Hearts of the Home

From streamlined to sensational, kitchens and bathrooms are the most adored spaces in the house. Here are a few that we found inspirational.

White Hot

Keeping both sides of the bathroom bright white delineated the space into separate functions: vanity and toilet on one side and tub on the other, maintaining the focus on the shower tile.

Forward Momentum

Over the island, large Urban Electric Co. glass pendants add subtle drama and scultpural appeal.  

Concrete Dreams

Exposed piping lends an industrial feel to the space, while natural woods add warmth.


White Hot
A cramped bathroom becomes a blissful, modern space.
Initially, this poorly functional master bathroom “was as void of storage as it was style,” says designer Misty Gray, of Grayscale Design. “There was just a toilet, single pedestal sink and a small, dark shower.” The homeowners tapped architect Isamu Kanda to reconfigure the space by adding square footage from an adjacent room to grow the shower footprint. Gray and her associate, Kathryn Horlbogen, sought to create an aesthetic that felt luxurious but not fussy. The space now accommodates a custom double vanity with ample storage, while the original bay windows form an alcove for a free-standing tub. Honed herringbone Ann Sacks tiling is a focal point. “It has a beautiful pattern that runs across the floor and up the wall,” says Gray. “This creates a ‘runway’ effect that we completed by painting the ceiling and opposite wall of the shower a similar color to the tile.” The counter, backsplash, vanity and floor are made of Corian. “The solid surface creates a seamless flow, keeping the space quiet and serene,” says Gray

The Flos Skygarden Lamp was designed by Marcel Wanders to emulate the antique decorated plaster molding in his home. $2,695, dwr.com

The chrome Kallista One faucet is a minimalist beauty with a low spout and sleek lever handles. $725, kallista.com

Made of cast resin that evokes the feel of a smooth stone, the Abrazo tub has an oval shape inspired by clay pottery. $6,148, us.kohler.com

Ann Sacks Beau Monde mosaic-style tile is inspired by the ancient pietra dura mosaic art form. From $70 per square foot, annsacks.com

Mounted on the floor with a hand shower and metal cross handles, the Ludlow exposed tub filler pairs form and function. $2,220, waterworks.com

Forward Momentum
An improved layout and fine finishes add elegance and accesibility.

The brick Georgian colonial had grand proportions with a double-height entry and stunning architectural details. “Yet the kitchen was very dated and closed off from the rest of the home,” says interior designer Eric Roseff. A wall was removed between the kitchen and family room, and Christopher Peacock cabinetry—handpainted on-site—was selected for its classic, understated and handcrafted quality. “Walnut detailing on some of the cabinets warms up the white,” says Roseff. A polished hammered nickel range hood is a showpiece. For the backsplash, Roseff selected handcut marble mosaic, a material that serves as a strong background for the hood. “The homeowners wanted the kitchen to be very clean with nothing on the counters,” says Roseff. “So everything has a home.” While the white kitchen has the spare, modern look the homeowners craved, elements including a large canvas depicting a girl blowing bubbles by Daryl Zang and the vibrant blue lacquer cabinets in the butler’s pantry add a sense of whimsy and fun.

The Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier infuses texture and a little glam while exuding a soft, warm glow. $558, serenaandlily.com

Specimens of midcentury design, Norman Cherner’s side chairs are constructed of layers of walnut-stained plywood. $829, dwr.com

Two types of marble—Bardiglio imperial marble in a hammered finish and Bianco Carrara marble in a honed finish—are featured in the striking fish-scale Piccolino Mosaics tile. From $201 per square foot, annsacks.com

Rohl’s chrome Quartile Pull-Out Side Lever Faucet, refined and spare, exudes modernity and precision. $540, rohl.com

An American black walnut butcherblock is an ideal cutting board with ample visual appeal. butcherblockco.com

Concrete Dreams
Industrial elements combine to create a soothing, spalike experience.

Handmade cement tiles in a trio of organic egg-shaped patterns by Marrakech Design kicked off the scheme for this Charlestown master bathroom belonging to Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of online maker marketplace The Grommet. “Unique tile was number one on Jules’ list,” says designer Aimee Anderson, who set the tone for the room; architect Mary McKee worked on the project as well. The concrete vanity, which was fabricated upside down in a mold on-site has a maker’s feel, with natural variations from water markings and inconsistent wear, as do the reclaimed oak shelf and oak pole used as a towel bar. Wall-mounted faucets in matte black by Jason Wu for Brizo, metal sconces and Robern medicine chests with brushed black frames lend an “industrial pharmacy” effect. “Even the sink pipes are black,” Anderson points out. “The look is edgy and consistent throughout.”

Designed by Jason Wu, the two-handle wall-mount lavatory faucet has an industrial feel with its matte black finish. $728, brizo.com

Marrakech Design’s Stone ivory and bottle green encaustic cement tile exudes a slight sense of playfulness with its spherical motifs. From $17 per square foot, marrakechdesign.se

Thayer Design Studio’s leather wrap natural wool baskets balance form and utility. From $125, thayerdesignstudio.com

The handcrafted, brass-riveted Henry Sconce was designed to reveal its interworkings. From $750, hubbardtonforge.com

Made of powder-coated metal, Cubiko’s vanity mirror features three shelves for hidden storage. $80, allmodern.com

A teak bathmat, designed by architect Mogens Holmriis, will develop a rich, silvery patina over time. $150, dwr.com