Two Baths from a Revival Craftsman

The designer takes a classic approach to create a balance of beauty and function in these two new, period-style baths.
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The designer takes a classic approach to create a balance of beauty and function in these two new, period-style baths.
An unusual cabinet made of reclaimed wood and set with a copper sink was the design cue for the warm, textured powder room.  Photos by Gridley+Graves

An unusual cabinet made of reclaimed wood and set with a copper sink was the design cue for the warm, textured powder room. Photos by Gridley+Graves

Shazalynn Cavin–winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria, Virginia, takes a classic approach to create a balance of beauty and function, whether the house is old or new. This project sought to bring character to a generic new build. The bathrooms, quite different from each other, exemplify her use of period motifs. “The more public powder room is 100% Arts & Crafts Revival,” says Cavin–Winfrey. “Its materials and colors blend with surrounding room, which are furnished with re-issued Stickley pieces.” The powder room, located near the wet bar between the kitchen and the dining room, measures just 6' x 6'.

“I took my cue from the sink cabinet, an unusual piece made from reclaimed barnwood,” Cavin–Winfrey continues. “It has hefty, Arts & Crafts- period hardware and a deep patina.” The hand-hammered copper sink bowl is integral with the copper countertop. Dark, ¾" liner tiles create a border over field tiles in slate; they beautifully complement the patina of the furniture, and segue nicely to the walls’ textural grasscloth in an autumnal red. “Those liner tiles are made of slate and frosted glass.”

Gentle green softens utilitarian surfaces in the master bath, where zones include this sink arch.

Gentle green softens utilitarian surfaces in the master bath, where zones include this sink arch.

The clients had asked for a durable, utilitarian space: the room gets a lot of use. The natural materials specified by the designer—rustic wood, slate, copper, glass tile—lend an organic sensibility, perfect for the period look. And “these authentic, real materials have held up well,” she reports.

The master bathroom is quite different, more like the actual bathrooms of the bungalow period—albeit larger than most. It is en suite with the bedroom that’s furnished with a Stickley bed and side tables and a contemporary sofa. The bedroom is softened by a wool needlepoint rug and a fern-motif fabric in green.

The layout includes a soaking tub, a separate shower, and a WC behind a door inset with frosted glass. The large-scale tile floor has an Art Deco vibe.

The layout includes a soaking tub, a separate shower, and a WC behind a door inset with frosted glass. The large-scale tile floor has an Art Deco vibe.

The master bath, also in pale green, is unapologetically luxurious, while looking to precedent. The basketweave tile floor has a large scale and its accent tiles are green, two twists on the classic black-and-white floor. A claw-footed soaking tub and Arts & Crafts-era medicine cabinets built into the wall above twin console sinks all date to the early 20th century. The plaster arch is another period touch.

Selected Sources
Interior designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey SCW Interiors (703) 549-2449, scwinteriors.com
Powder room tile (slate and glass): Architectural Ceramics, architecturalceramics.com
Sconces: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com
Wallcoverings: Schumacher fschumacher.com
Mirror teak ‘Driftwood’ VivaTerra vivaterra.com
Cabinet ‘Americana’ using reclaimed wood Native Trails nativetrails.net
Copper top sink: Native Trails nativetrails.net
Master custom tile: Architectural Ceramics, architecturalceramics.com
console sinks Kohler kohler.com
Medicine cabinets: Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com
Sconces: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com
Paint wall color ‘Vale’ 1494 Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com

Period Inspiration
These two new baths—the downstairs powder room and an en suite master bath upstairs—were designed by Shazalynn Cavin–Winfrey for a newly built bungalow near Washington, D.C. “I’ve done other bungalow bathrooms,” she says, “using Arts & Crafts elements, and they’re all different. Typically, we keep details straightforward and the tile simple; scale is so important in the older homes, where bathrooms most often were of manageable size.”
Gentle green softens utilitarian surfaces in the master bath, where zones include the sink arch, a soaking tub, a separate shower, and a WC behind a door inset with frosted glass. The large-scale floor has an Art Deco vibe.

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