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A suite for a movie star – the latest traditionally styled bathrooms have a serene, glamorous look, reminiscent of the glory days of Hollywood


Interior designers are right up with the play when it comes to design trends, new products and materials, so it is always interesting to see what they choose for their own homes.

When Terri and Doug Miller came to renovate the master suite in their own family home, they took their cue from the home's Mediterranean style and its location in the Napa Valley, California.

"Our goal was to blend the Spanish architecture with traditional design elements that would be elegant and enduring," says designer Terri Miller. "Over the years, we have accumulated various antique items, and these helped influence the design."

The first step, however, was to alter the layout of the suite, to better suit the family's requirements.

"We have taken space from the bedroom to make the bathroom and wardrobe larger, and we added a coffee bar and laundry facilities."


Miller says the original bathroom had a very '80s look. The space was filled by a big built-in tub and a circular shower that stood right in the centre of the room.

"It was very dated, with inexpensive finishes that were not of the same high standard as we were using in the rest of the house."

The designer says she wanted the new bathroom to have a serene feeling, with soft, flattering colours.

"The cabinetry needed to be beautiful, but not intrusive, especially as it runs all the way along one side of the room. We also wanted three separate, framed mirrors, rather than a great expanse of mirror."

Miller liaised closely with fine cabinetmaker Mike Peachey of The Elegant Box in Georgia to build the cabinetry, and San Francisco decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga to fine-tune design elements, paint colours and glazing. Local builder Larry Ellis of Ellis Construction oversaw all aspects of the construction.

The bathroom also features an extra-large, marble-lined shower room and a separate, matching steam shower.

"Subtle innovations can make a big difference," says Miller. "In a master bathroom, you want to consider not only how things look, but how well they work on a daily basis. A simple example is the slight slope on the steam shower ceiling that keeps condensation from dripping."

The pièce de résistance is the bathtub, positioned in the bay window. Its oval shape and the bow-fronted vanities help soften the look, enhancing the sense of sanctuary.

First published date: 25 September 2014

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Credit List

Interior designer Terri Miller, Grace Miller Interiors (Napa, CA and Albany, GA)
Builder Ellis Construction
Cabinet company The Elegant Box
Decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga
Stonework Bob Spoor Masonry & Tile
Tub MTI Whirlpools Tristan in Biscuit
Vanity top Marble by Surface Art
Basins Jenny by Bates and Bates
Taps Cifial in French Bronze
Lighting Thern Electric; decorative sconces from Ebanista with custom paint finish by Caroline Lizarraga
Mirrors Decorative Crafts, John-Richard Windows and
French doors Marvin
Door hardware Rocky Mountain
Blinds Silhouettes in Matisse from Hunter Douglas
Drapes Grace Miller Interiors, made and installed by Pollin's Upholstery