Kitchen & Bath Design News

NOV 2018

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When Jennifer Stewart designed her own powder bath, she wanted it to feature elements that told a story and started conversations. As such, the walnut vanity was crafted by her husband and his father from wood that was hand-selected by her brother-in-law. The van- ity's dimensions are generous enough to accommodate a vessel sink, space for toiletries and a table lamp, which adds to the ambiance. Sconces, not shown, also brighten the space. Additional details include tongue-and-groove walls, made possible by Mark Hunt Con- struction, and an oversized mirror. Stewart has since hung artwork on the wall that tells a story of her home's building site before it became her neighborhood. CONVERSATION STARTERS Even though there are a limited number of elements in a powder room, designers turn just about any of them into a statement piece. Stewart often encourages clients to incorporate anything that incites conversation and makes a guest feel welcome. "A powder room is such a representation of clients and their homes," she says. "I ask them to think about what they've seen before, what stories they've heard or what pieces they might be interested in. Maybe it's some artwork or a unique find. Then we build the room around it. "I often think of places I've been, such as restaurants, where I've walked out and commented about a really unique sink, cool picture or awesome tile on the floor," she con- tinues. "Whatever 'it' is, it should be something that gets people talking. People put so much time, energy and effort into their homes. They want others to ask questions. They want people to care about the tile they picked out or the paint color they chose." For her own powder room, which she recently designed, Stewart encourages conversation by including some art- work about her home's building site before it became her neighborhood. "It's a great talking point, as well as educational piece," she states. 'WOW' WALLCOVERINGS Wallcoverings are popular 'wow' choices for many designers, especially since many manufacturers now offer them in dura- ble vinyl options that can withstand moisture associated with a bathroom. "I love to use wallpaper, and textured mirrors, to add dimension for accent walls, which also make the space appear larger," says Alexander, who recently used pebble cork textured Phillip Jeffries wallpaper to sheath an entire wall of a powder room project. Toukoumidis indicates that wallcoverings can add elegance to a space, such as the textured grasscloth paper he used in combination with porcelain tile for the walls in a recent pow- der bath project. "Wallcoverings are fantastic in a small powder room," he states, noting that even higher-priced selections can success- fully meet many project budgets, given the room's relatively petite size. "Powder rooms are a great place to dream a little and use materials that you normally need to be careful of because of budgets. They are small rooms so you can use a nice wallcovering that, if used in a large room, would cost quite a bit more." Curtis also uses a lot of wallpaper in her designs, however she cautions clients about using it sparingly if it's an especial- ly bold pattern. For example, choosing to highlight the mirror wall can make a statement without overpowering the room. "You have to be careful about how you incorporate patterns in a small room," she explains. "If you don't balance them well, it can feel overwhelming very easily. I like to pick the mirror This powder bath designed by Ginger Curtis features an organic simplicity combined with an 'artsy' vibe supported by the stone ac- cent wall and framed artwork. The room showcases several design elements she believes make the space successful, starting with the floating vanity. The designer also likes to incorporate something un- expected with lighting, which is illustrated in this bath via the single pendant that she hung off center from the mirror. The wall-mount faucet was a more expensive option, but one that Curtis believes adds to the design. Photo: Corey Davenport Photo: Daniel Martinez Photography 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 FALL BATH REMODELING REPORT

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