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Home Style Bathing Beauties A young family says aahhh to their renovated bathrooms that pop with pattern and color. By Meda Kessler Photos by Ralph Lauer a Old doors and spiffed-up hardware were repurposed, but little else remains from the original bathroom. Hexagonal Fireclay Tile in a brilliant blue and artist Lindsay Cowles’ Peacock wallpaper on the ceiling put the wow in this luxe water closet. lexis and Kyle Lane were some of the savvy settlers in Fort Worth’s now booming Fairmount area. They purchased a home there in 2008 and watched as the neighborhood quietly became one of the city’s favorite destinations for nightlife and dining. When the real estate market heated up in 2014, the couple put their house up for sale and began hunting a new place to raise daughter Landry. They didn’t have to go far to find what they were looking for. “We didn’t want a cookie-cutter neighborhood,” says Alexis, who co-owns a pallet company with her husband. “The second I walked into this place, I just had a feeling it was our house.” “Our house” is a 1920 Italianate two-story on the historic Elizabeth Boulevard, fairly close to their Fairmount home. Their real estate agent was less impressed with their find. “The house had become a rental and needed a lot of love. The tenants had a year lease, so we had a little time to think about it,” Alexis says. The family moved into the house in April 2014 with the intent of bunking in the basement during the renovation. One of their first steps was to scrape the popcorn ceilings and paint. Those efforts immediately made a huge difference. “Our Realtor stopped by one day and was amazed at how much better it already looked,” says Alexis. Working with Anissa and Brandon Allen of Fort Worth-based Allen Architecture on the design and reconfiguration, the Lanes came up with plans to expand and make sense of 44 April 2017 360westmagazine.com

Home Style

Meda Kessler

Bathing Beauties
A young family says aahhh to their renovated bathrooms that pop with pattern and color.



Old doors and spiffed-up hardware were repurposed, but little else remains from the original bathroom. Hexagonal Fireclay Tile in a brilliant blue and artist Lindsay Cowles’ Peacock wallpaper on the ceiling put the wow in this luxe water closet.

Alexis and Kyle Lane were some of the savvy settlers in Fort Worth’s now booming Fairmount area. They purchased a home there in 2008 and watched as the neighborhood quietly became one of the city’s favorite destinations for nightlife and dining. When the real estate market heated up in 2014, the couple put their house up for sale and began hunting a new place to raise daughter Landry. They didn’t have to go far to find what they were looking for.

“We didn’t want a cookie-cutter neighborhood,” says Alexis, who co-owns a pallet company with her husband. “The second I walked into this place, I just had a feeling it was our house.”

“Our house” is a 1920 Italianate two-story on the historic Elizabeth Boulevard, fairly close to their Fairmount home.

Their real estate agent was less impressed with their find. “The house had become a rental and needed a lot of love. The tenants had a year lease, so we had a little time to think about it,” Alexis says.

The family moved into the house in April 2014 with the intent of bunking in the basement during the renovation.

One of their first steps was to scrape the popcorn ceilings and paint. Those efforts immediately made a huge difference. “Our Realtor stopped by one day and was amazed at how much better it already looked,” says Alexis.



Not everything is new: This antique brass light hangs over the tub and complements the new polished brass hardware and fixtures.

Working with Anissa and Brandon Allen of Fort Worth-based Allen Architecture on the design and reconfiguration, the Lanes came up with plans to expand and make sense of the warren of upstairs rooms. The plans reconfigured the kids’ rooms; a former Jack-and-Jill bathroom; hall closets; and the master bedroom, closet and bathroom.



A beautifully grained walnut vanity from Hughes Cabinetry “floats” above the blue floor and stands out against the floor-to-ceiling subway tile.



Alexis found the sconces and the Lucite-and-brass pieces on Etsy.



The faucets are from California Faucets and the mirrors from Rejuvenation. She sourced the drawer pulls from Fort Worth’s Pierce Hardware.

“The kids’ bedrooms were so generous that we were able to take away some square footage and add it to their bathroom,” says Anissa. “We also eliminated the entrances from the bedrooms and turned a hallway linen closet into sort of a vestibule entryway to that bathroom as included storage.”

The only entrance to the master closet was through the hallway, so the new plans created a doorway from the Lanes’ bedroom instead. Both bathrooms required moving plumbing for optimum placement of almost everything from the vanities to the tubs. The old windows remain in place, as required by the home’s historic overlay.

With the couple living there during renovation, they made it part of their daily routine to check out the construction. “Kyle is very detail oriented, so we would do our walk-through in the evenings, and he would point out things that needed to be fixed,” says Alexis. “He also took apart all the old brass fixtures and rubbed them with metal polish until they gleamed.”



