Powder Rooms – KBDA 2018
Sleek and Sculptural
One of the primary objectives for the remodel of this Miami, FL penthouse powder room was to bring a sense of warmth and openness to the narrow space. Designer Sandra Diaz-Velasco of Eolo A+I Design employed space-saving features such as a wooden vanity custom designed to frame the space and maximize usable surface area, as well a wall-mounted Duravit toilet. Surface-mounted lighting and a dramatic ceiling-height mirror lend an impression of spaciousness that draws attention away from the narrow dimensions of the room.
The “eclectic/contemporary” aesthetic of the space is achieved through an emphasis on texture and clean, sculptural elements. Crocodile-patterned Elitis wallpaper and the rich dark wood of the vanity bring drama and depth to the space, complemented by the striking, ultra-contemporary combination of a ceiling-mounted Gessi Goccia faucet and deep Zucchetti sink basin.
In addition to beauty and functionality, the renovation emphasized eco-friendly design. The 1.28 GPF toilet and valve-regulated faucet ensure efficient water use, and LED lights conserve electricity. Low-VOC glue and water-based paint were used, as well as non-vinyl wallpaper in order to prevent VOC gas-off.
Lori Carroll (pictured) and Alexander M. Burch
Striking texture is the main focus of this Marana, AZ guest powder room by Lori Carroll and Alexander M. Burch of Lori Carroll & Associates. The clients requested an exciting design that would still be easy to maintain and welcoming to visiting family and friends.
The custom vanity, locally crafted by Stone River Studios, features chisel-textured cabinetry and edges, complemented by a porcelain tile backsplash with a weathered copper effect. An artisan pottery-inspired sink basin from Kohler’s Derring collection provides additional visual interest. A warm neutral wall tone and lighter wood surfaces create harmony between the many textures and give the space a tranquil, inviting atmosphere.
Unique architectural details lend a sense of decadence to the room. An elegantly curved soffit was constructed over the vanity in order to house lighting elements and provide a unique, dramatic focal point, mirrored by the shape of the countertop. Open shelving under the counter provides both storage and a visual balance for the otherwise heavy vanity.
Unique and Architectural
One of this powder room’s most fascinating architectural elements also presented some of its greatest design challenges for designer Michelle Roher-Lauer of Michelle’s Interiors. The room is nestled beneath the curved main staircase, creating a uniquely long space with a ceiling formed by the underside of the stairs.
While the exposed staircase – finished above and below with antique French farmhouse planks – is certainly striking, it does lower the ceiling height. A seven-foot floating vanity gives the room an open feel, and the vanity’s vertically striated metal band creates a visual contrast with the space’s length. Under-vanity lighting provides additional illumination for evening.
The homeowners enjoy materials with an historic, luxurious feel, but also wanted a modern, clean look to suit their casual lifestyle. Textured ceramic backsplash tile from Ann Sacks’ Kelly Wearstler Tableau collection creates a bold focal point to complement the dramatic ceiling, while a Hydrology solid bronze vessel sink provides a sleek modern element.