ISSUE 40  |  The DIY Bath

Steal This Look: The Baths at High Road House, in London

October 07, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Yesterday we featured the High Road House Revamp in London by Alexander Waterworth Interiors: The firm tweaked Ilse Crawford’s standout 2006 design by introducing dark accents and a more muted color palette.

We especially like the en suite baths in the Tiny Room and larger Playroom, which use traditional faucets, antique mirrors, and classic porcelain accessories against a Shaker-style paneled backdrop. Here are some key elements to replicate the look.

N.B.: For a look at Ilse Crawford’s rendition of the hotel, see Steal This Look: Ilse Crawford Shaker-Inspired Bedroom.

Above: The 215-square-foot Playroom has a bathtub in the bedroom and paneled walls incorporating Shaker peg rails.

Above: A rolltop freestanding tub sits on a square of tiled floor.

Above: In the Tiny Room: a miniature wash basin and just enough counter space.

The Basics

Above: Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle is a soft green-gray paint (shown on the main walls) that the company says, “resembles a west country evening mist”; $95 per gallon in an Estate Emulsion finish.

Above: From Father Rabbit in New Zealand, the Father Rabbit Peg Hooks are pine with a white satin paint finish and come in two precut lengths: 700 millimeters (about 27.5 inches) for $56 NZD ($43 USD) and 900 millimeters (about 35.5 inches) for $64 NZD ($50 USD). Custom lengths are also available. For more on Shaker pegs, including additional sources, see Remodeling 101: How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Summer.

Above: A patch of subway tile sits behind the wash basin: Three-by-Six-Inch Ceramic Tile is available from Subway Ceramics; inquire about showrooms and pricing.

Faucets & Fixtures

Above: Rohl’s Edwardian Perrin and Rowe Floor-Mounted Tub Filler Faucet features a hand shower and cross handles; $3,150 at Vintage Tub and Bath.

Above: Victoria and Albert’s Cheshire Bath is made of a composite material called Englishcast, a blend of volcanic limestone and resin that results in a naturally white tub. It doesn’t have a surface coating that can chip or peel and has better insulating qualities than traditional cast-iron tubs. With white feet and a chrome drain, it’s $1,785 at Home and Stone; other options are available. See more tubs in 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Freestanding Bathtubs.

Above: Sagittarius Churchman Basin Taps, £72 ($115) for a pair from Tap Shop 321, offer a deck-mounted variation of the traditional faucets used at High Road House. For more ideas, see Design Sleuth: The British Cloakroom Basin Tap.

Above: The Lefroy Brooks Rectangular Ceramic Basin can be deck mounted like the Tiny Room basin; $651 at Quality Bath.

Above: The Kohler Bayview Utility Sink ($899.25) is another good option; it can be paired with the Kohler Wood Sink Stand ($627.48).

Lighting & Furniture

Above: The BL7 Wall Sconce from Bestlite in matte black and chrome is $359 at Horne.

Above: Piana Folding Chairs in black (available in five other colors) are $250 each at Design Within Reach.

Above: The hotel’s beds are flanked by Jielde Loft Desk Lamps (D6060) available in a range of colors and finishes; $1,428 at Horne.


Above: Bathrooms at High Road House are kitted out with Cowshed Bath & Body Products; priced at around $25 each from Cowshed.

Above: Restoration Hardware’s white Turkish Bath Towels are $28 each. For other options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Bath Towels.

Above: The Muji White Porcelain Bath Tray measures about nine by four inches; $13.25 each.

Above: The White Company’s Ceramic Soap Dish is £8 ($13). For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Best White Soap Dishes.

Above: The Elvang Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover is made of black alpaca wool; £70 ($112). A black Hot Water Bottle insert is £8.50 ($13.50) at Labour & Wait.

Above: The hotel’s vintage floor and wall mirrors were sourced from 20th-century furniture specialists Mar-Den in London. A midcentury Folding Dressing Table Mirror is shown here.

Above: From Black Sheep (White Light), an Extra Large Spotted Icelandic Sheepskin is $245 at The Line.

For more memorable en suite baths, see our post on J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons’s place in Steal This Look: Bohemian Bath in Brooklyn, and visit 10 Favorites: Baths in the Bedroom.