2016 Design Awards

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If there’s one thing you don’t often find in modern bathrooms, it’s carpet. But that was exactly what designer Gina McMurtrey discovered when she took on this remodel. She found once-plush carpet along with a host of other design flaws, including metallic foil wallpaper, baby-pink crown and trim molding, a sunken tub and narrow doorways no wider than 24 inches. As the owners pointed out, it was time to upgrade, and McMurtrey couldn’t help but agree. 

With plans to give the baby-pink
bathroom a rustic yet contemporary makeover, McMurtrey and her team started by demolishing the existing space. The sunken tub was removed, walls were knocked down, the large drafty window was pulled out, and all the drab carpeting was hauled away. In its place, McMurtrey put in a zero-entry shower lined with travertine subway tile and real stone along one wall to give the owners a mountain spa getaway. The drafty window was replaced with a grid of frosted glass that mimicked the home’s southwest-style exterior, and the glass shower door was cut to resemble the mountain landscape. The bronze branch shower pull was the project’s starting point after the owners mentioned falling in love with the feature at a resort in the
Smoky Mountains. 

“This project conveys the warmth and rustic feel of the Southwest. Natural materials and finishes as well as a custom detailed shower door contribute to this aesthetic.” —Susan A. Besser

To give them that luxurious resort ambience, every light in the remodeled bathroom is on an independent dimmer, including the LED lights roped around the inside brim of the cut glass sink. “This allows you to change the mood of the room,” McMurtrey says. “It can be a spa, it can be romantic, it can be bright and exciting.” The new space also features heated floors and a heated towel warmer, all set on timers. Expansive mirrors were installed around the vanity to create the illusion of extra space, and a dark-stained linen closet now offers additional storage. In the end, the new bathroom echoes the owners’ sense of style and elegance while capturing the rustic mountain ambience. The added bonus? All that carpet and baby-pink molding is long gone. 

Southwestern Spa

The homeowners fell in love with a bronze branch shower pull at a resort in the Smoky Mountains, and that feature became the starting point for a complete bathroom overhaul to create a getaway right in their own home.


Resource Listing

Wall Coverings

Gina McMurtrey Interiors

7865 N. Shady River Ln., Willard 





Gina McMurtrey Interiors

7865 N. Shady River Ln., Willard




Plumbing Fixtures

Southern Materials

3358 E. Division St., Springfield 



Light Fixtures

The Light House Gallery

4113 S. National Ave., Springfield




Bath Cabinet

Matt Simmons with Artisan Wood Designs

475 W. Tracker Rd., Nixa



Bath Countertops

Unique Tile

1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa





Acme Brick

2325 W. Battlefield, Springfield 




Beams/Wood Products

Craig Sloan with CAS Builders

5187 W. Farm Rd. 94, Springfield



Other Suppliers (Towel Warmer)

Harry Cooper Supply Company

610 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield




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