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A chic Parisian- style fam­ily bath over­flows with func­tion

though its lav­ish oak her­ring­bone floor­ing, ro­man­tic claw­foot tub and cham­pagne-gold fix­tures sug­gest a Parisian bou­tique ho­tel, this light and bright 80-square-foot space is ac­tu­ally a busy fam­ily bath­room in Burling­ton, Ont. In fact, it’s the only one in the home de­signer Staci Edwards of Switch Stu­dio shares with her part­ner, Chris Jack­son, and their nine-month-old son, Spencer. “You can cre­ate a room that’s pretty and prac­ti­cal,” says the de­signer, who didn’t com­pro­mise an ounce of func­tion­al­ity in her pur­suit of a beau­ti­ful bath­room dur­ing

a reno of her en­tire home in 2016. The chic bath­tub, for in­stance, had to ac­com­mo­date re­lax­ing salt soaks and baby splash time, so though it looks like a vintage cast iron piece, it’s made of low-main­te­nance acrylic. And the pretty pale pink stool – a cus­tom touch cour­tesy of Staci’s up­hol­stery shop (also called Switch Stu­dio) – is cov­ered with water-re­sis­tant fab­ric.

Stor­age was a must, of course, and Staci found ways to make it look great, too. The gen­er­ous tai­lor-made van­ity is a case in point, boast­ing dec­o­ra­tive de­tails like curvy cabri­ole legs. The beau­ti­fully styled float­ing shelves (big-box buys Chris cus­tom­ized to fit) are not just for show: Those wicker bas­kets, a prop stylists’ go-to, are filled to the brim with ne­ces­si­ties, from toi­letries to Spencer’s bath toys. “And I’ve been asked if we use those folded white tow­els,” says Staci. “My an­swer is, ‘of course!’” Ditto for the ham­mam-style tow­els hung on the wall hooks be­low them.

This hard-work­ing bath­room may not come with room ser­vice or a view of the Eif­fel Tower, but it caters to this fam­ily’s many needs, in­clud­ing act­ing as a quiet end-of-the-day re­treat for Staci. And that’s très mag­nifique.

De­signer Staci Edwards’s Burling­ton, Ont., bath­room reno re­vealed a brick wall. The Vic­to­ri­an­era home had seen an ad­di­tion in the ’60s, so it’s part of the orig­i­nal struc­ture’s ex­te­rior. Now painted white, the wall’s tex­ture im­bues char­ac­ter with­out in­ter­rupt­ing the serene vibe Staci sought.

ABOVE With dou­ble-re­cessed Shaker-style doors, cham­pagne-gold hard­ware and cabri­ole legs, the cus­tom van­ity is flirty yet func­tional. The room got its pretty pale pal­ette from the water­colour paint­ing hung on the far wall, a sou­venir from Crete. The sconces’ Art Deco feel, echoed in the sil­hou­ette of the toi­let, con­trib­utes to the old-meets-new aes­thetic.

BE­LOW The sleek glass-en­closed shower tem­pers the tra­di­tional el­e­ments in the room. “We needed more shelv­ing space than one of those lit­tle wall cub­bies would have given us,” says Staci. A set of four quartz cor­ner shelves is her take on a metal stor­age col­umn.

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DE­SIGN, Switch Stu­dio, switch­stu­dio.ca; Behr Cameo White MQ3-32 WALL PAINT, The Home De­pot; cus­tom VAN­ITY, Parand De­sign Kitchens; VAN­ITY HARD­WARE, Beren­son Hard­ware; BATH­TUB, TOI­LET, Taps Bath Cen­tre; SHOWER TILES, Creek­side Tile; cus­tom STOOL & ROMAN SHADE, Switch Stu­dio; FIX­TURES & WALL HOOKS, Delta Faucets; MIRROR, Pot­tery Barn; SCONCES, Vis­ual Com­fort & Co.; FLOAT­ING SHELVES (cus­tom­ized), IKEA; ham­mam-style TOW­ELS, Hud­son’s Bay; BAS­KETS, Crate and Bar­rel; PRINT (on shelf), Minted; OR­CHIDS, Fiori Oakville. To hon­our the home’s 1895 roots, Staci wanted a claw­foot tub. “I looked into sourc­ing a vintage bath­tub and hav­ing it re­fin­ished,” says the de­signer, “but aside from the fact that it’s costly, I didn’t like the idea of us­ing some­one else’s tub.” The new acrylic look-alike of­fers the best of both worlds.

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