A 1980s renovation had stripped the charm from this circa 1910 Craftsman home’s bathroom, leaving it dark, dated and cramped. Interior designer Christa Pirl brought era-appropriate character back with elements such as black and white tile, beadboard wainscoting, a redesigned window and a pedestal sink. At the same time, she kept the room updated with clean lines, glass accent tile and modern lighting, and she laid the room out so that her clients can stay in the home as they get older.
Room at a Glance
Location: Austin, TX
Size: About 50 square feet (4.6 square meters)
BEFORE: The ’80s called Pirl and they wanted their bathroom back. When she arrived at the scene, she was greeted by outdated violet tile, low-quality cabinets and a dark and cramped space.
Her clients had a few immediate and future uses in mind for the first-floor bathroom project. Because it was adjacent to two guest rooms, it would immediately serve as a guest bath, but should they need to move their master bedroom downstairs in the future, it would serve as the master bath. Also, it is the only bathroom on the main level, so they wanted it to serve as a pretty powder room when they entertain.