In Store: Bath Time
Pump up your home spa with soothing style
By Lisa Marie Rovito
Who doesn’t deserve a little pampering?
Pump up your home spa with soothing style
The Spa Tower by Eric Cohler for the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, Wis., features a shower as an entryway to the bathroom. Cohler says this is done “as a means to wash away stress upon entering the space.” The 14-foot, castle-like shower space blends classicism with modernism, while tacks of stripes of Ann Sacks Custom Mosaic tile in Luxor Grey and Linen create motion in both vertical and horizontal directions. Multifunction showerhead and faucet are from Kohler’s Memoirs collection. (800) 456-4537, www.kohler.com.
|Turn It On|
For the detail-oriented home spa, THG’s Jamie Drake Collection offers the Profil cross-handle faucet with sculptural handles and a decadent horn inlay. Shown in Luxbrass; $2,536. Ferguson Bath and Kitchen Gallery, 36-238 Plaza Dr., Cathedral City, (760) 328-6581.
|A Good Egg|
Limestone is what makes the Papillon tub from Stone Forest appear as delicate and enveloping as an eggshell — but it’s only one of several materials used for this museum-quality, hand-carved vessel. Other options include sleek black granite and stately Carrera marble. The curving sides and 68-inch length were designed for soaking comfort; $20,000. (888) 682-2987, www.stoneforest.com.
|Round the Drain|
The 18th century Chinese craft of cloisonné comes to life in handcrafted sinks by Linkasink. Each is made by fusing wire and powdered glass to a copper bowl that is then ground and polished smooth to create a resilient surface. It’s as hard as porcelain, requires no special care, and can be used as a vessel or an undermount. Circles is one of eight designs; $1,700-$2,000. (866) 395-8377, www.linkasink.com.
Erte mermaid jewelry box adds an Art Deco touch on the vanity. It’s lined in black velvet with lots of storage; $107.50. Tchotchkes, 650 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-7854.
The Chiocciola’s freestanding nautilus shape is a curl of a shower stall available with a transparent, translucent, or white acrylic finish. Designed by Benedini Associati and manufactured in Italy by Agape, it offers left- or right-handed access. Its open, doorless chamber commands attention in the center of a spacious bathroom, with its three finishes dictating the level of exhibition or privacy; $12,470 (does not include tap or shower head). (866) 888-6677, www.mossonline.com.
At home in a space with modern or Asian décor, the Pier freestanding tub by Waterworks offers the contrast of a “slip” that acts as a slim-lined dock for your favorite place to escape. Available in white or ivory, with slip in espresso, stainless, or unfinished; $4,600 (white), $4,990 (ivory), plus $1,000 for the slip. Several locations in and around Los Angeles, (800) 899-6757, www.waterworks.com.
Luxurious bath goods take this favorite beauty ritual skin deep. From left to right: Peacharine body bar soap by Bluewick; $10. Home 101, 392 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 318-9886, www.home101store.com or www.bluewick.com. Ginger soap by Roger & Gallet, $10. Tchotchkes, 650 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 327-7854. Gardenia triple-milled shea butter soap by Mistral, $8. At Home 101. Pure olive oil soap with calendula extracts by Tact; $3.50. www.tactbeautycareusa.com. Aspara sole soother lotion with essential oils of lemongrass, peppermint, and ginger; $18. www.aspara-aromatics.com. Rose-infused Dead Sea salt bath crystals by Enfusia; $3.50. www.enfusia.com. Fig liquid Marseille soap in glass dispenser; $19. www.lcdpmarseille.com. Starfruit body bar soap by Bluewick; $10. At Home 101. Green tea guest soap set by Roger & Gallet, $17.50. At Tchotchkes. Mandarin triple-milled soap by Earthworks; $9. www.earthworksproducts.com. Cypress lime triple-milled shea butter soap by Mistral, $8. At Home 101. Orange Slice foam bath from Marseille Soap; $22. www.lcdpmarseille.com. Almond triple-milled soap by Earthworks; $9. www.earthworksproducts.com. Cote Lavande body oil from France; $17. www.cote-lavande.com. Green tea soap by Roger & Gallet, $10. At Tchotchkes. Pure olive oil soap with aloe extracts or lavender oil by Tact; $3.50 each. www.tactbeautycareusa.com. Mandi Flora Bath Soak infused with real flowers; $18. www.aspara-aromatics.com. Pure olive oil body scrub made with granulated natural olive pits; $12. www.tacbeautycareusa.com. Vanilla-infused Dead Sea salt bath crystals by Enfusia; $3.50. www.enfusia.com. Cote Lavande shower gel with olive extracts; $16. www.cote-lavande.com.
|Set on Stone|
New England rivers and beaches gave birth to the smooth, rounded stones used for these naturally lovely wall “hooks” suited for robes and towels. For each stone the company “harvests” another is planted for the water to tumble into smoothness; $49 each. (800) 233-6011, www.vivaterra.com.
The Searlate etagere in polished, aged pewter and tempered glass is the antidote to full cupboards or a nonexistent linen closet. Its shelves call out to be stacked with fluffy towels or stocked with a handsome array of bath goods. Casters make it easy to wheel wherever you need it most; $1,495. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 441 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 778-1888, www.mgandbw.com.
A tub from the Zen collection by Neptune can be dropped into the most serene setting you can dream up. Additional options include Whirlpool, Mass-air, and Activ-air systems, and the new Neptuner advanced audio technology in which powerful acoustic transducers produce an invisible surround-sound system; $1,705-$8,305. EuroBath & Tile, 2915 Red Hill Ave., #F102, Costa Mesa, (714) 545-2284, www.neptuneb.com.
|Out to Dry|
Droplets towels and bathsheets in a linen/cotton blend by Waterworks ($72-$128) rest in the ceramic Om sculpture from Interior Illusions; $1,800. 830 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, 325-0300. A zebrawood stool makes a nice perch for bath salts or slippers; $156. Tchotchkes, 650 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 327-7854. Savon Extra Pure Soap for Delicate Skin is made from pure vegetable content and palm oil; Savon de Marseille Extra Pure Liquid Soap in Fig is biodegradable and free of artificial color and animal fats. Droplets washcloths ($15) are by Waterworks. (800) 899-6757, www.waterworks.com.
|Pottery for Sail|
A vintage dish by midcentury pottery maker Martz makes a cute, stand-alone showpiece or a place to hold soap or potpourri; $20. Add to your collection: Hedge carries an array of vintage pottery, from small dishes like this one to hard-to-find dishes and lamps. 68-929 Perez Rd., Cathedral City, (760) 770-0090.
|Light on the Water|
Soft, diffused light emits from the Randolph Painted Landscape Accent Lamp, with a chinoisserie theme that recalls hand-painted 18th century wall-paper. Its cool blues and greens form a serene and romantic scene of boaters gliding across the water as they edge near the shore. The shade, details, and base are antique brass. $1,456. Mathis Brothers Furniture, 81-410 Hwy. 111, Indio, (760) 775-9000, or www.bakerfurniture.com.
Not a picture book, but an insider’s resource that covers the importance of planning, meticulous installation, choosing and trusting design professionals, and accessorizing, The Definitive Guide to Designing the Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick has something for anyone who is building, renovating, or just making a quick update to their bath. As co-founder and senior vice president of design at Waterworks, Sallick knows how to create the full bath experience. Hers is the ultimate companion for the design process; $16. www.amazon.com.