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Stephen Zimmer, Gretchen Schauffler team up to remodel baths quickly and beautifully

STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Gretchen Schauffler of Devine Color, Devine Color Floor and now Devine Bath, stands in front of the shower in her newly remodeled bath. When she discovered the shower wall could be removed she took it out, replacing it with a glass wall, which gave the room a more spacious, modern feel.

The bathroom is the power room of the house.

Think about it: Everybody uses it at least once a day. It’s a sanctuary when you are soaking in a tub of hot water. It’s the safe haven for practicing that speech in front of the mirror. It’s where you go to rejuvenate with a hot shower at the end of a long day. Faces are transformed from day looks to night-on-the-town glamor in the privacy of the bathroom. It’s where you make that quick call to check in with the sitter. Baths are intimate places, and should be rooms that make guests comfortable and homeowners proud.

That is the premise of Devine Bath, a new partnership between Lake Oswego’s Gretchen Schauffler, founder of Devine Color and Devine Color Floor, and West Linn’s Stephen Zimmer, former co-owner of Rodda Paint and founder of Custom Decorators. As a result of Schauffler’s experience renovating a bath at her home they have developed a comprehensive approach to bathroom renovations, bringing together a curated list of products that makes everything — from a la carte remodels to complete bathroom renovations — effortless at any price point.

Stepehen Zimmer has partnered with Schauffler in founding Devine Bath. His designers manage the entire process of a remodel, which helps them meet timelines.

Devine Bath represents the evolution of Zimmer’s experience in home décor. He saw a need for a trend-proof design process for classic looks that go beyond showrooms.

The first iteration of Devine Bath, Bathroom in a Box, directed customers online to create designs of their bathroom remodels. The program provided everything in a box that customers would need to bring their vision to life. Zimmer saw an opportunity to increase sales by enlisting a sales staff to take the showroom to customers, and his vision came to life with the concierge service of Toss the Tub.

Through Devine Bath’s in-home design process, the company is committed to guiding its clients through a discovery experience that connects their bathroom remodel with not only the rest of the house, but also their lifestyle. Schauffler is Devine Bath’s lead artist and her philosophy revolves around creating a design aesthetic that addresses the personal style and functional needs of a client’s bathroom.

“We start with a process of self-discovery,” Schauffler said. “What do you love? How will the room be used and who will use it?” She said a guest bath might have different needs for storage than one that is used regularly.

When planning the renovation of her bath, her original plan was to replace tile and repaint. A discovery moment occurred when she recognized that the sink and vanity could be replaced and shower walls removed to better address the functionality of the bath, and at the same time, greatly enhance the beauty of the room.

“I realized I could take out this shower wall — there was no need for it,” she said. “It made the room more modern. It’s ageless and goes with the rest of the house. It’s now functional and universally beautiful.”

Her experience led to the curating of a line of products — tiles, fixtures, vanities, lighting, flooring, paint and wallpapers, that all work together.

“Gretchen is an incredibly talented artist and colorist,” Zimmer says. “Known for her Devine Color brand, she has a philosophy that addresses an individual’s personal style. As we work together on Devine Bath, we tap into her mission of creating an aesthetic that addresses the functional needs of a client’s bathroom. Her designs are not subject to trend, but rather to principles of nature, art, design, space and cosmetics, which bring Devine Bath an element that makes the renovation process as personal and simple as possible.”

And thanks to Zimmer’s stable of professionals, the process is quick.

“Devine Bath designers manage the entire process, which helps us to meet our timelines,” he said. “We are proud of the products and contractors we work with, each of whom helps us as we transform spaces in as little as a week’s time. While some bathroom design processes can take months of research — and countless visits to showrooms, Devine Bath’s planning can be completed in a matter of days.”

“When the designers return after your first appointment, you will fall in love with the ideas,” Schauffler said. “They match your aspirations with reality.”

Even when plumbing has to be moved, the projects can be completed in a matter of days. From full remodels to simple renovations, no job is too small or large. Functional and fashionable safety renovations, such as slip-resistant tubs and flooring, curb-free shower bases and grab bars, are also services offered.

Devine Bath services are available in the Portland area and will soon be available in the Seattle area.

For every gallon of Devine Color paint used in its bathroom remodels, Devine Bath will donate $1 to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Besides the curated line of products by Devine Color and Devine Color Floor, Devine Bath uses products and fixtures by Delta, Toto, Hansgrohe, Kohler, Cedar & Moss, Brizo, Swanstone, Quantra, Grohe, American Standard, DXV, Panasonic and Feiss. Partners include Daltile, United Tile, Oregon Tile and Marble, Ferguson and Consolidated Supply.

Learn more online at devinebath.com.

Devine Bath offers a curated selection of tiles, floorings, fixtures, lighting, paints, papers and more. Remodels can be completed in as few as five days.

Contact Barb Randall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and call 503-636-1281 ext. 100.