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Our Ensuite Secrets – Pen Y Llechwedd An Update

Our Ensuite Secrets – Pen Y Llechwedd An Update

Last week I finally shared the reveal of our ensuite. While it had been ready for sharing for quite some time, our commitment to the Queensland Homes magazine shoot kept it under wraps until now. Now that we have been able to share with you all our space, we can also let you in on a few secrets. ?

Sharing our Ensuite Secrets




The tiles in our ensuite, were purchased after much deliberation. We made tile choices at 3 different tile retailers, however not one of these shops were able to source our herringbone feature tiles in the time space we required them. Some of the retailers were quoting 6 months, however a quick google search revealed an importer in Sydney who we could directly purchase the tiles from.

The floor tiles were an investment piece, and sourced through National Tiles, the beveled edge subway tiles however, were our first secret ? These were a budget find from Bunnings of all places! We absolutely love these tiles, but were a little cautious about using them, so thought to try them in our laundry first. Obviously we were pleased with them, and used them in the space for a fantastic saving!


This was another investment piece. We had our vanity custom made from our regular cabinet maker, the secret with this though is the marble. Originally I wanted manufactured stone as our vanity top, however because an entire slab needed to be purchased for the vanity the quotes we received for this were in the vacinity of $6ooo, which made the entire project un-affordable but some quick thinking on our cabinet makers behalf found us a marble cut off to suit. Carrara marble is the perfect choice for our room, and one I had initially ruled out thinking it would be the more expensive option.



Our tapware is Bastow brand and purchased from reece. A reasonably priced option, which ticked all the boxes for authentic style. I especially love the telephone style set for the shower and the bath.


The lighting in our bathroom was a real mixed bag, with a few investment pieces, as well as a Bunnings bargain. Our beautiful wall sconces were purchased from Milton Lighting, we choice the fabric to bring out the colour in the floor tiles, and the shades were made to our specifications. The chandelier that hangs over bathtub, was our Bunnings bargain, which again ticks the authentic style box, and I love it! We also have a IXLtastic installed for heat lamps and exhaust fan.


One of our biggest secrets yet. It looks totally authentic, right? Looks like a traditional piece, right? Well, it’s acrylic. After weighing up the pro’s and con’s of a traditional cast iron bath, we decided that the best option for us, was to purchase an acrylic one. Less weight, easier to clean and far less expensive than it’s cast iron brother, this choice is one I am very happy with.

Now it’s important to point out, that this is not a budget bathroom renovation by any stretch, but we were able, with a little research, make some choices that assisted in keeping the costs down. This can be done by anyone in any renovation, and is really worthwhile doing. If you take into consideration, we saved thousands on the bath alone, why wouldn’t one consider the options available to them.

Have you renovated a bathroom? What budget finds can you share? Any tips or hints you’ve come across?

Nicole xxx






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  1. Hi Nicole, your ensuite is absolutely gorgeous! All the choices are perfect for your Queenslander. I got my herringbone mosaics shipped over from Melbourne (@marblemosaictileco), they were brilliant. I definitely agree on spending on investment pieces mixed with well priced bargains. It’s funny though, in our house, it’s always the Bunnings/IKEA products that guests rave about!! x

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