Last month, we spotlighted Ferren Gipson’s Ikea hack kitchen that she designed herself. The existing kitchen had been encumbered by a washer/dryer and giant boiler that needed to be moved elsewhere. That’s what led Ferren to overhaul the bathroom first. An American art historian in London, Ferren finds visual inspiration all over—for the bath, she looked to Victorian public restrooms for design ideas and started sketching plans.

Ferren worked with local contractors Palali Construction on the bath and kitchen, and managed to get both done in the midst of the pandemic—while she, her husband, and their five-year-old son were all holed up at home. And that wasn’t the only challenge: this is the sole bathroom in the family’s small row house. During the five weeks of construction, the crew set up the toilet and tub so they could be used after-hours—and as-needed during the day.

The existing bathroom “wasn’t terrible,” Ferren tells us, “it just didn’t work well, and there was a separate shower stall from the tub that didn’t make sense.” The finished space manages to incorporate the washer/dryer and a new, compact boiler, all almost unnoticeably. Join us for a look around.

Photography by Ferren Gipson (@ferrengipson).

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Above: “We were sort of going for Victorian public bath meets a modern boutique hotel,” says Ferren. Subway tiles with black grout now pattern the walls and run up the side of the existing tub, newly fitted with a shower (the Arezzo Brushed Brass Showerhead and Bath Knobs are from Victorian Plumbing). “I considered black fixtures but I liked the warmth of the brass,” says Ferren. The matte-white Hexagonal Mosaic Tiles are from Topps Tiles.
Ferren saved the existing toilet. The wall-hung radiator, a discontinued Arezzo design, doubles as a heated towel rack: &#8
Above: Ferren saved the existing toilet. The wall-hung radiator, a discontinued Arezzo design, doubles as a heated towel rack: “In the UK, we don’t typically have forced-air heating, so it’s a necessity to have some sort of heater in the bathroom,”says Ferren. The Round Tasseled Bathmat is from H&M and the Turkish towel is from House of Luf.

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