Modern Artistry

Designer Julie Witzel refashioned the bathroom of a historic bungalow into an organic retreat with individualized spaces for today’s homeowners

Modern design doesn’t have to be reserved for new construction, as Julie Witzel demonstrates in this bath suite in a remodeled Ansley Park abode. The 1880s bungalow had undergone years of updates that resulted in an inefficient hodgepodge of outdated spaces, she says. The redesign, which took advantage of an unused second guest bedroom, carved out a corridor that led to his-and-her bath suites, separate closets and a morning bar. 

Witzel drew from inspiration pictures of freestanding column-type pedestal sinks for the vanity area of “her” bath, but she still needed counter space. The solution: custom round concrete sinks that contrast the bleached walnut vanities. “You have to find that good balance between the slicker materials, like the concrete and the quartz, and the warmth and heaviness of the walnut to make sure that it doesn’t skew one way or the other,” she says. Softer, organic forms include horn hardware and sculptural lighting in bronze and smoked glass.

The quartz wall cladding in the shower extends throughout “her bath.” Instead of another material change in “his bath” beyond the walnut linen closet and vanity and concrete sink tops, she placed a mirror and the Stiletto LED Lungo bath bar above the vanity. “We had to be more selective and edit out some details so that it didn’t feel busy,” says Witzel.

The baths and morning bar showcase the clients’ fine art photography collection, which appears in harmony with the fixtures and finishes. A dresser by Skylar Morgan Furniture built into a niche in “her bath” also bears display space. “We have the opportunity, even with older homes, to modernize them for each individual’s needs while still being respectful of the original architecture,” she says. 

INTERIOR DESIGN Julie Witzel, J Witzel Interior Design, (770) 639-5791; ARCHITECT Anne Sciarrone, Anne Architecture BUILDER Keiffer Phillips GENERAL CONTRACTOR Phillips | Collins Construction Group Her Bath SHOWER WALLS, FLOOR and TUB SURROUND Caesarstone Alpine Mist COUNTERTOP Timberland Cabinets SINK Dex Industries SINK, TUB and SHOWER FITTINGS Hansgrohe Axor Uno TUB Reve tub from Kohler LIGHTING Fiddlehead Pendant from Roll & Hill MIRROR Duravit SHOWER GLASS Diamond Glass Company DRESSER Skylar Morgan Furniture DRESSER HARDWARE Ochre His Bath CABINETRY Timberland Cabinets SINK/VANITY TOP Dex Industries CABINETRY HARDWARE Ochre SHOWER WALLS AND FLOOR Caesarstone Alpine Mist LIGHTING Stiletto Lungo LED Bath Bar from Sonneman SINK AND SHOWER FITTINGS Hansgrohe Axor Uno SHOWER GLASS Diamond Glass Company Morning Bar CABINETRY Timberland Cabinets PAINT COLOR Benjamin Moore Whale Gray BAR TOP and BACKSPLASH Caesarstone Alpine Mist HARDWARE Tom Kundig Collection BEVERAGE REFRIGERATOR U-Line through Howard Payne Company