Lively Master Bathroom

Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon creates a youthful master bath designed for aging homeowners.


When it came time to give their generic master bath a major facelift, an older empty-nest couple turned to designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors of Pensacola, Fla., to help them design a user-friendly space with style that would work for them as they aged and their needs changed.

Cheryl shares with us how she used clever design details and a smart layout to create a spa-like master bath that feels open and inviting.

Describe the homeowners' wish list.

This project was for an older, empty-nest couple. The client wanted a beautiful master bath and a happy space that she would enjoy spending time in. For her husband, all he asked for was as much room in the shower as possible.

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Have a Seat

An easy-access vanity with upholstered chair gives homeowners a sit-down area to put on makeup and get ready in the morning.

Drab Design

The original design left little to be desired between the dull wall color, outdated shower stall and low lighting.

Sinks for Two

The roomy double sinks with large, easy-to-use handles sit comfortably on the custom dark walnut vanity with a beautiful Vetrostone countertop.

Great Use Of Space

The designer utilized the space on the top of the half wall separating the tub from the vanity for open storage of towels and collectibles.

Smart Decision

Keeping the bathroom's large window in the same location helped the couple save money. The bathroom's new large soaking tub was centered under the window.

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Curves Ahead

The curved shapes of the glass-topped shower and large tub add movement and visual interest to this updated bath. Crystal light fixtures add sparkle to the space.

What were the homeowners' design challenges?

The house is a typical ranch-style home and the size of the master bath was fairly modest. Trying to make it all fit within the existing footprint was tough, especially creating more room in the shower without moving the water closet. The solution was actually pretty awesome: We created more "real" room by curving out the shower wall starting at the point of where the water closet was located and pushed it out into the room with a curved half wall of tile and curved glass top.

Describe the "hidden gems."

The owner insisted on having a sit-down area at her vanity, which leaves no room for drawers. To avoid losing storage we retrofitted small drawers into the sink vanity and it works great.

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