Breathtaking Baths Breathtaking Baths

A bathroom for a getaway home should be a serene, calming space—a place to wash away the stresses of everyday life and relax into vacation mode. This approach is indicative of interior designer Liz Stiving-Nichols’ master bath and powder room designs. Owner of Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, Stiving- Nichols finds inspiration for her designs from the natural environment. “I create a direct connection between the design and to the natural surrounding we find on this beautiful island,” says Stiving-Nichols.

For the bathrooms in a new West Chop vacation home designed by Breese Architects, Stiving-Nichols chose soothing tones and natural materials to achieve a calming atmosphere. “The powder room in the home is located right at the entry and is used when the homeowners are entertaining,” says Stiving-Nichols. “We wanted to do something special in this tiny space.” A metallic-glazed, hand-thrown sink is set into an old wooden console that Stiving-Nichols found at an antiques shop. The well-worn barn board resembles a piece of driftwood and, paired with the pottery, creates an organic feel to the space.

The walls are finished in matchstick tile—a thin stone placed vertically on the wall. “This tile is typically placed horizontally and used as an accent piece, but the effect is more dramatic when used as an overall wall surface,” says the designer.  To offset the verticality of the wall design, Stiving-Nichols introduced a circular design for the floor tile. She custom designed the floor tile with Annie Bradshaw of Martha’s Vineyard Tile. The floor material is a mix of marble and limestone. “The contrasting shapes in the same materials and palette make a strong impact in the small space,” she notes. The adjacent walls are finished in a Coco brown. “It’s a color not often seen in coastal homes.”

The fixtures and accessories further the organic ambiance. The wall-mounted faucet has a bronze finish and its handles are round, echoing the floor pattern. The narrow pendant lighting is also by Rocky Mountain and blends with the matchstick wall surface. An old wine barrel becomes the frame for the mirror. Again the roundness of the mirror contrasts with the straight lines of the wall surface. The juxtaposition of shapes is striking.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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