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North Shore bath takes cues from coast

With all its form and function, this bathroom was inspired by the coastal hues of the North Shore.

The other parts of the “home were very English and heavy — lots of red and blue. The client wanted more of a clean, modern look for this new space that evoked a more coastal feel,” explained the designer, Honey Collins, owner of Essex-based Honey Wilcox Collins Interiors . The house, a Colonial, is located just a few blocks from the beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

“The colors and landscape of the North Shore tend to be in the more neutral tones instead of bright blues and greens, so we chose the gray tones to evoke that same feeling,” she said.


The client, who has lived in this house for several years, added this bathroom, a mudroom, and a garage loft space about two years ago, Collins said, and because it’s off the mudroom and pool area, it had to be multifunctional. “It needed to be more than a powder room.”

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Enhancing that functionality are the sprayer — an usual find in even today’s most modern bathrooms — and the farm sink, which is big enough to accommodate items from the pool and mudroom.

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The lighting has linen shades and is from Restoration Hardware . Sconces provide softer light than overhead fixtures, designer Honey Collins said.



The designer said she chose this piece from Restoration Hardware because she always likes “to add a bit of old into a room to give it depth and character. The rustic nature of the mirror adds to the rustic beachy feel the client wanted to achieve.”


These fixtures, rubbed-oil bronze, are from Salem Plumbing Supply and add weight and texture to the space, she said.



This farm sink was custom made out of soapstone by Robb Huss Fine Finish Carpentry of Essex.


This oil painting,
from Michelle Willey in the South End, added some color to the space and lent more of an earthy feel with its hues and subject matter, Collins said.


This gray subway tile and the limestone flooring were purchased at DiscoverTile in the Boston Design Center . “It is a more sophisticated color palette that evokes the grays and blues of the waterfront area” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, she said.

Eileen McEleney Woods is the editor of Address. E-mail her at