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IN THE KNOW – Autumn

Cottages & Gardens: 9 Family-Friendly Master Baths

Provided to KLAFFS exclusively by Cottages & Gardens

The kitchen may lay claim to being the heart of the home, but a family-friendly master bath is the key to domestic harmony. Ample storage and low-maintenance materials are examples of design elements to consider when planning a bath for one or more family members. Here, nine shining examples of designers who pulled off a near-perfect master bathroom, be it for trio of city-dwelling clients or a five-person brood with one more on the way!

A sleek vanity with endless storage adds both modernity and functionality to this master bath. Pembrooke and Ives designed the space, located in a new addition of a historic Sag Harbor home, with dual sinks and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. They wisely sectioned off the commode allowing for more than one family member to make use of the space at once.


Photography by Josh Gibson for HC&G

Designer Meg Braff kept the word “tranquil” in mind when designing a Southampton home for a family of six, hence the sea-inspired wall covering that adds a layer of interest to this bright white bath. Clutter is kept out of sight thanks to ample cabinet storage.


Photography by Tria Giovan for HC&G

For a Sag Harbor family with two young daughters, the open layout of this spacious master bath means that four is never a crowd. An easy-to-care-for area rug in a playful wide stripe balances the sophistication of the freestanding oval tub by Kohler.


Photography by Jane Beiles for CTC&G

“I have two darling boys and they bring all of the life to the house,” explained designer Matt Dougherty’s Darien client. “But when we walk into the house, it immediately feels restful and calming.” Dougherty achieved this serene sensibility by sticking to a neutral color palette. The light-filled master bathroom is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White.


Photography by Tria Giovan for HC&G

“It’s a fun house, and very livable in the end,” says designer Carmiña Roth of the coastal beach home she designed for a family of five. The master bathroom includes a bamboo vanity topped with Silestone, a non-porous material highly resistant to staining. The tub and faucet fittings are from Kohler.


Photography by Mick Hales for CTC&G

This lakeside Connecticut summer home belongs to a tight-knit, energetic family and gets up to 20 fun-loving visitors at once. The bunk bathroom can accommodate endless pairs of flip-flops thanks to multiple under-the-sink storage units. Interior designer Bettina Routh selected concrete countertops for both their durability and their design aesthetic.


Photography by David Duncan Livingston for SFC&G

A custom double washbasin anchors two storage units in this stylish yet functional master bath conceived by San Francisco–based interior designer Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors. The clients and designers were all in agreement about using fixtures, furnishings and finishes throughout the home “that had the hand of the artisan,” says Hollenbeck, “and that would patina over time.” In other words, fingerprints welcomed!


Photography by Aubrie Pick for SFC&G

A bold, nine-foot vanity topped by a white PentalQuartz slab sets the tone in this minimalist, monochromatic master bath. Simplicity clears the mind for kids and adults alike.


Photography by Fran Parente for NYC&G

“I describe my home as a fresh, happy, and joyful place,” says the Tribeca mother of two young daughters who tasked decorator Mary Young with designing a fresh space for her young busy family. A pickled-ash vanity makes the most out of the master bath’s square footage. Marble-lined walls create a quiet yet sophisticated backdrop for a rotating display of brightly-hued textiles.

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