The Master Bathroom plays an integral part in our daily lives. It cannot be avoided. It is the place we go to prepare ourselves for the day, to relax, to wake up, to comfort ourselves, possibly to hide from the kids, and then finally, when the day is done, we go there to settle ourselves for a much earned long evening of slumber. The bathroom should be a far off place, somewhat of a retreat. It ought to present itself with a sense of being somewhere else other than just, “the bathroom”. I wanted to design my Faux Sho-House master bathroom as that. Somewhere different, a room that is inspiring to become more like a destination.
Let’s start with the finishes of the room. This room takes a beating, so we need finishes that will last. But if you are traveling the distance, don’t you want where you land to be pretty? I know I do! On the floor is Pro-Venza’s Re-Use Bianco Ossigeno both in large tile and mosaic for the shower. For the walls we have Elitis’s, Azzurro Vulcano. This extremely durable wallpaper is embossed with wide stripes of tribal patterns that nod towards natural raffia grass-cloths; it is the backdrop of our destination. For the shower walls I chose Heath Ceramic’s Chalk tile in Gunmetal Glaze. The glaze on these tiles are twice layered which creates wonderful depth and texture.
Knowing hands-on how wonderful Hansgrohe’s plumbing systems are, I couldn't imagine choosing anything else to get the job done! I love their simple lines and designer collaborations. For the lavatory, I chose the wall mounted Metris. In the shower is a Croma 100 Green Showerpipe. And then the tub, an Axor design by Patricia Urquiola paired with Jean-Marie Massand’s Axor tub filler. Because in my mind, every tub needs a built in towel rack and every tub filler must have a shelf!
Vanities are always center stage, as they should be! I’ve outfitted this one with a glass mosaic backdrop from New Ravenna Mosaics. The cut of their Pandora pattern gives the glass an unexpected dimensional quality. Unlike a typical basin out of porcelain, I chose Ammonitum’s wooden Vela Washbasin. It gives the room a natural warmth that is rarely felt in bathrooms. This beauty sits on top of a Cambria quartz, color Windermere, countertop with painted cabinetry below in Benjamin Moore’s new Colonial Williamsburg Collection, color Nelson Blue. Finish it off with Anthropolgie’s Lulu knob for a fun, artistic statement!
Every bathroom deserves some jewelry! And why not make it the pieces you always look towards? Recycled glass and natural burlap sconces flank a shapely decorative mirror. Long gone are the days of glass sconces and rectangle framed mirrors! Both sconce and mirror are available through BHD.
Sometimes overlooked, every bathroom needs a place to sit. Every bathroom also needs art. So I combined the two! I chose Phillip Stark’s Masters Chair to use at the vanity. And Reinalso Sanguino’s gorgeous ceramic stool for the shower. Never miss an opportunity to sit and enjoy art!
I hope you have loved touring our Faux Sho-House master bathroom! Has it possibly inspired you to think differently about your destination? Stay tuned for our last few rooms; you won't want to miss them!