September 18, 2023

Designer Vanessa Stark Tells Us How She Transformed This Light-Filled Bathroom

It has a casual effortless feel that brings calm to a morning routine or nighttime bath,” says designer Vanessa Stark of her clients’ new ensuite in West Vancouver. The bathroom overhaul took five months and was part of a whole-home project completed with Twin Lions Contracting, a local renovation company and custom-home builder. The homeowners raised their sons, now college-aged, in the home, and while they considered moving, they loved the location, so they decided to renovate instead.

One thing the couple was ready to say goodbye to was the dark feeling in their old ensuite, brought about by grey walls and tile, unnecessary blinds and a shower with solid walls instead of glass. “Light,” “bright” and “warm” were the buzzwords for this 153-square-foot makeover, so Vanessa started with a palette of whites and wood. Large porcelain tile with marble-like veining feels luxe on the floors. Removing the old corner tub and installing a freestanding version alongside the window capitalizes on the view. “I love that they get to take fabulous soaks staring out into their private yard,” says Vanessa. “It’s honestly the most beautiful backyard I’ve seen, with tall evergreen trees, a creek and a waterfall.”

When they’re not taking in the vista, the double vanity — which was custom-made with quartersawn white oak and stained to match the hardwood on the main floor of the home — is another eye-catching focal point. But perhaps the most alluring feature of this bathroom is the feeling of space. “I love rooms where you can let your mind wander and not be distracted by things that aren’t functioning,” says Vanessa. “This space delivers that in spades. Daydream away!”

Keep scrolling for Vanessa’s best tips for transforming a bathroom!

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