Coastal Sea Glass Retreat


For years, having just one bathroom on the main floor was perfectly suitable for the owners of this home—even though it was dark and cavernous rather than taking advantage of the views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and glorious sunsets.

In addition to an unusual setup featuring entrances from both the primary bedroom and the adjacent hallway, the bathroom wasn’t very efficient, either. The vanity was small, storage space was lacking, and slate walls blocked the home’s amazing views. And when kids entered the picture, things started to get a bit crowded.

There was simply no way to make this single bathroom work for everyone, so we didn’t try. Instead, we turned it into two bathrooms.


A luxurious primary bathroom for the parents now features an expansive shower with a built-in bench and multiple shower heads, a dual vanity, and plenty of storage—including shelves for plants that help create a natural feel. Just as important, ample windows let in sunlight and provide views of the stunning scenery.

In the second bathroom, the kids now have their own shower/tub combination, along with fun yet refined finishes—and a small closet just past the door fits a stacked full-size washer and dryer.

The clients wanted to incorporate color in both spaces while maintaining a sense of calm; design inspiration came from the family’s frequent walks along the beach to collect sea glass. A blue-green pattern in the kids’ tub/shower evokes this, while a mix of textures and color schemes throughout are a nod to the natural elements surrounding the home.

It’s a completely transformed space, one that you might say is now twice as nice.