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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.”