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Makeover of the Week: How One Designer Took a Bathroom From Basic to Beautiful

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Jessica Alexander

The Jack and Jill bathroom is situated between two children’s bedrooms, yet it had no bathtub, only a small shower stall,” says interior designer Amy Elbaum.

Meet the Expert

Interior designer Amy Elbaum is the owner of AE Design, a Los Angeles-based design firm which specializes in a contemporary aesthetic that’s always practical.


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Courtesy of Amy Elbaum

“So we made the decision to reduce the vanity size from a double to a single in order to work a tub into the space," Elbaum explains.


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Jessica Alexander

“A kid’s bathroom should be low maintenance,” notes Elbaum. “We sourced inexpensive and durable materials, like porcelain floor and ceramic wall tiles, but still kept the look upscale and fun.”

Elbaum also added a glass wall partition to separate the tub area from the vanity. “Down the road, when the kids are older, another pane will be added to create an enclosed shower,” she says.

What Changed:

  • Color Theme: Black + white + gray = a crisp and cool bathroom.
  • Walls: White shiplap was added on the wall behind the vanity to create texture and give the space a more finished look.
  • Vanity: The gray stained oak vanity is topped with a white quartz countertop and paired with a contemporary polished chrome faucet.
  • Floor: ​ Tiles with a star-shape pattern give off a geometric, contemporary flair.
  • Mirror: ​Putting a round brass mirror over a square vanity creates a sense of balance.
  • Tile: The white subway tile was hung in a vertical direction using a modern black grout.
  • Lighting: A double light wall sconce over the sink has metal cones and a wood backplate.

Shop the Look:

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West Elm Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror $299.00
Eclectic Goods Block Print Accent Rug - Geo $50.00
Serena & Lily Dip-Dyed Stools $78.00