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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bathroom Reveal: Statuary Marble + Subway Tile = Modern Classic



It's incredibly rewarding to take a midcentury gem of an apartment like this one and scrape away residue of poorly executed past "renovations" to bring out the beauty that lies beneath.

You recall my inspiration board and final design plans?

As bad as it looked, this bathroom had a few things in its favor. 1. A separate shower stall, which allowed me to get rid of the redundant shower head, ugly curved shower rod and plastic shower curtain and bring in a free-standing soaking tub as a focal point. 2. The original art deco chrome and glass shower door, manufactured in 1946 by G.M. Ketcham MFG Corp., Brooklyn, was in salvageable condition. And 3. Surprisingly good news beneath the walls. Pipes were in great shape. No leaks, no mold. A testament to how amazingly well built this 1946 home is. It's rare that you open walls of a bathroom and find no issues.

And now, for some photos.



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Photo-bomb by cat - priceless!

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I wanted this bathroom to be both modern and classic, to feel right in step with today yet not out of step with its midcentury roots. I hope that when you look at it, it feels timeless and classic, now and ten years from now.


DETAILS:

Contractor, Henry Almeida, Almeida Renovations, Brooklyn
Marble surround and deck: Empire Cabinetry and Marble, Brooklyn
Floor tile: Heath Ceramics, USA
Beveled Subway: Luxtile
Bathtub: Kohler Tea for Two
Sink: Signature Hardware
Fixtures: Kohler Purist
Medicine cabinets: Restoration Hardware
Sconces: Restoration Hardware
Shower door: vintage, original to the apartment, circa 1946
Linens, Nicole Miller

Inspiration bathroom, by architect Mark Riley, San Francisco, via Remodelista.