The quartz countertop is Fresh Concrete from Caesarstone. Denham chose a matte finish for a softer look. The slate floor tiles came in three different finishes for a random effect.
Three designers share their tricks for transforming the most private space in the house.
by marybeth bizjak | photography by kat alves
INTO THE WOODS
For a master-bathroom redo in Auburn, interior designer Katie Denham came up with a design that is both sleek and warm. “We reconceived it as modern but tactile,” Denham explains. “The house is in a beautiful location in the woods, and we wanted to reflect that.” As the room’s jumping-off point, Denham chose large-format hexagonal slate tiles for the floor and the wall behind the tub. For a touch of drama, she angled the tub in front of a big picture window that provides a stunning view of the trees outside. “There are no window coverings,” says Denham. “The owners are on a hill, and there’s forest between them and the edge of the property, so they have quite a bit of privacy.” The vanity, made of vertical-grained walnut, has a deeply recessed toe kick, which gives it the look of a freestanding piece of furniture. Denham accessorized the room with a pair of decorative mirrors, several small accent tables and a pretty Moroccan rug from Kechmara Designs that she says is “very soft underfoot.”
Kids usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to family design decisions. Not the young twins who share this hall bathroom in Loomis. Working with interior designer Samantha Crow of Juxtaposed Interiors, their mom opted for a high-end farmhouse look. “The house is on horse property, and they have horses,” explains Crow. For the shower walls, she opted for porcelain tile that looks like aged barn wood. (Wardlow Tile & Stone installed the heavy tile—typically used as flooring.) The dual vanity has a hand-rubbed black finish and a sink for each child. On the wall hang handsome black-and-white photographic horse portraits. “It’s not a childish bathroom at all,” says Crow.
SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE
Feminine is the word for this master bath in Clarksburg. The homeowner, a single woman, wanted to transform a dated ’80s bathroom into a luxurious retreat using classic materials and top-of-the-line fixtures. For assistance, she turned to interior designer Rebecca Ward. “She wanted Carrara marble and white cabinets,” says Ward. “Nothing too modern—just soft curves.” Ward brought in boat-shaped mirrors that mimic the shape of the sinks and used watery-blue glass subway tile for the shower and backsplash to give the room a serene, spalike air.