Bathroom Innovator Winners

Unexpected textures play a key role in designing beautiful baths.



PHOTOGRAPHYs BY WILLIE COLE

Winner

AN ELEGANT MASTER BATH DOES DOUBLE DUTY FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE

When a couple with three small children wanted to transform a tiny dark bathroom into a welcoming, lived-in space infused with light, they turned to Katherine Hodge at Sage Design. By incorporating an adjoining sitting room into the design, space was doubled, allowing plenty of room for the pre-school morning rush and evening bath time.

A freestanding Waterworks tub and custom stainless-steel vanity add to the open feel of the space. “The vanity with washstand top is the defining piece in the room,” says Kathy. “My client didn’t want a boxy vanity.” Recessed niches were placed strategically around the room, and a closet was added to accommodate storage. A palette of soothing grays took cues from the rest of the house—an 1830s hunting lodge—and transitions perfectly with the homeowners’ style. Each piece in the room is consistent with the home’s color scheme: from the dark gray tub to the Afyon sugar hexagon floor tiles and even the gas fireplace with a black granite surround (not shown, but located opposite the vanity).

“This is now the bathroom that gets a ton of use,” says Kathy. “It’s beautiful and functional.”
 

 



PhotoGRAPHs by CHI CHI UBINA

Innovator 2

A RIVERSIDE MASTER BATH GETS A MOROCCAN MAKEOVER

In a nod to her childhood in the Middle East (her father was in the diplomatic corps), the owner of this new home in Riverside chose a Moroccan theme for the master bathroom. “The homeowner is an artist who is adventuresome with colors,” says McKee Patterson, partner at Austin Patterson Disston Architects. “And she loves blues.”

The space comprises three areas: Bath and shower with vaulted ceiling create a bathing area that is connected to a double vanity that, in turn, adjoins a private toilet. Blue Azul Cielo marble countertops, honed blue Celeste marble and dark oak flooring, plus light blue walls complement the Tangiers Moroccan tile mosaic. “Carbonized oak flooring was used throughout the house. So it was important to weave it in here too,” notes Patterson. The contemporary feel of high gloss and polished cabinets plus simple trim balance the intricate design of the tiles. Next to the blue cast-iron Luxor tub, a large arched window is an homage to the classic Moorish arch.
 

 



PhotoGRAPHs by RANA FAURE

Innovator 3

A CONTEMPORARY JEWEL BOX SHIMMERS WITH LIGHT

As part of a major renovation, Paulo Vicente of Vicente-Burin Architects transformed a cramped room with little natural light into a spacious, shimmering master bath. The homeowner wanted it to feel contemporary, but not conventionally “modern,” in keeping with the rest of the house. The main space houses a large shower and vanity. A water closet was tucked under attic stairs and a separate area was created to house a sculptural Waterworks tub. “It’s rare that you get to build a room just for a tub,” notes Vicente.

White painted woodwork in the vanity is accented by polished nickel, which is echoed in the towel bar shelves and the Visual Comfort sconces. The transparency of the shower door contributes to the openness of the room, while allowing the polished calacatta marble walls and floor to add a shimmering effect. “I really like the way the light comes in and bounces around,” says Vicente. The cove ceiling blends into the walls and reflects the masonry feel of the house, which has stone walls that inspired the curves in the design.