Before & After

Next Project Studio Takes on Bernoudy Bathroom

I am thrilled that my master bathroom has been completed. As you know, I live in the house that William Bernoudy designed for himself and his wife to live in off Litzsinger in Ladue. I bought the house from my mother about 4 years ago. She and my father bought it from the Bernoudy estate in 1992.  The house is relatively small with the main home being about 1600 sq. feet and the adjoining guest house about 600 sq. feet.  My parents renovated the original two Bernoudy bathrooms.  In one they put a large, corner jacuzzi tub for my mother and my father’s bathroom got a shower with 6 body sprays.

Last Summer I finally pulled the plug on redoing my mother’s bathroom since I rarely ever used the tub. Dana King at Next Project Studio did the design and her team completed the project. I could not be happier with them or the finishes we selected.

The bathroom was gutted down to the studs. I also decided that I wanted to add a skylight and I am really glad that I did!  At the last minute we also added heated floors…..I realized that you can’t do that later!

The hardest decision was the tile.

I had envisioned travertine floors and walls, though people commented that travertine can be brittle & hard to keep clean. After searching high and low for tile, I fell in love with a glass tile from Island Stone.  I used a stacked, elongated subway tile for the shower and surrounding areas. Behind the sink, I used a different glass tile from Island Stone that had a certain Mid-century feel.

The Kohler toilet is wall-mounted with the tank built into the wall…..sounds unstable, though it is anchored to the structure.

The tumbled marble floor tiles go seamlessly into the shower.  When I was in Chicago last Summer I noticed that the FLW Robie House had a similar tile on the floor of some of their bathrooms…..I noticed this after selecting the tile….channeling FLW.

The shower has a rain head and I added two body sprays. We also added lighting to the back of the mirror…something I saw in a boutique hotel.

I am thoroughly pleased with the end result!  I can’t say that everything I have done to my house is perfect….except for this bathroom. If I can think of one thing I would have done differently, it would have been adding a bench to the shower…though I think I am going to get a teak bench to try in it.

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