Understated Elegance

For this 2019 Bath of the Year award winner, Alison Womack Jowers enlists Mary Kathryn Timoney to create an ultrapersonal space

Adding brightness and a modern touch were the goals interior designer Alison Womack Jowers relayed to kitchen-and-bath designer Mary Kathryn Timoney, senior designer with Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, when it came time to renovate Womack Jowers’ personal master bathroom. “She just needed that lightness and that airiness,” says Timoney of the collaboration that would transform the fashion-forward interior designer’s space into something more indicative of her personality and design aesthetic. 

Neolith’s Calacatta surface, with its off-white and tan with gray veining, set the palette for the Buckhead bathroom renovation. The new layout retained the same footprint but appeared much larger, thanks to a new window placed behind the soaking tub and the creation of a curbless shower with Starphire glass. Bookmatching—in which adjoining surfaces mirror each other—allowed the slabs in the shower to appear more like art, Womack Jowers says.

The vanity countertops are executed in the same Calacatta in a silk finish, while the designers say the subtle shimmer of the mercury mirror on the linen cabinet played off the Neolith’s organic movement. The cabinet, which Womack Jowers spotted in the Design Galleria showroom, adds an armoire-like presence. The cabinet and two freestanding vanities with simple decorative “feet” allowed the furniture stay true to the home’s traditional nature.

Adding a layered feel to this all-white beauty are textured elements, such as the Wolfgang chandelier with a fretwork design by Mr. Brown, as well as crisp finishing touches, such as the lacquered rectangular mirrors with rounded edges.

Completing the look are jewelry-like statement details. Womack Jowers, for instance, paired white, acrylic horn pulls with polished-nickel cuffs from the Matthew Quinn Collection on the cabinetry. “It’s all about fine-tuning details, the tiny details,” she says of the pulls, which possess a subtle but elegant effect against the cabinets that are painted Farrow & Ball’s Shaded White. 

The joint effort fueled an appreciation for collaboration. “To be a part of doing something that not only made her space more beautiful, but also more of her signature—that was fun,” Timoney says. 


BATHROOM DESIGNER Mary Kathryn Timoney, Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, (404) 261-0111; designgalleria.net INTERIOR DESIGNER Alison Womack Jowers, Womack Jowers Interiors, (404) 256-0704; womackinteriors.com ARCHITECT William T. Baker & Associates, (770) 846-5768; wtbaker.com BUILDER Goodsell Associates, (404) 352-9660; goodsellassociates.com VANITIES AND CABINET Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection SHOWER AND COUNTERTOPS Neolith TUB Noland PLUMBING FIXTURES Watermark through Noland CHANDELIER Wolfgang chandelier by Mr. Brown DRAPERIES Fabricut fabric with trim from Dedar through Jerry Pair ACRYLIC CHAIR Ernest Gaspard & Associates WHITE TABLE Emissary SCONCES Circa Lighting MIRROR Caroline Budd’s Picture Framing, lacquered in Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud CABINET AND VANITY PAINT Farrow & Ball Shaded White

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