Before and After: Minimal Bathing Beauty

by Melissa Goldstein
"I do not follow trends--I am all about a timeless look," says designer Vicente Wolf. The approach has worked for the New York-based talent, whose 35 years in the industry have established him as a shelter magazine darling, with who's-who editorial accolades including Architectural Digest's annual "AD 100" to ELLE Décor's "A List." Wolf's philosophy is evident in the renovation of a young family's beach cottage in Amagansett, whose bathroom he transformed from a cramped, subway-tiled nook into a refuge replete with large-scale glass tiles, textured stone, and a freestanding tub. And while we don't usually swoon for the architectural, super-minimal look, we think it's a brilliant treatment for a bathroom, where clean and serene is the order of the day. We asked Wolf how he did it. What was your initial impression of the bathroom? When I saw the space, I knew it had to be demolished. The layout of the house screamed start over. First order of business? We knocked down walls to create an entirely new space. After the expansion, the bathroom increased by 90-square-feet. In a sentence, how would you sum up your vision for the design aesthetic? A white box with accents of textured walls. Did you have any decor don'ts going in? I try to stay away from patterned tiles! If you could boil down your top three tips for easy bathroom updates akin to this one, what would they be? 1. Create a complete box using one colour. 2. Repeat the same design element on the walls and floors. 3. Bring in natural elements like wood to bring the space to life. shop-look
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Elise Bathtub, $6135 Modern Bathroom Dornbracht Tub Spout, Price Available Upon Request, Dornbracht White Orchid, $49 Pottery Barn
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 Rainshower Head, $150 Hudson Reed  Victoria Planter, $73 Gore Dean Lugarno Pivot Mirror, $235 Restoration Hardware
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 Crystal White Wall Tile Price Available Upon Request Stone Source  Fresca Bathroom Vanity, $1600 Home Click  Stainless Steel Drawer Pull $5, Cool Knobs & Pulls
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Gotham Bath Towel $60, Waterworks Square Lacquer Tray, From $24 West Elm   Glassos Nanostone, $1085 Per Foot, CSS Stone

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