Raising the Standard

The unused attic space in Kim West’s home covered the whole left side of the second floor and seemed to be longing for an occupation. So interior designer Sarah Jernigan and residential designer Rob Martin put the area to work as a spacious master bath that gracefully combines movement and functionality. A unique privacy wall serves as the backdrop for the soaking tub, creating a vignette that becomes the focal point of the room. “Rob created a wonderful circle of movement by making the tub the centerpiece, ” says Sarah. “The shower in the right rear corner even has two access points—one from the tub area and the other from the dressing area. Such unexpected design elements make the room’s flow seamless.” 


1. Privacy Wall – The bath becomes two spaces in one without feeling choppy. An effortless flow and plenty of natural light keep the room open and airy, yet the tub and shower maintain desired privacy.

2. Dramatic Artwork – A painting from the homeowner’s collection seemed a natural fit for the expansive wall space. “The colors throughout the room stem from this piece, ” says Sarah.

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3. Dual Shower Doors – With convenience at the forefront of the plan, the shower is equipped with two doors for access from both the vanity area and the tub area.

4. Layers of Color and Texture – Turkish travertine floors and a two-toned glass shower wall offer a departure from the more expected all-white marble yet create the same elegance.

5. Smart Planning – The homeowner wanted only one sink to allow space for a vanity. While such design is rare in a master bath, the room maintains resale value with plumbing behind the vanity for a second sink.


Interior Designer: Sarah Jernigan of Sarah Jernigan Designs, Inc. 205.802.5868 • [email protected]; Residential Designer: Rob Martin of Get More Curb Appeal, 205.914.6809 • getmorecurbappeal.com; Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler • kohler.comWall Tile: Crossville Tile & Stone, 205.871.2619 • crossvilletileandstone.com; Floor Tile: Speartek Tile and Stone, 404.537.5981; Cabinets: Village Woodworks through Sarah Jernigan Designs, 205.956.7108; Cabinet Hardware: Amerock Revitalize, 205.978.8900 • amerock.comTub: Bain Ultra • bainultra.com

text by Julie Gillis • photos by Jean Allsopp

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