WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

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COURTESY OF DEBENEDICTIS BUILDING LLC The Master Bathroom MIRROR, MIRROR The next crucial element in the master bathroom is the vanity. "The your teeth in the morning and need to check the weather, or catch a most common master bath vanity arrangement is side by side," says little Fallon or Kimmel before turning in for the night, the TV is there Gleysteen. Divide side-by-side vanities with a lower counter, full of at the ready. drawers, or with a tufted ottoman tucked below. DeBenedictis often What's best about the disappearing TV is that it won't have an impact places vanities on opposite walls. However the configuration, most on the spa feel when it's off. It's possible to mount a small TV in the couples like their vanities to be separate. Perhaps one spouse is tidy bathroom, something to watch while soaking if that's what helps you while the other has to fumble through mounds of grooming products relax, but strict electrical codes will dictate where the unit can be located. to find a comb. Nobody wants the other person's messiness invading their clean space or, conversely, vast clean spaces abutting their cheer- A L I T T L E P R I VAC Y P L E A S E ful clutter. Storage in the form of oversized medicine cabinets, linen "People want to get ready at the same time. A water closet makes that closets, and drawers ensures that even the one with the most products more private," says Gray. Most people, if they have the room, like to can find a place to put it all away. tuck the toilet away in its own private little room, hidden behind lou- Meyer says a contemporary option is to have the sink and vanity vered doors. The only time Gleysteen leaves the toilet out in the open mounted directly to the wall. Gray says the trend in materials is still is if there simply isn't enough room for a water closet. Then he'll leaning toward natural products like stone and marble. Again, select squeeze the toilet in where he can, under a window, for example. the design elements that make you feel good, whether you prefer pris- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 tine white woodwork, a more natural palette, or anything in between. Ober says to remember quality in craftsmanship. Look for "dovetail drawers, beautiful wood, and stains with natural or synthetic stone." Another really fun feature that DeBenedictis likes to give his clients Ober's toilet certainly seems to earn the title "throne." "Toilets in the master bath should offer more than your basic model; there are highperformance, low water designs, perhaps with a bidet feature and a warm air blower for your feet. Oh, and of course an iPod port for your latest tune selections built in!" is the secret TV hidden inside the mirror. When the LCD screen is off, the mirror looks just like any other mirror. But when you're brushing 42 If possible, keep a window in the water closet. Leave room for, or build in, a small bookcase and, if you want, include a TV in the design.

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