Bathroom’s don’t get any better than this: bespoke, unique with an understated elegance. The designer Rebecca Jansma from Space, Grace and Style talks to us about the design and execution of this very special space:
Can you outline the original brief for the bathroom from initial client meetings?
I have worked with this client for a number of years now in her business premises which is Pamper Medical Skin Clinic where we completely overhauled the reception and consultation rooms.
Her brief for the bathroom was – “I hate my bathroom! The bath’s broken, and I’m going to rip up all those tiles and start again…”
I said – “keep your powder dry, I don’t think the tiles are that bad, we can work with them”. The bones of the house are divine – large spaces, with beautiful rustic timbers. My brief was to inject personality and soul into the room.
How does the initial brief relate to the final result, did you need to make any changes during the project? And if so, what were the changes and how did they affect the final outcome – visually as well a budget wise?
As I’ve worked with this client over time now and several projects, I know I can change as we move along and we did with this room too. I had originally specified an antler chandelier, but changed my mind when I heard her neighbour had installed one. We changed it to the current style which I think is just divine and so dramatically elegant with the ceiling.
We painted the walls; installed a copper rain chain ordered from Japan to hang the pail with toilet paper; decluttered a lot of miscellaneous shelving and replaced the bath, then added a simple petrified wood stump – my absolute favourite piece for everywhere. What you don’t see in this picture is the plantation shutters on the fronts of the previously open vanity bases, and the absolutely stunning David Bromley artwork that is hanging on that inky wall adjacent to the loo.
We did plan on replacing all the tapware with rubbed bronze… think we ran out of momentum, or spent all the budget on the art!
What is your top tip for designing a bathroom?
My tip in a bathroom is to try not to jam too many things in there. Storage is great, but if it comes at the cost of looking cramped and impractical, then it’s not worth it. Bathrooms are ALWAYS expensive to renovate, so be judicious with your choices and try to avoid the latest “hot” look… Hexagons, I’m talking about you! As that will place your renovation in a certain period. Having said that, if you absolutely love hexagons, as do I; use them! I have just used them in marble on two projects and probably won’t stop.
Treat your bathroom as a place for relaxation and a bit of indulgence. Break some rules – put art in there, even if it’s just cute op shop finds, or more significant works.
Surround yourself with things you love!! That’s my motto in bathrooms, and in life.
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