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Room to love

Creating a calm, open master bath

Michael j. lee for the boston globe


The bath, now roughly double its original size, is a “combination of both Asian and American styles and sensibilities, reflecting the international origins of the owners”of this Ipswich home, according to Michael T. Gray, managing director of Essex-based Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders Inc. “In Japan, a shower and tub are often used consecutively.



The glass mosaic tiles from Tile Showcasein “Cement” are vertically aligned to echo falling rain, and their fog-gray color complements the effects ofthe rainfall shower head, Gray said. The floor tile and tub walls are “Stonewhite 2.0” porcelain from Tile Showcase.

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The oak woodwork, by Stephen Terhune Woodworking of Essex, was designed to complement the open/light and minimalistic feeling of the room. The cabinetry has flush-framed faces and a special “floating base” design with lighting below that make the unit appear as if it were freely hovering just above the floor, Gray said.



This Moleanosmarble, here a single honed slab, was also used for the tub deck and stairs.


This fixture, the Loure by Kohler, is in brushed nickel. “While some spaces with modern, clean lines can feel cold, the selection of satin nickel-hardware finishes and oak-stained cabinetry in this design added warmth to the space,”

Gray said. The interior designer was Hattie Holland.

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