I tend to favor small spaces over large, but in my dream bathroom, I envision a full-sized room with 12 foot ceilings, one lovely floor-to-ceiling Parisian window, and an intricately detailed, high-mantled black fireplace. Connected to this room there would be a separate space for the functional: a toilet, a double vanity, a walk in shower, and built in storage.
When designing, I start with one item of inspiration; in this case it's the tile. I want the space to be rich and moody and to serve as a retreat for relaxing and being still. Dark patterned floors, dusky purple walls, a gray patina soaking tub, and opulent furniture help complete the look. I am inclined to add another layer of texture via wallpaper a la de Gournay.
In my dream bathroom I want a small sitting couch on which to paint my toe nails or lay my robe and two gilded mirrors to adorn the fireplace mantle. A room is never complete without art work. The black and white photographs by Mark Shaw are simply elegant and the over sized Alice Neel oil painting adds color.
1. My dream bathroom
2. Anne Sacks Carlotta Deco tile from the Kiba collection
3. 1920 French Industrial Glass and Steel Cabinet from Antiques on Old Plank Road
4. Burnished Candide Freestanding Oval Bathtub from Waterworks
5. 1978 Margaret Evans Pregnant, Oil on Canvas by Alice Neel
6. 19th Century French Settee from Immortal Treasures
7. Brass Mounted Penwork Games Table from Philip Colleck
8. Faux Louis Philippe Period Mirrors from Jean-Marc Fray
9. Mark Shaw black & white photographs from the Andrew Wilder Gallery
Images: Courtesy of the aforementioned dealers.