Many new build plans are now including Guest Powder Rooms. They are a fantastic opportunity to go a little wild.
You can forget all the practical restrictions that the main bathroom and ensuite will command, no steam to worry about, limited storage will be required … basically it just has to be pretty! As a space you nip in and out of you won’t tire of a bold statement decision. How do I achieve all that I hear you ask, the answer is simple ……..WALLPAPER.
The Powder Room is a tiny space that should pack a big punch, think about not only the vanity but the mirror, and the lighting. Surprise and delight your guests with pattern and colour, are you bright and cheerful or dark and moody..
I have found these little beauties on Pinterest, saved to my bathroom board for further info.
I’m a long time fan of the work of Sydney Design Studio Arent & Pyke, I love their clean aesthetic, eye for detail and their use of colour.
Barcom Terrace project is a sympathetic modernization of an 1800’s boarding house all of the images are gorgeous but the 3 that catch my eye are below…
The unexpected use of concrete to create bench seating that then cleverly flows into the fire hearth grounds the room, the squab and cushion combination on the bench seat is again thoughtful. Default decision (as discussed on my previous blog) would be to have the squab full length with a multitude of cushions … I love the thoughtful detail of the short squab and the combination of cushion shapes the over-sized wall mounted lamp adds an intimacy to the space.
The kitchen sits majestically at the other end of this open-plan space, the steel framed joinery housing the Scullery not only visually separates the space but entices you into a space that is traditionally hidden
The industrial mix of the concrete plinth and black fittings with elegant wispy white fabric and marble ……
Superbly Photographed by Tom Ferguson
Browsing through Melbourne based Bower Architecture & Interiors web site is a visual delight, each featured project is an inspiration!
The studios mission statement resonates with me as well.
Our architecture sits outside of fashion and is grounded in a collective view that the best and most sustainable design is that which is built to last and be celebrated for decades to come.
It is the essence of my Design practice, I totally agree that Interior Design should sit firmly beyond the whims of fashion, this is what truly leads to timeless design.
The bold use of colour in the Stepping House project caught my eye. A 1960’s home that has been cleverly renovated into beautiful light filled spaces.
I love how the powerful bold blocks of colour have been used to create intimate zones, which are then softened and linked with the warmth of timber.
Flagstone tile layout adds textural interest, mirrors extended to the ceiling enhance the visual height, and in the bathroom below leads the eye to the glass ceiling!
First seen on Contemporist.
I know my work has been completed on a project when it’s time to put a call out to Amanda – my trusted photographer. It’s exciting and kind of sad in a way too as it can be a long process getting to this point. On a large complex project it’s not unusual for many months to pass working alongside clients getting to know the in’s and out’s of the family’s life, visualizing each part of the home always with the ultimate vision in mind.
The images below are testament to this very process. I had the privilege to began work on this project 2 years ago – no that’s not a typo it really did take 2 years to ensure we left no stone unturned. When we began renovating, the home was terribly neglected it was shocking to see a magnificent home so ruined by weather, fortunately the beautiful bones where in tact although in serious need of TLC!!
Bridge beams were originally white washed, Jarrah flooring water damaged, structural features were hidden, some rooms had never been completed and that was just the tip of the iceberg!
My brief was to create an elegant but comfortable country home – take a look at the results
The clients had quality furniture that was also worth renovating, couches were re upholstered, family pieces were unearthed from storage and reinvented, notably the elegant arm chair in JD Madagascar Paradise. Bespoke pieces were locally sourced, the Ottoman in Harlequin Purple Snakeskin and Button Backed dining chairs in matching colored pairs.
We altered the layout of the kitchen to become open plan incorporating the bridge beam into the Stone Island bench top.
Bathrooms were elegantly restyled to fit seamlessly with the essence of the grand country home.
A combination of wonderful clients with open minds, a team of brilliant local tradesmen made the project an absolute pleasure ….. A good job well done I think!
So it’s freezing outside, winter is here and its HARD to get out of bed in the morning, just for a moment lets imagine waking up and discovering that one of these bathrooms had magically arrived while you slept ….woo hoo!! How different mornings would be, what a delight to start your day here – you couldn’t help but emerge beautiful!
Now all you need to do is decide which one you would choose, trust me it won’t be easy!
Will it be this light filled elegant room with gorgeous freestanding bath and vanity, super simple at first glance but the detail is there
Or will it be this sharp modern masculine room with simple rectangle lines? His and Hers vanities, good mirror cabinet storage, pendant lighting
Or this………. an outdoor shower indoors?? Amazing!!
Well I would be delighted to find any of these but would give special thanks to the night fairies if image number one turned up, how about you?
Image 1 & 2, Image 3
I have a new project under way… a bathroom renovation in a stunning Tuscan villa. The current layout is dominated by a corner spa bath and very dated wall tiling. As with most renovations its going to involve some compromises, this time its the terracotta floor tiles which run through out the entire home and therefore have to stay.
So I’m going to add some clean modern lines while keeping with the overall Tuscan style, maximum storage with a custom-made vanity and the Robertson Zen basin will be a perfect fit along with tumbled marble mosaic tiles.