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Real estate agent Kriss Nicholas shares a midtown home with husband Michael, who heads up the Sonoran Glass School and also runs a construction firm. As part of the home’s remodeling, he added a large master bathroom. Here she shares a favorite spot in that bathroom that’s full of memories.

My Space Kriss Nicholas

Photo by Gillian Drummond

“This vanity, in my master bathroom, truly is a retreat for me. I can come back here and talk on the phone that’s sitting on the counter I have a notebook if I need one, I have a TV mounted on another wall.

My Space Kriss Nicholas

The adjacent wall to Kriss’s vanity has a TV.
Photo by Gillian Drummond

“But this corner also has memories of my mom, Lee Birdsong. She lived with us in this house before she died. The cigarette box is hers, and the small make-up mirror, and the old perfume bottles. The tiny clock used to sit on her bedside table. The lamp is hers, and the big mirror, which is wood with gold leaf. I put cotton buds in a silver sugar bowl that she had. My mom bought good things and she kept all of them.

“My mom was always a Do-It-Yourselfer. She was a hard worker. She tiled her own kitchen. I bought a house beside her in Louisiana so I could be closer to her, but it wasn’t long before she needed round-the-clock care and I moved her here to Tucson.

My Space Kriss Nicholas

The master bathroom addition
Photo by Gillian Drummond

“We added on the master bathroom as part of a master bedroom addition. The bathroom is 300 sq ft with travertine floors. It’s the only room in the house with heated floors. I had my husband put casters on my zebra print chair, so I now have mobility in my little corner.”

Read about Michael in our feature The Glory HoleYou can reach Kriss Nicholas and her firm, Treeful Realty, on 520 881 0862. Contact Michael’s Nicholas Building Company on 520 904 1378.

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