This design project was a fun one in that we were able to take the bath down to the studs and create a fresh clean slate to play with. While it is only 100 square feet, the room feels large and spacious. The client wanted a retreat to start and end their day beautifully. We were looking to find simple but sophisticated material like the limestone for the floors and sparkling porcelain Queen Anne styled leg sinks.
The home is a townhouse style and the bedrooms are on the top floor. Each bedroom (there are two of them) has its own full bath. Knowing that they rarely used the bath in the master and wanted to get more space, we yanked the tub, replaced the shower with an amazing steam shower, and replaced the massive and boring two-sink vanity with two beautiful pedestal style sinks. We also moved the toilet just a bit to make room for a wall that would hide it and create a place for the shaving mirror. Beautiful details such as the hardware, medicine cabinet and crown molding help to make the space feel luxurious.
The one piece left was to reestablish storage in the space – the most challenging aspect. With the loss of the big vanity came the loss of storage for towels, tissue paper and larger items.
We wanted the storage to be beautiful and functional. It couldn’t be too deep as we didn’t have a lot of room to play with and it needed to reflect the feeling of the space. I felt this piece of furniture was going to have the biggest impact on how this space really felt. It took time as we filtered through various glass and metal cabinets as this was our initial direction. Most were too deep or simply didn’t accommodate our storage needs.
I discovered the Habersham American Treasures ® Nantucket Display Cabinet online and fell instantly in love with it. I showed it to the client and they too found it to be the perfect solution. It’s the right depth and the crown and base molding gave it the traditional architectural features and feeling that would completely set the tone of the room. AND we loved that we had finish options to meet our needs, which we were not finding anywhere else.
The one wrench… the piece is 90″ tall! Wow… what was I going to do? I didn’t want to tell the client that the piece we all fell in love with wasn’t going to fit because we couldn’t get it up the stairs and into the bathroom. This is where the custom capability of Habersham really came into play. Initially, I felt maybe making the piece smaller would be sufficient, but I also felt that perhaps the cabinet could be broken down into three components — top crown, middle cabinet and bottom base/drawer. Our Habersham sales representative Jim Solada was extremely helpful and diligent about getting the information that indeed the cabinet could be broken down and we could get it into place. I and the client were ecstatic and we placed the order.
The design was completed at the installation of the cabinet. It makes the space and sets the tone of this room. It is sophisticated but not fussy and is a beautiful piece to store all the goodies-plus that are needed in the bathroom. The client truly loves their new space and has said, “I can’t believe what a difference the bathroom is and it’s a pleasure each and every day.”
Habersham has helped me create this space and I am now a HUGE Habersham fan!
Erik Waldorf, Waldorf Design Studios, Inc.
I’m an interior designer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a residential focus. I’ve been working in the design industry for over ten years and have had my own design practice since 2006. I believe that one’s home should reflect their personality and character. I’m not designing for me… I’m designing for you. I also believe that my work is to help set the tone of the home and start them on their path using color, traditional notes and hopefully a bit of whimsy. http://www.waldorfdesignstudio.com