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This post is by our friend, interior designer and artist Rachel Pereira. We thank Rachel for sharing her inspiration and beautiful work. See more from the designer at

This summer, our family had the chance to visit my sister in Juneau, Alaska, where I grew up. While we were there, we gave her bathroom a complete makeover.
The before was dated, worn out and damaged.

Bathroom Makeover: Before

The bathroom before …

It’s hard to believe the after is in the same room!

Bathroom Makeover: After

… And after, complete with Ara Two-Handle Wall-Mount Faucet.

The inspiration for this makeover was the climate and landscape of southeastern Alaska: various shades of gray in the overcast skies, faded blue mountains, natural timber, and matte black, blue and gray rocks along the glacier-scraped mountains. My sister and her husband are fans of clean, modern lines and matte finishes, so I wanted to incorporate both Alaskan rustic elements as well as modern elements through the design style of the vanity, hardware and fixtures.

Over the course of four weeks, we gutted everything. We put in a new Delta Classic 400 60-inch curved bathtub, incorporated white subway tile and installed a gorgeous new, modern Pivotal TempAssure 17T Series Valve and Pivotal Tub Spout in Matte Black. The shower head had to be detachable, since they wash their dog in this tub, so we selected the In2ition H2Okinetic Four-Setting Two-in-One Shower Head, in the same Matte Black finish.

Modern Rustic BathroomThe Matte Black fixtures of the sink match well with the Pivotal TempAssure 17T Series Valve and In2ition H2Okinetic Shower Head.

After the tub and tile were finished, we tore out the floor, installed new luxury vinyl tile and put in a new toilet. I built some floating shelves above the toilet, and I also built the solid oak vanity. The granite top was put in with a 7-inch backsplash so we could install the Ara Two-Handle Wall-Mount Faucet in Matte Black. I love how many of the Matte Black faucet styles for both tubs and sinks work well together.

Bathroom Remodel: Modern RusticThe result is a space that suits the owner’s tastes and style.

Once the faucet was installed, we put in lights and a new mirror, and painted, and I added a wooden bench on the opposite wall. The finished result was exactly what I had envisioned, and my sister was thrilled to have a bathroom that finally fit her tastes and style. 

Inspired to make over your own bath? Go from boring to breathtaking with ideas from this article on Inspired Living.