Bathroom remodels can be daunting at times, since so much plumbing is involved — not to mention walls that usually need repairing or replacing. It’s often the room that people wait to tackle, so over time you don’t know what you will get once you start removing sinks, pulling out the tub, etc. For Gwen Hefner of The Makerista and her general contractor husband Micah, they welcomed the remodel of a new bathroom for their two girls in their Kansas City, MO home. “Renovating for Micah and me is a bit like marriage counseling,” Gwen shares. “It’s amazing what we work through as we tackle problems and search for solutions together.” The couple even brought in one of their three children to help make design decisions. Gwen explains, “The curtains are probably the cherry on top for me. I knew they needed to run all the way to the ceiling, and the drama they create can’t be beat. I had actually planned to use a much more traditional chintz, but I had sourced this Vervain fabric, and Milly, age 6, was all in. She loved it, so the styling direction did a 180. I think it feels fresh and even more fun than what I had originally put together on paper.”
Along with a great group of craftsmen and tradesmen that Gwen’s husband works with through his full-time job, the family was able to deliver a beautiful outcome on this bathroom remodel. “Micah did all of the woodwork and tile work, and Lance of IplumbKC did all of the plumbing. He is incredibly detail-oriented and professional. He knows my love of design and went above and beyond to use only beautiful parts to finish off the fixtures — like chrome water lines instead of flexible nylon,” Gwen notes.
She continues about the design decisions made for the bathroom: “A girls’ bath feels like a place to go bold! I wanted it to feel like their own little jewel box to get ready in. I wanted color, pattern, and shine for a place that is sophisticated enough to grow with them, too. When it came to the girls’ bath I wanted to hold nothing back. Milly requested pink, so pink she got! My girls are strong, energetic, emotional, and fun. This bathroom lets them feel all the feels. I think back to how much time I spent in my bathroom growing up. Some of my strongest memories are in my childhood bathroom. Milly is 6 and Domino is 2, but before I know it they’ll be 16 and 12. A lot of firsts happen in a girl’s bathroom. A lot of primping and prepping. Crying and laughing. I want to give them a bathroom they’ll never forget.”
To bring her style and design to life, Gwen fell back on what she knows so well — thrifting. “A big part of my style is mixing in pieces I’ve thrifted, and I’ve been known to hang onto things for a long time waiting for the right space. I found that bow hook [above on the right] a few years ago and have been holding tight for a magical place for it.” Scroll below for this stunning transformation. —Erin
Image above: “The little black and white floral above the bow hook is [by] Ron Nicole. I was thrilled and honored to finally snag a piece of her work,” Gwen shares.