Handy Hubby and I chose the Purist line because it has a simple, mid-century modern inspired look that we love - and it complements our interior door hardware. Even though mixing metals and styles is trendy right now, give me matching metals any day. In a small home like ours, the coordination helps create the cohesive, streamlined, airy space I crave.
For the tub, we opted for the Purist® Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing bath faucet trim and the Purist hand shower kit. We had a hand held shower in the townhouse and loved it, so I knew from the beginning I wanted it again. I shower at night but wash my hair in the morning, so this hand held shower is indispensable to me - plus it's perfect for rinsing out the tub after washing it, bathing the pup (if we ever have a dog smaller than a horse), and winning at water fights. I have seen a lot of bathrooms where the hand held shower kit supplements a standard shower head, but that seems a bit redundant to us. This is perfection.
We made a critical mistake by not measuring where we put the bracing for the bar, which was then completely covered during the tiling process - obviously! Not to worry: we located the bracing and were able to move forward with the installation. Other than that, installation was a breeze and we just followed the instruction manuals for everything.
I accidentally ordered the wrong tub spout. I had originally wanted this spout because the profile is the same as the Purist lavatory faucets we ordered for the vanity. But when this arrived, I really liked the shaped and so I kept it. This is my version of mixing and matching ;)
I have seen a lot of people (like Emily Henderson) use the Kohler Purist line in the brushed gold, so ordering the vibrant brushed nickel was a gamble because I hadn't seen it in person or even on any design blogs. Happily, I wasn't disappointed - it's beautiful! The brushed nickel on some cheaper faucets at the home improvement store really varies and some have a really yellow cast. This finish is perfect - exactly what you would expect from a high quality, brushed nickel finish. It's been really easy to clean, too: I just wipe it down gently with water and buff dry with a towel to ensure there are no water spots. It takes seconds and there are no harsh cleaners involved. I am just thrilled!
In these photos you can get a better sense of the beautiful shimmer and organic feel of my tile choice - and it's so easy to clean, thanks to the large size and minimal grout lines.
Baby steps toward a finished, functioning space! The walnut cabinetry is getting installed today, which means the counters and aqua sinks will be installed soon...
Disclosure: After choosing my finishes and fixtures, I reached out to Kohler and was thrilled when Kohler agreed to collaborate with me on this bathroom reno. All design choices and opinions are my own. I was not asked to provide a review about the projects. I am just jazz hands excited about finally having some high end bathroom faucets! Oh yeah, and showering inside - another major luxury.