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Art Deco Hollywood bathroom by architect Linda Brettler

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Traditional master suite with1930s Hollywood glamour, elaborate tiling and Moorish motifs of this remodeled master suite

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There was a fair amount of serendipity behind the design of this remodeled bathroom in a classic Hollywood house built in 1926.

Architect Linda Brettler, co-owner of the house, says she always wanted a vintage Art Deco bathroom that would reflect the glamour of old Hollywood, and consequently specified a soft lavender-blue custom tile for the walls.

"The tiles in the first batch were rejects – they had been double glazed and were very uneven," Brettler says. "But I opened up the box and loved the variations, which gave the tiles a very handmade look. So the mistake turned out to be a blessing in disguise."

Brettler says the color also was slightly different from what had been specified. But it matched the bluish bark on a beautiful sycamore tree just outside the window, so that was also serendipitous. The green and yellow shades of the leaves are captured inside as well, in the custom-designed Moorish tile border pattern that encircles the lower walls.

Visual continuity is a key part of the design, and can be seen in the use of materials, and in a stepped Deco motif that features throughout the suite. The motif frames the opening between the dressing room and bathroom, and can also be seen in the shape of the soffits that enclose the vanity area and tub. Even the mouldings have a similar stepped profile. And the tops of the mirrors and facings on the vanities are also stepped.


"This Art Deco ziggurat detail and the mosaic tiles are often seen in Spanish and Moorish architecture, which has long been a strong design influence in Hollywood."

Visual continuity is also provided by a black-and-cream striated Venetian marble. This frames the mirrors, windows, vanities and shower entry, and also forms the vanity top and a pedestal beside the tub.

In keeping with her desire to recycle materials where possible, the designer created a decorative window from a wrought iron balustrade that once graced a balcony in Paris. And a recessed light fixture above the bathtub features a recycled brass radiator cover.

The vanity cabinets, which are made from straight-grain wenge wood and burled birch, are also in character – the drawers features vintage Italian Moderne pulls with Deco-style Bakelite discs.

First published date: 13 July 2014

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Architect Linda Brettler AIA, Linda Brettler Architects (Los Angeles)
Cabinet fabrication Brian Hughes
Bathtub Waterworks
Vanity cabinet Wenge wood and burled birch
Vanity top and mouldings Striated marble
Cabinet hardware 1940s Italian from Liz's Antique Hardware
Basin Kohler
Faucets THG Paris
Wall tiles Custom design by Linda Brettler AIA; fabrication by Native Tile & Ceramics
Lighting Restoration Hardware
Stool Antique from Arte Design Imports; fabric by F Schumacher & Co
Stained glass window Sunshine Glass with grill custom design by Linda Brettler AIA; fabricated by Castle Antiques
Paints Benjamin Moore