Bathing RoomVictorian Bathroom, New York
Photographer: Peter Margonelli Photography
Construction Manager: Interior Alterations Inc.
Interior Design: JP Warren Interiors
What Houzz contributors are saying:
If you do not have a privacy issue, consider bare windows. This patterned de Gournay wallpaper looks lovely paired with just the decorative molding around the doors and windows, sans curtains or shades.
This bathing room is totally eclectic. First, it's completely unexpected, as the gorgeous (undoubtedly original) Victorian-era fireplace is more suited for a living room or dining room than a bathroom. Second, the gorgeous Wetstyle freestanding tub is so obviously contemporary. The muted olive-tone wallpaper, though vintage inspired, isn't original (though it could just as well be), and the furniture is midcentury modern, with a lovely Norman Cherner molded plywood armchair off to the side. And it's all overseen by a sparkly, contemporary chrome and crystal chandelier. Although there aren't many elements within the room, each is tonally unified. And their organic curves are yet another connective factor — down to the horns on the serving tray. Very simple, yet brilliantly executed.
Another room that greatly benefits from the juxtaposition of old and new is the bathroom. The same rules apply: Make sure you use the architectural details of the room to your advantage. In this case, the designer was able to pick an ultramodern tub and chandelier to contrast the rest of the traditional decor.See the rest of this home
Approach it like a living room: While the majority of us will never have a bathing room this large, it's inspiring to see surprising elements like the mural, the lack of tile, the fireplace, the light fixture and the furniture. One rule NOT to throw out: Check safety codes when using a hanging light like this one and a bathtub in the same room.
Reminders of previous dwellers were constant throughout the renovation — some more obvious than others. Before being replaced, the windows of this bathing room were dominated with religious iconography — remnants of the Roman Catholic Diocese that owned and occupied this house and its twin next door from the 1930s until 1989. The stained glass had to to go."However we have to laugh as a cross reappears in that room at a certain time each day," Neuhaus says, "when the light from outside hits the tub faucet at a certain angle and projects a perfect crucifix across the room.”