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Fall 2023

Texture and Tone

Words by Andrea Darr  |  Photos by Josie Henderson

Modern Organic meets Farmhouse in this Instagram-friendly bathroom.


ith a brand new house comes a golden opportunity to create whatever you want. The possibilities are endless, but for designer Nicole Henson of KC Interior Co., less is definitely more in this minimalistic interpretation.

Builder Rhonda Holland of IHB Homes built a beautiful home for her client in the Northland’s Fountain Hills community. Nicole was brought in to help the client bring character into the blank spaces. For one thing, the client wanted a Venetian plaster fireplace surround rather than stucco—a product outside of IHB’s standard package. Nicole hired Italian Plasterworks to rework the mantle in the sleek yet timeless treatment.

That textural simplicity was the starting point for the client’s bathroom, as well.

“We wanted the feel to be ‘modern organic meets farmhouse,’ so it’s minimalistic,” Nicole says.

“We wanted the feel to be ‘modern organic meets farmhouse,’ so it’s minimalistic,” Nicole says.

Her mood board was an Instagrammer’s dream—bright and airy, yet grounded.

The pervasive white-on-white-on-white trend is a bit warmer in Nicole’s version.

“This is more creamy warm tones—and I’m here for it,” says Nicole, who selected Simply White from Benjamin Moore for the walls. “Playing it safe feels sterile. My job is to make it feel cozy, like a warm hug.”

The black-framed windows helped in the effort, and Nicole balanced them in the room with a trio of thin, black-framed mirrors and black fixtures at the vanity.

“I love black,” Nicole says. “A little bit of contrast is needed to make the magic happen in this space.”

Natural elements soften the contrast. White oak cabinets and brass hardware form a consistently pleasing pairing. The Taj Mahal quartzite countertops are honed, not polished. The Zellige tile in the shower is similar in nature, adding organic texture.

“It’s expensive, but we had to have the real deal for the feel of it,” Nicole adds.

In the shower, she again incorporated a touch of black—in the Schluter trim—forming a crisp, clean edge on the bench.

“I honestly believe it’s the little things in design,” Nicole says. “You might think, ‘Do I really need to do that?’ But watch; you really do.”

This well-defined space has become the client’s sanctuary.

“She wanted a staycation at home—a place to shut the door, pour a glass of champagne and relax,” Nicole says.

Done—fill the tub.


Interior Designer: KC Interior Co., @kcinteriorco

Builder: IHB Homes, @ihbhomeskc

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