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Contemporary bathroom features a variety of tiles


Simple, pared-back interiors go a long way towards creating a sense of serenity.

With its modern classic furniture, concealed window treatments and suspended ceiling, this master bedroom is a fine example.

Architect James LaRue and interior designer Paula Ables collaborated on the design of the suite, which is in a new house built in the Texas hill country contemporary style.

"The dropped ceiling appears to float within the room," says LaRue. "It conceals services, creates an interesting shadow reveal, and accommodates a variety of mood lighting, including LED strips and downlights."

Ables says the tranquil look is also enhanced by the muted neutral colour palette.


"The bathroom, however, needed to be ‘an event' in the words of the owners. They wanted this room to deliver something quite special."

With this in mind, the team created a large multi-spray shower. This is fully glazed so the owners can look right out through a large window to an attractive landscape.

"The owners liked the idea of having individual shower fittings, which are defined by mosaic tiled columns featuring a colourful mix of ZD Cashmere glass and stone mosaics."

The top half of the shower box is tiled with Teardrop glass tiles, while the base is Light Emperador marble, as are the vanity tops and tub surround.

For further continuity, Shaker-style wood doors on the vanity are stained to match cabinetry in the kitchen.

First published date: 16 February 2015

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Credit List

Architect James LaRue, LaRue Architects (Austin, TX)
Interior designer Paula Ables, Paula Ables Interiors
Builder Shoberg Homes
Bathtub Kohler Tea For Two from Ferguson
Vanity cabinets Shaker style in alder wood with Pecan stain over Rustic Grey stain by Gary White Cabinets
Hardware Emtek Finger Pull
Handbasins Kohler Kathryn from Ferguson
Taps Hansa from Ferguson
Shower fittings Kohler Watertile shower head and body spray, Kohler Stillness showerhead, Kohler Hotel hand shower, Kohler Oblo volume and thermostatic valves
Flooring Ivory Classic travertine from AG&M
Wall tiles Teardrop glass by Vogue Bay; Light Emperador marble and ZD Cashmere stone and glass mosaics
Paints Benjamin Moore
Lighting Besa Lighting from Lighting, Inc
Accessories Atlas Fulcrum; Emtek
Roller shades Mermet from Modern Energy