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Designer Vanessa Francis features Silestone Quartz in bathroom redesign

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Canadian interior designer Vanessa Francis spends most of her time helping her clients bring their home design dreams to life. Vanessa recently took some time to do for her home what many of her clients seek help with – updating elements of a space on a limited budget to create something that feels fresh and new. We sat down with Vanessa after the redesign of her bathroom to learn how she went about the design on a limited budget and why she chose Silestone for her countertops.

Where did you find your inspiration for the redesign of your bathroom? 

The inspiration came from the beautiful, traditional floral wallpaper. It has shades of grey, lavender, and brown and worked perfectly with the countertop colour (Silestone in Snowy Ibiza) and the existing tiles. I wanted to mix the traditional (wallpaper and faucet) with the modern (mirror and wall sconces) which is a little unexpected.

Can you tell us a bit about the renovation and any challenges you had?

This wasn’t a complete renovation due to budget constraints. I kept the bathtub, the flooring, and the wall tiles as they were still in good shape since the house is only six years old. I had the vanity sprayed a light grey and upgraded the countertop, sink, faucet and, toilet. Then, we layered in the wallpaper and the brass sconces, mirror and hardware to underscore the traditional-modern mix I was going for.

What is your favourite part about your newly renovated bathroom? 

I don’t really have a favourite part. I just love how it all works together and is pretty and fresh – it’s exactly the vibe I was going for.

Why did you choose Silestone for your countertops?

I love the Silestone product, having had it in my former home (kitchen and bathroom) as well as in my current kitchen. Silestone is a practical, durable solution that is perfect for bathrooms where spills from beauty products are an everyday occurrence – at least in my bathroom!

Do you have any advice for anyone considering redoing their bathroom?

If budget is a concern, I would look at ways to work with what you have. In my case, the vanity was fine but needed to be lightened up, so I had it professionally sprayed. Hiring a designer is always a good idea. Not only will they ensure the end result is beautiful, but they can provide expert advice on the best layout and maximize storage if needed. Spend time looking at inspiration photos on Pinterest to see what aesthetic you are drawn to and go from there. It’s okay to mix metals – in my case, a beautiful chrome faucet with brass wall sconces, mirror and hardware.

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