Bathroom Trends

Sally and I are designing a project in Wellesley managed and built by Landmark Services, who are terrific by the way. The project involves the renovation of the kitchen, powder room and mud room ares on the first floor, the family bath and master bath on the second floor and creating a home office over the garage. We’re in the thick of design development right now, with final decisions being made on all materials, finishes, plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, etc. I spoke briefly about the kitchen in this post.

The Master Bath is progressing nicely and I thought I’d share a sketch of the vanity. It’s an “L” shape, with full height storage on the left – both open shelves and closed storage. Once again, the cabinets are flush inset, similar to the kitchen. Note the stone base – still thinking that thru…

We’re looking at various Jerusalem Gold Limestone options for the floor, shower, wainscot and decorative tile. (This is the third master bath using this material in less than a year. Is this a trend?)


My vote is for the tile in image #2, with it’s variation in visual texture and tonality. I love what you could do for a backsplash in the kitchen with the tile in image #3 – a little rough and relaxed, while exuding loads of charm and sophistication.

It will be interesting to see where we all end up!


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It’s been very busy at the WKD Ranch of late, which has kept me from blogging regularly. In the midst of it all, I want to share two pieces of good news. (There’s more, but you will have to wait…)

One of our kitchens is to be featured on this year’s Wenham Museum Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour. Located in a home overlooking the Ipswich Country Club golf course, the kitchen was designed for a very stylish female executive. Part of a larger interior deign project for the owner, Sally was asked for assistance in reviewing and refining the proposed kitchen design; including layout and assisting the owner in selecting and specifying finishes, back splash and counter top materials, and furnishings. The result is a smart, fresh and modern take on a traditional open plan kitchen/dining area. The country club home overlooks lush green fairways, in Ipswich, MA. Interestingly, this client hired Sally not only for her design expertise, but she is a Professional member in ASID!

I love how the galley kitchen sits between the eating area at one end of the house and a small cocktail lounge Sally designed at the other – allowing daylight to continually flood the space. Check out the fabulous mural painted by Lena Fransioli of Zoe Design.


Several weeks ago, the powder room that is immediately adjacent to the kitchen was featured in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. So, if you come on the tour, you will be able to see this embossed alligator leather powder room in person!

See the Boston Globe story here.

See examples of other kitchens we have designed here.

Hope to see you this Saturday!



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The Ultimate Luxury

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It is interesting how your design perspective changes with the seasons. This cold snowy weather instantly turns our thoughts to cozy winter fires.  A bubble bath in front of a glowing fire is the ultimate luxury. Imagine soft music, a glass of wine and pure peace and quiet. Bliss.

Of course, if you have the type of bathroom that has space for a fireplace chances are the entire room is really special! Luxurious furnishings go hand in hand with a bathroom grand enough for its own fireplace. Even if you are a poor soul that has to go through life with a fireplace-free bathroom take the time to create luxury in the bath. Fluffy towels, interesting containers for toiletries, beautiful scented candles and the best faucet you can afford all create a room that starts or finishes your day with luxury.


Photo credit Apartment Therapy


Photo credit San Francisco Girl by Bay

Photo credit Living etc.

What do you think? What is more luxurious than a fireside tub?