Six hotel-inspired bathroom designs from a bath for all seasons to adding light to a windowless bathroom.
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Little Touches Add Up to Grand-Hotel Style
Small details make this East Hampton home's bathroom as elegant as that of a five-star hotel.
With its gleaming white surfaces and elegant accessories, the master bathroom in designer Jamie Drake's East Hampton house is a little slice of heaven. And whether you're designing a weekend getaway home or even just upgrading a rental apartment, you can bring some of Drake's vacation-worthy accessorizing details home.
"The tub tray is a classic European touch that makes bathing a pleasure," says Drake, author of Jamie Drake's New American Glamour (Bulfinch, 2005) and designer of bath accessories for Labrazel Inc. and THG. "You can just prop up a book, having your unguents and potions at hand, and have a place to put the washcloth."
When designing a bathroom, consider your comfort not only in the tub or shower, but also while you're drying off, says Drake. Next to his tub, a whimsical stool covered in fuzzy sheepskin is the perfect place to sit and dry one's toes. In an alcove, a director's chair with a monogrammed back adds charm and holds a backscratcher, shoehorn and guest towel.
"These touches are not wildly expensive," says Drake, "but they really can make you feel as if you're in a five-star hotel."
Photograph by Maria B. Sygman
Adapted from HGTV Baths: Creating the Bathroom of Your Dreams (Meredith Books, 2005)