Rooms We Love: Bathroom

A design team combines minimalism with a personal touch to create a chic master bath

A couple renovating a home in Potomac tapped Nestor Santa-Cruz to redesign the interiors. On their wish list was “a master bath that feels like a high-end hotel,” recalls Santa-Cruz, who set about creating this luxurious space for his clients.

He conceived a symmetrical layout with glass enclosures at either end of the room—one houses a two-person shower and the other, behind frosted glass, houses a W.C. Between the two, the tub is positioned beneath a large window. Twin vanities on the opposite wall flank storage cabinets.

The couple wanted a contemporary look, so Santa-Cruz sourced modern, Italian-made materials at Boffi in Georgetown. Sleek, floating vanities in high-gloss white lacquer are balanced by a squared-off acrylic tub with a lacquered surround and built-in shelving. In lieu of sconces above the vanities, he selected mirrors by Boffi boasting integrated lighting. The tall cabinets between the vanities, made of an eco-friendly ebony veneer, keep clutter at bay.

To counteract the minimalism, Santa-Cruz incorporated the clients’ belongings, including an African stool that anchors one end of the room. “Even in the bath, it’s important to add personal elements,” he says. “They give personality to a space.” Wallpaper from Elitis in a mother-of-pearl pattern reminiscent of mosaic tile covers the walls. Above the tub, the window is partially concealed by shades from IKEA that slide like Shoji screens, while IKEA Flokati rugs soften the walnut floor. “Combining high and low is fun,” Santa-Cruz explains. “But the trick is that no one should ever know what’s low.”

Bath Design: Nestor Santa-Cruz, IIDA, Nestor Santa-Cruz Decoration, Washington, DC. Renovation Architecture: David Knudson, AIA, Ely, Minnesota. Bath Installation: Boffi Georgetown, Washington, DC. Contractor: Jason Levinson, Maryland Heritage Custom Builders, Frederick, Maryland. Photography: Jamie Cobel.