A SENSE OF PLACE
Set in a stately turn-of-the-century home on the historic St. Louis Country Club grounds, this newly renovated bath was designed to celebrate the classic architectural details of the home, while also breathing new life into the space.
The original layout felt constrained as arched soffits segmented the space into three areas which included the shower, a one-sink vanity and built-in bathtub. In addition to this, the design team was challenged by the original floorplan as a hall door divided the vanity space. The hall also led to an adjoining bedroom, which made this primary bath feel less than private.
The team reimagined the 147-square-foot bath as one large open room, highlighting the tall ceilings of the home and making the space feel grand again. By moving the door location and closing off the hall entrance, the team expanded the vanity and created a larger adjoining primary closet space. The bulky built-in bathtub was removed and replaced by a freestanding tub that is artfully placed on an angle.
Expertly weaving old and new, the design team blended traditional details, such as raised panel doors and detailed moldings, with modern amenities, including custom oversized medicine cabinets and full-height glass shower surround.
Classic finishes and textiles created a layered design. The tile, a mix of white marble with intricate polished blue stone mosaics, set the tone for the room’s color palette. From the soft blue-gray vanity to the window treatments, featuring Cowtan and Tout’s Melbourne Hall textile, a calming color story is expertly incorporated throughout the project.
Polished nickel finishes were selected throughout for a time-honored appeal. Plumbing fixtures from Kallista’s Central Park Collection harken back to the elegance and glamour of an earlier era. The Newell Sconces from Waterworks feature crystal detailing, which is repeated in the cabinetry hardware.
Now more than ever, we are honoring our homes and recognizing the calming refuge they offer us. Such is the case with this timeless bath that has become a restful haven as it embraces its unique sense of place.
Meghan Heeter, Allied ASID
Alise O’Brien Photography
St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Bath of the Year 2022