Mess Maker Contestant Crowned
With ingenuity and a little elbow grease, Kristin Thompson turns her kids’ “disaster” of a bath into a lovely loo
 
Kristin Thompson may well be the queen bee of turning home design on its head. She’s an interior designer and owner of e-design firm, Postbox Designs. If you aren’t familiar with this ingenious enterprise, you should take a moment to check it out. In fact, we’ll wait while you do.
 
… …You back? See what we mean? Smart cookie. She’s got some forward-thinking ideas on design and how to make that design accessible for everyday people. We think she’s one to watch. The Mess Maker judges agree. That’s why they crowned her winner of the Delta Faucet Company Mess Maker contest.
 
To be considered for Mess Maker design extraordinaire, participants were asked to send in before-and-after photos of spaces they’d transformed for Mess Makers—you know, your clients who love to play, create and explore no matter the mess. The only caveat was the remodel had to incorporate Delta® faucet products. It was fun to see the many impressive before-and-after transformations the contest brought to our attention.
 
Kristin stood out among the scores of entrants because, well, her remodel was simply inspiring. More notably, however, she stuck to a strict budget and overhauled the entire bath herself for $2,225. Seriously? That is pretty amazing.
 
“We may have had the ugliest bathroom in town. I knew we had to turn this disaster into a beautiful, functional bath for our kids. Our three lovely children are supremely cute Mess Makers. We love to encourage their creativity, even if it means making a mess,” she said.
 
So, what else could she do but enter this contest? And did she ever.
 
“I took an outdated Santa Fe-style bathroom complete with rust-colored, sponge-painted walls, an Aztec wallpaper border and hideous clay tiles and transformed it into a vintage-inspired gentleman’s bath,” she said.
 
Kristin tells us her design inspiration originated from a photograph of a vintage faucet. She knew she wanted a faucet that had the same vibe. After finding expensive versions that did not fit into her financial constraints, she came across the Delta Cassidy™ two-handle widespread faucet.
 
“Right away I knew I had a keeper. It was the first thing I bought, and I literally designed the bath around my new faucet,” she said. In fact, the vintage photograph now hangs in the revamped bath.
 
To us, Kristin’s a keeper herself, and we congratulate her on a design well done. Just look at those before-and-after pictures. A beautiful space to make a mess if we ever did see one!