ISSUE 25  |  The Life Aquatic

Steal This Look: A Watery Blue Bath, Seashells Included

June 24, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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The coastal vibe of this pale blue bath caught our eye. We like the shallow shelves—and the fact that they’re used to display an ad hoc collection seashells, starfish, and sand dollars. Recreate the look with the following elements:

Above: The bathroom is the work of French interior designer Jacques Grange; it was photographed by Dominique Vorillon for Elle Decor.

The Basics

Above: Benjamin Moore’s Picture Perfect is a light soft blue; $6.99 for a sample pint and $36.99 for a gallon of Ben Interior Paint from Benjamin Moore.

Above: Another option is Yolo Colorhouse’s Caribbean-inspired shade Water; $35.95 for a gallon from Home Depot.

Above: Made in a polished brass, Elizabethan Classics’ Tub Filler with Handshower and Plain Porcelain Lever Handles is $406 through Wayfair or directly from Elizabethan Classics. A polished brass End Mount Shower Riser for the shower curtain can also be sourced through Elizabethan Classics.

Above: The Randolph Morris 72-Inch Classic Clawfoot Tub is porcelain over cast-iron; $1,199.95 from Vintage Tub. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Freestanding Bathtubs.

Furniture and Lighting

Above: A nautical bulkhead light would work well in the room as a wall sconce. The Davey Lighting Small Oval Bulkhead Light, handcrafted in the UK of die-cast natural brass, is 7 inches tall and 5.25 inches wide (two larger sizes are also available); $285 at Design Within Reach. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Nautical Bulkhead Lighting.

Above: CB2’s Torii Chair is a simple beech wood chair painted matte white; $69.99.

Above: Ohio Design’s ode to Donald Judd, the Blocky Stool is available in three types of solid wood: carbonized radiata pine (shown; $249), radiata pine ($249), and oak ($429). For more small table options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Solid Block Side Tables.


Above L: The Tea House Doorknob in glass and antique-finished brass is $38. Above R: The Compass Doorknob in cast iron and ceramic is $48; both from Anthropologie.

Above: Go all the way with the nautical look by propping open the door with a Marseille Knot Door Stopper; $52 from Layla Grace.

Above: Restoration Hardware’s Plush Pile Bath Rug in white (or Shore, Marine, Azure, and 36 other colors) is currently on sale for $28 for the 17-by-24-inch size.

Above: We advocate displaying found objects, but if you want to jumpstart your collection, you can source shells, sand dollars, and starfish online. Sold for craft projects, 20 Natural Sugar Starfish are $32.98 and 100 Natural Sugar Starfish are $76 from Running Tide on Etsy. Photograph via The Inspired Trader.

Looking for more remodeling sources for the bath? See our past Steal This Look posts: A Modern Bathroom in Sonoma, Bath at the Ace Hotel and Eric Pike’s Glamorous NYC Bath. On Gardenista, learn about 5 Favorite Plants for the Bath.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 13, 2013 as part of our Nautical Notes issue.