NKBA's Best

Wagoner among 5 design winners

Sol Quintana Wagoner of Jackson Design & Remodeling won first place in the Large Bath category of the San Diego Chapter's Star Awards contest with her design of a clean-lined spa-like space.

Four other San Diego NKBA interior designers also won Star Awards in the National Kitchen & Bath Association's 2010 Design Competition.

Responding to her clients' request, Wagoner created a minimalist aesthetic using white and gray as the primary colors. "The challenge," she says, "Was to apply these minimalistic principles in a relatively large area without making the room appear cold or stark."

The designer selected a warm earth tone for the tile floor, which seamlessly meets the tile walls that are white with a subtle gray-lavender tone. The wall tiles flow up to the ceiling, except when interrupted by a row of unadorned windows that Quintana placed high enough to usher lots of light and natural beauty into the room.

The bathtub, with a recessed base to produce a floating illusion, integrates nicely into the lines of the wall, floor and adjoining shower. The tub also melds well with tile colors and the shower's square fixtures.

The strongest color in the space is the cabinets' cherry wood, which also adds depth and focus. Mirrors above the cabinets are expansive, and a large interlocking space allows for ample storage to meet the clients' goal of a clutter-free environment.

Other winners in the NKBA Design Competition will be featured in the November issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles. They are: Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, Hamilton-Gray Design, and Lisa Wilson-Wirth, Arclinea San Diego, Large Kitchen category; Rebecca Flynn, Borrelli Design+Cabinetry, Small Kitchen category; Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Jackson Design & Remodeling, Powder Room category.

Jackson Design and Remodeling