Many an old house comes with evidence of a not-quite-as-old renovation. When the owners of this Westchester County, New York, home moved in, they took one look at the attic bath's circa-1960 "update" and closed the door—for five years. The family focused their attention on other areas of the Queen Anne home until, finally, the lack of a bath near the attic playroom—the family has four children—became too inconvenient to bear. They had already gutted the space when designers Rick and Liz O'Leary, who were working downstairs on the kitchen renovation, came up for a look.
Rick helped the family determine the new layout and sketched the panel-molding ceiling treatment. The molding adds old-house detail to the new bathroom's vaulted ceiling. A mix of vintage finds, including the claw-foot tub and antique Chinese chest, and modern elements, such as the vessel sink and wall-mounted faucet, gives it an updated traditional look. Glacier Lake wall color and White Dove trim, both from Benjamin Moore
make the space fresh and inviting.