Spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and the compelling architecture of the home drove the design of this beautiful bathroom in Rockport, Ontario. “We built the scheme around the stone and the architecture,” says interior designer Julia Enriquez. Wanting to keep the focus on their water views, the clients ordered up a minimalist design for the master bathroom. Enriquez knew this meant the smallest details would be vital to the design. She thoughtfully considered every little piece that went into the room, keeping things interesting and not too stark.
Room of the Day
Location: Rockport, Ontario, Canada
Designer: Julia Enriquez, Astro Design Centre
Size: 117 square feet (11 square meters)
The exterior architecture makes clear transitions to the interiors, including the large windows, walnut trim and strong stone columns. The master suite (far right) has its own pavilion, with the bathroom at the very end.
Keeping things open and uncluttered was a priority. That kept the focus on the views and on paying proper respect to the beautiful stone columns.
While the architecture is contemporary, Enriquez says the use of walnut and stone is “a little Craftsman,” and she played off those natural, local materials in her design. All of the windows and doors are trimmed in walnut, which she highlighted with additional walnut trimwork and a walnut vanity. To the right, a walnut-trimmed sliding door opens to the master bedroom.
A white ceiling feature containing the tub filler and two lights contrasts the walnut. This crisp white detail and the white rectangular bathtub below emphasize the view straight out to the water between them.
Transom windows over the vanity wall let in more natural light. Because the site is so private, no window treatments are necessary.
In keeping with the minimalist design, Enriquez mounted the faucets and hand shower into the stone column. Playing off the local stone columns, she chose a quartz stone with many shades of gray for the countertops.
“The tiny details count,” she says. For instance, while the countertop is 1¼ inches thick, the backsplash is just ¾ inch thick. “They look very chunky if they are the same thickness,” she explains.
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