Natural Appeal

Architect Jeffrey Dungan and interior designer Beth Webb cultivate a calming retreat for a pair of busy parents

For former NFL player Peter Boulware and his wife, Kensy, who are the busy parents of five, creating a place of refuge and relaxation was top of mind when it came to designing their lakeside home in Tallahassee, Florida. To complete their vision, they enlisted Birmingham, Alabama-based architect Jeffrey Dungan, joined by Atlanta interior designer Beth Webb.

With the master suite tucked away from the rest of the house, the couple knew that they wanted an ultracalming master bath. “We wanted to create a bathroom that was simple and balanced and he would also feel quite at home in,” Dungan says. To take advantage of the home’s private, wooded location, a large bay window in front of the tub allows in natural light and provides views of the outdoors. Arabel Fabrics linen drapery provides softness, although, thanks to the home’s secluded location, “privacy
is not an issue,” Webb notes.

To foster a sense of cohesion, Dungan incorporated some of the same materials used in the rest of the house, including the room’s painted-wood wall boards, “which hold up quite well in bathrooms but also have a sense of the outdoors to them,” he says. Also nodding to nature is the room’s neutral palette, which creates a spa-like effect. 

“They’re really active as a family,” Webb says. “I think the whole vibe in the bath reflects the rest of the house. It’s light, bright, airy, calm and soothing.”

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