Transforming the Tumalo Primary Bath: an Update


Source: Lauren Liess

It’s time for an exciting update on our latest project: the Tumalo primary bath remodel!


If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve been on the hunt for inspiration and struggling to find the perfect direction for this space. Well, guess what? I’ve finally discovered the key to unlocking my creativity, thanks to the incredible Lauren Liess and her relaxed interiors. They epitomize a purposeful and meaningful life, and they inspire me! 

Lauren Liess has long been one of my design crushes, and her book “Feels Like Home” has become my go-to source for inspiration. Within its pages, I stumbled upon a quote from her “The House in the Woods” project that truly resonated with me. In Chapter 6, aptly titled “Embrace Imperfection,” she reminds us to let go of the pursuit of perfection and instead focus on doing our best and forgetting the rest. She encourages us to stay busy with real life, not obsess over our projects, and not sweat the small stuff. Isn’t that just what we all need to hear sometimes? I know I do! 

Armed with this newfound mantra, I’ve decided to take this Tumalo Ranch project as an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and experiment with design elements I haven’t tried before. And where better to start than with the primary bath? This space has always posed a challenge for me, but I’m ready to tackle it head-on.

The Materials and Design Details



One of the exciting aspects of this project is the opportunity to explore completely new design elements. One such element is the incorporation of soft stone for the wet room. The smooth and tactile nature of soft stone brings a sense of luxury and elegance to the space (they are amazing to walk on!), elevating the overall aesthetic.


02. Storage Solutions for the Primary Bath


Now, about the functional component! I know it’s not as fun, but it’s important to talk about, especially in a smaller sized primary bathroom. For the first time, we’ll be introducing his/her vanities which will provide individualized storage and personal space. To make the most of this limited space, we’ve come up with a clever solution: adding wicker baskets to the open shelf beneath the vanity. These baskets will serve as stylish storage options for items like hair dryers, hot tools and towels, keeping the countertops clear and organized. We’ve never experienced this layout before, but I already think I’m going to love it! It’s these small details that make this project so exciting.

Source: Lauren Liess


When it comes to designing a bathroom with limited space, one of our go-to solutions is to add recessed medicine cabinets. These functional and space-saving gems are absolute lifesavers. By installing the cabinets directly into the wall, we maximize storage without sacrificing valuable square footage. It’s amazing how much can be tucked away behind those sleek mirrored doors, from toiletries and medications to skincare essentials! I can’t wait to see how these cabinets seamlessly blend functionality and style in the remodel. 

Clouz Houz tip: Limited space? Add a recessed medicine cabinet. This concept has been around for ages, and continues to be the perfect mixture of function and appeal. There are so many good ones out there … check out our favorites below!

03.Wall/Ceiling Treatment


When it comes to creating a cohesive and visually appealing home, it’s essential to consider the overall textural program. In the case of the Tumalo Ranch project, we’re taking it a step further beyond the soft stone in the wet room walls and flooring. To add depth and interest to the space, we’ve decided to cover the walls with vertical tongue and groove paneling. This classic architectural feature not only adds a touch of rustic charm, but also brings texture and warmth to the room. The vertical orientation of the paneling creates a sense of height and adds visual interest to the walls. And why stop there? We’re even contemplating extending this texture to the ceilings. It’s all about creating a home that feels both harmonious and visually stunning from every angle. 


Source: Amber Lewis Interiors

Source: Lauren Liess

Ok, now for the fun stuff … the renderings


So, let’s not delay the suspense … here’s how this space is coming together. I love the coziness of it, yet the vaulted ceiling adds a sense of volume and beautiful openness. I want the primary bath to feel like a rustic spa. And speaking of the spa concept, stay tuned for more details of an outdoor shower. Yep, that’s what the door is for — I want to be able to create a little outdoor shower to enjoy all summer long! Again, my design crush Lauren does it again with this beautiful outdoor shower at one of her previously owned homes. I’m still working out the design details, but this will be a luxury we have never experienced before … and I know that potential home buyers will find it to be an extra perk!

Let us know what you think! We can’t wait to get feedback from you all 😊

View from Wet Room Looking into Bathroom Vanity Area

His/Her Vanities

Looking into Wet Room

Vanity/Shower in Wet Room

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Join me behind the scenes as I add the finishing touches to our Tumalo kitchen! We sourced these brass pulls from @sumnerstreethardware. We then stumbled upon the coolest brand, @walnutstudiolo, known for their handmade leather hardware.

We opted for the the Tilikum + Flanders handles and the Oswego leather wraps for our kitchen. And let me tell you- these wraps are seriously ingenious! You simply wrap the leather around the handles for an instant rustic vibe. 

I’ve been itching to infuse a leather element into our kitchen design, and I have a feeling this is going to be just perfect. Stay tuned for the grand reveal – it’s all coming together so beautifully!
Let’s make lunch: Citrus & Burrata Spring Salad 🍊

We are loving this citrus salad, it is light yet fulfilling (you could add roasted chicken to turn it into a dinner!). The mix of flavors come together: the crunch of the pistachios, tangy fruit, creamy burrata, slightly sweet dressing, and a little spiciness from the arugula.

- arugula (about 3 handfuls)
- 6 oranges (we used a mix of navel, blood oranges, and cara cara)
- handful of raspberries
- one cup of chopped pistachios
- one large ball of burrata
- extra virgin olive oil
- balsamic vinegar 
- 3 tsp honey
- salt
- pepper

- mix a generous amount of olive oil, balsamic, and honey

1. peel and thinly slice oranges
2. wash your arugula and place it in a bowl as the bed of your salad
3. pour dressing over greens and add a dash of salt and pepper on top
4. arrange oranges over greens
5. break apart burrata and place on top
6. sprinkle over raspberries and pistachios
7. SERVE 🤌🏼 chef’s kiss
“Life is short. Make it beautiful.” That’s what we told ourselves two years ago and truly how Clouz Houz came to be. Consider us your blueprint for reimagining your life. An although we aren’t saying what works for us will work for all… we do hope it inspires you to live your life to its fullest- whatever that may be for YOU. 

As fifty something’s, we took a leap of faith in each other and embraced our change in careers and lifestyle. As a husband and wife who picked up and moved our family to Bend, Oregon, we are proof that it’s never too late to pursue your passions. We are visionaries for our own life and wish to live with intention. We transform spaces into stories and houses into homes- it’s what we are most confident and happy doing. 

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