Master Bathroom at a Glance
Who uses it: Luke and Lucy Ekhoff
Location: Kirkland, Washington
Size: About 104 square feet (9.7 square meters)
Designer: Harmony Weihs of Design Harmony
BEFORE: The couple’s existing was tight. “It had the smallest shower — 3 feet by 3 feet — a toilet and I think the smallest single vanity I have ever seen,” Weihs says. “It was almost impossible to brush their teeth or blow-dry.”
“The addition was drawn up by the architect; then I took it from there and worked on the layout,” Weihs says. The addition is about 128 square feet total.
“Luke loves modern minimal design elements, and Lucy likes more traditional elements, so it was a matter of marrying the two,” Weihs says. Large windows and a skylight flood the space with natural light.
She also made the most of the vanity area by creating a countertop that “waterfalls” into the shower. “This maximizes the vanity and counter while tricking the eye a bit,” she says.
The details are important — the quartz countertop is mitered to appear 3 inches thick. “It makes it look more substantial, modern and high end,” Weihs says.
The designer prefers a more substantial backsplash as well. “I tend to go higher than the standard 4 inches, keeping the mirror size and light fixture in mind and making the scale between them all work well together,” she says. The backsplash is a small mosaic tile in soothing blues and greens that are subtly iridescent. “It reflects the natural light coming in through the new skylight,” she says.
The modern lights were for Luke, Weihs says. “I wanted the mirrors to be a bit softer and traditional, as that is what Lucy likes.”
Vanities: custom; faucets: Kohler; mirrors: Pottery Barn; tile: Pental Surfaces and Daltile
“The tub area was the main focus for tile, where I wanted some color and texture,” she says. The long ceramic subway tiles have a slightly irregular, handmade look. They are another good mix of traditional and modern style that suits both Lucy and Luke.
The couple were in and out of their old bathroom as quickly as possible, but they like to luxuriate in here.
“Rumor has it that Luke spends the most time in the morning enjoying the large shower and his own vanity,” the designer says.