A misplaced walk−in closet
and a bulky built-in tub prompted Curtis and Monica Garner to renovate their 1980s-era master bathroom. Designer Kim Clements of JAS Design Build merged a portion of the closet with the bath, replacing it with a stylish built-in storage cabinet and bench. New surfaces—subway tiles, shiplap walls, painted cabinetry, and a granite countertop, all in muted gray— “make the room feel soft and not stark,” Monica says. Although the original marble floor tiles were pretty, they didn’t give the Garners the fresh, crisp look they wanted. So Clements replaced the flooring with dark basalt stone tile, which anchors the room’s light, bright elements. Trading the clunky built-in tub for a shapely freestanding model and adding a long vanity—open beneath to keep the look airy—made the room feel larger. “We love this bath so much,” Monica says. “It has a great vibe for getting ready every morning.”
Relocating the walk−in closet to the master bedroom fixed a flaw in traffic flow and provided more opportunities for storage in the bath.
opposite: Built-in cabinets and a matching bench are topped with walnut for a warm, rustic accent. The cabinets occupy a portion of the former walk-in closet area and include designated space for Monica’s hair dryer just steps from the vanity. above right: The shower gained privacy with a new subway-tile enclosure. Vintagestyle fixtures, including a handshower rail, complement the room’s old-meets-new aesthetic. right: The new vanity, tucked neatly between the shower on the left and a toilet compartment on the right, uses a single column of drawers and separate (but adjoining) medicine cabinets above to boost storage and define Monica and Curtis’ personal spaces.