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How to create family bathroom bliss with Dea Jolly

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

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As a former winner of The Block, Dea Jolly is no stranger to bathroom renovations. Now an interior designer with two young daughters, Dea’s designs are more family oriented. Here are her top tips for creating a stylish bathroom for the whole family.

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With a busy lifestyle and two young daughters, former winner of The Block and interior stylist, Dea Jolly, knows a thing or two about what’s important in a family bathroom. We asked Dea to share a few of her design secrets for creating a family bathroom that will ensure a smooth morning production line, and comfort for everyone.


What’s the very first step to designing a bathroom for the whole family?
Dea: The first thing to consider is the floor plan. If space allows, family bathrooms should include a bath. The bath can become the centrepiece or main feature of the bathroom, and always looks gorgeous centred under a window or with a statement pendant hanging above it. I love a freestanding bath!

Product pick:Clearwater Formoso 1500 Freestanding Bath

What about bathrooms that don’t have space for a bath? What is your recommendation with showers?
Dea: A single shower is usual for the main bathroom and the combination of a large overhead showerhead and a handheld rail shower covers everybody's shower preferences and allows for easy shower cleaning.

Product pick: Posh Solus MKII 5F Rail Shower

Tell us, what’s the best type of vanity to use in a family bathroom?
Dea: The family bathroom will usually be accommodating several family members, so the vanity should be generous in size, with one basin and plenty of storage. The addition of a mirror cabinet over the vanity is a clever way to add extra storage space and can be custom made to suit any size.

Product pick: Issy Z8 Butterfly 1500 Vanity Unit with Omvivo Venice 700 Counter Basin

What’s the most important thing to account for when designing for the men in your family?
Dea: Men are often taller and need to be able to fit comfortably under the showerhead. If ceiling height allows, 2 metres off the floor is ideal, unless you have a giant husband like I do, then you will have to put it even higher!

And for women?
Dea: Lighting is super important for females who are often getting ready for the day, doing their make-up and hair. Plenty of storage is also an important consideration – for all the lotions, hair products and other grooming accessories we all collect!

What’s the one luxurious touch that you would add to all bathrooms?
Dea: Underfloor heating has become an essential in my bathrooms; it is such a luxury on cold mornings and creates the added bonus of drying the water quickly after a shower for less cleaning! 

Product pick:Stiebel Eltron in Shower Underfloor Heating


Bonus family bathroom product picks

Toilet pick: The Kado Lux Back to Wall Pan brings hotel inspired luxury to the home, and the compact pan is a streamlined design that frees up space to make even the smallest bathroom feel open and inviting.

Luxury pick: Bring extra heat to your bathroom and step out of every shower into a warm embrace with a heated towel rail like the Hydrotherm Milan 730 x 800 Heated Wall Rail, big enough to heat your towels for the whole family.


Explore Dea’s family bathroom and more bathroom products designed for families at The Happiness Project.


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