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Behind the Design: Forest Heights Master Bath Remodel

We wrapped up several projects at our client’s beautiful 2001 Forest Heights’ home: four bathroom remodels and a main staircase overhaul!

As an interior designer herself, our homeowner had done her research as she had a great sense of style and design to create a dream-worthy master bathroom. The homeowners moved into their Northwest Portland home two years ago, and as self-proclaimed ‘serial remodelers,’ they got to work to transform their home room by room. Certain spaces had already been updated – the kitchen, flooring, furnishings and art, but never the bathrooms.

The master bath musts? Luxurious steam shower, classic color materials, and painted cabinetry.

Here’s a look at where we started:


The size of the master bathroom worked well. There were no significant changes to the bathroom’s existing footprint.

The built-in, Jacuzzi tub had to go, and the homeowner opted to replace it with a freestanding tub to take advantage of the hillside views and fireplace. A riser was built up for the new, freestanding tub with floor-mounted plumbing.



Before, the beige tiles and grout screamed early 2000s, and the goal was to lighten up the space. Painted white cabinetry on his-and-her vanities help brighten the bathroom. Simplifying the mirror wraps create a contemporary look. A shiny chrome finish on the vanity’s drawers and cabinet pulls paired with the sconce light fixtures inset in the mirrors bring a touch of glamour into the master bath.


The existing gas fireplace was replaced with a new Montigo, linear-style fireplace. The new insert features clean face design, platinum glass media, remote, fan, reflective black porcelain panels, and up lighting. A mantle separates the fireplace from the mounted TV. Now the homeowner can watch her favorite shows while taking a soak.


The space allowed for a decorative inlay tile rug on the floor. The tri-colored, honed, mosaic tile design is repeated on the fireplace wall by a faux painter that the homeowner commissioned to hand paint the mural.

The steam shower features 16″ x 32″ vertical straight stacked polished porcelain tiles. The homeowners still wanted the glass panel on side of shower to look out onto the view. Several shampoo caddies keep products organized.


This Northwest Portland master bathroom now feels luxurious, contemporary and is a relaxing space to start and end each day. If the existing layout functions for you, updating and infusing your own personal style into the space makes it feel like a whole new room.

Slide to see the transformation:

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