Sophia and Leon’s Bathroom Renovation – Sweeten on the Upper West Side!

We’re back on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to tour the rest of Sophia, Leon, and Apollo’s delightful home. Sophia gave us the inside intel on the family’s kitchen renovation and now we’re on to a double bathroom renovation plus a few smart closet additions. Read on for a study of unfussy materials, savvy IKEA picks, and a great general contractor pair who brought it all together.

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Sophia and Leon were clear-eyed about the amount of work needed in their new home. The apartment’s full bath cleaned up ok but fixtures were mismatched and poorly installed and the sink and medicine cabinet were not built to last. The half bath was in rougher shape – institutional tiles and stained grout left the room with a dank feel. The family’s Sweeten project post was mainly focused on the kitchen but the project naturally evolved as Sophia and Leon met with Sweeten experts Paulina and Albert and came up with a plan to gut both bathrooms.



Paulina’s design credentials and Albert’s millwork specialty played a big role in all aspects of this renovation. In the full bath, Paulina helped Sophia find practical materials and clean finishes, anchoring the floor with a matte black hex tile and lining the shower with elongated modern white subway tiles and gray grout. Sophia chose a warm wood-finish, deep storage sink vanity from IKEA, which Albert modified to fit the room’s plumbing.

In the half bath, the absence of a shower allowed the team to yank wall tile altogether and keep the focus on a lovely mosaic floor. And because the family’s use of the half bath is more limited, they skipped under-sink storage and chose a minimalist pedestal sink to keep floor space open in the small room.

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The team worked to make the most of closet space throughout the rest of the apartment and were able to integrate IKEA’s PAX sliding doors with custom internal closet framing. White trim, matte black doorknobs, and black pendant lighting throughout the newly open living areas unified the rest of the apartment, creating a clean and simple look that is effortlessly stylish.


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Full Bathroom Selects >> black hex tile: Somertile / vanity: IKEA / toilet: American Standard / shower fixtures: Kohler / shower tiles: Allegro white gloss / paint: Benjamin Moore’s ‘Oyster Shell’ / light fixture: Eglo

Half Bathroom Selects >> tiles: Somertile / toilet and sink: American standard / paint: Benjamin Moore’s ‘White Dove’ / towel ring: Kohler / light fixture: Eglo

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