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Long, narrow bathroom with pale tones, Italian limestone floor and American oak cabinetry

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A client's wish list can dictate the look of a bathroom in more ways than one. When a number of elements are requested, it can impact on the space-planning and so have an influence on the overall final aesthetic.

For this high-end ensuite, the owners had asked designer Emma Morris for a spacious, stylish, and functional bathroom with all amenities, including a double vanity, under-floor heating, and bidet.

The challenge with this bathroom was organising the positioning of the various items on her clients' wish list – given the narrow width of the space, says Morris.

"We set the freestanding bath in front of the floor-to-ceiling window that we'd designed as part of the wider house fit-out – this created an easy indoor-outdoor link.

"Next, we hung the floating mirror and the cantilevered, stained oak vanity with Corian benchtop along the long wall. This enhanced the overall sense of space, while also helping to define the room."


Another feature of the ensuite is the large custom-designed Italian limestone shower, which includes a recessed tiled shelf. Morris's design team worked closely with the builder and plumber to ensure the shower's tricky construction was finalised from early on in the piece.

"Our overall aim was to bring a feeling of delicacy and warmth to the ensuite," says Morris. "This was achieved by the choice of natural finishes – from the rich, veined look of the limestone floor and wall tiles to the custom-stained American oak on the double vanity and wall-height cabinetry. Glass doors on the shower add to the overall sense of spaciousness."

First published date: 04 May 2016

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Designer Emma Morris, Eterno Design, Christchurch
Vanity Custom-designed, American oak with custom finish and grooved handles, wall-mounted
Basins Corian, bespoke by Eterno, concealed drain
Taps Twin-lever wall-mounted mixer by Methven
Benchtop Corian, Glacier White
Floors and walls Italian limestone tiles
Shower Custom tiled shower with glass door
Lighting Recessed aluminium lights; aluminium extrusion light designed by Eterno Design
Mirror Designed by Emma Morris
Towel rail DSC
Bath Ambiente Classic Duo Oval by Kaldewei
Bath spout Epic Freestanding Bath Filler by Dorf
Shower tapware Shower slide, mixer by Hansgrohe
Awards TIDA, Highly Commended