“Historic” barely skims the surface in describing a home in London’s Bloomsbury, to which Rachel Chudley brought her special touch. “Virginia Woolf danced in the kitchen of this house!” says Chudley. “It is a wonderful place with a special creative heritage — and creative current inhabitants. My goal was to reflect this in the design decisions we made.”
One ravishing result of these design decisions is seen here: a combination dressing room, bath and entertaining space sporting an Eloise Fornieles painting above the fireplace.
In the main bathroom on the third floor of a five-story townhouse in downtown Manhattan, architect Rafael de Cárdenas employed a palette of grays, which, he explains, “mediates between the cooler shades of the floors above and the warmer ones on the floors below.”
A black-and-white Horst P. Horst photograph behind the tub adds contrast to the monochromatic theme.
In designing this space in a Smith Lake, Alabama, vacation home, Andrew Brown took his cue from the surrounding nature. “I wanted the colors of the bathroom to complement, but not distract from, the outdoors,” he says. “The view is really the main feature in the bathroom, and the tub provides the perfect space to relax and enjoy the views.”
“The client wanted a tub to share, so I built a room around this marble custom surround,” Mona Hajj says, describing the super-chic bath she designed for an early-20th-century house in Baltimore.
And the qualities that characterize her creation? “Luxury and comfort that came about by combining modern and old features — a good marriage,” says Hajj, who satisfied the “old” side of that equation with graceful antiques like the English pier mirror.
For clients who wanted the bath in their Malibu beach house to serve as a calm retreat, Giannetti Home created a space with a soothing, neutral palette and a decor of understated elegance. “The large arched window connects the space to the beautiful landscape,” says Brooke Giannetti. “And the antique Swedish baroque stool is a wonderful juxtaposition against the more-clean-lined elements in the room.”
“The inspiration for this Houston bathroom was the gorgeous marble we found,” says Chandos Dodson. Dodson deployed the luxe material to craft a light, bright, yet warm space, furnished with such similarly sumptuous elements as a Janet Wiebe Murano glass chandelier and an ottoman locally made by Joseph Company.
Studio Ashby created a spa-like bathroom in a London apartment perched 41 stories above the Thames. Designer Sophie Ashby’s favorite element? Tim Hall’s seascape photograph, strategically placed to serve as a transportive focal point for someone serenely soaking in the tub.
“The Arabescato marble reminds me of old European bathrooms,” says Michelle Gerson, explaining how the material set the scene for this zen space in her own New Jersey home. “We toned the wild stone down with modern lacquer cabinetry, large organic concrete tiles and a modern bathtub.”
A touch of romance is added by the large-scale artwork, a multicolored love poem by Matthew Heller.
“I love it when clients are open to doing something that hasn’t been done before. Here, the goal was to create something dramatic and irreverent,” Summer Thornton says of this bathroom in a Lincoln Park, Chicago, home, which features Cowtan & Tout wallpaper and a custom-painted floor. “Is it over the top? Yes! And that’s the point. But it is done in a whimsical way with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
“When you walk in, you can’t help but be energized and transported to a fantasy world — perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon of daydreaming in the tub.”
“The client wanted a beautiful feminine bathroom with a slightly European flair,” says Jeff Andrews, who designed this space in a Los Angeles home. “We ultimately went with classic finishes and furnishings for a serene and timeless look.” The chaise, which is upholstered in Schumacher fabric, is from Eloquence; the wallpaper is Cowtan & Tout.
A glass star pendant hangs over the tub in a the bathroom of Martyn Lawrence Bullard–designed 1929 villa in Los Angeles. The cabinets are fronted in Missoni fabric.
“The clients wanted a ‘romantic bathroom’ in this space,” Robert Young, of Riviere Interiors, says of this 1670 London townhouse.
“We installed a good sized en suite bathroom off the other side of their master bedroom, and this one was created in a small space that used to be a closet. We installed a vintage mid-century candlelight chandelier and a pair of fine early 19th-century cut-glass wall lights in this space, beside and in front of a French silvered cushion moulded mirror, circa 1890. The walls and floor are clad in polished black marble.”
“My client wanted his home to feel like a country retreat in the city,” James Huniford says of this Manhattan penthouse, “so we incorporated pipe-like fittings by Rocky Mountain Hardware and installed a carved cedar tub by E-Legno. A series of healthy-living affirmations hangs on the wall above.”
Hubert Zandberg designed this Georgian townhouse in London with a 1940s French aesthetic, and the marble master bath features glamorous elements like crystal chandelier and sconces and a mirror-paneled tub.
