Only after Karl had gutted the room down to the studs did the couple find their inspiration for the room's remodel: an acrylic claw-foot slipper tub, snagged online for half price because of an undetectable factory blemish. Karl bumped a sidewall into the room next door to gain space for the soaker and created a tiled toiletry shelf along the back wall to serve as deck space. A checkered ceramic-tile floor and custom wall trim complement the vintage look. To update the period-style elements, Karl installed sleek conical pendant lights and finished the room with a streamlined vanity, medicine cabinet, and linen tower. But it's the black paneled ceiling and leafy decals that have the couple vying for relaxation time in the guest tub: "It's like there's a canopy of leaves above you, falling to the sides," Karl says. "We love it."
Shown: A curtained tub/shower sat at the far end of the bath, blocking light from the room's only window. Dated earth tones darkened the room.