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Inspiring Style: Art Deco Bathroom

Old Hollywood meets family-friendly design for this elegant master ensuite in calgary.

With its art deco-inspired cabinet designs and sculptural clawfoot tub, this Calgary bathroom evokes Old Hollywood—but it’s also suitably planned for its family of four: designed by Allison Grafton and Lindsey Zugelder of Rockwood Custom Homes, the house is home to a couple and their twins. An elegant built-in vanity creates a dedicated space for beauty routines (complete with a plush, sheepskin-topped barrel seat), while the oversized shower is perfect for mom and the twins (young enough to need help for a few years still).


Make a large space feel intimate with a darker ceiling. The homeowners have two young children, so the shower space was designed to be large enough for mom and the kids to get ready in the morning. The darker tiles on the ceiling help the large space feel cozy.


The travertine-tiled floor stays warm on the feet, thanks to in-floor heating (which, naturally, rises up under the shower bench, too), and, perhaps best of all for bleary-eyed mornings, the absence of a curb between the main room and the shower prevents stubbed toes and keeps sightlines clear.

Light the night with under-cabinet LEDs. These cabinets are equipped with motion-detecting night lights—perfect for keeping the lights low in the wee hours.

But lest we get too practical here, there’s also that stunning Ann Sacks tile insert in the shower wall, framed like the artwork that it is. And, finally, that lovely bathtub, spotlighted by a Barbara Barry pendant light overhead, offers the ultimate in luxe-yet-practical design: it’s perfectly positioned to take in the view of the mountains beyond.

Soak It In: Spotlighted by a glam Barbara Barry pendant light, the classic clawfoot tub from Victoria and Albert is perfectly positioned for a soak and a view of the mountains outside.


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