Take A Tour of The New Khoollect HQ Bathroom

***Rachel Khoo would like to thank all the inspiring people who helped make the Khoollect studio a hive of creativity. Although the Khoollect studio’s doors have now closed, you can keep up with Rachel’s newest adventures on RachelKhoo.com and on Rachel’s Instagram and Facebook pages – and, continue to enjoy the Khoollect website’s stories and recipes, which will remain available.***

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As the smallest space in the entire Khoollect HQ, our bathroom always seemed our biggest challenge. Especially since it has limited light and the most restricted space in the entire flat…

We really should have known better.

When Editor-in-Chief Rachel Khoo lived in ‘The little Paris kitchen’, she had an even smaller bathroom than the current space and managed to squeeze in a mini washing machine (the first thing she bought when she got her advance from LPK), a tiny tub, loo and a sink in there. Although the bathroom wasn’t particularly nice in LPK (it was falling apart and had an open boiler and wires which were super dangerous), with a few classic RK touches she managed to make the most of the space – as per usual. Now, all these years later, it’s that challenging bathroom which gave her the grit and inspiration for the gigantic task of renovating this one.

From the get-go it was important for her (and us) that the limited space didn’t inhibit the potential for the space; just because the bathroom was small, didn’t mean we shouldn’t think big. She wanted the feel of a miniature spa and through some design hacks and beautiful collaborators, she got it.

Taking inspiration from all of the places she lived, she combined everything she’d learned with one of her top tricks: boutique hotel bathrooms. Snooping around boutique hotels is a must for anyone planning a bathroom in a small space, they always know to combine a luxury feel into tiny areas. Since Rachel partnered with The Ned on one of their restaurants, she had plenty of inspiration to go on.

Once she had the look in her mind, she knew Albion Bath Company with their classic free-standing baths were the obvious option. Because it’s such a restricted space, it needed a stand-out bath and when she spotted their freestanding tubby short, she never looked back. With its lavish claw feet and deep walls she knew she would be able to unwind after a hard day slaving over the stove and *really* enjoy a soak. Combined with their Effusio over the bath shower system adds to that spa feel. It’s also tiny enough to fit in the space without looking out of place. When it came to the sink and toilet – classic was also the way to go. She picked a sink that had elegant chrome legs that would show off as much floor space as possible and the same goes for the wall hung toilet. Top tip: The more floor you see the bigger the room feels.

Now we come to the walls. Tadelakt London plastered them with a waterproof Moroccan plaster finish, which as anyone who’s taken long, luxurious showers in confined spaces will know, is key. It might be hard to tell but the whole thing feels like silk. We can’t stop stroking it.

Then she added some finishing touches with a polka dot shower curtain to help soften the hardness of the other materials and practicalities aren’t forgotten with a stylish custom bathroom cabinet made out of a French mirror which has a fuse socket integrated (made by Lignum carpentry). Of course you have to have a bathroom plant too right? She picked up a fern to hang from the shower (more floor space people) as they absolutely love a bathroom with the steam and humidity.

khoollect hq bathroom shutters

Love our studio as much as we do? You can now hire it for photoshoots! See our beautiful kitchen here and to enquire for more details, please email [email protected]

What do you think of the space? Let us know in the comments below.

Shop the look:

Bath:  Tubby Tub from Albion

Shower: Effusio Shower from Albion

Taps: Manette taps from Albion

Sink and Toilet: Volda Sanitaryware from Albion

Wall finish: Moroccan Plaster Finish by Tadelakt London

Floor Tiles: Dandy Star tiles from Milagros

Shutters: ShuttersUp

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