally, I needed to soften all of the lines your eye sees in the space and loved the 2" hex for that reason.
How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges?
No challenges, but my installer was METICULOUS. Which you need when installing this tile because of the variations. It took him multiple days just to lay things out before he started installing and I very much appreciated his attention to detail.
How was designing for your own home? Lessons learned?
"Cobbler’s Children Syndrome" is real. Designers are typically the last people to design for themselves and without our feet held to the fire (pun intended) with a new baby joining the family, I’m sure we would have lived with a bathroom that was fine, but it’s so much better to have a beautiful space that we love.
What Fireclay products are you dying to use in future projects?
I’m eager to use the Picket Braid (potentially for a kitchen backsplash if it gets selected by the client!). I think it’s so fun and the movement it creates is really unique!
How did you hear about Fireclay Tile?
I’ve followed along with Fireclay for years and have always loved your approach to sustainability as well as the handmade element in each tile. But what really sealed it for our master bath was seeing the bathrooms that The Fresh Exchange and Jen Pinkston did in their homes. They were both a major source of inspiration for this project. Also, Terapan, my Design Consultant, is an absolute gem!
What are your 3 best design tips?
1. Be true to yourself-- Trends are easy to fall in and out of, but make selections that will speak to you day after day.
2. Determine how you will use a space and design around that-- From there you can adapt to the needs of your space as life evolves.
3. Layer-- Layer textures, layer colors (even if neutral). It will give your space added dimension.
Check out more of Kelsey's work on her website!
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