There is so much to like about this bath. The sink is installed on beautifully shaped metal legs with integral towel bars instead of the usual pedestal. This gives the ceramic basin a lightness that is proportionate for the narrow space. The mirrored back wall adds depth which appears to increase the size of the room. Natural light is a huge bonus and the tailored Roman shade is just the right treatment for the door; a linen fabric with a narrow stripe accentuates the verticality of the room. Brass shelves are an inspired touch, adding the idea of mixed finishes. They are practical as well, providing a place to display beautiful collections of objects and storage for elegant monogrammed towels.

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I am presenting this photograph of a stone foyer floor clad in Silver Cloud travertine to point out some attributes of stone and its remarkable qualities originating from the bedrock of the earth.  I chose this picture as an illustration because it is on the aggressive end of the variation spectrum.  It is an Italian material from a small family owned quarry.


For those of you who have been following my Friday blogs, this highly decorative bath is an unusual post. I like this very personal statement by the designer and client who were not afraid of pattern or color. The active design of the wallpaper (Zuber 1960’s) is in contrast to the simplicity of the old dark wood  herringbone floor and low wood wainscot painted an Adamesque blue.  Small personal objects adorn the beautiful marble fireplace mantle and the chair indicates a bath where visiting and conversation are encouraged.

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The chocolate walls, diaphanous curtains, gold accents and the sparkling and glamorous bubble chandelier create a dramatic space.  This relatively small but very tall bath looks especially crisp when its dark walls are paired with the white tub and tile. It is the contrast, reminiscent of continental decoration, that has the greatest impact. This contrast delineates positive and negative fields and flattens the dimensional surfaces. This is a bold bath and it announces the space as confident.

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