Elegant ensuite features natural stone and efficient space planning

Long, narrow bathroom with pale tones, Italian limestone floor and American oak cabinetry

Designer Emma Morris, of Eterno Design, ensured the architecture, ceiling, countertop, daylighting, floor, flooring, home, house, interior design, property, real estate, room, window, gray
Designer Emma Morris, of Eterno Design, ensured the serene, warm natural feel she introduced to the rest of this homes interiors was continued into this master bathroom.

A client's wish list can dictate the look of a bathroom in more ways than one. When a number of elements are requested, it can impact on the space-planning and so have an influence on the overall final aesthetic.

For this high-end ensuite, the owners had asked designer Emma Morris for a spacious, stylish, and functional bathroom with all amenities, including a double vanity, under-floor heating, and bidet.

The challenge with this bathroom was organising the positioning of the various items on her clients' wish list given the narrow width of the space, says Morris.

The long, floating wall mirror and glass-fronted shower bathroom, countertop, floor, interior design, plumbing fixture, room, sink, tap, tile, wall, gray
The long, floating wall mirror and glass-fronted shower stall opposite both increase the sense of space in this bathroom. Pale tones also contribute to the rooms spacious feeling.

"We set the freestanding bath in front of the floor-to-ceiling window that we'd designed as part of the wider house fit-out this created an easy indoor-outdoor link.

"Next, we hung the floating mirror and the cantilevered, stained oak vanity with Corian benchtop along the long wall. This enhanced the overall sense of space, while also helping to define the room."

Another feature of the ensuite is the large custom-designed Italian limestone shower, which includes a recessed tiled shelf. Morris's design team worked closely with the builder and plumber to ensure the shower's tricky construction was finalised from early on in the piece.

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Handleless wall cabinetry provides unobtrusive storage in this bathroom.

"Our overall aim was to bring a feeling of delicacy and warmth to the ensuite," says Morris. "This was achieved by the choice of natural finishes from the rich, veined look of the limestone floor and wall tiles to the custom-stained American oak on the double vanity and wall-height cabinetry. Glass doors on the shower add to the overall sense of spaciousness."

Credit list

Emma Morris, Eterno Design, Christchurch
Corian, bespoke by Eterno, concealed drain

Corian, Glacier White

Custom tiled shower with glass door

Designed by Emma Morris
Ambiente Classic Duo Oval by Kaldewei
Shower tapware
Shower slide, mixer by Hansgrohe
Custom-designed, American oak with custom finish and grooved handles, wall-mounted
Twin-lever wall-mounted mixer by Methven
Floors and walls
Italian limestone tiles
Recessed aluminium lights; aluminium extrusion light designed by Eterno Design
Towel rail
Bath spout
Epic Freestanding Bath Filler by Dorf
TIDA, Highly Commended

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Andy Brown

04 May, 2016

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