Bathroom revamp: Home with heart

A woodland lodge in Victoria serves up a cosy, vintage-style ensuite
Derek Swalwell

This characterful ensuite chimes so seamlessly with the adjacent bedroom and its original wood-panelled walls that it’s a surprise to learn it has had a much-needed makeover. The crumbling walls have been rescued with inexpensive porcelain subway tiles that, paired with plaster and woodwork painted in a subtle off-white, give just the right sense of history.


(Credit: Derek Swalwell)

Narrow cabinetry, custom made to fit and home to a pair of semi-recessed basins, has Shaker-style fielded panels and knobs which add to the heritage feel. A shower recess occupies the corner of the room, while opposite, under the window, stands a decadently deep, cast-iron half-slipper bath, bought from a wholesaler. An old-fashioned telephone-style bath and hand shower mixer contributes to the vintage vibe.

(Credit: Derek Swalwell)

Well-chosen accessories complete the picture: black and white family photographs imbue the ensuite with personality and an old wooden drinks trolley has become the perfect repository for toiletries and objets. Art deco-style wall lights are actually 21st-century ones from Bunnings that nevertheless give a traditional feel, while a simple Venetian blind screens the window, delivering the dual benefits of light and privac

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