Interior designer Laura B. Meyer of Meyer & Meyer Inc.
in Boston designed the approximately 20-by-30-foot space,
which includes a separate room for the toilet and large shower
stall, which has black slate walls and a floor composed of
rounded black river stones. “We’re not bath people,” Rothman explains. “We wanted a really nice shower instead.”
Balinese echoes include streamlined and steeply canted
vertical supports and the lavish use of sapele, a dramatically
figured, mahoganylike African hardwood. Adding to the
exotic romance is a floor-to-ceiling fireplace composed of
rough-hewn granite blocks. Windows are tall and narrow, and
an elegant dressing table (left) sits
cozily next to the floor-to-ceiling fireplace
constructed of hand-hewn granite blocks.
The black slate shower stall (above, top)
has an interior window that offers a view
of the yoga area and the Balinese wood
carving on the wall. A vintage stone
carving (above) that inspired the fireplace
motif is inset above the mantel.
the built-in, L-shaped bench appears to float above the round
supporting columns. The bench frames a light-filled rectangular space specifically designed as a place for yoga. “Having
a convenient and beautiful dedicated space, where you don’t
have to move things to make room, makes it far more likely
that we’ll actually do yoga,” says Rothman.
Enthusiastic art collectors, the Rothmans began to store
Balinese architectural elements, sculpture, woodcarvings,
and other artifacts in their basement as early as 2000.
“We didn’t know what we were going to do with the
pieces we brought back,” Rothman says. “We buy what we
like, without thought to how we’re going to use a piece.”