Glamorous and practical? That winning combo marries beautifully in this Atlanta master bath. Interior designer Courtney Giles Decker was challenged by the homeowner to turn a circa-1911 house in historic Ansley Park into a more modern (but still classic) abode. Since homes of that era don’t typically have spacious bathrooms, Decker borrowed square footage from an adjacent bedroom to create a luxurious bathroom with his-and-her vanities, separate closets and a distinct area for the shower. French doors now open up from the wife’s vanity to their wooded backyard as an extra bonus.

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A large-scale painting from Anne Irwin Fine Art draws the eye to this pearlescent wall of tile and that amazing nickel tub. As an extra benefit, the floors are heated.

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Glamorous sconces from Oxshott Collection recall old Hollywood movies from the 1930s. “We divided the mirror up so that we would have the perfect spots to anchor the sconces,” says Courtney.

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Custom cabinets from Karpaty Cabinets have feet on them to look like furniture, and the tile floors are from Walker Zanger.

The glamour factor is most apparent in the nickel tub, its shimmery silver finish providing a focal point to the room. “The wife requested the nickel tub as one of the main things on her wish list,” says Courtney, who had to hunt around to find a manufacturer. Her tub source is now out of business, which makes this bathroom even more special. A custom-sized chandelier by Chandi Lighting Studio adds additional sparkle to the room.

A barrel-vault ceiling and French doors leading to the backyard are two architectural features that make the master bath seem large. “We added a barrel ceiling for some visual interest and also to gain enough height for the chandelier,” says the designer.

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A sliding mirrored door separates the vanity area from other parts of the master suite, including the shower and husband’s bath and closet. “Just past this door is the entrance to the shower, and then you walk into his side of the bath with darker stained gray cabinets — a different look from her side,” says Courtney.

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Lacquered cabinetry and hardware from Matthew Quinn Collection contribute to the feminine closet. Mirrored doors and a window seat are handy touches. “We also added a laundry chute to the laundry room hidden behind the door,” says Courtney. Drapery treatments are stationary with a remote-controlled automatic shade that drops down for privacy. The window seat also hides an escape ladder that can roll out of the second story window in case of emergency. A wool and viscose rug add a tad of sheen to the floor.

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Other elements are equally sophisticated but surprisingly durable, too — another one of the wife’s requests. “The homeowner wanted a glamorous feel with tile that wouldn’t stain,” explains Courtney, “This is why we used all porcelain, glass tile and quartz countertops.” Custom cabinetry includes special drawers with slots to hold hair dryers, curling irons and other accessories.

The special mirror treatment over the vanity was a collaboration between all the parties. As a way to space mirrors alongside the swanky sconces, the wall-mounted mirrors were divided up into three sections. Courtney recommends incorporating mirrors as a surefire way to up the glamour quotient in a bathroom. “Mirrors can be added to cabinet fronts, doors, behind tubs and more,” she says. “They can also be cut or trimmed out in different ways to add excitement over the vanity.”

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A tiled shower with fixtures by Waterworks complements other areas of the master bath.

Decker used mirrored doors in the wife’s closet to create the feeling of an upscale boutique. Other glam touches include a window seat covered in a velvet cushion with silk pillows, drapery treatments with a Greek key design, and lacquered cabinetry.

Decker likes the mix of tones and textures in this bathroom — not just all white or all sparkly. Truly sophisticated spaces are more than just dazzling features, she points out. Space planning and practical surfaces are key — but a little bling never hurts!


Interior design: Courtney Giles Decker
Photography: Emily Followill
Tile: Walker Zanger
Cabinetry: Karpaty Cabinets, Matthew Quinn Collection
Fixtures: Waterworks
Lighting: Oxshott Collection, Chandi Lighting Studio
Art: Anne Irwin Fine Art


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