Interiors with Artistic Flair

Artist and photographer Elizabeth Heller shows why we should venture away from our safe creams and tans when reimagining wall color. 

After she and her husband, John, canceled their spring 2020 trip to Florida because of COVID-19, they turned their vacation money into renovation money and created their own spa-like bathroom out of the smaller of the two bathrooms in their Egg Harbor condo. 

Photo by Elizabeth Heller

The large, 67-inch (1) soaking tub has a hand-held shower, and the wall-mounted Kohler toilet is both stylish and functional. 

“Easy to clean under, and takes up way less space,” Heller said. New crown molding, baseboards and (2) a suspended shelf completed the project before splashing on that happy, dreamy blue. 

Designing touches that personalize the space include (3) a Japanese stool repurposed from the garden as a bath-side table top; (4) a mirror from her parents’ living room that Heller upcycled with chalk paint to give it a newly restored feel; and (5) art from friends to decorate the walls. 

“So this has been my dream for years,” Heller said, “to be able to read a book, soak in the tub and enjoy a glass of wine.” Spa-tastic!