Morning Dream

For their new master bathroom, homeowners Judith and Bahnson Stanley wanted a minimalist, sculptural space that would serve as a work of art in itself. They also requested separate spots to get ready, but vetoed the traditional bathroom layout. Harrison Design Associates proved to be the best firm for the job, tackling these design constraints with ease while keeping the look simple and serene. After associate Dawn M. Bennett laid the architectural foundation, designer Karen Ferguson devised a double-sided vanity with a bold 10-inch toe kick reveal. The resulting piece looks almost as if it is floating amid the pure white room.

To add interest to the monochromatic scheme, Ferguson employed a variety of textures. Honed stone floors keep the look grounded while semi-gloss walls and lacquered cabinetry reflect the light, giving the room an ethereal glow.

In a bathroom as pared-down as this, Ferguson explains, every detail matters, which is why the finishes on all of the fixtures and hardware were carefully color-matched for consistency—some of them at custom expense. “Having to edit yourself constantly requires a lot of thought,” she says. “But if you don’t make compromises, in the end, it pays off. This space shows it.”


“The homeowners wanted a place where they could reflect without jarring colors and distractions from the everyday world,” notes Ferguson. “The only color in the room comes from windows. We chose to stain them so that your eye is drawn out of them, rather than to them.”


Storage is ample but inconspicuous. A tall linen cabinet blends seamlessly into the white walls. And every accent—from the suspended pendants to the two-sided floating mirror to the cloudlike vanity to the acrylic Louis ghost chair and “womblike” Waterworks tub—reflects a less-is-more approach, imparting an inherent sense of serenity.

Because Ferguson selected Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures that only came in chrome, keeping metal finishes cohesive was a bit of a challenge. “You can’t really mix chrome with polished nickel or satin nickel in a situation like this,” Ferguson explains. “We had a custom mirror fabricated and custom light fixtures with a chrome plate, as well as custom cords, because clear cords did not look as good.” Slim, elongated chrome handles from Hafele complete the scheme.


INTERIOR AND BATH DESIGN Karen Ferguson, ASID, Harrison Design Associates Inc., 3198 Cains Hill Pl. NW, Suite 200, Atlanta 30305. (404) 365-7760; ARCHITECTURE Dawn M. Bennett, AIA, Harrison Design Associates CONTRACTOR Michael Labelle, AFG Builders, 10375 Old Alabama Rd. Connector, Suite 300, Alpharetta 30022. (770) 616-8646; COUNTERTOPS Crema Europa limestone through G&L Marble CUSTOM CABINETRY Berkeley Woodworking Inc. CABINETRY HARDWARE Hafele through Masterpiece Lighting PENDANT LIGHTS Customized “Pippa” pendants through C Lighting CUSTOM MIRROR by Custom Artisan Group LAVATORY SINKS Miro Ceramic Box by St. Thomas through HD Supply LAVATORY FAUCETS Citterio Lavatory Mixer by Hansgrohe through HD Supply TUB .25 Freestanding Oval Bathtub through Waterworks TUB FILLER Citterio Freestanding Tub Filler by Hansgrohe through HD Supply BATH ACCESSORIES Hansgrohe ROMAN SHADE FABRIC Jim Thompson Andaman #3240-01 through Jerry Pair LUCITE CHAIR AT VANITY Louis Ghost Armchair by Philippe Starck through Design Within Reach PARCHMENT SIDE TABLE Baker STONE TRAY Allan Knight through Grizzel & Mann WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM Brac Grey Water Recycling System,