April 29, 2010

Although agate is sometimes dubbed “the stone of balance,” its appeal extends beyond that of health and wellbeing. For a couple’s second home
in Tucson, AZ, for example, its visual attributes served as inspiration for a stunning powder room remodel whose luxurious style reflects the
cultural sophistication of the homeowners as well as the beauty of the Southwest.

Created by Lori Carroll, who also designed the rest of the home’s interiors, the roughly 57-sq.-ft. space gets much of its drama from a floating agate vanity that is mounted to a full-length mirror and internally illuminated. Above, a tall black ceramic vessel sink offsets the rich patterning below, and a mirror-mounted faucet in oil-rubbed bronze keeps the look clean and elegant. Complementing the warm bronze are twin sconces formed of oxidized metal, glass wall tiles that shimmer with an interstitial layer of gold leaf, and a faux-finished wall and ceiling. Limestone flooring counterbalances the entire composition, which welcomes guests into an atmosphere of easy opulence.
honorable mention bath design by Lori Carroll

Designer: Lori Carroll, ASID—Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, AZ; www.loricarroll.com
Additional members of the design team: Esthela Celaya, Mary Roles, Ali Saavedra, Guillermo Bauza, Tanque Verde Electric, Pioneer Plumbing
Manufacturers: Vanity: Cactus Stone (agate), Granite Plus
(fabrication); Sink: Hastings Tile & Bath; Faucet and towel ring: Kallista; Custom mirror, sconces and niche box: Luna Negra; Specialty faux paint: Fauxworks Professional Painting; Tile: Ann Sacks (wall), Bedrosian Tile & Stone (flooring), DAR Tile (installer); Toilet: Kohler; Glass shelves: Skyline Glass & Mirror
Photography: © William Lesch

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