If you've got the luxury of an extra room, why not turn it into the spa of your dreams?
Above, the wooden shutters from Hunter Douglas bring a coastal feel to the city environment. Pictures of water, including the photograph by Grant Ernhart (with a frame from Larson-Juhl), enhance the illusion. A stationary massage table from TopMassageTables.com is padded with three layers of high-quality foam and topped with a Corian tray by FTF Design Studio.
Below, the three white Samsung 26-inch flat-screen televisions from Best Buy, a striking canvas for video art, let an indecisive viewer watch everything she wants without constant flipping. Three DVD players, TiVo, and a Sonos sound system are hidden in a Ligne Roset console. The tray is by FTF Design Studio; the Ganesh statue, from ABC Carpet & Home; the glass bowl, from Williams-Sonoma.
To complete the spa room, an ample 90-by-76-inch closet houses Yves Delorme bathrobes, Springmaid towels, Gym Source dumbbells, Antipodes water, and Côté Bastide spa products. "Closet design is much more than measuring a space and throwing in some shelves and drawers," says Carolyn Musher, the design consultant for California Closets who worked with O at Home on the plans. Because storage needs change over time, Musher adds, "everything is adjustable." Natura Design Solutions crafted the wallpaper from a digitally reproduced seascape; the foam-backed Studio flooring is by American Harlequin.
The bathroom needed a spark of personality, so we installed light blue shelves and moldings that transformed the bare walls into an unexpected and innovative showcase for a whimsical porcelain collection.
The pieces range in style and tone, but they play together nicely because they're mostly all white. (Herons' Realm vase, goats, and bears are from Lladré; the sculpted Flowers Boxes, from Tozai Home.)
This powder room is full of pizzazz, though it's grounded by striped wallpaper from Waverly. For a shower curtain that makes a big statement, all it takes is a big towel (this one is an Alex Katz print from Art Production Fund) backed by striped fabric and hung from grommets.
Since nosy guests always want to see what's in the medicine cabinet, we removed the door to show off beautifully packaged products from two companies that have been in business since the 19th century, Claus Porto (available through the luxury toiletry company Lafco New York) and Roger&Gallet.
Apartment dwellers appreciate the luxury of an in-house laundry room. The stackable, energy-efficient Axxis condensation dryer from Bosch doesn't require an exhaust vent, and its companion washer is designed to minimize water and energy consumption. The hypoallergenic laundry soap and fragrance-free dryer sheets are from Shaklee.
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