This renovated bathroom in Sandy Springs is inspired by the owner’s lush backyard

A new window lets in plenty of natural light

Room envy bathroom

Photograph by Martha WIlliams

Inspired by the trees in his wooded Sandy Springs backyard, architect Daniel Martin renovated the master bath to connect to the outdoors. Thanks to a new, wide window that lets in lots of natural light, “we often don’t need to turn on lights in the morning at all,” he says.

1. Family project
Daniel’s daughter, Carolyn, is an interior designer and helped dream up the plan, and her craftsman husband, John Reichert, brought it to life. John added 1×6 red-oak shiplap to walls and trim, then stained them a honey shade as a contrast to white walls.

2. Stone sense
A motif of marble keeps materials consistent. Large, polished marble floor tiles in “Carrara White” help bounce the light around; a geometric backsplash from Floor & Decor adds pattern to the vanity and shower.

3. Metal logic
Chrome faucets by Danze feature the modern silhouette and sheen needed to give the quiet room a subtle polish.

4. Bye bye, tub
Out went a jetted tub, replaced by this spacious marble shower with a built-in bench and frameless door.

5. Beauty wall
Carolyn designed the custom floating vanity, built by Don Shoemaker, and gave it a dark walnut stain for contrast against the lighter shiplap. Slim drawers provide enough storage for makeup essentials for Daniel’s wife, Paula, with room to pull up a chair.

Designer Tip
The sconces and pendants are both cylindrical but use different bulbs, demonstrating the subtleties of lighting. The vanity fixtures (from RH) have Edison bulbs for an industrial look, whereas the hanging tubes (from West Elm) have LEDs in 3000 to 3500k for applying makeup.

This article appears in our January 2020 issue.