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Winter 2024

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Words by Andrea Glinn  |  Photos by Nate Sheets

A dated ’80s bath gets a new platform.


Local celebrity and home-restoration expert Tamara Day remodeled this large 1980s home for her clients—Sunlighten Day Spa owners Connie and Aaron Zack—back in 2019. The home was featured on Season Two of Tamara's Bargain Mansions in two 30-minute episodes: “Rhapsody in Beige” and “A Pain in the Deck.” The secluded home sits on several hundred wooded acres in Louisburg, Kansas, and Tamara embraced the idea of creating an oasis for the couple. She helped them remodel the entire home, inside and out, and while there are many noteworthy aspects of the renovation, the primary bathroom is a standout.

The cavernous room was filled with curvaceous casework that looked dated; its layout also didn’t make great use of the space, and a clunky overhead soffit housing obstructed the vaulted ceilings. Tamara gutted the space, removing the soffits, the angled shower enclosure, the casework, the plumbing fixtures and the lighting. In her remodel, the designer played up views and daylight, replacing one of the existing casement windows with an enlarged picture window, making it the focal point of the space. Tamara chose to create a wood platform for the freestanding tub, which provides visual relief to the expansive floor area and breaks up the space.

The enclosed shower was replaced with an all-glass enclosure, allowing the space to benefit from the natural light in the room. The new wood vanity features a stone top with an apron front, making the top appear thicker and heavier than it actually is. This heftier element juxtaposes the weightless feeling created by the linear open towel shelf below the cabinets, which makes the vanity appear to be floating. And, with the clients being the owners of an infrared sauna manufacturing company, adding a sauna to the space was a no-brainer.

To see the rest of the house, view episodes five and six from Season Two of Bargain Mansions at

Interior Designer: Tamara Day, @tamaraday


Interior Designer: Tamara Day 
Appliances: Kohler 
Lighting: Kichler 

Rug: Kaleen 
Tile: Daltile 
Shower: Coastal Shower Doors

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