Classic + Modern

A DC bath combines rich appointments and a minimalist vibe

When a couple tapped Christopher Boutlier to redesign their vintage home in Cleveland Park, overhauling and expanding the cramped master suite was part of the overall plan. In particular, they wanted a richly appointed master bath with a modern aesthetic.

Boutlier annexed a small adjacent bedroom, converting it into a master bath and closet. Then he and his clients selected white marble for the bathroom walls and floor. “It’s both classic and modern,” Boutlier explains. “They wanted the room to feel clean and relaxing, but to have interest.”

While visiting the Boffi showroom in Georgetown, the homeowners spotted the company’s sleek Soho vanity—and fell in love. “It’s made of back-painted glass, which creates visual depth,” explains Boffi’s Julia Walter, who worked with Boutlier on the project. “And it has no handles, which gives it a clean, monolithic look.” They also chose a sculptural Boffi tub that creates a focal point beside a shower with a freestanding, Parsons-style marble bench, designed by Boutlier for the space.

Per the clients’ wishes, two elements take center stage: the cocoa-hued vanity, which stands out against a marble accent wall; and a platinum print of a 1925 Imogen Cunningham photograph, framed in a specially designed niche above the tub. Like everything else in the room, it’s a perfect fit.

Bath & Interior Design: Christopher Boutlier, Allied ASID, Washington, DC. Bath Installation: Julia Walter, Boffi, Washington, DC. Contractor: P.A. Portner, Gaithersburg, Maryland. 


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