Contemporary classic Italian-style villa bathroom remodel by Martin Horner

Italian-style villa bathroom remodel by Martin Horner
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Tim Maloney
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This master suite was designed by Martin Horner of Soucie Horner Ltd. The bathroom features a bathtub, an ornately framed mirror, cabinets and a chandelier.

In any home, the material palette defines the bathroom, setting the tone and the mood.

The original bathroom in this Italianate villa featured dark green onyx tiles. The tiles, and a huge platform tub with a dark wood surround, gave the room a very heavy, ornate look, says interior designer Martin Horner of Soucie Horner.

"Our goal was to create a retreat for owners Mark and Marianna Tanguay," he says. "The master suite needed to reflect their personalities with sophistication and flair. It had to repeat the design language of the rest of the house, which was extensively remodeled to create a lighter, more modern interior."

Horner says he was able to work with some of the existing features, such as the arched doorways and the distinctive wall niches that accommodate the vanity cabinetry.

"The new cabinets were inserted into the same space. We chose a cerused white oak, which is sandblasted, quarter-sawn oak that has been rubbed white with a special pigment, almost like a whitewash. The cabinets have a sleek, modern look, but a small beading adds a hint of refinement, which is appropriate for a bathroom."


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This master suite was designed by Martin Horner of Soucie Horner Ltd. This is the bedroom, with a white bed, white rug, a white couch and also a white foot rest. There is a fireplace also, and french doors with white drapes that lead outside to the deck.

The cabinets were teamed with a light-colored Avorio Sapone marble vanity top.

"Jerusalem limestone was selected for the mosaic tiles on the backsplash, as this is the stone that features on the floor," says the designer. "And we took the backsplash all the way up to the top of the niche for dramatic impact."

The niches, on either side of the bathroom are nearly symmetrical, but one side also features full-height cabinets.

A separate double shower room is lined with large-format Jerusalem limestone tiles, similar to the floor.

The piéce de resistance in the bathroom, however, is a freestanding, traditionally styled Lefroy Brooks bathtub with a stainless steel-coated exterior. To enhance the classic Italian look, the designer added a decorative tub filler with a shower attachment.

This master suite was designed by Martin Horner bed frame, bed sheet, bedroom, estate, floor, home, interior design, living room, property, real estate, room, suite, window, gray
This master suite was designed by Martin Horner of Soucie Horner Ltd. This is the bedroom, with a white bed, white rug, a white couch and also a white foot rest. There is a fireplace also, and french doors with white drapes that lead outside to the deck.

"An antique mirror and chandeliers also contribute to the romantic feel of the room," says Horner. "While the overall look is more contemporary than the original bathroom, it is still feminine."

Horner says he and the owners took a trip to Italy to look for inspiration for the remodeling project.

"The bedroom features some of the same detailing as the bathroom, and we added detail to the plasterwork in the ceiling to stay in keeping with the overall style."

The designer also added traditional Italian furniture pieces, including handpainted items, and a large white rug.

"Stepping onto the rug is like walking on a cloud. It's another touch of luxury."

Sep 20, 2011

Credit list

Builder
Steigerwald-Dougherty
Bathtub
Lefroy Brooks
Vanity top
Avorio Sapone marble from Chicago Stone Importers
Faucets
Lefroy Brooks in satin nickel
Mosaic wall tiles
Golden Byzantine from Ann Sacks
Cabinet company
Baywood Interiors
Cabinetry
Cerused white oak
Basin
Kalista in Stucco White
Lighting
Melissa Sconce from
Wall and floor tiles
Jerusalem limestone
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