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Before built-in tub
Before built-in tub

Before: A bulky built-in tub dominated the space.

Before outdated vanity
Before outdated vanity

Before: The outdated vanity.

Shower stall in white tile.
Shower stall in white tile.

A cramped shower stall made way for a spacious enclosure clad in white tile.

Dark-stained wood double vanity topped with quartz countertop.
Dark-stained wood double vanity topped with quartz countertop.

A dark-stained wood double vanity is topped with a quartz countertop.

Vanity with sconces from Circa Lighting.
Vanity with sconces from Circa Lighting.

McParland illuminated the vanity with sconces from Circa Lighting.

Large-format porcelain tiles with waterjet marble mosaic-tile from Architessa.
Large-format porcelain tiles with waterjet marble mosaic-tile from Architessa.

McParland combined large-format porcelain tiles with a waterjet marble mosaic-tile “rug” from Architessa.

Chic + Serene

Designer Laurie McParland turns a drab bathroom into a stylish and restful retreat

Chic + Serene - After remodeling the rest of her clients’ Chevy Chase DC home, Laurie McParland was asked to tackle the outmoded owners’ bath.

“The entire bathroom was in desperate need of updating,” she recounts. “The owners wanted a calm space where they could relax and unwind.”

Working with Mike Thiede of Bethesda Contracting, McParland devised a plan that expanded the opening of the tub area, making the room feel larger. The bulky built-in tub was replaced by a freestanding Jacuzzi soaking tub, and a cramped shower stall made way for a spacious enclosure clad in white tile. A dark-stained wood double vanity is topped with a quartz counter and illuminated by sconces from Circa Lighting.

McParland combined large-format porcelain tiles with a waterjet marble mosaic-tile “rug” found at Architessa. An Uttermost canvas discovered by the clients provides a harmonious focal point above the tub, marrying the gray of the floor, the cream of Benjamin Moore’s Sail Cloth on the walls and the gold of the light fixtures.

Says McParland, “The art pulls everything together with a classic, timeless feel.”

Chic + Serene - Bath Design: Laurie McParland, Laurie McParland Design, Olney, Maryland. Contracting: Mike Thiede, Bethesda Contracting, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Text: Julie Sanders. Styling: Stylish Productions.

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