An Athens Primary Bathroom is the Perfect Blend of Sophisticated Femininity

Architect Amanda Orr and designer Lanier Gupton craft a feminine retreat in an Athens, Georgia primary bathroom

It’s the kind of moment many of us long for: sinking into a relaxing bath with a window to the serene outdoors, without fear of anyone in our surroundings seeing us. That’s exactly what architect Amanda Orr created for the homeowners of this pristine new build—specifically, for the wife who enjoys taking daily soaks.

With the primary bathroom tucked away on a private side of the home, the architect conceived a vast, gothic-inspired steel window that invites dappled light. “It makes a statement and brings nature inside,” says Orr, who also envisioned a freestanding bathtub placed in front of the window. “It feels very ethereal, like it’s floating there. A place to melt away the day’s stressors.” Echoing the window’s design, she conceived a similar arched niche in the wall above the marble-topped vanity. “While it’s a new house, this niche makes it feel like it’s been there,” she adds. The architect also orchestrated a circular window above the vanity that allows extra light yet room for mirrors and sconces.

Orr closely collaborated with interior designer Lanier Gupton of Lanier Interiors—who’s worked with the clients on several other homes—for a bathroom with clean lines, a quintessential English style, and luxuries like marble vanity countertops with rich veining. While the rest of the home is drenched in color, Gupton immersed the bathroom in neutral colors of gray, white, and taupe. “It was fun to allow the bathroom to speak quietly and softly,” says Gupton. To maintain the focus on the window, the designer painted its iron frame a tonal gray hue; a light fixture dangling above the tub and the vanity’s sculptural mirrors both mimic the niche’s arches. “It’s my job to accentuate the architecture as opposed to taking over with my own decorating,” says the designer.

Further catering to the wife’s love of baths, motorized drapery offers privacy while still allowing light to flood the space. “When the light comes through those sheers, it’s so beautiful,” says Gupton. The result is a well-orchestrated space, where everything from an expansive shower to a makeup vanity has a place, yet allows the window and tub to remain the covetable centerpiece.

Resources  INTERIOR DESIGNER Lanier Interiors ARCHITECT Amanda Orr Architects BUILDER Athens Building Company CABINETRY Phoenix Millworks LIGHTING Visual Comfort & Co. MIRRORS Waterworks FAUCETS Rohl through Ferguson TUB Kohler TILE Traditions in Tile & Stone MAKEUP VANITY Made Goods CHAIR Charles Stewart DRAPERY Rogers & Goffigon ARTWORK Bastiaan Woudt through Jackson Fine Art