Day Spa Delights
Brianna and Tom Baxter’s bathroom is influenced by the enticing elegance of tropical getaways and day spa delights. It’s easy to think you’d mistakenly walked into a luxurious day spa when you enter Tom and Brianna’s master bathroom. “It’s our favourite room in the house!” admits Brianna. The large open area has been specifically designed to emanate a sense of tranquillity, relaxation and luxury. Cream travertine tiles fit perfectly with the home’s beach theme. The holes in them were left unfilled to give the room character, and different hues through the stone provide a sense of warmth. As an interior stylist, Brianna knew it was an easy colour to decorate with and that it would come up beautifully adjacent to the river pebbles and opaque aqua glass. The only part of the bathroom that’s painted is the ceiling, as the floor and walls are tiled to make the room seem larger, and also for their wearability and ease of cleaning. The large open space reflects the outdoors as the morning sunlight works its way through the louvres, which can be opened up to let in a beautiful breeze while also retaining privacy. The couple tried to capture the essence of an outdoor shower indoors by using river pebbles as a feature on the shower floor and wall. Visually it plays on the home’s theme while creating a luxurious, massaging feeling underfoot. The 400mm stainless-steel rain shower was built from an arm bracket coming out of the ceiling. When on, it covers the whole body with a gentle rain effect that further accentuates the feeling of showering outdoors. There’s also a normal shower next to it for a more powerful spray when required. But for a truly relaxing experience, Tom and Brianna soak in the 1525cm Decina Carina bath while watching an overhead television close by. It’s one of their favourite features, along with the smart tiles used for the drainage, and the grate in the shower. Using a grate rather than a typical drain meant they didn’t need to break up the floor tiles to accommodate it, and it also ensures a beautiful flow from the main floor to the pebble-finish one in the shower. It’s difficult for the couple to fault their luxurious bathroom, but if they could have changed anything, they would have included a more modern wall-mounted toilet with a hidden cistern. Despite this, however, their master bathroom has been an integral part of bringing their dream home to life, and is undoubtedly their favourite room.
STORY LAUREN CIRCOSTA PHOTOGRAPHY TONY POTTER STYLING GREG SUKENDRO