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The Ultimate Luxury: A TV Near the Tub
One couple's master bathroom houses their favorite hotel-style bath feature: a TV next to the tub.
Fifteen years ago, designer Amie Weitzman fell in love with a hotel bathtub. "I was in Montreal on a business trip, and there was a TV right near the tub," she recalls. "I promised myself that one day, I'd have the same setup in my own home."
Flash forward a few years. Weitzman is married to a banker who travels frequently for business. He comes home from a trip and raves about — you guessed it — a TV near the tub.
"He has such limited leisure time," says Weitzman, "that the idea of watching a football game while taking a bath was just fantastic." So when the couple renovated their New York City brownstone a few years ago, there was no question that tub would meet tube in the master bathroom.
For safety's sake (and clean-lined good looks), the wiring and DVD player are all hidden in the built-in cabinetry. A travertine step makes the tub accessible for Weitzman's two children, who like to watch movies during bath time, and the Caesar-stone tub surround and rolled-up white towels give the whole space a spare, spa-inspired look.
"Hotel bathrooms are always neat and well-organized," Weitzman points out. "If you want to recreate that feeling at home, you need plenty of storage, so that surfaces can be kept clutter-free."
Photograph by Alexandra Rowley
Adapted from HGTV Baths: Creating the Bathroom of Your Dreams (Meredith Books, 2005)