When Christina and Greg DiLeo updated and enlarged the master bath in their historic 1964 Albert Ledner-designed home, they did so with an eye toward the architect's original vision. The original owner, Leonie Galatoire, collected materials salvaged from local sites slated for demolition and Ledner incorporated them into a house that combines antique and contemporary elements. The DiLeos followed suit, consulting Ledner for advice and carefully preserving materials from their own renovation for reuse in the new space.
"We knew what we wanted," Christina says. "It was really important to Greg to keep the materials equally as magnificent as the materials that were originally used in the house."
Working with architect John Chrestia and contractor Mike Fritscher, the DiLeos gutted the bath and added space by enclosing an unused portion of the balcony that wraps around the front of the round house. In place of the balcony, a wall of glass overlooks the front courtyard and illuminates the room's gleaming surfaces, which include multiple vanity mirrors, marble floors and counters, amber-colored onyx tile and minimal polished-nickel fixtures.
A custom double-sink vanity and a series of tubular pendant fixtures of glass and polished stainless steel accentuate the exterior wall's curve. Tile saved from the home of Archbishop John Shaw (and then saved again from the former bath) was used above the built-in bar between the master bedroom and bath.
A British wallpaper inspired by the Victorian era's classic English style is the main feature in Tanga Winstead's master bath. Though the wallpaper is patterned, its three-dimensional quality seems to expand the room.
"It's like you are looking through the ironwork," she says.
The bathroom is based around the slipper tub, a sculptural, free-standing piece made from limestone and resin. Winstead, the store manager and interior designer at Villa Vici, designed the wainscoting of Carrara marble subway tiles and combined it with a polka dot-patterned floor that is a mix of marbles.
Space-saving features include a recessed medicine cabinet and wall-mounted faucets above the sink, while a Lucite pedestal table provides a useful, nondistracting surface. Linen drapery covers the window and can be pulled all the way across the back of the room for texture and symmetry. The vanity is a recycled piece found on the curb and reworked by Winstead's parents. Winstead refurbished it a second time using chalk paint, a honed absolute black granite top and a vessel sink. The ceiling is painted metallic silver, and the trim is Benjamin Moore White.
The master bath in Renee and Peter Laborde's Uptown home was built around two ideas: Renee's love for contemporary design and the color white. In search of the whitest marble she could find, Renee chose statuary marble, using it for the counters, shower surround and floors. A thick mitered edge was applied to the counters for a modern look, while the floors and shower walls were covered with rectangular tile. To keep things sleek, Renee used minimalist fixtures throughout and designed a shower nook for hiding bottles and soaps out of view. Other than the marble's natural veining, the only pattern is the gray and white linen shade designed and fabricated by Renee."The shade has a softening effect," Renee says. "I didn't want the room to be too stark."