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The shower enclosure combines textured white subway tile with a honed-marble floor resembling river rock.

A Currey & Company pendant complements the sculptural soaking tub.

Bold wallpaper patterns are accentuated by crisp, white tile, a gray-painted vanity and a wood-like porcelain floor.

Eclectic Mix

Melissa Broffman imparts a bohemian touch to a bath in Bethesda

Two bold wallpaper patterns—one a tiger motif and the other a bold abstract—inspired interior designer Melissa Broffman’s renovation of an outdated master bath. Located in the Bethesda home of former CNN correspondent Candy Crowley, the finished space reflects a life of intrepid travel and adventure in its eclectic, inviting sensibility.

“I wanted the bathroom to have an exotic feel,” Broffman explains, “as if Candy was on vacation every day.”

The designer first reorganized the room’s awkward layout, replacing a dated, overlarge corner tub with a roomy shower. “When I design bathrooms,” she notes, “creating a pleasing shower experience is key.” The vanity moved to the opposite wall, where a narrow shower had shared space with an impractical niche. Now, a double vanity with gray-painted cabinetry and Pure White quartz countertops lines the wall. Broffman created a wing wall to one side of the shower to accommodate a stack of open shelves and enlarged the WC to a more convenient size.

Broffman’s two wallpaper selections—Clarence House Tibet in the bathroom and Schumacher Queen of Spain in the WC—drove the remaining material palette. Large-format, wood-look porcelain floor tile conveys a rustic, outdoorsy vibe that complements both patterns. The shower walls are clad in textured, irregularly sized white subway tile, and the shower floor is made of honed marble that resembles river rock. An existing window in the shower enclosure has been shortened and frosted glass added for privacy; the glass-fronted pocket door to the WC is also frosted.

A Currey & Company pendant made of sea glass hangs above the soaking tub, adding a final, special touch.

BATH DESIGN: Melissa Broffman, Allied ASID, Melissa Broffman Interior Design, Arlington, Virginia. Builder: Chris Kupczak, K-Quality Services, LLC, Vienna, Virginia.

Boyce Soaking Tub: signaturehardware.com. Cabinetry, Shower, Sinks & Fixtures: kohler.com through tsomerville.com. Countertops: alexandriagranite.com. Floor Tile: emilamerica.com. Shower Floor: islandstone.com. Shower Wall Tile: mexicanhandcraftedtile.com. Light over Tub: curreyandco.com. Vanity Sconces: hudsonvalleylighting.com. Wallpaper in Bathroom: clarencehouse.com. Wallpaper in WC: fschumacher.com. Teak Stool: wisteria.com.

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