Bobbie Sue Smart ~ February Designer Spotlight

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Smart Design, Sandy Hook
tele: 203.258.4398

When my clients who located from London to Greenwich bought their new home, the wife agreed to purchase the house under one condition: that the combo master bath / walk-in closet would be renovated. Even though the existing master bath / closet was quite large (14′ x 23′) and quite new (6 years old), the layout wasn’t functional and most of the flooring was carpet.

The shower and water closet were located on opposite sides of the 23′ room and the vanities were back to back and only 42″ wide.

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A corner of the room was dedicated to closet storage and an unusual peninsula with a cushioned bench was located in the center.

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There were two large openings without doors between the master bedroom and bath. The lighting wasn’t sufficient and did I mention the room was carpeted?

In the space planning phase, I divided the room in half so that the walk-in closet would be separate and also to maximize the closet storage. The entry has double doors with etched glass panels. There is floor to ceiling storage on either side of the room with a large wall-leaning mirror at the end of the space. An Italian glass fixture was reused and installed in the center of the room with a bench below.


In the master bath, the shower was enlarged and squared off. A 12″ soffit was dropped above the shower to delineate the space and bring the ceiling to 8′-0″. It has all the “bells and whistles”: steam, massage shower head, hand held shower and rain shower head in ceiling. I incorporated a floating bench in the shower to keep the design clean and modern.

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I selected a free-standing soak tub with a floor mounted tub filler & hand shower. Small “stair lights” were installed around the tub to provide soft, ambient lighting when bathing.

There is a 12″ soffit above the vanity area to create a more human scale and intimate area. I custom designed the vanity cabinetry. It has two tall, linen towers at either end that incorporate laundry hamper pull-outs, drawers, adjustable shelving and medicine cabinets with outlets inside on each counter end. The floating vanity has a platform below for towel and slipper storage. There are two more “stair lights” installed under the vanity that are switched separately to be used as night lights.

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The finishes selected were very neutral but each brought a special quality to the project: mother-of-pearl mosaic tile at the sink wall, the shower niche and shower ceiling have a beautiful, iridescence, the limestone floor tiles with radiant heat beneath has a serene, smooth texture and the onyx slab used for the vanity & platform tops, shower bench and curb offers an undulating, subtle pattern.

This master bath / walk-in closet renovation was such a fun and challenging project to design. The clients were a joy to work with and had great insight and input. It’s definitely one my all-time favorites!



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