Shaw designed a custom double vanity with mirrored fronts to reflect light in the space.
Gray-veined Carrara marble tiles adorn the floors as well as the decorative mosaic in the shower.
The makeup table on another wall complements the cabinets.
The makeup table on another wall complements the cabinets.

Serene Retreats: Classic Comfort

Diane Shaw conjures a crisp, classical vibe in a Potomac master bath

When designing a new Potomac home, Diane Shaw created a master bath that mirrored the aesthetic reflected in the rest of the house: clean-lined yet classical, elegant and sophisticated.

“I wanted to make it beautiful,” she says, “but since it’s for a couple, it had to be pretty but masculine too.”

The large bathroom provided Shaw with expansive walls—one of which now accommodates a double vanity with two sinks while another anchors a makeup table. A soaking tub by Victoria & Albert sits before a bank of windows, and a glass-enclosed shower with a bench is a room in itself. A separate WC is tucked into one corner.

Marble surfaces throughout convey the fresh yet traditional look Shaw was after. The countertops and shower are white Thassos, while the mosaic-tile decorative motif in the shower is gray-veined Carrara, offset by a field of white marble squares. Shaw extended the gray-and-white palette with custom cabinetry.

Every detail has been considered. Twin mirrors by J. Conn Scott above the sinks flank a Pottery Barn sconce that has been refinished to match. A chandelier by Circa Lighting above the tub draws the eye, and antique sconces to either side pick up the nearby shower medallion’s design. At the makeup table, a gilt- and silver-framed mirror is a family heirloom, while the antique chair by the tub was a gift from the owners’ daughter.

BATH & INTERIOR DESIGN: DIANE SHAW, Diane Shaw Interiors, Potomac, Maryland. ARCHITECT: GERI YANTIS, Sutton Yantis Associates Architects, Vienna, Virginia. BUILDER: Horizon Builders, Inc., Crofton, Maryland.

For two more retreats also see:

Glamorous Touch

Going Modern