8 Ethereal Bathrooms to Inspire Your Next Home Project
Whether your dream is a spalike master suite, or you are reconsidering that petite powder you never got around to finishing, here is our collection of favorite facilities from Arizona’s top designers.
Interior designer: Wendy Black Rodgers
Featuring a bathtub cut from a single block of marble, this remodel was done to update the surfaces of the primary bathroom and create a dramatic space for the family to enjoy. A high-walled private patio with an outdoor shower and fireplace was created to enjoy an alfresco experience. The flooring tile “rug” under the bathtub incorporates a custom Moroccan pattern that was laser cut; the same motif is found in the shower. “We also designed a unique version of the Victorian conversation chair so that the homeowner’s daughters could be with her while she was getting ready for the day,” says Rodgers.
Interior designer: Angelica Henry
A striking combination of pattern and color, this guest bathroom boasts unique touches, including wood counters, I-beam details separating each sink area and whimsical caged pendant lights. “The clients wanted something bold with a completely unique character that felt somewhat collected and that their guests would enjoy when visiting,” Henry says. “The wallcovering set the stage, while the warm painted millwork finish balances out the color palette. A skylight above the vanity adds a unique element and infuses a wonderful light quality to the space.”
Interior designer: Esther Boivin
The objective for this master bath was to create a functional yet elegant space. Boivin incorporated two shower stations with blue translucent backlit onyx slabs, a freestanding jet tub, furniturelike vanities and large mirrors. The biggest challenge? “Converting a nonfunctional layout into a beautiful, flowing, efficient and cohesive plan, which involved a complete new plumbing and electrical plan change,” the designer recalls.
Interior designer: Julia Buckingham
To integrate a blah powder bath into the minimalist elegance of a historic home, Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award-winning interior designer Julia Buckingham added a chair rail and headboard to embrace the rest of the home’s aesthetic. She then chose a textural wallcovering and simple modern vanity alongside an antique water gilt mirror. “The sconces just felt right,” she says. “The powder room should be the jewel of each home. Due to the clean lines with minimal embellishments of this architectural style, the powder bath was barely existent. This tired diamond in the rough now just screams sophistication.”
Interior designer: Jaimee Rose
This bath was an addition to a historic hacienda,” Rose says. “We had to keep the spirit of the home in mind so that the new space and the old spoke to one another. We did it by keeping all the finishes classic—nothing trendy or new—save the matte black plumbing, which the clients asked for and loved.” The bathroom opens onto a large balcony that wraps around the master suite, with the lights of the city of Tucson on one side and the Catalina Foothills on the other.
“This is home to a busy family, and the husband and wife really wanted a retreat where they could escape together at the end of the day, to rest, unwind and drink wine together outside.”
THE COAST IS CLEAR
Interior designer: Sandy Black
Asked by her clients to create an elegant powder room with a hint of coastal influence, Black wanted to achieve the look without using kitschy materials such as seashells, sea grass and beach art. She started with the clean, simple lines of a floating vanity made of soft white quartz. “To make the vanity stand out, it was important to do a wall treatment that contrasted with it,” the designer recalls. A linear glass tile in pearlized navy was selected to run vertically from the top of the recessed area, down the wall and onto the floor. “This simulated the feel of cool water cascading down and pooling beneath the vanity,” Black says. The round mirror is a nod to a ship’s window; the antique brass pendants and wall-mounted faucet further complement the navy tile. “A navy, gold and white color scheme can always be counted on to add elegance to any design,” she says.
THE SPA AT HOME
Architect: Mark Candelaria
Well-appointed with a steam shower; sauna; his-and-hers vanities; separate water closets; built-in tub and indoor heated spa, this European-inspired master bathroom retreat is perched over a natural boulder outcropping, maximizing the view of the surrounding golf course and its setting beyond. “The barrel-vault ceiling feature is intersected by a cupola that brings additional natural light into the heart of the room,” says Candelaria, also a Master of the Southwest. Beyond the bathroom, one can exit on either side of the bathtub into the octagonal-shaped indoor spa featuring a latticed cove lit ceiling and sweeping views of the desert vista. “All the details, from the millwork, stone and tilework, lighting and ceilings celebrate and combine with European elegance.”
Interior designer: James McIntyre
The knee-jerk instinct often is to go bright and white in a small space,” says interior designer James McIntyre, “but I suggest working with the tight coziness and going dark. It accentuates the experience to dramatize the mood of the small space.”
VICTORIAN SECRET—Interior designer: Wendy Black Rodgers, Wendy Black Rodgers Interiors, Scottsdale, wbrint.com. Bathtub: Picasso Tile & Stonework, Tempe, picassotile.com. Bubble chandelier: Hinkley’s Lighting Factory, Scottsdale, hinkleyslighting.com.
SUBURBAN JUNGLE—Interior designer: Angelica Henry, ASID, Angelica Henry Design, Scottsdale, angelicahenrydesign.com. Millwork: Goodall Custom Cabinetry & Millwork, Glendale, goodallllc.com. Tile: Facings of America, Scottsdale, facingsofamerica.com.
ELECTRIC BLUES—Interior designer: Esther Boivin, Allied ASID, Esther Boivin Interiors, Scottsdale, estherboivininteriors.com. Onyx slabs: crystalinestoneusa.com. Chandelier: avenuelighting.com. Wallpaper: detroitwallpaper.com. White marble tile: Monterrey Tile, Gilbert, monterreytile.com.
PRAIRIE-STYLE PRIVY—Interior designer: Julia Buckingham, Julia Buckingham Interiors, Scottsdale, juliabuckinghaminteriors.com. Sconces: arteriors.com. Wallcovering: phillipjeffries.com. Sink: duravit.us. Plumbing hardware (in French Gold): kohler.com. Antique French mirror: juliabuckinghaminteriors.com. TUCSON HACIENDA—Interior designer: Jaimee Rose, Jaimee Rose Interiors, Phoenix, jaimeerose.com. Builder: Wilson Builders LLC, Tucson, wilsonbuildersllc.com. Cabinetry (custom): Rysso Peters, Phoenix, (480) 946-0088. Tub: hydrosystem.com. Side table in tub: arteriors.com. Cabinet, chandelier and sconces: jaimeerose.com. Marble tile: Craftsman Court Ceramics, Scottsdale, craftsmancourt.com. Plumbing fixtures (by Kohler): Expressions Home Gallery, Scottsdale, expressionshomegallery.com.
THE COAST IS CLEAR—Interior designer: Sandy Black, Allied ASID, Sandy Black Interiors, Scottsdale, sandyblackinteriors.com. Light fixtures: modernforms.com. Backsplash tile: flooranddecor.com. Flooring: Arizona Hardwood, Phoenix, azwood.com. Countertop: Arizona Tile, Phoenix, arizonatile.com. THE SPA AT HOME—Architect: Mark Candelaria, AIA, and Meredith Thomson, AIA, Candelaria Design Associates, Scottsdale, candelariadesign.com.
DARK MATTERS—Interior designer: James McIntyre, James McIntyre Interior Design, Scottsdale, jamesmcintyreinteriordesign.com. Wallpaper (MG40700 Hexagon): crownsurfacesolutions.com. Icicle light: portaromana.com. Small chandelier (“Bellvale” by Aerin): circalighting.com.