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Color Rules

By Babs Rodriguez
Photos by Ralph Lauer

Bright and just right, a pair of remodeled baths are now as functional as they are fun.

When Baron and Mandy Purselley purchased their 1945 bungalow in Fort Worth’s Bluebonnet Hills neighborhood, they recognized it as a diamond in the rough. Drawn to the house for its great bones and location a stone’s throw from TCU, the couple moved in 10 years ago and began to plot a substantial interior makeover. Owner of ground-up construction company Purselley Pool and Spa, Baron is contractor for the project-in-progress that has already seen the floor plan blown open to create a more comfortable nest for the couple and their 6-year-old daughter. When they were ready to begin their painstaking remodel a couple of years ago, the Purselleys reached out to interior designer Mackenzie Zwick, owner of Mackenzie Page Interiors. Both Baron and Mandy, a fashionista with a strong affection for color, were drawn to Zwick for her attention to detail and innovative ways with bold palettes.

The fearlessness on both sides resulted in mutual admiration. “Mandy has great taste. She is very fashionable — she always looks like she just stepped out of Vogue,” Zwick says. “She really, really loves color and wanted to do something wild with her house.” Challenge accepted. Now awaiting finishing touches are a hot pink living room and a cobalt blue kitchen. A master suite addition will be part of the remodel’s phase two; a pool is now being installed.

We can’t wait to see what else evolves inside the deceptively quiet white brick house with the Hermès-orange door. Meanwhile, two recently completed bath remodels reflect Baron’s dedication to craftsmanship and design — a point of pride for him — and Mandy’s devotion to fine detail, including brass fixtures with a variety of finishes. Finally, both paint and paper choices for the en suite and hall baths prove conclusively that designer and homeowners are a good color match.

En Suite Bath

“The design for the bath adjoining the Purselley’s young daughter’s bedroom began with the whimsy of it being a 6-year-old girl’s. But when I am doing children’s spaces, I keep in mind that they grow up. I wanted it to be as sophisticated as possible while still being playful, because I want Crosby to be as comfortable in the space as a teenager as she was when I created it for her.”

— Mackenzie Zwick, interior designer

To expand the en suite bath, Baron Purselley reconfigured the footprint slightly and added a pocket door.

The extra long vanity anticipates the growing girl’s future needs.

The soft lavender of the custom vanity is Benjamin Moore Spring Lilac; it plays off the color of Crosby’s adjacent bedroom.

Zwick says the lively personality of the chevron marble tile floor, sourced from Fort Worth’s Bottega Design Gallery, is a counterpoint to the quiet drama of  the quartz.

Kohler Purist satin brass sink and shower fixtures in Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold finish have an architectural appeal.

Calacatta Arabescato quartz sourced from Dallas-based Everest Stone has a clean, sleek vibe.

Hall Bath

“Although this is a full bath, it also functions as a powder room when the Purselleys are entertaining. We wanted it to reflect the fun, bright personality of the house — and the homeowners.”

— Mackenzie Zwick

The Pierre Frey Arty Multicolore wallpaper was first spotted by the designer in the Dallas showroom powder bath of Culp Associates.

The Newport Brass Victoria Collection faucet fixtures and shower hardware have an Aged Brass finish.

The Benjamin Moore Orange Parrot painted custom vanity is a nod to Hermès orange and Mandy Purselley’s love of fashion. Brass bamboo pulls are from Pierce Hardware.

The high contrast between the orange vanity and black-and-white hex mosaic marble floor introduces another cool factor.

Black-and-white mini-mosaic recycled glass tile from Bottega Design Gallery is manufactured for floor use.

Oversize 4-by-12-inch high-gloss ceramic tile in the shower adds visual interest.

The Details

Interior Design Mackenzie Zwick, Mackenzie Page Interiors, mackenziepage.com
Tile Bottega Design Gallery, bottegadesigngallery.com
Quartz Everest Stone, granitedistributor.com
Fixtures Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, fergusonshowrooms.com
Hardware Pierce Hardware, piercehardware.com
Wallpaper Culp Associates, culpassociates.com/dallas