KBB - April 2013 - (Page 63)
LED track lighting under the floating vanity adds
ambiance to the entire space. Natural bamboo in the
vanity is the perfect natural element to complement the
faux natural look of the tile floor, which is designed to
look like wood.
Once the client’s spa tub was in place, the next
step was giving her a lighting system that she could
manipulate to create the perfect mood for any occasion.
“We played with lighting a lot,” said Jacoby. Underneath
the wall-mounted floating vanity lives strip LED lighting
on a dimmer. “The vanity lights allow the homeowner to
go very low with the lighting when she’s in the tub,” she
added. The hanging pendant over the toilet is also on a
dimmer, so the client can go as bright as she wants with
the lighting or fall anywhere in between.
Jacoby then added minimalist fixtures and
contemporary design elements — including a sleek,
oversized showerhead — and tempered them with
soothing, neutral colors. She used a large-format porcelain
tile on the tub surround and accented it with earth-toned
glass mosaic. “The tile has a texture to it, which gives it the
look of bamboo,” said Jacoby. And the glass mosaic in the
tub area functions like a soothing waterfall. The lighting in
the shower area washes the glass with light, and when
water hits it, it shimmers. The piece functions as a soothing
The glass mosaic is picked up again on the vanity,
creating continuity throughout the space. The wallmounted vanity has a bamboo veneer finish and real
bamboo accents to add a touch of the natural world
to this oasis. A piece of granite was custom cut for the
vanity’s top, and Jacoby chose a color with enough depth
to allow it to contrast with the soothing neutral tones of the
wall color and tile without overpowering the subtle sparkle
of the glass mosaic.
Finally, Jacoby chose a porcelain floor tile designed to
look like wood planks to add the style and earthiness of
wood, while maintaining the practical durability of tile. “It’s
amazing how closely this tile resembles hardwood,” she
said. “Yet you get all the benefits of porcelain.”
Every element within the bath works in harmony to
create an exciting and modern space that still manages
to soothe the soul. n
Design: Anna Jacoby, Anna Jacoby Interiors, Fremont, Calif.; annajacobyinteriors.
com Manufacturers: Vanity: Xylem; Vanity sconces: Murray Feiss; Pendant light:
Kichler; Plumbing fixtures: Price Pfister; Glass mosaic tile: Sierra Vista; Field tile: DalTile
Photography: © Ian Coleman Studio
www.kbbonline.com / April 2013
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