Nature Meets Nurture in This Modern Bathroom

Garden views and luxurious finishes enhance spa-like pampering
By Ellen Sturm Niz
August 18, 2010

With walls of windows opening to private gardens on both ends and skylights above for extra morning light, this master bath provides the Zen feelings of nature with all the amenities of a high-end spa. “I wanted this bathroom to be very spa-like and very tonal with a desert palette,” said interior designer Erinn Valencich of Erinn V Design Group, who worked on the complete remodel of this 1950s house in the Trousdale Estate area of Beverly Hills.

His and hers vanities line each side of the master bath, so husband and wife each have their own grooming spaces. While hers is 8 ft. long, his vanity ends at 6 ft. to accommodate a small pony wall with a fretwork screen above to hide the hatbox-shaped toilet. “I wanted to keep it open but give a little more privacy,” said Valencich.
Above each vanity area is a thin wood frame enclosing large mirrors that are bookended with iridescent glass tilework and clear glass wall sconces. The sandstone marble vanity top is rich with veining that ties together the warm wood and white lacquer finishes of the custom cabinetry, which was designed by Valencich. Warm neutral-toned porcelain tiles cover the floors and walls of the bath. “I love to tile all the walls,” said Valencich. “It gives a complete spa feeling.” The linen-inspired tile also features a brushed pattern, which adds extra interest and luxury. “It looks like a linen tile and has a bit of texture,” said Valencich. “People think its wallpaper.” The gigantic wall-to-wall walk-in shower features a full-length window that uses a desert garden as its backdrop. Stingray-patterned tiles line the shower walls, while Maluca Tan pebbles on the shower floor create interest and comfort underfoot. A digitally controlled shower system allows the couple to program different water, sound, light and steam settings. “It’s all the bells and whistles in a shower,” said Valencich. In the center of the shower is a small tiled stool on which to sit or place shower supplies.
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On the opposite end of the shower is a soaking tub that overlooks an enclosed garden. Repeating the stingray shower tile on the tub face ties the two ends of the bath together. A built-in shelving area next to the tub provides a display area for photos or personal items, as well as additional storage for bathroom necessities like towels.
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Designer: Erinn Valencich—Erinn V Design Group, Los Angeles Manufacturers: Shower system: Kohler; Tile and shower flooring: Ann Sacks; Tub: Kohler; Toilet: Kohler; Sconces: Sonneman; Hardware: Kohler Photography: Jamie Fisher
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