Image: Stephani Buchman
A luxurious soaker tub, glass and marble accents, vintage-look flooring and a clean-lined vanity create a très French space.
Designer Ali Budd was renovating her north Toronto home slowly but surely when things took a surprising turn. “The master bathroom wasn’t a priority until it was pretty much falling through the ceiling and I had to do it out of necessity,” she says. To create a retreat-like setting, inspired by a Parisian bathroom she found on Pinterest, Ali expanded the footprint. The resulting 14 1/2-by-8 1/2-foot room was injected with bold pattern, textural elements and unexpected juxtapositions, creating a classic- contemporary look with just the right amount of edge.
The shower’s Nero Marquina marble bench is a functional element that offers a hit of contrasting black and serves as a striking decorative piece. “I didn’t want to have a built-in bench because we were doing the whole shower in glass,” says designer Ali Budd. “This is a beautiful piece and I love that you can see it from all sides of the room.”
Ali incorporated a mix of textural elements and patterns while adhering to a sophisticated neutral palette to create a serene sophisticated space with wow factor. The floating vanity has a reclaimed-wood veneer that adds essential warmth, and its thick porcelain countertop ties in with the stunning porcelain-clad walls on the opposite side of the room (both of which look like marble). With their bold geometric design, the black and white porcelain floor tiles are both classic and modern. Porcelain tiles covering the wall behind the vanity have a white-painted brick look that offers urban edge. “Mixing a lot of different materials and finishes is what makes a space pop,” says Ali.