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Real home: Exposed oak beams create warmth in these his and her's ensuites

Scandi style inspired the two cool and contemporary ensuite bathrooms in this stunning country home
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 31-07-2022 16:30pm

Aside from the picturesque view of a surrounding vineyard and the original architectural details, it’s the stunning “his” and “hers” ensuite bathrooms that are the talking point in this traditional four-bedroom Sussex farmhouse, which dates back to the 17th century.

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- Owners/residents:  A family of four

- Designer: Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms

- Style: Rustic

- Bathroom feature: “His” and “hers” bathrooms were created using a variety of luxurious materials and finishes. In “his” bathroom, a mix of copper, wood and black finishes create a simple yet sophisticated spa-like set up with freestanding bath and waterfall shower. In “her” space the classic tones and colour palette used here in the attractive Antonio Lupi Il Bagno basin unit are echoed in the bespoke Antonio Lupi Planeta dressing table on the other side of the room.

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“I was asked to help reconfigure the upstairs space and decide where and how to set out the ensuite bathrooms,” says designer Louise Ashdown of West One Bathrooms. Taking into account the Scandinavian heritage of the owners who were relocating from London to rural Sussex and have two grown-up sons away at university, Louise went about creating stylish and flexible ensuites.

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The project presented its challenges, however, “Even though the existing interior walls were taken down and the upstairs rooms remodelled, we had to work around existing oak beams,” she says. “In ‘her’ ensuite for example, the ceiling is slightly sloped so we placed the bath at an angle to make it easier to get in and out.” With the main rafters reaching a lofty four metres in some areas, a normal-height ceiling shower was out of the question too. So, Louise and her team created an enclosed two-metre shower unit, with mother of pearl mosaic tiles and a wall-mounted drench rain and waterfall shower.

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“As well as utilising the space in the middle of the room and creating privacy, the shower area provides a useful backdrop for the curvaceous mid-century modern basin console with illuminated mirror,” explains Louise. To create a light and elegant room here and realise the “modern Scandi boudoir” feel, a mixture of white matt, satin and gloss finishes were used throughout.

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Bathroom from West One Bathrooms; photography by Paul Craig

In subtle contrast, a “moodier” more masculine look has been created in “his” bathroom, using angular furniture and an earthier colour palette. “We used a lot of texture in the finishes in the husband’s bathroom,” says Louise. “Copper wall tiles change with the light, while the Italian thermo-treated wood in the cabinetry and black, porcelain floor tiles add calm.” Also, while both rooms are similar in luxury functionalities, it is in these subtle differences that they gain their unique characters, perfectly suited to the owners of this beautiful home.

Q & A – Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms

- What was your brief on this project?
The owners love contemporary fixtures and fittings but wanted to remain true to the traditional style of the home. They decided to have their own separate ensuite bathrooms in which to retreat and relax on either end of the upstairs floor.

- Were there any challenges to overcome?
It was imperative that the vast vaulted ceilings with original oak beams were taken into account and respected when designing the ensuites. With such vast floor and ceiling space, careful planning was needed to ensure that each room flowed successfully and also that the fixtures and fittings didn’t get “lost” in the space.

- What do you think works particularly well?
A mixture of functional and ambient lighting adds character. This is illustrated particularly well in “his” bathroom where LEDs light up the shower recess and plinth, and PIR motion sensor lights illuminate the WC as you walk in at night.

Credit: Paul Craig (Images), Emily Peck (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 255

Also read:
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Real home: Vintage country-style in a 150-year-old miner’s cottage

Tell us:
Which bathroom do you prefer – “his” or “hers”?

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