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Before & After Reveal - Toss the Tired, Cherish the Charm . . .

COVID-19 UPDATE: We continue to meet with clients in all sorts of ways - virtually over Zoom, outside to review samples or discuss exterior projects, or inside with masks and at a 6 ft distance. Bathrooms, patio furniture, window treatments, paint, flooring, remodeling projects - you name it. A lot can still happen while keeping everyone safe! Thank you for your continued support - the ICA Food Shelf appreciates the donations we made on behalf of all new projects! And thank you to all of the essential workers who work tirelessly each day!

I was recently featured on for this Edina bathroom. Check out the interview below:

Homeowners’ request: “The homeowner wanted to modernize the original 1950s bathroom yet still keep it functional for bathing small children,” designer Jane-Marie Bloomberg says. “Due to the size limitations of the bathroom — distance of sink from door, space between toilet and tub — she felt limited in the ways to maximize storage yet still keep some of the original character of the space. This bathroom was the only one in the home with a tub, so it was important to keep that functionality. However, a cumbersome shower rod fought with the sloped ceiling and made the room feel even smaller.”

Main feature: “The tub-shower combo with the hinged glass door is the biggest change from what existed before,” Bloomberg says. “By removing the shower rod and curtain and providing a full view of the tub and shower, we gained needed square footage of viewable space.”

Other special features: Light gray 3-by-12-inch subway tile on walls. Mosaic floor tile. Wood cabinet enameled in Sabre Gray by Benjamin Moore. Recessed medicine cabinet.

Designer tip: “A nice trick we used was to paint the walls and the ceiling in the same color (Horizon by Benjamin Moore), which further gave the illusion of increasing the size of the bathroom overall,” Bloomberg says.

“Uh-oh” moment: “Originally we wanted to line the tub up with the start of the sloped ceiling in order to give more room between the toilet and the corner of the tub,” Bloomberg says. “This meant we would also be able to fit a tiled pony wall on the side of the tub. However, to do so, we would have needed a 54-inch tub instead of a 60-inch tub. The cost of this smaller, less typical tub, since it was a soaker tub with lots of bells and whistles, could have been driven off the lot for the price of a small car. So after we provided a second set of drawings showing how the new tub would work in the space, the owners decided they were fine with a 60-inch tub, no pony wall and a bit less space between the toilet and the tub.”

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