Hand in Hand
For this unique transformation of a master bathroom and mudroom, designer Nissa Gowat of Malvern, Penn.-based Sterling Kitchen and Bath worked alongside the homeowner, Ellyn Spragins, for two stylish designs.
This master bathroom used to be a very small, 1960s-style room with no tub and only one sink. Although the room is still small since they had to keep the same footprint, no space was wasted in the new layout – with room for the installation of a small tub.
Lucite, or clear, and polished chrome hardware was used on the doors/drawers – a preference of the client’s.
A gorgeous scallop-shaped tile in a color very close to the cabinet color was used the largest wall in the shower. The other walls were white subway tile. On the floor there is a green and white granite mosaic, which also matches the tile “rug” in the center of the bathroom floor.
The client wanted more natural light and a tranquil spa-like space where she could relax and feel transported away from everyday life. This pale blue/green was chosen as a gentle departure from the typical white.
Formerly the laundry room, this mudroom was styled for activities such as dog washing and grooming, storage and crafts.
The fun wallpaper was Spragins’ find, and as it only covers two walls – the third is all sliding glass storage, and the fourth is tile – the pattern is not overwhelming. She also decided to paint the window trims and the door black to allow the wallpaper to pop even more.
The vanity’s Lucite feet with brass ferrules are from an artisan in Turkey and were sourced by the homeowner. She also sourced the brass mesh at the sink base.
“I would say my favorite part of the design is the backsplash with the wall-mount faucet,” said Gowat. “I really love the statement that makes on the green tile wall and against the dark cabinetry.”
The antique butcher-block table will be used for crafts and dog grooming, and it was found by the homeowner at Trade Secrets, an annual garden event in Connecticut originated by designer Bunny Williams.