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AUG 2015

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August 2015 | | 45 SECONDARY SPACES Although other bathrooms may not be as luxurious as the master bath, there is still a demand for stylish vanities with functional storage in these spaces. These baths serve diferent purposes, but trends aren't hugely diferent, manu- facturers say. But, while appearance is still important, cost can be a greater factor. Mucha says the master bath and main powder room get the most attention when choosing the perfect look without as much attention to cost. With the secondary baths, he says, the fnancial investment may become a bigger factor than the unique look. But some manufacturers say that, even with cost consid- erations, trends are still consistent." I fnd that the secondary bathrooms have the same treatments applied to them, but designers may opt to go with a lower-level cabinetry or hard- ware/fxtures," remarks Hickok. "However, they still want the high-end look." "We are seeing consumers willing to spend more on the master, but still seeking the same attention to detail and luxuri- ous style in the secondary bath," agrees Wolinsky. "The powder room has become a place to showcase style and taste with less emphasis on storage and more on economies of space." He adds that people are less intimidated by the small space of a secondary bath, and are fnding creative ways to dress it up. "WETSTYLE's W2 brand was made with this consumer in mind – the savvy, chic homeowner who wants to make the most of their small space without compromising style." These secondary baths make an impression on guests that represents the homeowners' hospitality, and sometimes their playful side, says Pierce. "Layouts in these areas are typically minimal function, maximum efciency and a bit of expression. Style doesn't have to be an afterthought, and personality can make a big play in these smaller spaces." that makes the space appear open a nd contempora r y without displaying messy or cluttered items," he says. "The bathroom has evolved from utility to spa – from toiletry to wellness. And the furniture has evolved along with it. But, like the kitchen, it's a blend of storage – hiding and revealing." SPACIOUS MASTER A master bath is typically much larger than other bath spaces and not necessarily designed to be seen by guests. It's a private space, customized to accommodate specifc needs and personal taste. According to Hickok, the master bath has become more of a multi-purpose space, incorporating areas dedicated to dress- ing, a cofee bar, wet bar or mini kitchen, as well as Universal Design features, whether customized to meet the homeowner's current needs or planning for the future. Master bathrooms are more design-focused and ofer more space, more storage and higher-end fnishing, says Mayer. Most consumers prefer a "his & her" style vanity system in the master bath, even if they are still single, says Roberts. "The master bathroom is usually more specifc to the consumer's personal taste," she adds. "Given the space, the use of two sinks is higher in a master bathroom," points out Korneluk. "The mindset of a master bath is also diferent. It's not a public space – so it's personal. Creature comfort, spa accessories are on the rise." The master bath is an extension of the master bedroom, ac- cording to Pierce, and more attention to function and luxury are given to vanities in this room. "Style and personal preferences spill over into this area, where homeowners tend to start and fnish their day," she says. Kohler has launched the Tailored Vanity collection, which includes fve vanity design styles with customizable options including drawer/door confgurations, hard- ware, organizational accessories, color, fnish, as well as countertops and sinks. Homeowners can choose the exterior, interior, orga- nizational accessories and top for customized look and function. Circle No. 178 on Product Card This Jazz vanity unit from Devon & Devon features push-open doors and drawers in black and while lacquered wood work with a marquinha black marble top and chrome detail work. Jazz is available in double- or single-door versions with drawers, or a single-door-only unit, and in numerous combinations of marble and wood. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Decolav's Matt Muenster Collection of bath vanities and lavs was created in collabora- tion with Interior Designer and Licensed Contractor Matt Muenster. The collection incorporates Muenster's knowl- edge of unique materials, and provides versatile functionality. Shown is Rylan Falls. Circle No. 180 on Product Card The Musichaus medicine cabinets by Whitehaus Collection combine storage and technology for the bathroom. Equipped with USB, SD card and Bluetooth, an FM radio, two built-in speakers, an electrical outlet, defogger and a blue lit LED power button with a dimmer, the cabinets provide multiple functionality for the user. Circle No. 181 on Product Card The Charlottesville vanity from Fairmont Designs features simple lines and distinctive base moldings for a transitional style. Cabinets are available in Light Gray or Vintage Black, with drawer fronts veneered in straight grained white oak. Decorative nickel fnished hardware and nickel fnished metal strips are featured on the lower edge of the drawers. The vanity is available in 24", 36" and 42" sizes. Circle No. 179 on Product Card The distinctive Smile vanity from Ambella Home features Mahogany solids and veneers fnished in medium walnut, with drawer fronts in faux Shagreen leather with an antique ivory fnish. Uniquely de- signed pulls are made of solid brass with a polished nickel fnish. Two wide oversized drawers are located beneath one faux drawer. The vanity is shown with a white color undermount porcelain sink with Nesto Grey polished marble top. Circle No. 184 on Product Card Habersham ofers Vanity Expres- sions, a program that invites designers to select from a number of Habersham sideboard and chest designs that are now ofered as customizable vanity designs. Among the ofering is the Infnity Vanity, a piece with a transitional design that features the infnity circle pattern interlocking on the doors, with a repeat pierced circle pattern on the bottom apron. Circle No. 177 on Product Card The Verso Tall 470 vanity collection, part of the mod- ernistic NUVO Bath Furniture Collection from The Furniture Guild, features a clean contemporary profle and a wall-mounted design. Verso Tall is ofered in six confgura- tions, with standard lengths ranging from 24" to 96". It is crafted from solid walnut and available in 50 fnishes. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Strasser Woodenworks has introduced LED lighting on its medicine cabinets. Designed exclusively for Strasser, the sleek and contemporary units feature LEDs, which ofer a 60,000-hour life span and low energy use. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Victoria + Albert has launched its frst-ever collection of bathroom furniture, with integrated vanity units, countertop vanity units and a range of coordinating mirrors. The vanities were designed by Italian design studio Meneghello Paolelli Associati, combining the com- pany's Englishcast material with beech timber frames. The Lario 100 features a basin with a match- ing ribbed skirt, with a minimalist middle vanity drawer. Circle No. 183 on Product Card

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