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“Usually, when we do bathrooms, we do bright,” Mehlin says, “but what the
homeowners specified brought a grotto to mind.”
“They wanted an oasis of tranquillity,” says Gracyn Robinson Whitman,
owner of the Wenham, Massachusetts, interior design studio A CASA Design,
who executed the handsome decor for the 300-square-foot bathroom. Amenities
include a deep vertical soaking tub fitted with headrests and reached via walnut
steps installed into a corner of the room, a built-in walnut vanity with a double-
trough sink, and an enclosed water closet. But the main attraction is the spacious
pebble-floored shower stall boasting a lighted bench and multiple showerheads
and jets on two walls. The serpentine exterior wall of the stall is covered with a
mosaic of blue and sand-colored glass tiles inset with a window of watery-looking
translucent glass. The wall curves against a backdrop of Ann Sacks’s Aura cerulean
and aquamarine 12-by-24-inch glass tiles with striated patterning.
“The Aura tile was the driving design element for the whole bathroom,” the
homeowner says. “It brings those Bahamian waters to mind.”
“Overall, the room has a beachy, fluid feel,” says Robinson Whitman, “which
reflects the owners’ desire to bring in natural elements. But we did not only look
walnut steps built into a corner provide access to the deep soaking tub, which is fitted
with headrests and built-in seats. The patterning of the floor tiles mimics the age rings on
tree trunks. Multiple body jets and showerheads (facing page, left) make for a sybaritic
experience. The deep blue tile was the design inspiration for the whole room; one piece acts
as the transom above a translucent glass panel, which resembles sheeting water. A bench at
the far end of the shower (facing page, right) is aglow with LED lighting.