For interior designer Christie Blizzard, purchasing a run-down warehouse in North Perth meant the chance finally to indulge her creativity rather than designing with resale value in mind.
Ms Blizzard, who became a well-known face after appearing on Channel Ten's reality series The Renovators in 2011, bought the building in November that year and with a full-scale reno still about 18 months away, she and husband David set about updating the kitchen and bathroom to make the home more livable in the meantime.
Ms Blizzard, who lives in the home with her husband and daughters Addison, 4, and Berkley, nine months, said knowing that it would be their "forever home" meant she could unleash when it came to fitting out the bathroom.
"I am excited as a designer having a blank canvas and designing for the people I know and love most," she said.
"I wanted something full of colour for the girls. I loved the tiles I chose as they each tell a story and they fulfilled the 'rainbow bathroom' brief my (then) three-year-old gave me."
The shabby bathroom ("there was decrepit piping, two toilets and a basin that was literally sitting on the ground," Ms Blizzard said) is now an eye-popping yet perfectly styled space, which will temporarily serve as the home's main bathroom until the rest of the renovation is completed.
The showpiece of the room is Ms Blizzard's brave choice of tiling - graphic, richly coloured Italian iGattipardi porcelain floor tiles, which Ms Blizzard mixed and matched to create a dazzling wash of colours and prints.
The large-format 600x600mm tiles are further offset by colourful wood-grain-look 200x1200mm wall tiles (also iGattipardi).
Ms Blizzard said she never hesitated when it came to the tile choice.
"When we were selecting the tiles at the shop I heard another customer say 'You couldn't pay me to take those' which made me want them more," she said.
"Everyone thought we were nuts already for buying a warehouse that was pretty close to falling down so why not go the extra mile?"
Positioned beneath two low-hanging industrial-style pendant lights from Melbourne-based Duck Fat, a floating vanity unit was custom-made by Boardmans Fitted Furniture and consists of a black acrylic benchtop and wood-veneer cupboard doors.
The basins and tapware were also custom-made, as was the other focal point of the bathroom, a bright orange, 300kg cast-iron freestanding bath.
At the other end of the bathroom is a concrete-finished shower recess with shelving built into an existing pillar, and a black custom-made toilet discreetly positioned behind the entrance door.
Ms Blizzard has left the outer wall exposed, simply painting it white and trimming the window frame in a bright orange paint (High Sea by Taubmans).
The bathroom also features under-floor heating and a heated towel rail.
Not surprisingly, Ms Blizzard said her favourite thing about the space was the tiles.
"I love the way the tiles clash and every time you look at them you see another feature," she said."And our custom iron bath, too, of course."
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