52 DESIGN NEW ENGLAND MARCH/APRIL 2017
Into the Light
Eliminating awkward excess brings a master bath out of the dark
written by larry lindner • photographed by michael j. lee
JN INTERIOR SPACES
The demo started during the initial consultation. Interior designer Jill Najnigier of JN Interior Spaces in Boston was measuring the master bathroom shower stall to replace its walls with a glass surround when her client pulled out a sledgehammer and began hacking away at a bump-out that anchored the long vanity. She had never been able to figure
out its purpose, other than that it contributed to the feeling that the room was
closing in on her.
It turned out the bump-out had no purpose other than to provide symmetry with a clunky linen closet on the vanity’s opposite end. Thus, what began
as a simple directive to make the shower — which the homeowner says “made
you feel like you were walking into a cave” — more welcoming turned into the
wholesale renovation of the bathroom.
Truth be told, the entire space felt cramped and cave-like, which is what
prompted the client to start chopping away at it. That way, she reasoned, she
reflective surfaces such as the glass shower enclosure, the mirrored,
stainless steel soaking tub, polished nickel bath fittings, mercury-glass vases,
and a sparkling glass-ball-and-silver-leaf chandelier by Currey & Company
help turn this once cave-like room into a bright and welcoming aerie.