Spring is in full-swing here in New York and it feels so wonderful. For those of you living in temperate climates who think you miss all four seasons… well… I’ll gladly trade you… Ahh… us humans; we’re never satisfied with what we have.
Now that we’re out of hibernation, I was at the big Bronxville house the other day. These are only cell phone shots and taken very quickly. But, I couldn’t wait to share them now that the bathroom is completely finished!
Everything, and I mean everything is new. We gutted the entire room to create a dream bathroom!
We created a master dream bathroom spa-retreat with a classical French/Swedish feeling. The previous bathroom was a heavy, ornate Italianate style. S never liked it (I hated it) and it was all wrong for this neo-classical Mediterranean Architectural gem built circa 1910. We chose Carrera Bianco as our white marble. I designed the Greek Key border, but S wanted something more, so we added the hexagon field in the center. I think it adds a lovely dimension and is just enough. S wanted a couple of chairs and I found these at Europe To You when I was at Americasmart last summer. The shades are lined linen gauze, mounted just below the x windows so that we can see the design!
Please also note the fabulous job that Stuart Newsome did with the radiator covers! Just gorgeous! The grilles came from Architectural Grilles. They have a large selection, but I thought this pattern and size would do the trick. We also added flat paneled wainscoting around on the walls.
On the wall is our fabulous grisaille wallpaper from Cole and Son at Lee Jofa. And the gorgeous Gustavian-style wardrobe from Chelsea Textiles. And yes, folks, that IS a ginormous crack in the door. I seem to have the worst luck with these armoire doors.
Not to worry, she’s getting a whole new piece in a few weeks.
S didn’t want a bathtub, but there’s a beautiful tiled shower.
I looked high and low for the perfect Venetian Mirrors in both size and style to go over each sink. Finally I found a perfect one! Love the nickel faucets from Perrin and Rowe.
The vanity design is based on a French buffet piece I found.
Everything has a story.
There are two of these sweet chandeliers in the room. They sat in their boxes for weeks before they were opened. When that day arrived, one of them was smashed beyond repair. I contacted the vendor and they were wonderful about it. They told me that we could have a refund, however, they didn’t have another one like the other one as they are “discontinued.”
I figured there was a chance that I could find another one like the one that wasn’t broken.
Here’s a helpful hint on what to do if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
You take the SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) number and put it in your google search box. Do a search and then hit images.
I contacted the vendor. Very nice. She said she would see if they still had this one available. She wasn’t sure. She called me back an hour later and said that she did! Hooray.
Please pack it like it’s going on the outside of the space shuttle. Okay?
The marble floor again with its Greek Key pattern. LURV! And the bottom of our piece de resistance built-in beauty with X doors. Some of you may recall that we had some inspiration kitchens for our kitchen.
I fell in love with those mirrored x doors in this fabulous kitchen by O’Brien-Harris. It didn’t work out for our kitchen but then it came to me that we could design the built-in cabinet in the bathroom with similar doors. Somewhere in the design process I realized that the mirror behind the X would’ve been too much. So, we kept the X as an overlay over wood. I think it was a great decision. This is a good reason not to rush things!
Well, there it is… Well, most of it. There are some other parts I haven’t photographed yet.