Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Michael McCleary
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Open, spacious family bathroom by KellyBaron Design
With the remodel of a home built in the 1930s, you might think that the decor would remain true to that era. But bathrooms tended to be undervalued in those days, and the demands of modern family life can require a design shift.
This project, by designers Kelly Van Halen and Baron Rogers of KellyBaron, has doubled the size of the old bathroom, which had been tucked into an attic area with a sloping ceiling. To expand the room, the roof was dormered and space borrowed from above the garage.
Besides achieving a larger bathroom, the owners wanted to build on the élan of the home but add modern conveniences suited to life with young children, says Van Halen. Other needs included plenty of storage and vanity space for both parents.
"The resulting design offers the best of both worlds. On the contemporary front, there are durable engineered-stone vanity tops, a glass shower stall and a sculptural, freestanding tub.
"Original ceramic tile floors were replaced with hard-wearing, non-staining porcelain, but with a high lustre that has the look of marble."
Baron Rogers says some traditional aspects include the chair rail – seen in other rooms – the cabinet design, and feature oval windows.
"The window midway along the 4.2m-long vanity was positioned to optimise light play and interior views, and to complement the exterior symmetry on the front facade of the residence. In fact, the owners liked this element so much that we repeated it in the shower enclosure."
Colours in the bathroom are understated, and draw the design together. Sea-green subway tiles in modern dimensions work with the pale blue walls and the sea-green striped drapes.
The vanity provides personal space and storage, and contrasts with the pale surfaces.
First published date: 06 October 2013
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|Designer||Kelly Van Halen, Baron Rogers, KellyBaron Design (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Cabinetry||Solid alder in dark ebony stain, custom by KellyBaron Design|
|Vanity top||Engineered stone, white|
|Vanity basins||Kohler from Ferguson|
|Taps||Rohl Country Bath Collection|
|Shower fittings||Edwardian Series by Perrin & Rowe|
|Shower enclosure||Glass, custom|
|Tub||Picasso by Hydro Systems|
|Flooring||Pasha white onyx mosaic by Walker Zanger|
|Wall coverings||Pale Powder paint by Farrow & Ball; Tuileries Collection subway ceramic tile in Pastis from Walker Zanger|
|Lighting||Lugarno sconces from Restoration Hardware|
|Oval windows||Custom by KellyBaron, made by B&B Doors & Windows|
|Drapes||Custom flat Roman shades by KellyBaron|
|Accessories||Mirrors by Kallista|