Wow factor

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Detail layered on detail makes the bathrooms in this Old World-style home a visual adventure
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View of the bathtub

Years ago, in rustic bathrooms newspapers were used to cover the walls, offering snippets of information and visual interest in what was otherwise a simple, functional room.

Taking the premise of visual interest and embellishing it with unusual materials, multiple layers and a variety of styles is a trademark of Studio Waterman, says designer Marybeth Waterman.

"Bathrooms are spaces in which to have a little fun with a design, while paying great attention to the details," says Waterman. "Within the privacy of a bathroom, homeowners and guests will often pause and take a closer look at the decor. My design philosophy is to give them some wow!"

This newly-built home is decorated in a French, Old-World style and has eight bathrooms. Three are featured here, and each one has a distinct and individual identity.

The master bathroom features a terrazzo floor, with pieces of marble hand-laid within a metal screeding structure by an Italian craftsman. The walls are framed in aged knotty alder, with painted panels that depict the four seasons.


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Close-up view of the pottery dough bowl

Pale green marble surrounds the whirlpool bathtub and forms the vanity countertop, while a Venetian chandelier provides overhead lighting.

A full sauna and a separate steam shower are neatly incorporated behind the panelling and an etched glass door designed by Waterman.

The powder room presented Waterman with a interesting design challenge.

"My clients had an 18th century garden gate and an antique French limestone trough from the same era that they had not been able to place in their garden," she says. "I had a wonderful opportunity to design a bathroom around them."

The trough was set on a specially-fabricated pedestal. The garden gate is mounted on two stone columns and is backed by antique mirror panels.

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View of the luxury bathroom

It is the most frequently used bathroom by guests and the owners, who wanted a lively look and something different to study each day.

The third bathroom features a Provene§al pottery dough bowl as a sink, cradled in a custom-designed iron bracket. A pair of painted corner cabinets with shelves provide storage and the flooring is made of glazed terra cotta paver tiles with mosaic inserts.

"A sense of fun, interesting materials for walls,floorings and ceilings and a little romance are the key elements for these bathrooms," says Waterman.

Apr 24, 2003

Credit list

Master bathroom – bathtub
Kohler steeping tub
Vanity
Waterman design, fabricated by Mueller-Turner
Shower door
Studio Waterman design, fabricated by Caley Rhodes
Wallcoverings
Knotty alder wood panels, Studio Waterman design, fabricated by Sicola, artwork by Caleb Hamilton
Guest powder room – sink
French limestone trough
Flooring
Terrazzo design by Concept Studios
Wainscot tiles
Concept Studios
Family powder room – sink
French pottery dough bowl
Cabinetry
Studio Waterman design, fabricated by Quackenbush & Winkler
Tiles
Glazed terra cotta by Concept Studios
Countertop
Pale green marble, fabricated by Concept Studios
Faucets
Etoile by Waterworks
Flooring
Terrazzo tile with green marble
Lighting
Decorative pendants from Charles Jacobsen
Faucet and towel brackets
Custom bronze by Greg Cropper
Wallcoverings
Impregnated colored plaster by Nancy Kintisch
Lighting
Bronze lanterns from Thomas Morgan
Faucet
Herbeau
Flooring
Concept Studios
Lighting
Sconces by Paul Ferrante, glass pendant fixture by Pam Morris
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