Lucy strikes a pose with Alexis on one of a pair of velvet sofas in the living room. The painting by Alexis and daughter Landry was created as a tribute to Alexis’ mom, who passed away without knowing her grandchildren.

Alexis finished out much of the design. She already had been honing her skills by helping friends redo and decorate their homes and offices. In fact, she was spending enough time doing it that her husband suggested she start a business rather than continue offering her services for free. She partnered with Hillary LaRue, a fellow Baylor grad and a designer/construction manager for Sundance Square, and the women recently got their official papers for their company, RueLane Design.



Working with the local firm of Allen Architecture, the Lanes got a bigger bathroom for the kids. A former linen closet became a vestibule with storage for the new space, which was a Jack-and-Jill design between two bedrooms. Closing off the original entries allowed for more optimum placement of shower, tub, vanity and toilet. Alexis opted for the vivid Queen of Spain wallpaper to keep the room gender neutral.

Part of Alexis’ portfolio now showcases her own home, which features a mostly finished upstairs. The couple moved out of the basement and into their new master bedroom in February. (And in the meantime, they’ve welcomed two new members to their family; son William was born in July 2015, and Lucy the Malti-poo joined rescue pup Oliver to make them a two-dog household.)

The finish out of the bathrooms was close to Alexis’ heart plus she had been bathing baby William in the kitchen sink for six months during the renovation. While she kept some of the old fixtures and had a few of the old doors reused, Alexis wanted an updated look for both bathrooms. She chose brushed gold fixtures to complement the existing brass hardware. It’s a look that runs through the rest of the house. In shopping for the remodel, Alexis sourced everyone from a Fort Worth purveyor of antique rugs (Bear Goods Co.) To a Brooklyn maker of custom Lucite accessories (LuxHoldups).



Alexis found the vibrant rug at Fort Worth’s Bear Goods Co., and Kyle picked out the stools for the kids from Serena & Lily. The sconces are from Cedar & Moss; the wall-mounted faucets are from California Faucets.

For the kids’ bathroom, she wanted something sophisticated they could grow into, plus a design that was gender neutral. Schumacher’s graphic Queen of Spain wallpaper set a bold tone for the room, which also features custom black cabinetry and lots of white subway tile and a floor featuring “chicken wire” tile, both tiles with black grout.

Modern chandeliers and sconces brighten the space.

“Kyle teases me about his sneaking off to use the kids’ bathroom because he likes it so much,” says Alexis.



Alexis sourced the kids’ monogram towels from Houston-based Biscuit Home.

In the master bathroom, it’s a toss-up as to whether to first look up or down. The floors feature rich azure Fireclay Tile — handmade in California — in a hexagonal shape. White subway tile is used on the walls; small versions of the blue tile line the shower. On the ceiling is complementary Peacock wallpaper from Lindsay Cowles, whose line of custom papers, tiles and pillows is inspired by her abstract paintings. An antique brass light fixture works with all the modern elements.



To break up the subway tile, hexagonal tile was used on the floor and in the tub and shower accessory nooks . Faucets and hardware throughout the room are matte-black.

A custom walnut vanity by Fort Worth cabinetmaker John Hughes, made with brushed-gold pulls, fixtures and mirrors, completes the luxe makeover. The room is not big, but it certainly makes a big statement.



“I love taking baths,” says Alexis, who missed her nightly ablutions, during the remodel. “And this room makes me very happy.”

RESOURCE GUIDE

Builder Mark Hickman, JHF Construction, 817-313-9716

Architect Allen Architecture, Anissa and Brandon Allen, 817-253-2046

Design Anissa Allen, Allen Architecture; RueLane Design

Custom cabinets Hughes Cabinetry, John Hughes, 817-927-8102

Master bathroom

Faucets California Faucets, calfaucets.com

Lucite fixtures LuxHoldups on etsy.com

Mirrors Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com

Tile Fireclay Tile, fireclaytile.com

Vanity hardware Pierce Hardware, 4030 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-737-9090 or piercehardware.com

Vanity lights Pepeandcarols, pepeandcarols.com

Wallpaper Peacock from lindsaycowles.com

Kids’ bathroom

Hardware Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com

Faucets and shower pulls California Faucets, calfaucets.com

Rug Bear Goods, Fort Worth, beargoods.co

Sconces and chandelier Cedar & Moss, cedarandmoss.com

Stools Serena & Lili, serenaandlily.com

Towels Biscuit Home, Houston, biscuit-home.com

Wallpaper Schumacher Queen of Spain

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