Calm and Composed

Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio and Mathews Furniture + Design refresh a dated primary bath with functional solutions and serene style

When an Atlanta couple found a home in their dream neighborhood, they knew they would need to remodel as their style was less modern than that of the previous homeowners. When it came to the primary bath, they enlisted the help of kitchen-and-bath designer Mary Kathryn Timoney of Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio and interior designer Nancy Appel of Mathews Furniture + Design.

“With their active lives, creating a space that was calm and peaceful was the goal for the master bath and bedroom,” says Appel. “Having worked with them on a previous home and also on her mother’s home, I have gotten to know their likes well.”

Timoney and Appel focused on updating the layout by improving symmetry and storage while anchoring the space in a serene color palette and elegant touches. 

The first order of business was removing the dated elements such as the tray ceiling, travertine tile floors, deck-mounted tub and DIY sauna. A pair of vanities were added to either side of the entrance to create a much-needed sense of balance and offer clever storage solutions that conceal clutter. 

Recessed medicine cabinets—which are framed to look like wall-mounted mirrors—provide additional storage and electrical plug-ins for toothbrushes and other electronics. A docking drawer provides a place to leave blow dryers or curling irons within easy reach. “Everything has a place to live so the countertops are free of clutter,” says Timoney.

Meanwhile, Appel brought in shades of green—the wife’s favorite color—via the quartzite countertops and selected Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray for the cabinetry. She also added a striking yet serene focal point with Schumacher’s Chinois Palais Vinyl Panel wallcovering. “While the core elements are all beautiful, I wanted to add something serenely dramatic,” says the designer. “I pulled potential choices, but there was only one option; it had to be this one. It was simply spot on.” 

Resources BATHROOM DESIGNER Mary Kathryn Timoney, Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio INTERIOR DESIGNER Nancy Appel, Mathews Furniture + Design BUILDER Keystone Custom Homes CABINETRY Downsview Kitchens by Design Galleria CABINETRY PAINT COLOR Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray SATIN BRASS HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection COUNTERTOPS Ciot MOSAIC FLOOR TILE and HERRINGBONE TILE Stonelluxe TUB BainUltra WALLCOVERING Schumacher SCONCES and CHANDELIER Visual Comfort & Co.