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Sense of charm

Installing modern fittings can improve functionality and maintain character

The Recor Dual bath with nickel plated feet bathroom, home, interior design, room, tile, window, gray, white
The Recor Dual bath with nickel plated feet provides a grandiose focal point when entering this bathroom. The Italian feature wall tiles and a rainhead shower bring a touch of nature into the room, adding to it's overall charm and freshness.

When you're designing a classic-styled bathroom with modern specifications, there's always a risk that the end result won't quite gel. But with a very specific brief requiring the use of existing elements, designer Debra De Lorenzo was able to create a room with a strong sense of charm.

"Our client specified the use of tiles, and required the room to maintain the overall character of their 100-year-old farm house. The brief demanded modern practicality without modern appearance. They also asked that an existing wrought iron storage unit be used."

De Lorenzo says planning the room around the storage unit required intense attention to detail.


The Recor Dual bath with nickel plated feet bathroom, floor, home, interior design, plumbing fixture, real estate, room, sink, tap, tile, white, gray
The Recor Dual bath with nickel plated feet provides a grandiose focal point when entering this bathroom. The Italian feature wall tiles and a rainhead shower bring a touch of nature into the room, adding to it's overall charm and freshness.

"The devil is the detail. All the ornate elements needed to be linked in order to not overpower each other. For example, the large ornate pedestal basin complements the client's own decorative Venetian mirror and chandelier.

"The black wrought iron unit was key for the colour scheme and strongly influenced the selection of feature tile artwork," says De Lorenzo.

Handling and setting the hand-painted feature tiles was critical to the project's success, as they were specifically imported from Italy to exact spatial requirements.

The Recor Dual bath with nickel plated feet bathroom, floor, home, interior design, plumbing fixture, real estate, room, sink, tap, tile, white, gray
The Recor Dual bath with nickel plated feet provides a grandiose focal point when entering this bathroom. The Italian feature wall tiles and a rainhead shower bring a touch of nature into the room, adding to it's overall charm and freshness.

"The ceramic floor and white wall tiles give a traditional base to the room. The Italian tile artwork in the open shower and the black claw-foot bath have an immediate impact, as you see them first when you open the door."

Credit list

Tiles
Cuban black ceramic feature tiles from Gabbianelli; Merida floor tiles, Ghiaccio Vogue wall tiles
Pedestal basin
Canova from Catalano
Towel ladder
Hawthorn Hill from
Tapware and accessories
Bath
Recor Dual from Plumbline
Toilet
Shires Princeton from Plumbline

Story by: Trendsideas

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