By Meda Kessler
Photos by Amber Shumake
Lynnette and Drew Kile already were in the throes of home renovation when the great flood of 2020 happened.
While they live in a two-story home in Crestwood not far from the Trinity, it wasn’t the river that overflowed.
“Someone left the water running in the upstairs bathroom,” says Lynnette. The “someone” refers to her young daughters. “We had left the house for gymnastics and came home to a very big surprise.”
Fort Worth interior designer Tabitha Mahaffey, who started her design business in 2019, also remembers the incident. Mahaffey, who is friends with the Kiles, was overseeing the remodel. And then she had additional work as the big mess upstairs led to an even bigger one in their first-floor master bathroom. “The water damage was major. But when you’re already fixing up part of the house, why not do more. We were lucky to have Tabitha on-site already,” says Lynnette.
And so Lynnette got her dream bathroom, one which makes the long, but narrow space look bigger with a more contemporary look and functional design. They chose a fresh blue and white color palette for the room with a patterned cement floor tile setting scene. Tabitha used a complementary penny tile in the shower along with a dark blue-gray subway tile to create a wainscoting effect on the wall. White subway tile set in a herringbone pattern completes the shower.
Lynnette loves the storage space offered by custom his and her vanities painted a smoky blue and topped with quartz. Three large mirrors, slightly recessed into the wall with custom millwork, are flanked by sconces.
The walk-in shower features seamless glass, two shower heads including one overhead and a small window to allow for natural light. A sleek new tub now is freestanding; Tabitha added a narrow floating ledge along the wall as part of the faucet installation. It’s also perfect spot to set a glass of wine. Over the tub, a large window with textured glass lets light in and provides privacy. Nickel hardware and fixtures are used throughout.
While design choices can be overwhelming, Lynnette says she surprised even herself with her speedy decisions she made when presented with options from Tabitha.
“But I know Drew felt better because a professional was involved,” she says with a laugh.