Christopher Patrick's Small Cool Bath at the DC Design House

One of the highlights of the DC Design House is the chance to enjoy fresh local talent. This year, Christopher Patrick Interiors — launched in August 2011! — transformed the tiniest room in the house into a gem of a bath that's part secret hideaway and part good ol' boy luxe, all shaken up by a modern edge. While gut remodels open up an exciting realm of possibilities, that's not the route that Christopher Patrick or his associate, Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice, chose to go, and I think their children's bath was made all the more exciting because of it. From the "before" pictures you can see that the tiny room had all the features of a vintage bath, but not much of the charm. A dated wavy glass sliding door gave the room a gunky feel that wasn't made much better by the hodge-podge, cutesy vanity. However, the old bathroom did have a redeeming element, the floor tile! Thankfully, that did not go the way of the old vanity.

Using the pinwheel tile floor as the launching point, Christopher and Kaitlyn went about transforming the dated and dingy little room into one chock full off surprises and interest. While we usually associate red with drama and glam, Farrow & Ball's Raneliegh wallpaper and Blazer 212 paint lend the room a sort of stability that's also a bit playful. It's not so bright that it's jarring, and the paper's quilt-like pattern adds to the coziness of the already tiny space.

Perhaps what struck me most about the bathroom were the subtleties. For such a boldly colored space, there are a lot of little details worth noticing. Let's start with genius furniture maker Kaleo Kala of Kala Studios, who designed the vanity and built-in shelf storage, and whom I have the pleasure of knowing from the DC Apartment Therapy meetups. At first glance, the wood grain lends the room a masculine sensibility, but the sleek lines and interesting details — look at the subtle contrast on the bottom edge of the vanity and the recessed panel of the shelves!— also give it a modern sophistication. The modern-vintage marriage is reinforced in the glass-doored shower where the classic subway tile is laid in the traditional horizontal manner on one side of a vertical decorative tile band and in a more modern vertical pattern on the other side of the band. This unexpected contrast sets the whole tone of the room.

One of my favorite details was a practical one — the teak mat inside the shower that masks the old dated floor tile underneath. Totally stealing this idea!

To see more of the bath, go check out the DC Design House in person now through May 13. Proceeds benefit the Children's National Medical Center.

To learn more about Christopher Patrick Interiors, check out their website.

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(Images: 1: Robert Radifera, 2-5: Leah Moss, 6-7: Christopher Patrick Interiors)

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