Architect: Kelly Lyons, K & L Interiors
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Goal: Seattle-based interior designer Kelly Lyons helped her clients remodel their 1900s farmhouse in phases, with the bathroom being one of the last areas to be renovated. Lyons wanted to give them a sophisticated and modern master bath while respecting the heritage of the farmhouse.
Inspiration: “The color inspirations came from a beautiful quilt that Leslie had made for their adjacent master bedroom, which was filled with warm grays, creams and soft yellows,” Lyons says. “The style was inspired by mixing the functionality of farmhouse design with transitional details like the beveled tile wainscot.”
Breakdown: One major factor that Lyons and her team had to consider for this project was the fact that is the only bathroom on the ground floor of the house, so it would not only serve as the master bath, but the powder room for guests, as well. After relocating the vanity and shower, the width of the new shower was increased by taking unused space in their adjacent master bedroom closet. A custom white rift oak built-in crafted by Richards & Lees Cabinet Shop was designed for extra storage and laundry. As a great bonus for chilly mornings the floor was given new heated porcelain tile from Pental Granite & Marble. Lyons treated the walls with beveled tile wainscot and Jane Churchill damask wallpaper through The Dixon Group, and a new custom vanity was designed complete with a Calacatta Gold marble countertop and under-mount sinks. Finishing touches include framed lit inset medicine cabinets and three sconces above the sink, both from Restoration Hardware.
Tips to Get the Look: “You can re-create this look on a budget with a few key substitutions,” Lyons says. “First, start with a lower-priced marble like Carrara Bianco or even the new faux-marble solid surface material like Pental Quartz “Carrara” or “Calacatta”. By finding a remnant piece that suits the vanity size and only using it there can save you from having to purchase an entire slab of material. The other alternative would be to purchase a pre-made vanity with the top included from somewhere like Restoration Hardware. Lastly, replace the beveled tile with plain 3x6 tile on the wainscot and in the shower.”
Images courtesy of K & L Interiors.