Timothy Godbold designed this Sag Harbor, New York, home with industrial influences, including the bronze fittings and accessories in the bathroom. The sconces, wooden vanity and large baskets also lend the space a vintage, farmhouse feel.
“This is a master bathroom exclusively for the lady of the house,” Deirdre Doherty says of this Spanish Colonial home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. “The style is a loose take on French 1940s with an unashamed burst of glamour befitting Wallis Simpson in Paris to Rita Hayworth in Hollywood.”
The room includes a vintage Baccarat chandelier, contemporary Baccarat wall lights and accessories.
“The overall intention was to include the landscape as one of the dominant design elements to create a wholly indoor-outdoor bathroom,” says Taryn Christoff of Christoff:Finio Architecture, who designed this home on Long Island’s East End.
“To further that ambition, the cast bronze panels extend from inside of the bathroom to the exterior — to become weathered naturally by the ocean air. The soaking tub is a simple and restful white shape in contrast to the colors and textures of the site.” The chairs on the patio outside the bathroom are by Janus et Cie.
At Patina Farm in Ojai, California, the residence of design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti, the tub is located in the glass-walled shower room, which offers views of the garden.
Bismut & Bismut aimed to contrast the very traditional bathroom design with contemporary elements, including furniture and the ceiling, for this Paris apartment. A vintage chandelier purchase at a flea market hangs over the space, which features an armchair by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen.
At this shingle-style summer home in Maine, designed by Peter Pennoyer Architects and decorated by Jayne Design Studio, the window above the tub offers sweeping ocean views. The wallpapered ceiling and embroidered rug add vintage appeal to the new-construction house.
Groves & Co. created a sophisticated bathroom suite in this New York duplex, including walnut paneling and heavily grained travertine countertops. The hand-carved wooden stool is by Carol Egan and was sourced at Maison Gerard.
“The bathroom, located in one of Park Avenue’s most prestigious and exclusive buildings, was designed for a young mother,” according to Fox-Nahem Associates, who designed the space. “The marble wall panels set into a satin nickel frame is a nod to the pre-war heritage of the building, but executed in a cleaner way to reflect the aesthetic of the client.
Using traditional materials in a modern way keeps the final result fresh and contemporary.” A 1960s glass and chrome Fontana Arte chandelier hangs over the space.
Kelly Behun designed this Manhattan penthouse, which is located at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. The bathroom’s clean lines and neutral palette keeps the attention on the expansive city views.
“Since the local landscape is truly one of a kind, we used that as a touchstone for the design scheme, building a seamless transition between indoors and out,” Nicole Hollis says of this space at Carmel Valley Ranch in California, which has a custom bathtub by the designer.
“This concrete soaking tub is located on the patio and extends the use of the space and encourages the residential feel. All the natural textures and tones connect directly with the landscape and the view.”
Boldly patterned encaustic tiles pop in this elegant West Village townhouse‘s bathroom by Mark Zeff, which features a neutral palette with silver accents.
Brown Design Group’s Ryan Brown and Diego Monchamp were inspired by their love of the Hamptons when decorating this home in Dana Point, California. The bathroom, whose tub is positioned in front of a wide ocean-facing window, features a sitting area in front of the dramatic fireplace.
“A porcelain Cheviot tub is set in concrete to reveal its sinuous curves and reference the raw concrete loft space on the floor below of the duplex penthouse,” Michael Haverland says of this New York duplex loft he designed. “The bluestone floor weaves through a steel and glass wall to engage the large terrace and soothing green tile references nature.”
Ike Kligerman Barkley designed this New England beach house, whose restrained interiors feature clean lines and light finishes. A photograph by Olaf Otto Becker hangs above the fireplace.
“Set in the master suite of a vacation home in Naples, Florida, this bathroom’s mood is serene and relaxing,” Summer Thornton says of the space decorated with an iron lantern by Circa Lighting and a garden stool. “It’s the perfect place for a bubble bath and a glass of wine after a day of fun in the sun.”
“The bathroom has a lot of glass and marble, so the look is minimal, but not cold,” Nicole Hollis says of a renovated, architecturally significant San Francisco residence by Jim Jennings. “The veining of the Calcutta marble adds warmth. And there is a lot of wood. We kept the original maple floors and did custom walnut cabinetry.
The windows were sandblasted for privacy, but no other window treatments are used. So natural light is used to its full advantage. These elements all work together to create a space that is bright, relaxing and welcoming throughout the day.”
“The interiors of this Northern California home reflect the subtle beauty of its natural surroundings with a nod to the California’s Arts & Crafts movement,” James Huniford says of this home in California’s Marin County. “The couple wanted a structure that would feel ‘tucked in’ by the site’s 125-foot redwoods and oak trees.”