Designing with Joy: Master Bathroom Oasis

In each issue of Design & Living, residential and commercial designer Christen Anderson of Live Christen Joy showcases a joyful project of hers. This month, Anderson shows us a master bathroom oasis design, remodeling in a way to start and end each day on a high note.

Photos by Tara Scherling Photography

When you change your master bathroom from blah to beautiful, you create a personal retreat that elevates the start and end of each day. For years, a West Fargo couple dreamt of turning their master bath into an oasis in their busy home. In 2019, they reached out to Christen Joy Inspired Interiors and Events to bring their dream to life.

From first inspection, the room’s layout and bones were good, however its lavender paint, unframed mirror and outdated cabinets and countertops were craving modernization. A plan was set to update the shower and floors and refresh the space with new paint.

Look at the Layout

Considering the size of the room, and placement of the shower and hidden toilet, I suggested creating the illusion of more space by layering white selections — including remodeling the shower. By removing the prefabricated shower and replacing it with tile and a glass door, it opened up the space and added a modern feel. We also gained several inches on all three sides of the pre-fab shower. The new shower space is larger and more luxurious. And by removing the curtain, the beautiful new tile comes into view. 

Select Tile

The homeowners gushed over a hexagon white tile floor from one of my previous projects, so the hexagon tile became our starting point. Because I had worked on a past project with the homeowners, I knew they’d appreciate a farmhouse flavor mixed with a few Christen Joy timeless design elements. So, for the shower walls, we chose timeless white subway wall tile to compliment the hexagon flooring and to bring a hint of farmhouse flavor to the room. 

Choose Cabinets

From tile onto cabinets, I suggested the idea of new white cabinets and/or a fresh coat of white paint on existing storage. Some people may be afraid of using too much white, however, the white palette provides a clean, fresh feel in small spaces. It also becomes a foundational element in the room on which wall paint color, art and accessories can become the main focal point. Because the client’s cabinets were a current style and in good shape, we opted to paint the cabinets a clean white, rather than replacing them. 

Find Countertops 

The countertops and sinks needed to go. We opted for quartz with light gray veining. It was a simple and elegant selection that highlighted the new rectangle under-mount sinks. To pull together a holistic look in the room, I recommended a new, framed mirror for a finished look to complete the space. 

Add Glamour

In any bathroom, hardware is the jewelry. To add sparkle, we opted for polished chrome. Its high sheen is striking and its brilliance makes a statement in any space. We carefully selected faucets and shower hardware with intricate details and curves for a “wow” factor that’s sleek and feminine. 

Embrace Color

With the white foundation throughout the room, paint color was a big decision. I said, “Let’s go big and add a pop of color!” The homeowner loved the idea and trusted me to choose a brilliant shade of blue. The color complemented the white selections. And, it’s so luxurious, it almost hugs all of the areas of the refreshed room in a warm embrace.

Handpick Art and Accessories

I shopped online and off to find the perfect accessory pieces. In most projects, art is my inspiration. I look for the exact piece to enhance the style and mood I’m creating. This dreamy pastel piece enhances the wall color and sets a tranquil mood in the room.

Hung on the double rod towel rack are oatmeal-colored towels with intentionally relaxed edging. The towels are crafted in Portugal. They and have a subtle sun-fade effect with a darker solid reverse for a unique two-tone look. 

To pull in another shade of blue, a midnight navy textured runner adds sophistication and keeps the toes warm. Accessories on the built-in and countertop complete the space and add a final pop of color.

Begin and End your Day in Bliss

By remodeling your master bath you can face each day with more energy and truly relax when the day is done. Imagine savoring fresh coffee as you prepare for your day or enjoying a last sip of wine before bed. It’s possible in a space that uplifts your spirit and beautifully supports your life. 

Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes


Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for decor and design. Christen Joy specializes in new-construction commercial projects, exceptional remodels, furnishing high-end living spaces and creating memorable special events. Anderson is also a passionate art collector, world traveler and home cook who frequently entertains for friends. 

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