Transforming Spaces for Wellness

The shower has a lighting niche which not only lights the shower space, it provides a perfect night light to the bathroom. Designed by Sharon L Sherman. Thyme and Place Design

How a Bathroom Became an Oasis: Transforming Spaces for Wellness

Transforming any room in a client’s home is rewarding, but it becomes exceptional when that transformation aligns with enhancing wellness. The client fully embraced the theory that an energetically balanced room contributes to improved health and well-being. This is the story of how a simple bathroom became an oasis. Here are the steps I followed to seamlessly blend nature-inspired design with functionality. Transforming spaces for wellness is the new frontier in design

A beautiful nature inspired bathroom is designed with wellness in mind. Combining design principles with healing modalities, this bathroom became an oasis by transforming spaces for wellness Sharon L Sherman of Thyme and Place Design brough a new sense of well being to the design.

Transforming Spaces For Wellness. Designed by: Thyme and Place Design



An inviting tub with massaging water and chroma therapy to help combat the affects of Seasonal Affected Disorder

Air massage and chroma therapy tub.


The Existing Space.

The existing bathroom was once the height of design and style in the 1980s. It needed an update to match evolving design trends and accommodate modern conveniences. With vaulted ceilings and skylights providing natural light, the space had potential. However, outdated fixtures like the old platformed whirlpool tub, inadequate lighting, and a very small shower needed to go.

Here is the image of the tub area before the remodel. The platform is large and difficult to step over.

 The tub area before the remodel


Here is a view of existing vanity. Although the height of design in the 1980"s the bathroom needed to be transformed into a space for wellness

Existing vanity


Transforming Spaces for Wellness: Natural Inspiration.

This was the second project for this client. They wanted a room where they could escape and rejuvenate. The bathroom would become their oasis. My client is an avid photographer of nature, so I immediately had an inspirational vision for the design. I would use a natural riverbed for color inspiration and flowing water for design.

This image shows the inspiration for the bathroom design

The Reimagined Oasis.

Vanity Area

Custom pull-out cabinets were designed to organize makeup and grooming essentials, with a make-up area and chair for added comfort. I created a “his and hers” design where they each had their own space. Medicine cabinets hold small essentials and a tilt mirror above the makeup area adjusts to the height of the user. 


A luxurious Bain Ultra 2-person tub with chroma and aromatherapy features was installed. Color and scent are useful in combating symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This tub offers massage therapy through heated air bubbles forced into the bathing well. The heat keeps the water warm, so you do not need to constantly add hot water. I placed the tub on a floor of flat-cut stone pebbles for a serene, river-like ambiance. 

Bain Ultra bath for two floats on a base of cut pebble tile.

Bain Ultra Tub. Design by Thyme and Place Design Photo by Mike Van Tassell


Expanded in size to accommodate a seat, the shower offers a therapeutic experience with thermostatically controlled water and a handheld shower for added flexibility. A lighted niche adds ambiance to the shower. The niche lights are also a great night light and add illumination to the shower space. Flat-cut pebbles are used on the shower floor. The color texture and material are important for the sensory connection to nature.

The shower has a lighting niche which not only lights the shower space, it provides a perfect night light to the bathroom. Designed by Sharon L Sherman. Thyme and Place Design

Interior design by Thyme and Place Design. Photo by Mike Van Tassell


How Design is Transforming Spaces for Wellness.

Design is evolving. You might remember that evolving is my word for 2024. In an era where wellness is paramount, this bathroom serves as a testament to the evolving role of design in promoting health and well-being. Designers can create spaces that nourish the body, mind, and soul by incorporating elements like chroma therapy, and biophilic details like natural textures, colors, and materials.

 From outdated to oasis, this bathroom transformation exemplifies the power of thoughtful design in elevating everyday spaces into sanctuaries of wellness. As design continues to evolve, prioritizing holistic well-being will remain at the forefront of the homes we create for our clients. 

Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD


Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award and was a Praiseworthy Pick by Kitchen Bath & Business Magazine. 

Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, Bergen NJ magazineKitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” has been posted by Design NJ, KBBonline, and Take5. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  Sharon was a featured speaker for  *Voices From The Industry*  at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to the world of Kitchen and Bath design as well as running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC and The NKBA.


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Sharon sherman

My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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