Baths

De­signer Kevin Walsh honors the her­itage of a his­toric Sa­van­nah home in a bath with live-for-to­day color and ameni­ties

Traditional Home - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY SALLY FIN­DER WEEPIE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JEAN ALL­SOPP PRO­DUCED BY JENNY BRADLEY PF­EF­FER

Kevin Walsh en­livens a clas­sic Sa­van­nah bath.

his­tory hangs be­guil­ingly over Sa­van­nah like Span­ish moss from an­cient oak trees. Kevin Walsh could feel it as he be­gan to shape the mas­ter bath for the 2017 South­ern Style Now Show­house.

“This is a his­toric house, and I wanted to pay homage to that,” Walsh says. “I wanted to cre­ate a bath with his­tor­i­cal pres­ence but, at the same time, make it feel cur­rent.”

The de­signer laid a base for a tra­di­tional-meets-mod­ern bath with tile—a shim­mery neu­tral mo­saic on the floor and dra­matic black sub­way tile in a cross­hatch pat­tern on the lower third of the walls. “This twist on sub­way tile is some­thing you don’t see—it makes the room special,” Walsh says. “I also like the sub­tle pat­tern.”

That pat­tern and color con­trast yet jibe with Walsh’s cho­sen wall­pa­per and drap­ery fab­ric—in a gray-and-neu­tral col­or­way that tem­pers the en­ergy of its spi­ral­ing de­sign.

Other pri­mary el­e­ments, in­clud­ing a free­stand­ing soak­ing tub nes­tled next to the win­dow, a dou­ble van­ity cab­i­net, a skirted makeup ta­ble, and mono­grammed tow­els, also speak to clas­si­cism while tak­ing a de­cid­edly con­tem­po­rary turn.

“I’m a color per­son,” Walsh says. “I want a strong color story. So I had to bring in the green. Char­treuse adds a twist—it grabs your at­ten­tion and feels cur­rent, but at the same time, it ap­peals to a lot of peo­ple be­cause it’s a color we see in na­ture.”

The hue en­livens the ta­ble skirt, an an­i­mal-print bench, and a side chair while the van­ity re­peats the black of the sub­way tile. Hard­ware and faucets in­tro­duce warm brass tones. “Brushed brass brings the bath into the 21st cen­tury and adds soft­ness,” Walsh says.

Art and ac­ces­sories, mean­while, sup­ply the fi­nal layer, mak­ing the space feel per­sonal and pol­ished. “I’m all about col­lect­ing things,” Walsh says. “I’m a thrifter at heart.”

He put his mag­pie pen­chant to work as he as­sem­bled a me­nagerie of new and vin­tage, mod­ern and tra­di­tional pieces that seal the room’s South­ern grace.

“This feels like a place where a lady could re­lax, es­cape from the cares of the day, and take in her sur­round­ings,” Walsh says. “It’s a throw­back to a gen­tler time.”

I WANTED TO CRE­ATE A BATH WITH HIS­TOR­I­CAL PRES­ENCE BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, MAKE IT FEEL CUR­RENT.” —de­signer Kevin Walsh

“With its toe caps and Emtek drawer hard­ware, the van­ity is like a piece of fur­ni­ture,” de­signer Kevin Walsh says. It’s painted semigloss “Black2132-10” by Ben­jamin Moore. “Ran­dall” van­ity faucets in satin brass are by DXV. Sconces are by Circa Light­ing.

Crossville sub­way tile pairs with wall­pa­per and cur­tains in the “Bali Hai” pat­tern from Quadrille’s China Seas col­lec­tion to set a graphic back­drop. Art in­cludes a strik­ing wa­ter­graph—a hy­brid pho­to­graph and wa­ter­color—by Martin Sum­mers. The brass faucet com­ple­ments the “Fitzger­ald” free­stand­ing tub, both by DXV.

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