Kitchen+Bath Ideas

Quiet Drama

Kitchen and Bath Ideas

January/February 2009

Drama and practicality coexist peacefully-and beautifully-in the penthouse of a Seattle condo, where Linda Wyman enjoys an all-inclusive master bath of sophistication and substance.

At the entry from the bedroom, double pocket doors with bronzed-glass inserts set the stage. They open to a large oval tub that’s encased in marble and backed by a stacked-limestone wall.  “The tub resembles a throne,” interior designer Garret Cord Werner says. “It’s a very sculptural piece.”

The limestone wall continues into the adjacent steam and shower, which boasts a heated bench where Linda likes to sit and unwind. Set a few inches lower than the main floor, the shower floor features a distinctive trough drain to catch water.

On the wall opposite the tub and shower, two raised vanities with large mirrors and storage-packed bases flank the pocket doors. Electrical outlets in the top drawers allow Linda to keep small appliances plugged in and ready to go, while one of the mirrors is a two-way pieced-glass panel that hides a TV.

Another pair of pocket doors leads to the suites pièce de résistance: a dressing room influenced by Linda’s passions. Teak-stained mahogany flooring allows the dancer to practice moves, while a sit down makeup vanity along a wall of windows gives the avid boater views of Elliot Bay in Puget Sound. “I have arguably the best view in the area,” Linda says.

The director of a modeling school, Linda also craved storage solutions that would allow her to discreetly store all the clothes, shoes, and accessories she has acquired over the years. “It’s always been my dream to have my own dressing room and to have a place for everything,” she says.

Such smart storage adds brains to the beauty of clean-lined limed-oak cabinetry and creamy Crema Marfil marble surfaces. The result is a calming, stress-free atmosphere that makes this Linda’s favorite space. “There’s nothing fussy about it,” she says. “It’s very understated and elegant.”