Guest bath gets modern, sleek look

Once anchored by a big tub, this guest bathroom in a Beacon Hill brownstone has shed weight but still has impact.

“You’d never know that it was in an old, traditional brownstone,” designer Amy McFadden, of Boston-based Amy McFadden Interior Design, said of the streamlined space.

The owner “wanted a neutral palette and a clean design with European finishes,” she said, but the space was on the small side.

The solution?

Several steps actually. A floating vanity allows more foot room underneath, and the half wall was built inside the shower enclosure so that the corner would not be sharp and the glass would seem to disappear.

“The large-format tile on the floor and the walls keep it all open,” McFadden added, and the walnut vanity and chair add a soft balance to the stone.

The result?

A welcoming yet high-end space with lots of elbow room — and room to wash those elbows.

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The walnut wall-mounted vanity, by Lacava, has a fully integrated counter and sink with a man-made porcelain top. The faucet (and the shower heads) are by Dornbracht.


This low-flow fixture, a TOTO Neorest , is one piece and fully enclosed. It has a heated seat and a bidet, and when you walk into the room, the lid goes up.


Custom-designed, the shower is frameless, with chrome hardware holding it together. The space has two shower heads (one a hand-held sprayer) and a linear drain at the base of one wall, so the user is not standing on top of the grid.


McFadden chose a French limestone for the shower walls to give the room“an outdoor feel.” She selected a different shade for the floor, one with a texture for secure footing.


Made of walnut, this is in the client’s own chair, and it’s good for holding
towels, McFadden said.


The room has recessed lighting as well as crystal sconces by Waterworks. “They have a minimal quality,” McFadden said, but “they have a nice weight to them.”


The wall color is Farrow & Ball’s “Elephant’s Breath.”

- Eileen McEleney Woods

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