The look of marble and actual marble dovetail in this exotic bathroom

Warm-toned, luxurious finishes ensure this ensuite offers a hotel resort-like aesthetic, while the demure palette defers to the home’s clifftop outlooks

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Jamie Cobel
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​​​​​​​Large format porcelain tiles in a luxurious veined marble-look finish set the scene for this ensuite, by Dunlop Design.

When the owners have been dreaming of their clifftop apartment for three years, it’s likely that nothing will be left under-considered at the design stage – with the master suite an important case in point.

This was the story for this master bedroom, ensuite and dressing room, created by designer Jennie Dunlop. 

The wider project comprised a luxurious three-level seaside apartment complex, so making the most of the views was naturally right at the top of the owners’ master suite wish list.

They wanted the ensuite itself to have a resort-look aesthetic, with twin basins, a freestanding bath and a generous shower.


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​​​​​​​For this bathroom by Dunlop Design, the double vanity countertop is in Calacatta Lincoln Marble, toning with the porcelain tile. Under-mounted sinks and wall-mounted mixers help keep the vanity minimalist and contemporary. A waterfall finish softens the end of the vanity that’s on show at entry.

“However, we exercised restraint with the styling to ensure the bathroom exuded a subtle warmth,” says Dunlop. “To this end, we chose rich milk chocolate-toned tiles with soft grey/white veining to set the tone for a relaxed and luxurious vibe.

“Layering a floating, light-hued vanity with a marble top, discreet basins and mirror wall cabinets over the backdrop of veined brown tile on the floors and walls created the soft look we wanted.”

“We decided to pull the vanity back from the ensuite entry as the substantial recessed slider opened directly on to it,” says Dunlop.

 “To soften the view of the stepped back vanity from the entrance, the marble benchtop has a waterfall finish at the ‘on-show’, door end."

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​​​​​​​Large sliders between this master bedroom and terrace allow for effortless indoor-outdoor living in the ground floor apartment, part of a three-level clifftop complex. Like the adjacent ensuite bathroom, the generous-sized bedroom also features refined yet subdued colours and materials that create visual allure without detracting from the ocean views.

Undermount basins and wall mounted tapware add to the vanity’s sleek lines.

A freestanding curvaceous tub is set on the opposite side to the entrance and as such is a focal point. The tub’s position also means the owners can bath and take in the garden views from the full-height shuttered window to the right of it.

“To optimise both space and storage, a return wall was added at the entryway, perpendicular to the vanity wall. This allows the long mirror-fronted cabinet to continue beyond the length of the vanity.”

Oct 30, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design
Benchtop
Calacatta Lincoln Marble, from SCE Stone
Basin
GEA Undermount, from Robertson Bathware
Shower stall
Glass, from Inspired Trading
Toilet
Elisse MK2
Tiles
Calacatta Black European Ceramics
Hot water system
Electric
Ventilation
Mitsubishi Centra Fugal
Carpet
Belgotex Hilton, from Award Carpets
Paint
Resene
Vanity cabinetry
Smoked Oak, by Good Kitchens
Bath
Terrasa Freestanding, from Robertson Bathware
Taps
Zuchetti Pan Wall Mounted, from Robertson Bathware
Shower fittings
Grohe Shower Head with Pan Slide, Elementi Rain Head, and Pan Mixer, from Robertson
Accessories
DCS Scarpa Heated Rails, from Franklins
Under-floor heating and tiling
Casa Ceramica
Lighting
LED strips, from Good Kitchens; recessed lights, from Fersa
Blinds
Painted Shutters, by NZ Window Shades
Wallcovering
Seneca Textiles
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
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