We were fortunate to be a featured designer for the 2018 St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild’s 2018 Decorators’ Show House. One of our two project spaces involved a master bath remodel. One aspect of the Show House experience that many visitors do not realize is that the homeowners actually plan to live in the space when the remodel is complete. So as a designer working on a permanent part of the home, like a bathroom or kitchen, the homeowner is directly involved in the process much like our regular clients. For this project, the homeowners’ ultimate goal was to create a pretty and functional bathroom.
The list of wants and needs for the master bath was long and much more than the space could fit. We worked with the homeowners to prioritize their desires and were able to give them what they valued most: two sinks, a sitting-height vanity, a semi-private water closet, and more storage. They were hoping to have a tub and separate water closet as well. With tubs in other bathrooms in the home, we were able to easily cross that item off the list. However, a private toilet area was still high a high priority so we had to get creative.
The final design called for custom cabinets for the dual sinks and a seated-vanity area. We styled the cabinetry to look like furniture pieces and added polished chrome fixtures and hardware provided by Delta Faucet. These types of vanities pose a significant challenge to ensure they look right. Attention to detail was the key to success:
- to keep the marble backsplash over the lower countertop area from looking out of scale, we mimicked a decorative tile motif from the shower;
- we had custom mirrors created so the person sitting could see themselves while keeping all the mirrors top-aligned; and
- the wall sconces need to be perfectly centered between each mirror, so we worked with the contractor to make sure the electrical rough-in was planned accordingly.
Another challenge was that marble was the material of choice for the shower, backsplash, countertops and flooring. All of these surfaces require different versions of marble so care was taken to make sure they all worked together. Floor tile is not the same as wall tile is not the same as countertop slabs!
A separate water closet would not fit in the space, however, we wanted to give the homeowners the sense of privacy they desired. We created a custom half wall with feet, providing storage on one side for items like a toilet brush, plunger and toilet paper. It turned out to be an extremely functional compromise!
We also got creative with other storage options by stealing some wasted space behind the bathroom door to install a custom linen closet that looked like a piece of furniture.
Finally, to complete the design, we added soft gold accessories to bring in a bit of softness to balance the cool colors of the space. The framed artwork on the walls reflects in the mirrors to help spread their warmth around the room.
The Show House visitor feedback we received about the master bath was very positive and we even won the Rookie of the Year Award from the Guild. However, our goal was to create a master bathroom the homeowners would enjoy, which we achieved. Keep an eye out for a blog about the other space we remodeled for the Show House – a Gentleman’s Dressing Suite – coming soon.