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For instant glamour in a room, add a little sheen—or a lot. When interior designer William Peace of Peace Design was tasked with updating this circa-1992 condo at the Four Seasons, he layered glossy pinks and warm silver tones in the homeowner’s master bathroom for an ultra-feminine, Hollywood-style result.
“Bathrooms are spaces with lots of hard surfaces,” says interior designer Breckyn Alexander. To warm up the tile and metal in this teenage girls’ bath, the Athens-based pro, who also owns a home furnishings boutique, incorporated design elements typically spotted in other areas of a house: salvaged doors, antique rugs, and conversation-piece lighting.
When designing a master suite, builders usually prioritize the bedroom. But if you step back and think practically, the bedroom only contains the bed—while the bathroom and closet hold everything else. A lobby-style setup, which combines the two rooms, may be more effective and luxurious.
Vicki Bolick enjoys a day of salon pampering as much as the next person, but for her own master bathroom, she nixed the cliche of an all-white retreat.
In an ideal world, all public restrooms would have automatic faucets, fresh linens, mouthwash, and those fancy, high-tech toilets from Japan. But that’s not the world we live in. And at the end of a heavy meal, nothing clears the palate and jump-starts digestion quite like a digestif: brandy, Armagnac, eau de vie, grappa.
When modern design goes bad, it goes really bad, says interior designer Jo Rabaut. “You can get away with a poorly designed traditional room and it can still look okay,” she says. “Good modern is more of a challenge.”