Design Spotlight: Spa-Style Baths

His and her showers, natural stone, and a Parade of Homes bathroom design are featured in this installment of Design Spotlight

Spa-styled bath with Calacatta marble
June 30, 2017

Jaclyn Graniczny

Sublime Homes, St. John, Ind.


Photos: Paula Boyle

The soft hues of silver throughout this bathroom create an indulgent, serene ambience. Recessed niches finished with custom glass shelves and chrome brackets take advantage of wall space, creating his-and-hers storage next to the sink.

This light-filled bath was designed with tradition in mind. The freestanding tub is a focal point, and because it’s a soaker, it’s low maintenance. The counter vanity cabinet and drawer bank breakfront help interrupt a long run of cabinetry and provide separate sink washing spaces with interesting details, such as the return corners on the marble tops and furniture skirtboard

More and more clients are forgoing a tub and investing in a one-of-a-kind shower. His-and-hers configurations are on trend.

Specific requests include floor-to-ceiling stone, abundant natural light, curbless showers, and hand sprays and body jets.


Here is another home with a his-and-hers shower configuration.




Arnie Liguori

Greeneyed Designs, Yardley, Pa.

Natural stone is an integral part of this project. Slab-paneled walls of Calacatta marble—similar to Carrara, but with more dramatic veining—are set off by wide marble molding.

The commodious shower has a fixed showerhead, as well as a rain showerhead and a handheld, with a marble bench in front of the body-spray jets, enabling a relaxing seated hydro-massage. Twin vanities with rock-crystal sconces and toe-kick illumination create a functional and beautiful space, while abundant storage ensures everything has a place (Photos: Joseph G. Alfano, Courtesy of Stoneshop).

Calacatta is also used for the floor and is incorporated into an intricate inlaid design in the center of the bathroom to enhance the luxurious feel of the space

The elegant soaking tub sits in a marble alcove below a picture window. 


Paige and Jeff Japhet

Japhet Builders, San Antonio


Our bathroom design for the 2017 Parade of Homes offers timeless elegance with modern details, such as LED-lighted mirrors and electric shades, creating a his-and-hers space with both masculine and feminine touches (Photos: Rick Garza, Bright and Early Productions).

We specified Empress black marble for the floor and a black-base freestanding tub, and white Carrara marble for the shower wall and behind the vanity mirrors.

With its clean, classic black-and-white palette, this bathroom will be sure to stand the test of time. 


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