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Entertaining personality

By Charles Moxham | Trends Ideas 
PUBLISHED: 25 Mar, 2011

The most subtle of decors can still have a lot to say. From a subdued paint finish and the smallest shell ornament to the adroit placement of a step up to the tub – even a minimalist design can reveal a lot about the apartment and the person who lives there.

This bathroom was created by interior designer and owner Judith King, with detailed space planning undertaken by designer Noelle Hernandez. The ensuite bathroom forms part of a U-shaped unit on the 17th floor of a condominium tower. The bathroom stands at the end of the U, and is separated from the master bedroom by a long dressing room, says Hernandez.

"While the bathroom enjoys privacy, its placement was dictated by the plumbing configuration throughout the tower. Even the location of the tub was inhibited by the existing piping – we set the tub on a small pedestal to conceal waterworks beneath."

Judith King frequently entertains, holding charity and political fundraisers, and her art collection is displayed throughout her apartment. It includes some significant works, such as a Renoir in the connecting dressing room.

"I chose a custom soft beige-green paint for the entire condominium, including in the bathroom," says King. "I have also used this color in previous homes. It offers a neutral backdrop for the art collection and is always pleasing to the eye."

This warm tone is picked up again in Cashmere glass tiles behind the bathroom mirror and on the rear wall of the shower. The same tile, in smaller proportions, is repeated on the tub's raised stand, while the heated floors are finished in a complementary Porto Beige honed limestone.

If tone-on-tone is one of the features of the bathroom, another is texture-on-texture.

"We selected bamboo cabinetry fronts to provide variety and textural interest," says King. "They play off the Quartzite countertops and sleek glass wall surfaces."

Despite its understated presence, the bathroom makes subtle reference to King's past. The designer spent some of her earlier years in the Virgin Islands.

"I like to keep a few reminders of that exotic place with me – hence the starfish, shells, the tropical fern and mother-of-pearl tissue case."