Doering, who specializes in eco-friendly design, encouraged the couple to use green materials, such as no-VOC paints, which don't off-gas. "We figured that as long as the paint didn't have lead, we were good," Scarlet says. "But Erika pointed out a less toxic choice. With a baby on the way, it was a no-brainer." Combined with recycled glass tile in the shower, floor slate mined in the U.S. (rather than shipped from abroad), and additional windows to lessen the need for electric lights, they got more than the family-friendly bath they requested. "It's a great bathroom," says Scarlet, "but it's also just a nice room to be in."
Two types of recycled glass tile—blue 4-by-4s by Ann Sacks
and golden mosaics by Oceanside Glass Tile
—line the shower and the built-in niche that holds soap and shampoo.