We are building an addition and we’re waiting (and waiting) for a string of sunny, warm and dry days for the foundation to be poured. As I’m writing this, Denver meteorologists are probably sweating in cramped television studios after little to no sleep because they’ve lost their minds about an upcoming winter storm. Clearly, foundation will not be poured anytime soon. We’re adding an Owner’s Suite, which is a fancier way of say a bedroom, closet and bathroom and a family room. If you’re wondering, most people in my industry are not calling these rooms “Master Bedrooms” any longer although I keep seeing it on architectural plans.
Our home is a 1930’s shack, I mean cottage, and I’ve taken inspiration from classic, unfitted bathrooms that I’ve adored through the years. Here are some of my favorites that have really inspired me for my own cottage bathroom.
With unfitted bathrooms you typically see classic materials like stone and wood with freestanding pedestal or wall mount sinks paired with antique or vintage cabinets for storage. I even love the big mirror wall on the left in the image above. My favorite use of mirror is Mark Sikes’ classic bathroom – see below.
I saved my absolute, hands down favorite home for last and it happens to have one of my favorite bathrooms in it. Gil Schafer is my favorite American architect – his details, his mastery of classic style is unparalleled. The house in Mill Valley he designed is something I’ve looked at so many times that it might be embarrassing at this point. I’m sure you’ve seen it throughout the years – it crops up again and again in blog posts, on instagram and in online magazine articles. I’m also obsessed with his house in Maine, but I’ll save that for another blog post.
Most of the images above are expensive, even though they may not appear that way at first glance. They aren’t truly in the spirit of what I think of as a cottage, but I think we can take inspiration from their use of natural materials, reclaimed furniture and lighting and simplicity of design.
No Winter lasts forever; no Spring skips its turn.”
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
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