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All Natural

From It's a Natural, This Old House magazine, December 2005

Soothing colors, natural materials, abundant light, and thoughtful details—what more could you want in a bath? If you ask me, not much. The owners of this space (carved from a roof deck over the garage) made the most of the long, narrow room, with double sinks in a 10-foot maple vanity along one wall and a glass-enclosed limestone shower stall on the other. The multicolored slate floor ties together the light and dark wood tones, gray countertop, and pale green walls. But it's the little details you can't help admiring—like the mirror suspended in the window well over the sink, teasing with a sliver of view, and the mirrored pocket door that extends the space forever. No fuzzy bath mats here: Even the wood step-out stays true to the room's richly austere spirit.

—Laura Goldstein, Executive Editor

I really like this bath for its handsome mix of natural materials—multicolored slate tile on the floor, limestone wainscoting on the walls, mahogany trim and maple cabinets—but also for the fact it has some memorable design features. A full height mirror slides open to reveal a dressing closet. Framed mirrors hung in front of windows over each of the sinks allow a peek at the outdoors, as do sliding French doors to a deck outside, and twin skylights. You can watch the sun set from the all-glass shower enclosure. How cool is that?

—Kathryn Keller, Executive Editor

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