Lounge Act

Glittery brass accents and a plush window seat create a sense of calm in this melanie turner-designed retreat

These homeowners started with a straightforward design request to designer Melanie Turner. “They wanted a calming bathroom with a double vanity for guests to relax in while getting ready in their Alys Beach, Florida home,” says Turner, who has worked on eight homes in the tony coastal community. Once Turner, architect Domin Bock and Alys Beach Construction had the layout and functionalities of the new construction home’s bathroom in place, the owners tapped into Turner’s creativity by asking her to pay homage to a Moroccan riad. 

Turner obliged with a breezy all-white palette, specifying hardware-free cabinetry by Karpaty; a crisp yet plush window seat made out of indoor/outdoor Donghia fabric; and a few strategic touches of Moroccan exoticism like the angular brass mirror. “It worked with the unusually placed window,” notes Turner, who matched the mirror’s finish with the Kohler sink fixtures, brass door hardware from Source, and accessorized the counter with a brass crab found in Bali. 

Last, but certainly not least, no true Moroccan riad homage could be complete without a statement-making tile. Turner toned down the typical brightly colored Moroccan tile with a neutral-and-putty colored floor selection to maintain the space’s overall serene spirit.