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Natural materials and warm tones transform this master bathroom into a relaxing retreat


When renovating, one factor to bear in mind is how long you plan to stay in the home.

The owners of this home had originally intended to move on fairly quickly. But after six years, they decided they liked the house and locality, and chose to renovate instead. As they expect to stay for some years, they felt it was worth spending time and effort on their master bathroom.

Interior designer Lucy Aiken-Johnson says they wanted to create a private retreat with a spa-like feel.

The new bathroom includes a large, two-person tub, a shower with a tiled seat, and a vanity that includes a special make-up area. The toilet is tucked out of sight in a separate closet.

"The walls are painted in shades of white and off-white and the shower, tub surround and floor are tiled in limestone. A south-facing window makes the bathroom light and bright, creating a calm, warm and relaxing space," she says.


Glass-paneled pocket doors for the entry and toilet maximize the light and save space. For privacy, the glass used for the doors and the window is covered with translucent film.

To provide contrast, the vanity is finished in a dark wenge veneer. Drawers and cupboards to one side provide storage for make-up, hair dryers and other toiletries. A white marble countertop contrasts with the vanity.

The light-colored wood chair, much loved by the owners, adds a sculptural element to this otherwise simple, clean and minimal space.

First published date: 03 March 2006

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Credit List

Architect Patrick Johnson, AIA
Interior designer Lucy Aiken-Johnson, ASID (Atlanta, GA)
Builder Powerhouse Construction
Bathtub Kohler Tea-for-Two
Vanity cabinetry manufacturer Atlanta Woodworks
Vanity cabinetry Wenge wood veneer by Dooge Veneers
Vanity top White Carrara marble top
Vanity light fixture Vibia Llisa
Vanity handles Häfele
Basin Kohler Ladena undercounter
Faucets and shower fittings Hastings Vola in brushed chrome
Shower stall Custom made
Shower stall hardware C R Laurence
Flooring and tiles Jerusalem Bone limestone from Ceramic Technics
Wallcoverings Duron paint
Toilet Kohler Santa Rosa
Lighting Juno Lighting
Blinds Everything for Windows
Accessories Knoll Studio Hat Trick chair; Jonathan Adler vase
Windows JELD-WEN Windows & Doors