Making a Splash
Designer Katrina Porter renovated this 1930s bath and gave it all the traditional charm and character the historic house needed. But once complete, she called friend and artist Carrie Pittman to bring in a pop of WOW.
Everyone loves an all-white bath. It’s a classic that never goes out of style—especially when the appointments and fixtures are fine. Designer Katrina Porter knew that she needed to stay true to the character of this 1932 house when she set about renovating the bath so she turned to the timeless palette to create a roomy, sophisticated space that would blend seamlessly with the traditional Federal architecture. “My goal was to give the space some charm,” she says of the earlier update that was trapped in the decadent 1980s. To undo the prior renovation, Katrina stripped the space down to its bones. Tile floors were replaced with hardwood and white Alabama marble and penny tile redressed the shower. “It’s a material in keeping with the time period of the house,” she says. Trim new vanities and a free-standing tub add to the enduring appeal.
Why We love it
1. HIS-AND-HER VANITIES There’s no bumping into one another while getting ready in the mornings with separate vanities that face one another. Plenty of storage below keeps the beautiful marble countertops uncluttered.
2. ROOMY SHOWER With dual showerheads and benches, there is more than enough room for two. One side offers a handheld showerhead as well, perfect for bathing young children or even the family dog.
3. NATURAL LIGHT The sloped ceiling follows the roofline offering built-in character. Two windows flood the space with light. A glass shower wall and door helps maintain the room’s open and airy feel.
4. BOLD ARTWORK “The homeowners are young with small children, so I wanted to brighten the space a bit and add some fun,” says Katrina. “The vibrant artwork by Carrie Pittman was the perfect way to accomplish that.”
5. BALANCING ACT Dual vanities and a double shower create a pleasing symmetrical look despite the askewed window—a remnant of the original architecture. A freestanding tub offers counterbalance to the walk-in shower and provides a place to relax.
Designer: Katrina Porter Designs, LLC katrinaporterdesigns.com Builder: Chad Lynch • 251.242.1267 email@example.com Countertops: Alabama White Marble from Triton Stone Group • 205.592.0202 tritonstone.com Tile: shower walls: Alabama White Ceramic from Triton Stone Group Shower floor: White Penny Rounds from Triton Stone Group Paint color: Carrington Beige by Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.com Art: Carrie Pittman Art • 205.266.7444 carriepittman.com