We are working on a variety of projects right now, one of which is a master bathroom design in Gladwyne. The owners reached out to me requesting a space with a little pizzazz. You know, more than your builder grade master. They were also looking to achieve a more modern style in the bathroom but struggled with how to blend it seamlessly with the rest of their traditional home and furnishings.
All of this is music to my ears. I love working in special details in a bathroom. Mouldings, Tile, cabinetry, fixtures and finishes… there are lots of ways to take design (and function!) to the next level. As for aesthetic, I love my modern mixed with a little traditional. Tailored, classic yet clean lined. It’s been fun to work on.
Here are some of the rooms and details I am using for inspiration for the sink wall:
Design by Erin Martin
There are a lot of elements that I love about the bath above. The simple arch over the vanity. I like enclosing this space a bit and making it more intimate. (The bathroom we are working on happens to be large and could use a little intimacy.) I also like the darker vanity and mirrors hung from chains. Not sure if we will do that, but its pretty stunning. The last element I like is the stone on the back wall. This looks to be slab marble behind the mirrors. We will probably do a marble tile instead of slab to save a lot of money.
Design by M E Beck
Here is another arched vanity top I liked. This one feels a little more dressed up with extra and molding atop the arch. My clients may actually favor the simpler style and that’s fine with me. What I also like here is that the arch is stepped in from the vanity base, so it’s not quite so imposing. This may be beneficial to our layout.
Design by Melanie Turner
My clients were pretty jazzed to do a floating vanity and I was happy to jump on that gravy train. I like the combination of the floating vanity with the tiled wall above. I like that the tile peeks out underneath the floating vanity. The underneath portion is also a great place to tuck accent lighting. Both my client and I were really into the idea of herringbone tile. Ultimately I felt it made a better statement on the floor, with something simpler behind the sinks.
As for the actual cabinet style, its needs to be something clean, yet interesting. We are still figuring that part out.
Should it be a mix of wood (or perhaps painted gray) drawers and metal?
designed by Juniper Tedhams via House Beautiful
Or have a thick stone apron and then standard drawers?
I love the two-tone tailored look of the vanity below. The drawer faces are parchment-clad.
designed by Peter Marino
I may re-interpret a few designs we have used in the past. I love this stepped drawer detail we did in this Gladwyne Girls Bath. (I haven’t shared this reveal yet!)
Design by Us, photo by Courtney Apple
I love the idea of a simple vanity trimmed with a little metal with some fabulous hardware. Since we are discussing doing gray and chrome, I don’t think it will pop the same way it does as below with the stained wood and gold.
While we are still working out the exact style of the cabinets I’m pretty excited about the direction. Arched wall with tile alcove, floating modern vanity with special details, gray paint, white marble (or quartzite) and low lighting. Hopefully my client’s desire for pizzazz will be answered. Wish me luck- I’m off to present final design ideas this morning.