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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