Sheila Rich Interiors: Design Blog

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Undersized Bathroom, Oversized Functionality and Beauty

A small bathroom doesn't have to cramp your style. With a little remodeling and some good interior design, you can have all the functionality and beauty you need with plenty of elbow room. One of my bathroom projects is a perfect example of that.

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A client asked me to update and redesign their 125 sq. ft. bathroom, making it more efficient and increasing their storage space. The room already had an oversized spa tub, undersized shower, and inadequate storage space, all of which presented plenty of challenges, especially since the homeowner wanted to keep the spa tub. The first thing we needed to do was create enough room to enlarge the shower, but since there were no adjoining spaces to borrow from, we had to create space within this small footprint.

The spa tub had unnecessary cumbersome, wide decking; removing it and pushing the tub closer to the wall gave us plenty of room to replace the small standard shower with a state-of-the-art steam shower with every bell and whistle. By angling the shower door, we also added to the remaining floor space.

We designed a corner vanity to fit into a previously unused corner and wall of the bathroom and included a corner drawer unit between the two vessel sinks. To increase the storage space even further, we also added an upper corner cabinet.

Since the homeowners wanted a dramatic, monochromatic and updated look, we decided on walnut stained and glazed cherry cabinets and matching  crown and trim moldings, creating flow and continuity.

We brought in subtle yet interesting patterns with five different sizes and shapes of tile, used proportionally in different areas of the room. Listello tile of river rock in copper and bronze metallic frames the mirrors and wraps around the entire room to create a unifying horizontal pattern.

We topped things off with a touch of contemporary whimsy in the bronze chandelier, which is echoed in oil rubbed bronze hardware, all of which draws color from the listello tile.

Comfort, serenity and sophistication now blend together, making this once outdated, impractical bathroom much more than just a utilitarian space. If you have a similarly small space you'd like to make more efficient and attractive, a little reimagining just may do the trick!

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Undersized Bathroom, Oversized Functionality and Beauty

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sheila---Bathroom-corner-vanity.jpgA small bathroom doesn't have to cramp your style. With a little remodeling and some good interior design, you can have all the functionality and beauty you need with plenty of elbow room. One of my bathroom projects is a perfect example of that.

A client asked me to update and redesign their 125 sq. ft. bathroom, making it more efficient and increasing their storage space. The room already had an oversized spa tub, undersized shower, and inadequate storage space, all of which presented plenty of challenges, especially since the homeowner wanted to keep the spa tub. The first thing we needed to do was create enough room to enlarge the shower, but since there were no adjoining spaces to borrow from, we had to create space within this small footprint.

The spa tub had unnecessary cumbersome, wide decking; removing it and pushing the tub closer to the wall gave us plenty of room to replace the small standard shower with a state-of-the-art steam shower with every bell and whistle. By angling the shower door, we also added to the remaining floor space.

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We designed a corner vanity to fit into a previously unused corner and wall of the bathroom and included a corner drawer unit between the two vessel sinks. To increase the storage space even further, we also added an upper corner cabinet.

Since the homeowners wanted a dramatic, monochromatic and updated look, we decided on walnut stained and glazed cherry cabinets and matching crown and trim moldings, creating flow and continuity.

We brought in subtle yet interesting patterns with five different sizes and shapes of tile, used proportionally in different areas of the room. Listello tile of river rock in copper and bronze metallic frames the mirrors and wraps around the entire room to create a unifying horizontal pattern.

We topped things off with a touch of contemporary whimsy in the bronze chandelier, which is echoed in oil rubbed bronze hardware, all of which draws color from the listello tile.

Comfort, serenity and sophistication now blend together, making this once outdated, impractical bathroom much more than just a utilitarian space. If you have a similarly small space you'd like to make more efficient and attractive, a little reimagining just may do the trick!

 

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Discover "Maximum Minimalism" Beauty: Hansgrohe Bath and Kitchen Design

Hansgrohe StarckorganicI was recently invited by Hansgrohe to participate in Design NY for an exclusive tour of their new bathroom and kitchen designs showroom. If you’re not familiar with Hansgrohe, they’re a trend-setting kitchen and bath concepts company with sustainable technologies that break free of age-old standards and raise the bar on design and functionality.

One of the many things that sets Hansgrohe apart is that they partner with world-renowned designers and architects whose innovative concepts all have interesting stories behind them. These concepts are then passed along to Hansgrohe engineers, who work to turn them into unique realities that stand apart from all others. These designs break free of traditional constraints and forge into uncharted, trend-setting territory.

“Maximum minimalism” is at the cornerstone of Hansgrohe’s latest designs, some of which are inspired by nature – their “waterfall” showerheads and faucets are incredible in both appearance and feel – while others are designers’ visions of extraordinary works of art that couple aesthetics with sustainable engineering. Although these eco-friendly showers use less water, each drop is aerated in such a way that the flow remains strong and splash is greatly reduced so that the water stays on the body rather than being lost on surrounding surfaces. This suits their shower rooms perfectly – no shower enclosures are needed, which not only opens up and expands the room visually, but also eliminates the difficult job of cleaning glass doors.

Hansgrohe believes each client should have the bathroom of their dreams, so their lines cover all taste ranges, from Avantgarde to Modern to Classic. You can create your own bathroom by selecting any combination of vanities, accessories, shower head types/styles, and so on to create the perfect bathroom for your home and family.

There’s no end to the possibilities, and I think you’ll find their creations and concepts as exciting as I did.

You can take your own tour of the Hansgrohe website, meet their designers, see their distinctive styles, and read about the ideas behind the designs. It’s definitely worth the visit!

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The Power of an Updated Powder Room

The powder room is one of the most important rooms in a house to update. Not only will it be used by your guests, but it’s also in the main area of your house and will be seen by everyone. An added bonus to keeping your bathrooms well-kept and up-to-date is that they add to the value of your home.

Being so visible, the powder room is where you put best foot forward. Here you can afford to get a bit fancy, since all you need in that room is a sink and a commode. Today’s trends lean toward vessel sinks, which sit above the vanity instead of inside it. Made of glass, ceramic, or metal, vessel sinks can also be used on a shelf of beautiful material such as marble. Some sinks and vanities are suspended from the wall instead of standing on the floor, which creates a very open and airy look.

Generally, you don’t have to worry about storage space in a powder room, since you can keep extra necessities like toilet paper and tissues nearby. Pedestal sinks are another option, but a creative alternative that is popular today is bath furniture – actual pieces of furniture into which sinks are placed. While some manufacturers are producing bath furniture, the same result can also be achieved with an antique Bombay chest or other piece of furniture that you can adapt by taking out the back and cutting a hole in the top. With wood, it’s a good idea to put a piece of marble or granite on top to protect the surface.

When updating any bathroom, you have more liberty to go for the popular new trends and get a lot of mileage out of your efforts. This is one of the areas of the house in which people like modern conveniences and equipment. In the resale market, luxurious new, attractive, and forward-looking bathrooms are important features of the home.

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