December 21, 2022
These renovations are packed with personality.
Text by Alyssa Bird
For their Warren, Vermont, ski getaway, a Boston family tapped interior designer Teri Maher to enlarge the primary bath and install a sauna for post-slope relaxation. “These clients asked for light, bright, warm, and modern with nods to Scandinavian design,” explains Maher, who expanded the room into an adjacent closet. “The sauna, which has a cedar interior and a hemlock exterior, includes a shower for cooling off and lighting for ambience.” Birch cabinetry and flooring, satin brass fixtures, Danby marble countertops, and glazed terra-cotta tile round out the scheme. “The clients also love Morocco,” says Maher, “so we chose Moorish-inspired shower tiles with a glaze that allows the terra-cotta to come through and lend warmth to the space.”
Cool & Classic
As part of the renovation of a historic Queen Anne residence in Newton, Massachusetts, designer Vani Sayeed reimagined two baths, the primary and a second-floor full bath. “The clients wanted something luxurious and timeless, but also clean and contemporary,” explains Sayeed. The enlarged primary bath, for example, “has a modern feel, but the materials are traditional,” continues Sayeed, who paired a cerused-oak vanity with quartzite countertops, porcelain flooring that resembles slate, and glass wall tile that has a “tortoise-shell sensibility and catches the light in a wonderful way.” FBN Construction built out the space, which included reinforcing the floor structure to accommodate a heavy soaking tub and installing a glass cover to protect the original window in the shower from moisture. Down the hall, a bath located under the stairs also needed a revamp. A radiator and a tub were swapped out for a shower and a new linen closet. “We wanted this small space with weird angles to feel soothing and calming, so we chose a soft blue glass shower tile that reflects the light,” says Sayeed. “The horizontal band in the pattern tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger than it is.” According to FBN Construction’s Chris Magliozzi, this room required “a lot of head-scratching to maximize space and function. There wasn’t much room for error, so it came down to tiny details to make it work.”
Bold pops of color are the name of the game in these two en suite baths for a Weston, Massachusetts, couple’s young sons. In one bath, designer Nicole Hirsch incorporated the son’s favorite shade of green—which she describes as “alligator”—on the ceiling as well as in the shower. “The goal was to use color in a cool, timeless way as opposed to it being over the top,” says Hirsch. “We kept everything else neutral, with white subway tile, white quartzite countertops, and clean, contemporary custom cabinetry without hardware. Black accents and fittings keep the space feeling youthful.” Meanwhile, the other son’s bath features a palette of gray and blue. “I didn’t want anything to compete with the faucets,” explains Hirsch. “This bold blue really pops, while everything else is cool and calm.” Even the patterned vinyl wallpaper, with its spray-paint vibe, acts as part of the backdrop while lending some interest to the space. “When designing children’s baths, it’s important to select materials, colors, and finishes that are timeless and will grow with them,” notes Hirsch. “In this project, there are elements that pop, but everything is sophisticated and clean. Even when the boys are in college, these spaces will feel relevant.”