‘I love getting READY IN HERE'
Style at Home|November 2020
‘I love getting READY IN HERE'
Converting a bedroom into a bathroom-cum-dressing room has given Emma the ultimate indulgent pampering space


‘I’ve filled vintage green bottles with bubble bath and sea salt’


ABOUT ME: I’m Emma Pais, 40, and I live here with my husband James, 55, and our daughter Skye, eight, in a three-bedroom Edwardian townhouse in Glasgow. We moved here from London in February 2014. We renovated the bathroom once we had completed the hallway, Skye’s bedroom and the living room.

MY CHALLENGE To convert a 4.8x3.3m bedroom into an indulgent, vintage-inspired bathroom, which would also double up as my closet and dressing room.

MY WISH LIST Elegant panelling, beautiful vintage and reclaimed fittings, patterned tiles and lots of colourful botanical touches.



When our daughter Skye was four, we moved from London to Glasgow where I was born. We were lucky to find a three-storey Edwardian terraced house with original features in Strathbungo, a conservation area. The house had a small bathroom on the top floor and an even smaller shower room within a cupboard downstairs, so six months after moving in we converted both. I’m an interior designer (spais-studio.com), so I had lots of ideas for the new space.

Making plans

I felt the top-floor bathroom would work better as a shower room since it’s next to our bedroom and perfect for the morning routine. However, I’d always longed for a large, indulgent bathroom, so we decided to convert the spare bedroom downstairs. Our future plans for a kitchen-diner in the basement would mean losing another bedroom, so James was concerned about turning a five-bedroom house into a three-bedroom property. However, I’ve always thought you should make your house suit how you want to live. You can always convert a room back if you sell.

Hard work

As we live in a conservation area we required planning permission for the work. Luckily, it was approved and we hired Alex McNealy from Our House Interiors to do the work. As well as stripping out the room, he fitted the floor tiles, re-routed the pipes, made the panelling and did the electrics. Labour and fitting cost £3,500 and took about a month. As we’d removed the old extractor fan in the window pane and put in new glass, we weren’t sure if we’d need a new extractor. However, the local building control officer assured us we didn’t, due to the size of the room.

Vintage look


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November 2020