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Before & After: A Master Bed + Bath Makeover

by Grace Bonney

Before & After | Design*Sponge
I’m only in the very early stages of working on our home, but I already understand how easy it is to run through your budget and have to leave certain projects for another year. We’ve already bumped a few things into “sometime next year” status, but that’s just part of the game. So when I heard from photographer Heather Kinkel about a master bedroom and bathroom remodel eightΒ years in the making, I felt like I was looking at my future.

Before & After | Design*Sponge
Heather and her husband Mike, both Phoenix, AZ natives, purchased a “classic Arizona ranch” home over eight years ago. The home was in need of some TLC, so they spent the first four years working on major issues and needs. Then they took a break for four years to build their budget back up and finally tackle their master bedroom. The goal was to turn their dark and window-less “suite” into a clean and bright space that would act as a restorative and relaxing sanctuary for the couple. With the help of an architect (who decided to extend the wall in the original bathroom and create a much bigger master bath), Heather and Mike now have a beautiful, airy space that is exactly what they wanted. Read on to see the full story and hear more about the process! xo, grace

*You can see more of Heather’s photographs on Instagram right here!

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The Bedroom BEFORE: Heather and Mike’s bedroom was dark and the windows didn’t do much to maximize the space on the back wall. So the fireplace was removed (to make room for an expanded bathroom), the wall was extended, the small window was replaced with large, windowed doors that open out and the carpet was exchanged for a sleek, wooden floor.

The Bedroom AFTER: Heather explained that their overall goal was to create an all-white space that felt bright and spacious. It took the couple a while to find their “perfect white” (they went through six colors), but when they found it, the space felt just right. Heather says she has, “an affinity for anything mid-century and for floor-to-ceiling pinch-pleat drapes (ala my grandma’s house!)” and she felt that look fit the overall theme of the room. So they mixed smooth, mid-century furniture and lighting with rich textures of the bed linens and rugs. Now it’s a space they never want to leave!

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The Bathroom BEFORE: The green and white tile, dated wooden cabinets and window filled with concrete blocks left much to be desired. The room needed more light, more space and a more open plan that suited the couple’s modern style.

The Bathroom AFTER: The bathroom followed the look of the bedroom, with white beveled subway tiles, a custom vanity with brushed brass and agate fixtures, and a super-sleek, modern tub that would make any homeowner weak in the knees.

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