R5 Bathing Beauties

Enter The New Bathroom

Oversized, Upscale, Plush, and Posh


The most luxurious room in the home is out of the (water) closet now that crystal chandeliers, fireplaces and, yes, even surround sound music systems have moved in


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By Nancy Claus Giles


Today’s bathrooms are not just for bathing, brushing, and beautifying—how prosaic!—but for enjoyment, entertainment, and enhancement. In the privacy of that most private of spaces, you can lock the door and…

a listen to Mozart (or Bach or, if you prefer, U2) on surround sound speakers;

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a lounge on an overstuffed chair;

a warm up in front of a fireplace;

a watch Oprah on a plasma TV;

a munch on the goodies stocked in a Sub-Zero fridge;

a get tanned in the shower;

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a enjoy a steaming cup of espresso from the Illy coffeemaker.


You can also wrap yourself in a warmed Frette towel after a relaxing (or risque—your choice) session in the steam shower built for two.


 Here is a glance at some of the new bathroom looks.




Designer: Denise Balassi with Interior Consultants in South Salem (914) 533-2275

Room Location: Purchase

Elements: Custom maple cabinetry is painted and glazed to create an antique effect; Walker Zanger etched- and hand-painted decorative tiles and tumbled marble from Westport Tile blankets the floor and covers the walls; Ultra Bain hydrotherapy tub; Perrin and Rowe satin nickel faucets, knobs from Katonah Hardware, and antique Italian crystal chandelier.


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Designer: Sandra Morgan Interiors, Inc. of Greenwich

(203) 629-8121

Room Location:

Greenwich, CT

Elements: Brunschwig and Fils chair and fabric; Niermann Weeks dressing table; Kohler tub; and tumbled marble floor.


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Designer: Kim Amann of Casalinda Design in Port Chester (914) 937-5700

Room Location: Scarsdale

Elements: Seven-foot-diameter shower custom made with a California Faucet rainhead; showerheads and sprays by Kohler; Rosa Verona marble floor and Bisazza Glass mosaic interior, steam shower by Romá; toilet, sea wall tub and faucets by Kohler; towel warmer by Myson.


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Designer: Denise Balassi with Interior Consultants in South Salem (914) 533-2275

Room Location: Waccabuc

Elements: Custom cherry cabinets flank the bathing alcove; Waterworks tub and satin nickel faucets, tumbled marble floor and walls from Country Floors in Greenwich; knobs from Katonah Hardware; antique chandelier.


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