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“The pow­der room was a con­sid­ered se­lec­tion of straight lines and curves to cre­ate a ca­sual but bal­anced space,” says de­signer Chad Falken­berg.

The mas­ter en­suite is of­ten the one area of respite for grown-ups with lit­tle kids in the house, and de­signer Denise Ash­more wanted to cre­ate just such a get­away for her clients in this Van­cou­ver home. By sur­round­ing the stand-alone bath—al­ready a lux­ury—with the same wood used on the flooring through­out the home, she’s de­signed a cozy, in­te­grated niche that’s made for a lit­tle me time. “It’s al­most like go­ing to a cabin,” says Ash­more. “It’s re­ally per­fect to re­lax and un­wind at the end of the day.”

Re­place a tra­di­tional van­ity with a beau­ti­fully made ta­ble. Spare, fur­ni­ture­like pieces, like the one fea­tured in this pow­der room by Van­cou­ver’s Falken Reynolds, free up vis­ual space and bring the fine de­tails of de­sign el­e­ments such as faucets, light­ing or pat­terned wall tile to the fore. “The pow­der room was a con­sid­ered se­lec­tion of straight lines and curves to cre­ate a ca­sual but bal­anced space,” says de­signer Chad Falken­berg. The wall-mounted Dorn­bracht Imo faucet and spout help keep the coun­ter­top sur­face clear, “cre­at­ing the feel­ing of open­ness and space,” says Falken­berg, and en­hance the ovate form of the ves­sel sink (a Halo Blu-Stone unit from Blu Bath­works). “The soft curves and the very gen­er­ous pro­por­tions of this sink al­low a bit more vis­ual counter space and con­trast with the oiled teak of the van­ity,” he ex­plains. Wiry Bocci 28 wall sconces in cop­per were se­lected to pull out the warm tones of the teak van­ity and the elm door.

Let there be light. The ex­pan­sive 6-by-5-foot win­dow in this mas­ter bath­room is of a scale typ­i­cally found in a liv­ing space, but for de­signer Su­san Barstow, it’s ex­actly right: “I’m from New York, and it re­minds me of win­dows you see in a brown­stone, with their crossed lines.” Barstow, who with hus­band Russ runs Barstow Con­struc­tion, de­signed the bath­room for their own home in Steve­ston, B.C. The win­dow was cus­to­mordered in a shade of deep char­coal to set off the her­ring­bone mar­ble floor tile, gallery-white walls and the clear- coated wal­nut cab­i­netry fab­ri­cated by Rich­wood Kitchens. Mir­rors over the van­i­ties were taken up to the ceil­ing, fur­ther bounc­ing and re­flect­ing light, and a sky­light was po­si­tioned over the cast iron soaker tub from Ran­dolph Mor­ris to drive home the theme. “We use sky­lights so of­ten, es­pe­cially in Van­cou­ver where it tends to be grey,” says Barstow, who notes that there are nine sky­lights in the home in to­tal. “They’re re­ally not that ex­pen­sive, given what they achieve.”

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