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Four sleek stun­ning en­suites big on drama, fi­nessed for func­tion and im­bued with a lit­tle lux­ury

Mod­ern­iz­ing this hand­some mas­ter bath­room meant go­ing back in time. “It is a her­itage prop­erty that was con­verted into town­homes,” says designer Am­ber Kingsnorth, who was en­listed to up­date the en­tire townhouse, lo­cated in Van­cou­ver’s vi­brant South Granville area. “It had builder-grade fin­ishes in­side, and the home­own­ers wanted it to feel more true to its ori­gins.” By in­cor­po­rat­ing tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails, clean­lined el­e­ments, sub­tle pat­tern and a crisp, neu­tral palette, the designer cre­ated a tai­lored space that re­spects the prop­erty’s his­tory but still feels mod­ern and fresh.

SEE THE LIGHT A sin­gle smoked-glass and black alu­minum sconce serves as a state­ment piece and adds a stun­ning vin­tage hit to the room. “I like how the smoky glass brings in warmth,” says Am­ber. The mar­ble-look en­gi­neered quartz coun­ter­top and back­splash tie in with the mar­ble floors. Matte black el­e­ments like the wall-mounted faucets and mir­ror frames of­fer crisp con­trast to the soft white and grey hues dom­i­nat­ing the palette.

IT’S THE LIT­TLE THINGS Small de­tails were added to in­crease func­tion­al­ity. For ex­am­ple, the van­ity’s two top draw­ers were out­fit­ted with shal­low in­ter­nal units. “You can keep smaller items, such as tooth­brushes, tooth­paste and hair­brushes, in there and store larger items be­low,” says Am­ber. Next to the built-in ar­moire, a small nook with out­lets al­lows the home­own­ers to keep items that plug in, like hair dry­ers, tucked in the cor­ner and out of the way.

OPEN & SHUT CASE En­larg­ing the bath­room al­lowed Am­ber to in­cor­po­rate both ex­tra stor­age and a dou­ble-sink van­ity. A built-in ar­moire serves as a linen closet and houses a tilt-out laun­dry ham­per, while open shelves pro­vide a spot for at­trac­tive toi­letries and use­ful ac­cents. Tra­di­tional de­tail­ing, such as the feet on the toe kicks, crown mould­ing and Shaker-style cab­i­netry, add char­ac­ter: “It’s a nod to the her­itage vibe of the house,” says Am­ber, “and pre­vents the room from feel­ing too aus­tere.”

A wall-mounted faucet keeps the counter look­ing clean and spa­cious.

Wire bas­kets are per­fect for keep­ing clean hand tow­els and face cloths within easy reach.

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