Best Bathroom

Home Design Awards 2018


Historic Century-Old Reno
Morrissey Home Solutions

When Shayne Morrissey, owner of Morrissey Home Solutions, took on a 1910 Craftsman revamp in Fort Worth’s historic Fairmount neighborhood, it wasn’t a project for the faint of heart. “The condemned 108-year-old home was uninhabitable,” Shayne says. “And one of the biggest challenges of this project was that the neighborhood was historically protected.” So while the design pro not only had to find a way to preserve the home’s exterior facade, he also had to gut the interior and start from scratch. With a complete overhaul, however, Shayne was able to breathe new life into the master bathroom — but only after some serious elbow grease. “Working on a home of that era, all of the plumbing had to be taken out and updated,” he explains. The space was then transformed into a sleek bath with clean lines, a glass-enclosed shower and modern finishes. “They wanted it to be very contemporary but with a couple of natural elements,” says Shayne. Statement-making cement tiles by Bottega anchor the room, which features a spacious tub, stained wood cabinets, Delta plumbing fixtures in a matte black finish and granite countertops. And for the finishing touch, Shayne added one final dose of glamour and drama with a gorgeous, brass and matte black globe light fixture above the vanity.


Vanity Fair
Sterling Renovations and Design

“This bathroom used to be a beige blah, and now it’s black and bold yet comfortable and soothing,” Julie Walsh of Sterling Renovations Design says. Transforming spaces from old and outdated to polished and refined is par for the course for Julie and her husband, David. The couple co-own Sterling and work hand in hand on every detail of each individual project that comes to their Southlake-based luxury renovation firm. For this particular renovation, the homeowners’ original bathroom was very traditional with tan walls, white vanities with builder-grade lighting, oversized white tile flooring and a bulky spa bathtub framed with clunky columns. Julie and David overhauled the entire space, pulling out the old tub and infusing a more simplistic-yet-contemporary vibe with a crisp white slipper tub in one corner beneath a trio of well-lit windows and a shower that opened up the room dramatically. “They wanted a shower that was functional yet clean lined and modern,” Julie says. “We did a frameless shower with built-in shelves for storage that doesn’t look cluttered.” For an added touch of glamour, the Walshes incorporated beautiful black-and-white-patterned tiles from Ann Sacks. It was the perfect finishing touch for a luxe, personalized space that their clients absolutely love.


An Enlightened Lavatory
Paxton Place Design

Stacie McCans, principal and interior designer at Paxton Place Design, has long maintained her signature skill of infusing traditional designs with just the right amount of transitional flair. For this particular project, Stacie tackled a client’s pool and powder bath in their newly built River Hills home. “My client knew they wanted a light, bright modern feel to their traditional home,” Stacie says. “So that was the goal for this room.” The walls and beadboard wainscot were painted a fresh cream, and Ferguson plumbing fixtures along with a vintage chrome mirror curated a clean feel. Meanwhile, the biggest design feature was underfoot. “We wanted that little bit of pop and color and used hand-painted Mexican tiles from Bottega,” Stacie says, whose client loves turquoise. The same tones were echoed above in a playful painting by local artist Georgia James Clarke. And like accessories are to the perfect outfit, a custom-made black-and-white pendant finished off the space. “The light fixture was the jewelry to add some flavor,” she says.


Rebecca Boles, AIA, RID

Currently the assistant dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at The University of Texas at Arlington, Rebecca Boles’ involvement in the program extends two decades, where she also serves as a studio instructor. Her previous teaching posts include stints at TCU, Carnegie Mellon University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also completed 14 years of architectural experience at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Kohn Pederson Fox Interiors, Cossuta and Associates and Morrison Seifert. Rebecca maintains an active role in the Texas Society of Architects and received an American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter Merit Award in 2003.

Grace Mitchell

Creator and writer of design and DIY blog, A Storied Style, which often chronicles the renovation of her and her family’s 1919 foursquare home, Grace Mitchell’s love for design has grown from a passion to a career. She has since taken on numerous interior design projects for clients and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens and has created designs for several major brands, including Home Depot, Pottery Barn Kids and House Beautiful magazine.  

Lisa Teakell, ASID, RID

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the University of North Texas, Lisa Teakell spent over 12 years as an interior designer at local mainstay Joseph Minton. She has since become an entrepreneur, going solo and opening her own interior design business, Lisa Teakell Design, LLC. Steering away from a one-size-fits-all approach, Lisa works in numerous styles and excels at effective communication with homeowners to achieve desired results. Lisa is the incoming chair of the American Society of Interior Designers Fort Worth Design Community.