Organic Palette

A design team pays homage to nature in a spa-like master bath

A Chevy Chase couple tapped designers Lauren Levant and Paul Bentham to revamp their master suite into a restful retreat. “They spend a lot of time traveling for business, so in a sense the goal was to create a world-class ‘hotel’ at home where they could recharge,” says Levant. After gutting the outdated master bath, the team implemented an aesthetic that would celebrate nature since the space overlooks lush park land.

“We tried to make it feel open while incorporating as much storage as possible,” Levant explains. A floating vanity with generous drawers lines one wall, opposite built-in linen cabinets and a copper Japanese soaking tub. The tub was chosen for its minimal footprint as well as its therapeutic benefits. “It allows water to come up over your shoulders and soothe achy joints,” notes Levant. On the far wall, a shower and separate water closet await behind glass panels partially frosted for privacy.

An organic material palette reinforces the designers’ vision. Cast-concrete bamboo tile on the long walls is a subtle nod to the East and the owners’ collection of Asian artifacts. Natural-slate mosaic tile embellishes a shower column and the tub platform, which doubles as a bench that seamlessly extends into the shower. The designers also incorporated plants and a dried Manzanita tree—a sculpture shaped by desert winds.

Dark ceramic tile on the shower wall lends depth to the room. And, reflects Levant, “We chose a glass enclosure—rather than drywall—for the shower and water closet because it allows light and the views to continue into even the most private spaces.”

Tub: Floor Tile: Custom Vanity: Concrete Wall Tile: Silestone Countertop: Stone Fabrication: Plumbing Fixtures: through Hardware: Shower Tile: Glass Enclosure:

Design: Lauren Levant, interior design; Paul Bentham, bath design, Lauren Levant Interior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contractor: M. R. Thornton & Sons, Woodbine, Maryland.