Serenity & elegance

This refined and light-filled master bathroom retreat exudes a traditional vibe – but there are some contemporary touches, too

Designed by Mary Maney, Crystal Kitchen+Bath

From the designer:

Design requirements

  • Create an elegant and luxurious master bathroom.
  • Incorporate natural stone, cabinet details and beautiful plumbing fixtures. 
  • Expand the vanity and add details.
  • Add sculptural tub.
  • Create interest in the shower. 
  • Heated floors.


  • Meeting code requirements for the free-standing tub drain vent to the outside.
  • The moulding over the entry doors and a wall register interfered with the new crown moulding for the tray ceiling.
  • One wall of shower was an exterior wall.

Design solutions

  • Marble is incorporated throughout the bathroom to add a feeling of luxury.
  • To create interest to the wide expanse of flooring, a rug pattern with a mosaic inlay is centred on the free-standing tub and bay window.
  • The tub drain issue was rectified with a 5cm diameter vent pipe.
  • Eliminating the drop-in tub allowed for a symmetrically balanced vanity – this wall really becomes the focal point of the room – symmetry is created with the wall panels and light sconces on each side of the decorative mirrors.
  • The minimalistic style and fluid lines of the plumbing fixtures add traditional, yet modern design to the vanity, tub and shower.
  • The organic curves and pleasing proportions of the free-standing tub add elegance to the room – the volcanic limestone material is warm to the touch.
  • In-floor heating was added to keep tile floors warm.
  • A thicker wall with insulation was added to the shower where the recessed niches were located.
  • Reworking the moulding above the entry doorway allowed for crown moulding to encircle the tray ceiling – the wall register was relocated under the soffit.
  • A refined organic leaf chandelier mimics the shape in the mosaic floor tiles below.
  • Another rug pattern with mosaic tiles is incorporated in the head wall of the shower to add a focal point in this space.

Credit list

Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) International Bathroom of the Year – Winner

Designed by: Mary Maney, Crystal Kitchen+Bath

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Rob Grosse, Spacecrafting

19 May, 2024

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