Simple Elegance

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Story by Ann Butenas    |    Photography by Matt Kocourek

Formerly a dark and outdated space, this updated master bathroom has become a welcoming respite of tranquility and serenity. While the overall footprint remained the same, this remodeling project required an entire gutting of its former presentation in order to elevate it to its current luxurious status.  

“The bathroom previously had very dark walnut cabinets and more natural stone colors,” expressed Heidi Harrison, CKBD with Kitchen Studio: KC. “We installed new cabinetry, counters, tile, plumbing, fixtures and electrical.”

Among some of the major enhancements include a new soaker tub, which replaces a jacuzzi tub.  Harrison also closed in the high soffits to create a more streamlined look and installed a picture window where a glass block window once stood. The trim and doors were all painted a lighter color to provide a breath of fresh air to the room.

Instead of opting for sconces to flank the mirrors, the homeowner chose elegant pendant lights to make a solid statement.

“We wanted to add some lighting by her face, as standard vanity lights add shadows to the face,” indicated Harrison. “Plus, these pendants add architectural detail and interest to the space.”

The quartz vanity countertop with marble-like veining makes a grand statement against the titanium faucets that provide somewhat of a chrome, gun-metal essence. Also adding to the vanity area is a lighted toe kick with a mirror.

“This makes the area just a bit more special,” emphasized Harrison.

A free-standing titanium-finished tub filler adjacent to the soaker tub offers yet another layer of unique architectural style. The tub itself is technologically advanced in that the surface of it can be heated via a panel located on the wall next to it. It also has a bubble system that sends air bubbles through tiny holes, creating a gentle massaging effect.

Frosted doors were installed leading into the toilet room and into the closet, and the heated 12×24 large format porcelain tile with a linen woven pattern completes the look.

“Our overall goal with this bathroom was to brighten up the space with a serene, spa-like feel,” said Harrison.


  • Bathroom Designer: Kitchen Studio: KC, Heidi Harrison
  • Contractor: The Hive KC
  • Countertops: Dimensional Stoneworks
  • Floor & Wall Tile: Central States Tile
  • Cabinets & Lighting: Kitchen Studio: KC
  • Plumbing: Kitchens & Baths by Briggs

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