Mary  Douglas Drysdale

Mary Douglas Drysdale

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Flirting With Tradition


The bathroom I have designed is based on a classical plan built around a beautifully silhouetted white soaking tub.  The viewing of the tub, which is placed in front of a room sized mirror, is intended to express glamour and bounce the natural light shining in from the nearby French doors. On the architecturally mirrored wall is also a starburst mirror, which is centered over the tub and at least as much glamour as emphasis to the bathing area. The mirror was selected in silver leaf to blend with the nickel finished American Standard fixtures which I selected to outfit this bathroom suite. The pure white Greek marble,Thassos, was the foundation choice I made in terms of finish and color for all architectural surfaces and fixtures.  The ceiling height was set at 10 feet to give a sense of grand dimension and the walls were outfitted with custom wood panels, painted in varying shades of white. I designed the custom vanities to have  counters in a synthetic white stone, similar to Thassos,providing a base for  round vessel  above counter sinks. A recessed panel of penny round Thassos tile forms the backsplash for vanity and sink.
 Access to the shower and water closet is on axis with the French doors and is framed by architectural trim and panels. The over sized shower includes a 4 foot bench which can also be used for sitting while bathing or for shampoo and soaps. The shower interior was fabricated from  synthetic white stone and is also paneled in an elegant extension of the panel idea in the bath area. The water closet area is also library. As a bathroom designer, I have been asked a hundred times, where the magazines and reading materials would be stored. This bathroom offers a small wall of storage which could be used for books. This bathroom includes, as well,  a desk area, a place to sit, check emails, listen to the news and charge phones and computers. The addition of art in this room is the touch which says, the luxury bathroom of today is a place of personal expression and graceful living. What I think of when designing a bath is to create useful beauty. That was my goal in making this bathroom for American Standard.